First Impressions: Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt, the Php3999 quad-core tablet

Earlier, Cherry Mobile just launched their first quad-core device, a 7-inch tablet called Fusion Bolt. When they asked us how much it will cost, I jokingly said Php3,999 putting a reference to their Flare smartphone. Turns out they weren’t kidding, it really costs a jaw-dropping Php3,999!

Cherry Mobile Fusion Dead Trigger

A 7-inch quad-core tablet that costs P3,999? There’s got to be a catch! However, upon using it for a brief time, testing the UI, playing a couple of games, it works admirably well for the price you are paying.

The Fusion Bolt is a 7-inch WiFi-only tablet that runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and based on the Ainol Novo 7 Venus tablet but with a different texture at the back. Display resolution is at a respectable 1280 x 800 and uses an IPS panel for a 178° visibility angle.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt back

It is equipped with a 1GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Actually, the processor is the same as that of the Venus which is advertised at 1.5GHz but running Quadrant on this tablet showed a max frequency of 1.1GHz so Cherry Mobile is correct to market it at 1GHz.

Tried out navigating through the UI and I noticed an insignificant amount of stuttering from time to time. It runs Temple Run 2 pretty well and although Dead Trigger isn’t as smooth as 1.5GHz quad-core tablets, it didn’t hinder the playing experience at all.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt slots

They also brought down the storage from 16GB to 8GB to cut down cost which you shouldn’t mind since this tablet has a swappable microSD slot anyway. Other slots include a microUSB slot which they said can run 3G dongles (might need a cable adapter), and a mini-HDMI port.

Rear camera is limited at just 2-megapixel and the front one is a 0.3-megapixel affair. Battery is rated at 4000mAh which they say can last you anywhere from 5 to 10 hours.

Before you start saying that the specs are not that exciting and the processor chip is not top-quality, the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt will only cost you Php3,999. How does a quad-core Jelly Bean tablet sound as your first tablet, nice huh?

Cherry Mobile wasn’t able to commit a specific date on the availability of the Fusion Bolt but it’s coming out next month and they’re bringing in more stocks compared to the Flare when it was first launched. Well-played Cherry Mobile.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Specs:
7-inch IPS LCD HD display (1280 × 800 resolution), 216ppi
5-point multitouch display
1.0GHz quad-core Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processor
Vivante GC1000+ GPU
1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
2MP rear camera
0.3MP front camera
Supports external 3G dongle
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
186.2mm x 126.9mm x 10.8mm
320 grams
SRP: Php3,999

  • davaoeno

    hi, i’m from davao, and noticed today that the fusion bolt in the cherry mobile store is selling at 4495, am wondering was there a nation-wide price increase?

    • Calvin

      The P3999 is the suggested retail price. it may go up depending on the retailer although i think Cherry mobile placed a cap to the price so shops can’t put any price that they want.

  • brencalvz

    Ahm .. unang una , mabilis po bh mag response ung kanyang touch ..?? Plano ko sana bumili nito bukas .. plz . I need ur quick help … tnx

    • winoe

      based sa experience ko sir, ok naman response nung touch nya.

  • Axl

    The Fusion Bolt pulverizes the impulse looking for a crispy gadget with a big amount.

  • Titan_User

    mag current owners, ask ko lang po kung hindi ba sya laggy (bumabagal) at umiinit? Meron ako nung first Titan pero gusto ko ng palitan / i-benta kasi laging umiinit ang likod (near the camera and speaker). Medyo concerned ako kasi wala naman yun issue dito kaya baka isolated case. Please reply para maka-daan na sa suking Cherry Mobile tindahan :)

  • jayvee

    Ano po ba ang mga available na broadband ang compatible?
    At ung firmware update po? saan pong website meron nun?

  • annie

    Hold it muna guys sa pagbili if your planning. We just bought yesterday. It seems ok nmn ang performance, even sa games. The problem is, bigla bigla na lng nag-crack ang screen nya. Kahit hndi nabagsak or natamaan ng any pointed or nadaganan. Nakakagulat and nkakadissapoint pa because we bought it at 5040 without even using it half of a day. We just hope palitan cya sa store. We don’t know what happen, but we really got dissapinted to see the cracked screen.. :-(

    • Yuki

      already did and it never happened to me. it just wasnt your lucky day. dont incorporate ur luckiness to our pleasure.

