As 5G is slowly rolling out in the Philippines, phone brands are also making their 5G-ready devices available to consumers as well. Aside from Samsung, OPPO, Huawei, Realme, and vivo, local smartphone brand Cherry Mobile confirmed that a 5G-ready phone is also part of their roadmap.
“We just want to make sure it is right time and right pricing to launch,” Cherry Mobile VP and Head of Products and Development Lonson Alejandrino told us in a phone interview. Alejandrino adds that they are working closely with MediaTek in developing a 5G device that will be affordable for consumers.
While MediaTek did not specify which chipset Cherry Mobile plans to use, Alejandrino said that they are currently considering the Dimensity 800 processor. Unveiled January this year, the Dimensity 800 is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A76 cores running at 2GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores that can reach 2GHz. It comes with 2CC carrier aggregation, support for both SA and NSA sub-6Ghz networks. Powering the GPU is a Arm Mali-G57 MC4, giving it support for 120hz Full HD+ displays, up to 64-megapixel single camera (or 32-megapixel + 16-megapixel dual camera), and record multi-frame 4K HDR video.