7 key features of the Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X you should know about

You probably heard of Cherry Mobile’s upcoming dual-core smartphone, the Magnum 2X which is going to be the cheapest dual-core Android phone in the land with an introductory price of Php15,899. That’s really a bargain considering other dual-core phones go for more than Php25k. But have you looked past the dual-core and price point to actually have a better understanding of the phone?

We’re still waiting for an actual review unit but for now, we’ll do a rundown on some of the key features the Magnum 2X that you should know before consider getting it as a Christmas gift to yourself.

  • Based on K-Touch W700 OEM. Like most (if not all) CM phones, the Magnum 2X is based on the K-Touch W700 by Tianyu. Nothing against OEM devices but if you’re gunning for the uniqueness of design, OEMs won’t help you. The Micromax A85 is also based on this W700 and who knows who else will be rebranding this. Viewsonic maybe?
  • Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Here’s the deal with the dual-core here. It has the same processor as that of most 10-inch Android tablets. I tried some of them and although things aren’t as snappy as I would’ve wanted to, we’re dealing with a smaller device here so expect some smooth performance especially when it comes to gaming.
  • 3.8-inch screen. Yeah it’s smaller than the display of the single-core Magnum HD but it also translates to a higher pixel density count for the Magnum 2X. You will get sharper 480 x 800 display than that of the Magnum HD.
  • Android 2.2 Froyo. This one’s a bummer. I had a poor experience (apps crashing, phone rebooting, etc.) with the Magnum HD on Froyo although it was fixed when I upgraded to Gingerbread. If you can hold off buying this one, wait until they release a Gingerbread update.
  • 5 megapixel camera with no flash. We’re not sure if it has the same camera sensor as that of the Magnum HD, but if it is then it doesn’t matter if you have flash or not, pictures just won’t turn out to be good.
  • 8GB internal storage. Well this is a surprise, not that you would run out of storage on your phone when you can use microSDs, the 8GB internal storage is a big bump from the Magnum HDs 1GB.
  • No HDMI out. Even though people seldom connect their smartphones to bigger screen to view videos, we don’t understand why this phone doesn’t have an HDMI out when the first Magnum has it. Not even a tv-out via MHL.
Well there you have it. It’s a dual-core phone that shows promise but also have a few shortcomings. Of course, we still need to try it out to give a proper verdict whether the cons outweighs the pros. But being the price-conscious nation that we are, we just can’t ignore that Php15,899 price tag. At that price, you can only get old 1GHz phones from other brands.

What’s interesting to know is how low will the Cherry Mobile Magnum HD would go once this becomes available.

Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X Specs
1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor
Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread)
3.8” WVGA capacitive touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
3G, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus
Front facing VGA camera
WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS
Portable hotspot
SRP: Php15,899

7 Comments

  1. tinapay droid /

    hmmmm… how about the quality?

    • quality of hardware? like materials? i would suppose it’s the same as magnum hd. mukhang matibay kasi puro bakal. :P

  2. cyborg /

    I’m curious about the battery capacity and screen quality. Here’s hoping for >1500mah and bright LCD display like IPS. Optimus Black or Galaxy SL might be decent single core alternatives.

  3. XtianG /

    sir calvin, what’s your pick between cm magnum 2x and xperia ray? can you give some comparison and pro’s/con’s maybe? many thanks.

    • they shouldnt be compared. one is dual-core and the other is single-core. one is big and macho and one is slim and sexy.

      • XtianG /

        got that, they are not the same in terms of processor and other criteria. however, their price-point is almost the same, 15-16k. if you, sir calvin, would purchase between the two, what would be it? many thanks again :)

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