    • http://yahoo Boyax

      in the same way bro, i bought my fusion bolt last 2mos. ’til now ok pa rin ang performance nya…. 😉

      • dantes

        Yup, bought mine 3 months ago, still works fine until now, bad apple lang siguro nabili mo.

    • Kuyang

      yung sa akin nabagsak na, pinupukpok pa ng anak kong 1yr old yung screen using his rattle pag nagugulat sya sa game na nilalaro ko (dead trigger)pero hindi naman sya nasira…

  • Stacy Collette

    nice naman yung unit.. ang problema lang is grounded kapag naka charge siya.. eh d wag nalang gamitin pag naka charge.. diba? bought for 4k flat,, a gift for my 4yr old son

    • Calvin

      sakit yan ng ibang android phones, especially cheap ones. hindi sya nagfufunction properly while charging from the outlet.

    • ER

      Through usb port ako nagchacharge, wala namang problema though ganyan nga yung case kapag yung provided na charger ang ginagamit ko.

  • kat

    nag bought din me !! mabagal sya sa downloading compare sa flare :)
    pang games lang siya d sya ideal sa browsing nd picture
    so far ok lang siya ala lng bluetooth , mahina din ung sound niya :)

    • http://yahoo Boyax

      hindi ahh, it depends naman cguro un sa signal mo gurl… 😉

  • WED


    • http://yahoo Boyax

      tama ka bro super galing nga ng fusion bolt, kaya lng sana sa upcoming tablets ng CM mayron na clng specs na ganito:

      Dual SIM / Dual Standby
      7-inch capacitive display
      2GHz quad-core processor
      Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
      2GB of RAM
      16GB of internal storage
      microSD support up to 32GB
      8MP autofocus camera with double LED flash
      2MP front-facing camera
      Call & Text features
      Mobile TV / FM Radio
      GPS with A-GPS support
      WiFi / Bluetooth / WiFi Hotspot / 3G

      pwede ba ‘to? kahit 10k cguro bbli pa ako pag ganito, hehehe…. 😉

      • kenji

        ikaw ang gumawa nyan bibili din ako… gumawa ka lang… pls…

        • rhey jen crusem

          gus2 q sna rin kung magre2lease cla ganyang specs peo win8rt ang os posible kya un?

          • brugudugstuys

            Tangina mo po. Sana nga lang daw meron diba? Bobito

      • http://none marlon

        a yan bro…hybrid? LOL! kung meron ngang ganyan im sure the price would be quite high.

  • dantes

    I’m marikina based and unfortunately, i lost the charger of my Fusion Bolt which up to now is still working without a problem except for the lost charger. Where can i buy the charger here in the marikina or stores within NCR area? I really need to have this fusion bolt charger. I bought this gadget around march in a cherry mobile stall in shopwise cubao. Can i claim or is it still covered by “warranty”? Thanks.

    • Calvin

      i dont think losing the charger is covered in the warranty. hindi ba kaya icharge using microusb cable?

      • dantes

        Yup, tried using the micro usb pero mabagal ang charging tsaka kelangan naka off yung unit, iba pa rin kung yung charger nya ang gamit, kaya gusto kung malaman saan maka bili dito sa metro manila ng fusionbolt charger

      • dantes

        Na-solve ko na ito. Naka bili ako kanina sa SM Cubao Cherry Mobile Stall the basement ng fusion bolt charger, php350 so meron na uli akong charger.

  • http://facebook aevrem

    amm pwede po bang lagyan nq broadban po fusion ?

    • http://yahoo Boyax

      yup, kailangan mo lng ng dongle support then connect mo sa stick (tatoo/smart bro).

      • kelly

        sun broadband pwede po ba?

