Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 Price Php 9,499 : 5.7 Inch Quad Core Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Phablet, Out Now!

Last May 29, via an event held at SM North EDSA, local electronics company Starmobile formally introduced 11 new devices as part of its 2013 Android smartphone and tablet line-up. And during the launch, one of the handsets that instantly caught my fancy was their upcoming 5.7-inch Quad Core powered Starmobile Diamond V7.

Starmobile has yet to disclose V7's official release date and SRP but from the looks of it, the company's main rival, Cherry Mobile, isn't keen on taking chances and just letting Starmobile have all the fun in that mega phablet category.

A couple of days back, CM surprised everyone by announcing its third Quad Core Android smartphone this year - following Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 and Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 - the ginormous Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0.

Looking at its technical specifications, which include a 5.7 inch 1280 x 720 pixels IPS display, Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU in MediaTek MT6589 chipset, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS with default AOSP interface, and 2,500 mAh battery pack, it's clear that Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 will be a tough competitor to beat in its price echelon.

Last night, one of my readers told me that Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 is but a rebranded GFive G9 Android smartphone from China. I checked the design and features of the smartphone by the Chinese OEM alongside that of CM and they do appear to be the same device. Interestingly, though, Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 has higher resolution main and front-facing cameras versus GFive G9 so if our speculations are correct, I believe CM must have asked the manufacturer to tweak the phablet's imaging capabilities before making a bulk purchase.

As for the overall performance of the device's innards, during an internal testing, Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 got an Antutu Benchmark score of 13,231. This is ever-slightly lower than the 13,365 score of my O+ 8.15 smartphone, which is a joy to use because of its very smooth touch response and gaming performance, so I'm expecting just as much from CM's phablet. Hopefully CM will be interested in allowing us to give their device a test run.

Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 is now available at all CM stores and authorized retailers nationwide for Php 9,499 -- making it the most expensive smartphone in the company's current product line-up. If you're cool with shelling out that amount, you can the phablet it in two colors: Black and White.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions157.4 x 82.9 x 9.9 mm
Weight 220 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
Display 5.7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixels, IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 PowerVR SGX 544 GPU MediaTek MT6589 chipset
Internal Storage 4 GB, expandable via microSD card slot
Camera 12 MegaPixels, autofocus, LED flash and BSI sensor, 3 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture 720p
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, Flac (to be confirmed)
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps,
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Mini SIM (Regular)
Battery Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Uptime 400 hours of Standby, 5 hours of Talk Time (to be confirmed)
Value-Added Features Dual SIM Dual Standby
Announcement June 2013
Availability June 2013
Price Official SRP: Php 9,499