CKK Mobile Android Smartphones Early 2016 Mall Price and Specs List

I've been receiving inquiries from you guys since mid-2015 about the quality of Android smartphones made by CKK Mobile, a relatively new player in the local handset industry.

To be completely honest, I haven't had any experience with any of this company's products. I just heard their devices are very affordable but I've yet to really play with their units. That's the sole reason why I haven't talked about the brand here in TechPinas -- but I've always felt that I should post an entry about CKK eventually because I am fair like that.

Incidentally, while my friend and I were checking out the latest gadget releases at CyberZone in SM San Lazaro the other day, we chanced upon this row of smartphones in one of the shops' display cabinet.

CKK Mobile Android Smartphones

"So these are the current Android smartphones of CKK. Finally, I'm seeing them in the flesh," I told my buddy.

He replied, "It's my first time to see them too."

I immediately launched the camera app on my handset and started snapping these shots.

"I'm sure my readers will appreciate seeing these actual-unit photos," I whispered to my friend.

CKK Mobile Android Smartphones

TP Friends, let's go through the models one by one. Note that the information that I'll be presenting are based only on what the sales reps told us as well as what we could see on the display.

CKK Mobile Crater, CKK Android Smartphone

CKK Mobile Crater is the most affordable model of the bunch as it sells for only Php 1,099. It sports a 3.5-inch WVGA display, 2 MegaPixel rear cam with flash, Dual SIM capability, and 4GB of expandable storage. The phone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with a 1GHz Single Core processor.

CKK Mobile S20, CKK Android Smartphone

With price tag of Php 1,599, CKK Mobile S20 is practically just a 4-inch version of Crater, having largely the same technical specifications.

CKK Mobile S18, CKK Android Smartphone

CKK Mobile S18 that goes for Php 1,499 has - again - the same above-mentioned specs as CKK Mobile Crater but it swapped its Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS for Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and has analog free TV feature.

CKK Mobile Pearl, CKK Android Smartphone

Donning a price tag of Php 2,099, CKK Mobile Pearl is a lot more interesting that its slightly more affordable siblings. This model flaunts a 4.5-inch FWVGA 854 x 480 display, 2 MegaPixel rear cam, 2MP selfie cam, HD video recorder, Dual SIM capability, and 3G HSPA+ support. Inside, it runs the fairly updated Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor and has 4GB of internal storage. But what's particularly cool about this product is its attractive design language highlighted by the near bezelless front frame and the metallic shell.

CKK Mobile Hades, CKK Android Smartphone

Interestingly, CKK Mobile currently has three Android smartphones all priced at Php 2,699! The first one is CKK Mobile Hades, which has a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display, 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor running Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, 4GB of expandable storage, 5MP main camera, 2MP selfie cam, HD video recorder, Dual SIM capability, and 3G HSPA+ support.

CKK Mobile Peridot, CKK Android Smartphone

CKK Mobile Peridot has the exact same technical specifications of CKK Mobile Hades but has a more masculine look with well-defined corners.

CKK Mobile Citrine+, CKK Android Smartphone

Of this Php 2,699 trio, CKK Mobile Citrine+ - equipped with a higher resolution 5-inch qHD 540 × 960 IPS screen versus just FWVGA on the other two - appears to give the most bang for the buck. Apart from its display, it shares practically the same specs as both Hades and Peridot.

Like what I always say, tight competition among companies benefit the consumers as it gives them the best products for less. As such, I'm happy that new players - including CKK Mobile - are bravely entering the local market despite the intimidating dominance of a handful of brands.

To be completely honest, however, I believe CKK Mobile will have to do so much more to attract consumers not only in terms of product development but also when it comes to marketing and distribution. Their products are good but they have to take into account what the bigger players - namely, Cherry Mobile, MyPhone, Starmobile, and Firefly Mobile - are offering and adjust the specs and prices of their new models based on that. That's the only way that they'll survive in this already crowded space.