Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0 Sells for Php 6,299 : Cheapest 5-Inch Quad Core Dual SIM Android Smartphone Upon Release

The competition between local players in the Android handset and tablet game is becoming more and more fierce by the day.

Late last month, Starmobile wowed the media and the tech blogging community by introducing a slew of mobile devices having not just powerhouse features but also very affordable price tags.

For a while I thought Starmobile is already poised for an easy win but yesterday, the other local electronics giant, Cherry Mobile, shocked everyone by unveiling its JuneTastic line-up of stellar Android smartphones and slates -- as if to show that they can match whatever it is that their competition will throw at them.

You've already seen Cherry Mobile Fusion Wave, the first tablet by a local player to run on a Quad Core Exynos chipset by Samsung. Now, check out Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0.

With official suggested retail price of only Php 6,299, Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0 is set to become the most affordable 5-inch Dual SIM Android smartphone running on a Quad Core processor when it finally hits store shelves within this month. It will be Php 700 cheaper than Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0, which had an SRP of Php 6,999 when it was released last March.

Measuring only 9.9 millimeters at its thickest point, Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0 comes with more than decent technical specifications with include a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A7 based MediaTek MTK 6589 Processor running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, 512 MB of RAM, 5-inch FWVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 2 MegaPixel front-facing camera, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, and WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity support.

Looking at the specs sheet, it's clear that what kept the price of this handset low is the fact that it has a lower resolution screen and less amount of RAM compared to the more expensive 5-inch Quad Core Android smartphones out in the Philippines like Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 and the very popular O+ 8.15 -- albeit O+ isn't really a local company.

TP Friends, do you think Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0 can help CM win big in the local handset game this year? Are you inclined to purchase this release or would you rather spend a bit more to get a more powerful handset?