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!
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.
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.
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|