Last week, I received a curious invite from our friends at Cherry Mobile for an event scheduled on February 4, 2014.
The e-card and the email didn't really include any detail about the nature of the gathering or if there would be any products to be launched during the event.
Baffled, I replied to the email, confirmed my attendance, and asked several questions. "Will there be any products to be launched? Will it finally be Cherry Mobile's first octa core smartphone?"
I asked the second question largely because CM's staunch rival in the local handset scene - Starmobile - has already announced its own version of an octa core handset, the Starmobile Diamond X1. Likewise, Chinese handset maker THL has released its Monkey King 2 Octa Core Android Smartphone in the Philippines and the device is now doing really well in the market. I thought it's a bit odd that Cherry Mobile, which is probably the biggest and most aggressive Pinoy phone company currently, is taking a tad too long in unveiling its own Octa device.
It didn't take long for me to get a response. "Hi Mark, Thanks for the confirmation! Basta premium siya, better than what we have released so far :) So speculate mo nalang on how we can beat what we've released na! :) Hoho! Excited to see you there!"
The reply pretty much confirmed three things. First, that the company will indeed launch a new device on February 4. Second, that it will be a premium - and perhaps, a flagship level - product. And finally, they also said that it will be better than any gadget Cherry Mobile has launched thus far - including its Quad Core smartphones and phablets - so that suggests that we could very well get an Octa Core smartphone with a ginormous display.
Anyway, the event is now less than a week away and we promise to be there to let you in on what will happen in real time. Stay tuned for updates, TP Friends. I have a feeling we'll get more leaks about this mysterious device in the next few days.