  • http://yahoo Boyax

    sana yung fusion bolt ng cherry mobile may bluetooth at sim na like torque droidz ultimate, kaylan kaya yun????? :)

  • heziel

    anong smart/sun/globe models ang applicable? anyone hu is already using it? thanks

  • sc

    Talaga po bang black screen lang lumalabas sa gallery setting sa upper botton ng fusion bolt?

  • whattaghirl

    Hi hello help nman po, hindi po ako mkpag browse ng net kahit connected nman sa WIFI, pansin ko lng yung wifi icon hndi nka blue, pero connected nman daw bka ksi may nbago ako sa settings nya.. pls help kung sino nkaka alam what seems to be the problem thanks in advance…

    • http://yahoo Boyax

      mahina pa ung signal pag ganyan gurl, kailangan talaga naka light ung icon nga wifi mo para makapasok kah… 😉

  • Mae Ann Estacion

    bought this fusion bolt 2 weeks ago for my 6 years old son, accidentally he dropped it, nasira lcd, saan puwede magpa palit ng lcd nito? and how much kaya cost?

    • cass bautista

      naku yan di problema ko dva poh my warranty means poh ba pwedeng palitan ung lcd ko wla pa cyang 1 week 4 days pa lang ata nabagsak cya nacra ung lcd nya

      • jelaii

        hindi na pwede yung warranty kapag mishandled yung nangyari

  • Noel

    Ask ko lang yung icon sa baba na screen shot… pano alisin at bakit bigla na lang nag rere-start Fusion Bolt kabibili ko lang last sunday.

  • weng

    good day ask ko lang kung maganda gamtin panooran ng movie?saka kumusta naman ung life ng batery nya?


  • trix

    paano liitan yung icons ng apps? tenks

  • yan

    hi there pips…ndi ko matanggl ung microsd ng fubo ko masyado ko ksi nalubog.. kala ko ksi parang sa laptap lng kng ttngln. haha.pls gve advise….

  • james

    Dont under estimate my work!!!

  • kenji

    masasabi ko lang sa mga bumili at bibili pa lang sana tgnan nyu muna.. bago nyu bilihin para wala kau reklamo…

  • andy

    Hi, Yung battery life nung binili ko only last to 5-6 hours of continous usage (temple run, fb connected to wifi, at video). is that normal?

  • Ching

    Mga sir, ask ko lang umiinit din ba ang back panel ng Fubo nyo pag nakacharge? Naka off po ang unit at tsaka may spark din ba ang charger nyo pag sinasaksak sa outlet? TIA.

    • edwin

      Umiinit din yong back panel ng as akin! Kakabili ko Lang wala pang 2 weeks. At mabagal mag download, machina sumagap ng WiFi! Sayang opera ko Hindi ako satisfied!!!

    • denz

      ganyan din yung aking umiinit pag chinachrge… bkit ganun? normal b talga yun.

  • http://facebook bieann

    i bought this fubo 1 month ago and its ok naman. prob ko lng po is di ko mtransfer pics from tab to xternal sd card. pwde ba un? and 1 tym i was downloading eh ang laki nung file so i click on the force stop from then on d na ko mkadownload sa playstore.nid na daw ireformat. haiz help pls.

  • rj

    gus2 q sna rin kung magre2lease cla ganyang specs peo win8rt ang os posible kya un?

    • Calvin

      i dont think cherry mobile will enter the windows market.

    • tama

      calvin is correct masyadong malaking pera ang kailangan ng cherry mobile para bilhin ung rights ng windows os(which will make cherry phones expensive)

  • rj

    ask q lng po pd po b cya s ibang moderate graphics games?

  • enna

    anong broadband po ba ang compatible dito?
    I need an OTG para maconnect yung broadband, right?
    please reply po. 😉 Thanks <3

  • jhong

    ano po mas maganda for gaming yung fusion bolt or the samsung tab korean version?

  • myl

    Ask ko lng po.kbibili ko lng ng FuBo 2 days na nakaraan. Mahina ba tlga sounds nya? Yung halos less than half pa lng yung volume paghininaan sya halos wla ka na marinig na sound. Tpos safe ba magcharge sa microusb? Salamat ng madami sa sasagot.

