Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0: The Super Ninja Smartphone!
Just like a ninja creeping in the dread of night, the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 suddenly popped out of nowhere. There were no announcements or teasers. It suddenly just appeared in Robinson’s Galleria and the people who “announced” it to the public were actually the first wave of customers, lol. However it’s not all bad since just like a super ninja the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 packs a lot of unsuspecting firepower given the friendly price tag of Php8,999.
Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications:
Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Spec Sheet
- 1.2GHz quad-core processor, MediaTek MT658 chipset
- PowerVR SGX544MP GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
- 5.0-inches IPS capacitive touchscreen
- HD display, 720×1280 resolution, 294 pixels per inch
- 12.0-megapixels rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, and BSI
- 2.0-megapixels front-facing camera with BSI
- 3G, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/aGPS, FM Radio
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 2,100mAh Battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- SRP: Php8,999
We were able to get some hands-on time with it when we had the Unbox podcast team over at the Unbox HQ for steak night. The unit belonged to Monch and Alora fo Techlokal.com (their site is currently under maintenance). Read on for our initial review!
It keeps the killer Omega HD Form Factor
If there’s anything we liked from the first-generation Omega HD it’s the form factor. The device was remarkably thin, light, and the bezel-to-screen ratio was fantastic. The good news is that the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 keeps the same design elements.
We love this particular form factor because despite the 5.0-inch screen the device still feels comfortable to use with one hand. It doesn’t feel bulky or hefty at all which adds to the illusion that you’re holding a much more smaller phone than what it actually is.
The glossy white plastic chassis is still present together with the familiar chrome band around the sides. The front is very clean, devoid of any distractions save for the three touch buttons at the bottom, the receiver at the top, and the 5-inch display at the center. At the back we have the subtle Cherry Mobile logo in gray together with the 12-megapixel shooter.
How about the display? The 720 x 1280 resolution comes out to around 294 pixels per inch. That’s more than enough to deliver a near seamless and fluid user experience for images, videos, text, and animations.
Internals are roaring with power
The biggest change that we received with this model was the internals. Let’s start with the processor. The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 packs a powerful quad-core processor that is more than enough to power the HD resolution on a 5-inch display. This totally addresses the problems we encountered with the first-generation Omega HD. The power shows in the tests. See below for the Antutu Benchmark Test score of the Omega HD 2.0.
That’s double the score of the first-generation Omega HD! How does this translate to real-word usage? The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 is blisteringly fast. It can go head-to-head with a lot of the main handsets being offered by global brands when it comes to having a smooth user experience. We rarely got any lags, apps loaded fast, and animations of transitions were seamless and fluid.
Graphics intensive games like Dead Trigger, Wild Blood, and to an extent Temple Run (if you max out settings) all look stunning on the Omega HD 2.0. This is definitely a mobile gamer’s best friend. You also won’t run out of juice in just a few minutes as this device packs a 2,100mAh battery.
Best value-for-money smartphone in the market today
So do we recommend the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0? As far as initial impressions go we give this device our stamp of approval with flying colors. The spec sheet is hard to beat. Most devices offered by other brands have slightly lower specs and higher prices, lol. Most of them are still on Android 4.1 and have 8MP cameras as opposed to the Omega HD 2.0 which already packs Android 4.2 out of the box and a 12MP shooter with BSI.
When we started this post we said that the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 is like a ninja. That holds true when it comes to availability as well since we’ve failed to buy one so far since most of the Cherry Mobile kiosks and stores we’ve visited don’t have it on stock (sells quite fast we hear). Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Ninja Vanish! If ever we do get our hands on one we’ll definitely put it through the paces so we can share a more complete and comprehensive review. 🙂
The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 retails for Php8,999 and it’s already out in the market. Good luck finding available units though, hehe. 😛