After a couple of weeks of teasers, the Cherry Mobile Aqua 5G Series has finally launched. With a starting price of Php7,999, it’s already quite promising. There’s the entry level Aqua S10 Pro 5G, which gives you high speed connectivity at an unbeatable price. Then there’s the Aqua SV that’s such a premium upgrade for not much more than the Aqua S10 Pro 5G.

Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro 5G

First, let’s talk about this enticing entry-level 5G handset. To be honest, it’s entry-level in price, but leans more toward the midrange when it comes to specs.

Display

The Aqua S10 Pro 5G comes equipped with a whopping 6.78″ Full HD+ Trueview Punch-hole display that’s almost as big as some smaller tablets.

CPU/RAM/Storage

Under the hood runs a capable Dimensity 700 with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz. RAM is an acceptable 4GB RAM, though it could be better. Storage, is plentiful with 128GB that you can further expand via micro SD up to 512GB.

Cameras

The Aqua S10 Pro 5G rocks a quad camera setup, enhanced with AI post-processing. The primary shooter has a 48MP sensor, which hopefully will be a step up from the one found on the Aqua S10 Pro. No other details were shared about the rest of the rear camera setup, though they’re likely to be wide, depth, and macro cameras.┬áThe selfie camera is rated at 16MP, which should lead to shareable social media selfies.

Other Features

Rounding out the Aqua S10 Pro 5G’s feature set are a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging and 10W wireless charging. The body comes in a glossy Astral Gray finish with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for easier unlocking. The device runs on Android 11 and is priced at an extremely affordable Php7,999.

Cherry Mobile Aqua SV

If you have the cash to spare, you can get quite a significant upgrade over the Aqua S10 Pro 5G. Some features you’d expect to find in the premium midrange, not in the more entry-level price range for a 5G device.

Display

The Aqua SV comes with a 6.6″ Full HD+ Trueview 90Hz AMOLED display with a dual punch hole for the selfie cameras. While smaller than the Aqua S10 Pro 5G’s 6.78″ display, the Aqua SV’s AMOLED display is capable of rendering true blacks, making for a much more contrasty and realer than life look. On top of that, the edges are curved, similar to what Samsung has been doing on its flagships and premium midrange handsets for some time now. Add to that the in-display fingerprint sensor, which is not only a bonus feature at this price point, but a first for Cherry Mobile as well.

CPU/RAM/Storage

The Aqua SV is a capable device, powered by a Dimensity 810 SoC with the CPU clocked at 2.4GHz. Power users will appreciate the 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM that goes along with it. Storage is also expandable via micro SD up to 512GB.

Cameras

Another reason to step up to the Aqua SV are the cameras. The main rear camera is a 64MP shooter, while you also get a 5MP wide angle camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. Users will appreciate the diversity of lenses offered here as you don’t always get it at this price point. Not only that but you also get dual selfie cameras as well. The main selfie shooter is rated at 16MP, while there’s a secondary sensor to go along with it. No word yet though if it’s a wider angle lens or just a depth sensor.

Other Features

The Aqua SV is powered by a 4,200mAh battery, which some power users will probably scoff at. However, it does feature faster 30W charging versus the Aqua S10 Pro 5G’s 18W charging. It doesn’t seem to have wireless charging though, which might be a turn off for some. It does have a leather back cover in Luxe Green, which further adds to the already premium feel of the Aqua SV. The device runs on Android and is priced at just Php11,999.

So what do you guys think of the Cherry Mobile Aqua 5G Series? Impressed by the specs at their respective price points or are there any compromises you feel Cherry Mobile shouldn’t have taken. Let me know in the comments below!

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JM Balicano

Back when I started MobileTechPinoy in 2012, phablets weren't a thing yet. I enjoyed the stares I got from iPhone owners whenever I whipped out my Samsung Galaxy Note at the time. I'm much more budget-conscious these days though and am perfectly fine with using phones from any of our locally brands.

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