    • noel

      naku ipalit mo na yan. kasi yung akin malakas ang sound…. super ingay nga pag naglalaro anak ko… kaso madalas mag hang… safe lang ang charging with USB…. Yung unang bili ko pinalit ko 7 days kasi super init pag nagchacharge…kahit di nakacharge mainit pa rin back nya kaya pinalit ko… mahina rin ang wifi… kaya pinalitan nila….

      ngayon ok na… nga unang labas ang may diperensya ata.

  • thekat

    Hello Question :) Kakabili ko lang kasi ng FUBO 2 weeks ago. And napansin ko, bigla nalang syang mamatay, then paghawak ko sa liko mainit sya. Minsan kahit fully charge, tapos di ko naman ginagagamit. Pag gagamitin ko na, naka off na sya.
    I tried to install yung Battery saver, and when I click yung hardware options na running, naka on yung “Radio”. Then pag click ko naman ng settings, napupunta lang din sa option for Wifi. Naka off naman yung wifi ko. Sigh :( may resolution kaya dito? Thanks! Kakainis nanyari sya, ika 8th, kaya di na namin napareplace.

  • dantes

    Yup, bought mine 3 months ago, still works fine until now, bad apple lang siguro nabili mo. Medyo ingat ingatan din ang pag gamit.

  • Gerald

    Saan poh ba my available na Touch screen ng FUBO? Naupoan q poh kc yung akin eh!

    • Calvin

      dalhin niyo na lang sa cherry mobile kung maaayos pa nila yan. pero suggestion ko bili ka na lang ng bago, baka halos kapresyo na rin ng bagong fusion bolt ang pagpalit ng screen.

      • Gerald

        ah!! cge poh! tnx. . :)

  • http://google pat

    i have this tablet for about 5 months now, wla pa rin syang problema sa performance.
    two thumbs up para sa CM.
    very satisfied ako sa CM fusion bolt..

  • chat

    Bkit ganun ung tagl mgcharge ng fubo ko kpg USB charger nya ung gambit ko ncra kc ung orig nyang charger kya un ung gnmit ko 8hrs NGO mag100% bkit ganun

  • mark

    Mahusay ang pagkakarebrand sa fusion bolt, although kalahati ito ng ainol novo venus pero kung presyo ang pagbabatayan ay sulit na rin sa 3.999. Nabili ko ang gamit kong fusion bolt 4months ago and so far wala naman naging problema. Sa internet browsing mabilis naman, depende lang sa connection, at location. Well lahat naman yun ang batayan diba? Sa movie mahusay din, disente nitong naip-play ang 1080p. Ang camera, since 2mp at 0.3 ang capacity nito mahusay lang kung outdoor at ok ang light exposure. Ang battery life mahusay din. Sa gaming naman ito ang mga nasubukan ko ng games sa cm.fubo ko:
    -world of anargor
    -the room
    -temple run oz and temple run 2
    -dead trigger
    -eternity warriors2
    -death dome
    -frontline commando
    -contract killer 2
    -modern combat 4 zero hour
    -nba 2k13
    -asphalt 7
    -the amazing spiderman
    -six guns
    -despicable me
    -heroes of orders and chaos ( favorite ) parang dota
    -prince of persia sword and flame
    -samurai vengeance 2
    -wildblood /favorite/
    -major mayhem
    -nun attack
    -final fantasy 3
    -sims freeplay
    -need for speed most wanted
    -nba jam
    -angry birds starwars
    -angry piggy hd
    -max payne
    -zenonia 1,2,3,4,5
    -frontline commando d-day
    -heroes of destiny
    -shadow runner
    -virtua tennis
    -royal revolt
    -crazy taxi
    -order up
    -street tycoon
    ——-highly recommended ko po ang nga games na yan tried and tested po:-)
    Kung gusto nyo po ng ibang gaming experience, you can download n64 emulator , playstaion emulator and gameboy advance emulator sa ok din po ang gaming using those emulators.
    Pwede nyo rin iupgrade ang firmware nito sa ainol tab novo venus7 quadcore, android 4.2.2 gaya ng ginawa ko, kahit di nyo iupgrade ang cm.fubo ay gagana ang mga games na nabanggit, pero kung iuupdate/upgrade ang firmware at o.s nito ay medyo mababawasan ang lag and it will add more smoothness sa paggamit nyo ng cm.fubo. and di na magiging issue ang RAM nya kasi pwede mo na ito i-tweak hanggang 4gb using roehsoft ramexpander application. Downside daw yung kawalan nito ng bluetooth, i don’t think so kasi isa ang bluetooth sa mga di madalas gamitin if you are using a tablet device, 85% tama ako dyan:-)
    Now, if you are planning to buy ay chip but incredible tablet? Fusion bolt is what you are looking for:-)
    Sana makatulong ang mga nasabi ko sa iba pang cm.fubo users at mga nagpa plano pa lamang bumili nito:-)

