The other day, Cherry Mobile posted a teaser graphic of something XXXL to come. Well, looks like it’s here folks. Ladies and gentlemen, please say hello to the Cherry Mobile Cruize. While it may not be the Omega that everyone was waiting for, the Cherry Mobile Cruize still has a lot going for it. It has a large 5.2 inch WVGA screen, 1GHz single core Broadcom processor, 512Mb of RAM, 4Gb of ROM and a whopping 2,500mAh battery. The specs are pretty pedestrian, but considering it has a screen of phablet proportions, you’d still be surprised that it only sells for Php4,499. Oh, and it even has dual SIM support!
The Cruize isn’t the ideal gaming phone – heck, it’ll probably be barely capable of playing any graphically intensive 3D games – but that large screen gives it plenty of benefits for the buck. First, it makes it much easier and more convenient to consume content like eBooks, web articles and movies. You’ll also have an easier time composing text messages and emails because a larger screen allows it to accommodate a roomier keyboard for fewer typing mistakes. Finally, while the Cherry Mobile Cruize may not be able to play games like NOVA 3 or The Dark Knight Rises, it’ll still be much easier to play more casual games because of more space for the controls. Couple that with a large 2,500mAh battery (my Galaxy Note’s battery has the same capacity), and you’re looking at an Android smartphone that should last you close to 1 to 2 days.
Sure, there are some downsides to the Cherry Mobile Cruize. First, there’s that single core 1GHz processor that makes it a bit underpowered for heavier apps and games. Then there’s the relatively low WVGA (480 x 800) resolution that results in a pixel density of only 179ppi. The screen may be large, but don’t expect a lot of detail. Then again, the Cruize only retails for Php4,499. In comparison, the Cherry Mobile Flare’s SRP is Php3,999 and a lot of dealers are selling it for Php4.2k-4.5k because of the high demand for it. So if you were really looking to use the Flare as a mobile internet browsing device or glorified eBook reader, then the Cruize might be the ideal alternative for you.
Cherry Mobile Cruize Specifications
- 1GHz single core Broadcom CPU
- 5.2 inch WVGA display (480 x 800 resolution, 179ppi)
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 512Mb RAM
- 4Gb ROM, expandable up to 32Gb via Micro SD
- Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G
- 8mp rear-facing camera with flash, VGA front-facing camera
- 2,500mAh battery
- dual SIM
- Price: Php4,499
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