The Cherry Mobile G1 launched yesterday, together with the presence of Google executives. It’s the second Google phone under the Android One initiative under the Cherry Mobile brand.
What makes this different is the Android One label distinguishing this phone from other Android devices. The back panel uses the same plastic material that is smooth to hold as most of the Cherry Mobile phones do.
Camera has a black shiny bezel around it and both, with the LED flash is dead on center. The best part about the design is the 2 chrome stripes on the side, going around the device from top to bottom. It gives the device a more premium feel to it.
The Dragontrail glass upfront promises a tougher exterior and is said to be resistant to scratches. With a 5-inch (1280×720) IPS display, it made the graphics much crisper and sharper. The 3 buttons at the bottom is incorporated in the LCD screen and not as resistive touch buttons.
At the top portion is the 3.5mm headphone jack positioned at about 1/3 from the left. At the right side is the power button and volume control buttons while at the bottom is the MicroUSB port and the speaker grills.
Overall, it has improved a lot if you compare it with the first released Android One device in terms of processing speed, camera, and now, this even has LTE connectivity! It’s good that this device has a 2-year Google support as ‘update support’ tends to be the problem with local units. Android One’s vision is to empower the majority of the citizens in developing nations with these affordable smartphones and with the introduction of this new competitive device, it now brings more light to the Android One project making affordable powerful smartphones a reality.
Cherry Mobile G1 will be available for purchase starting (est) around late August to early September of 2015 with SRP of 5,999 pesos.
Cherry Mobile G1 Specs:
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.1.1|
|CPU||1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon MSM8916 64 bit|
|Display||5-inch HD IPS On-cell screen|
|Dragon Trail Glass|
|Connectivity||LTE, WiFi, BT 4.0|
|SIM Slot||Dual SIM|
|Camera||13MP BSI Rear Camera with Dual LED Flash|
|5MP BSI Front Camera|