  • jane

    yung samin nbli ko aug.29,halos 1 wk. pa lng nung minsan nag charge ako,after charging pagkakita ko cracked syaa on the side hnggang sa ibbaw,bumuka sya slght at may tama unti pero nd nman tlaga sya bumgsak or tumama anywhere,kaya til now im wondering f may multo b d2 samn…nd ko na dinala sa cm store im sure ipgppilitan lng na nbgsak,working pa rin nman e…my problem now is bgla hndi na ngwowork yung broadband which is ok nman dati..

    • daddy

      Yun fusion bolt na binili ko sa anak ko umiinit din ng sobra yun likod kahit naka-standby lang at hinde ginagamit.

      Nag-crack yun screen nya at kailangan ko pang ireklamo sa DTI and Cherry Mobile kasi void daw yun warranty.

      Ok na sana yun Fusin Bolt kaya lang may problema talaga sya sa display screen na madalas masira na sakit na daw talaga yun nun unit sabi nun taga Cherry Mobile store sa may Ultimart, San Pablo City, Lagun.

      Sa Lucena pa daw ang service center nila kaya lang and hinde ko matagalan ay ang poor customer service.

      Ayaw nilang magreceive ng unit for repair pag umaga pa, paghihintayin ka pa ng 1:00pm.

      Mga hinde professional at inconsiderate!
      Bumiyahe pa asawa ko mula sa bayan namin para dalhin dun tapos ganun isasalubong sayo!

      Bulok talaga Cherry Mobile!

  • Regina

    Hi lang po sa lahat! Meron po aong isang problem tungkol sa fusion bolt ko…ewan ko kung anung nangyari…biglaan nalang nasira yung camera ko as in yung 2.. pwede pa po ba maayos yun? Yun lang kasi problem ko other than that, wala ng iba.. baka siguro nabagsak ko yung tablet but hindi naman nadamage yung screen…So dissapointing :(

  • Michael

    yan din gusto kong tablet, sayang walang lang bluetooth. Di pwede agad sana pasa ng scandals. Hahaha

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  • http://none reo aying

    To mark paano ba iuupgrade ang cm fubu?

  • stefani olivia clarke

    hi! sa settings po yan mapapalitan go to display:) and another tip for gustong yng fusion storm and bolt maging ios 7 i download povang espier ios 7 launcher,espier ios 7 notification,espier ios 7 screen locker and espier controller;)

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  • http://none justine

    Bakit po yung dead trigger and dead trigger 2 pag nilalaro ko naginginig po yung mga zombies pati yung kamay ng character pati yung mga kasama niya lalo na po yung dead trigger 1 naginginig tas sobrang laggy niya kahit yung ibang mga laro smooth nman pero nanginginig tlga sila

  • roy

    1 year na fubo namin with original fw installed, reflash ko sa orig na AINOL NOVO QUAD VENUS (rebranded kasi tong fubo from german tablet) ganda ng performance, 2k14 no lag. gamit ng 1 year old ko na lalaki..nababaldog nababagsak pinanggigilan ang screen sa pagpindot pero nasa screen protector lang ang scratches at wala lamat.. smooth at makinis. natawa ako sa post na hindi naman nababagsak o anupaman pero nag crack hahahaha. marketing startegy ng kalaban ang manira ayan na sya.