It’s been a while since I last heard from the Cherry Mobile Magnum series, so it was a pleasant surprise when the Magnum S was recently announced. What was even more pleasant was realizing that the Cherry Mobile Magnum S was an octa core phone that would manage to sell for a little less than Php10k! Octa core for the masses!
The Cherry Mobile Magnum S comes equipped with a inch HD IPS screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. HD IPS screens are nothing new to this price point, but the extra scratch and shatter protection is a welcome addition. In addition, the Magnum S runs on 1GB RAM and comes with 16GB ROM. You’re also getting an 18mp rear-facing shooter with dual LED flash along with an 8mp front camera with its own flash. Not bad for a Php10k smartphone.
However, a few compromises were made to achieve this price point. While HD resolution is still respectable, most flagship class octa core smartphones come with Full HD screens. Also, it would have been nice if the Magnum S came with at least 2GB RAM instead of just 1GB to really maximize the multitasking experience.
Still, its not often that you find Gorilla Glass 3, a true 18mp resolution shooter with dual LED flash, not to mention a front camera with its own flash at this price point. It still might not compare with the Mi 3 and its crazy-affordable specs for the price point, but so far, the Cherry Mobile Magnum S is the closest anyone has gotten. Hopefully, more local brands will come out with price-competitive octa-core devices that can rival the Mi 3.
Cherry Mobile Magnum S Specs
- 5″ HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 (720 x 1280 resolution, 294ppi)
- 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
- Mali 450 GPU
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB ROM
- 18mp rear-facing autofocus camera with dual LED flash
- 8mp front camera with LED flash
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- 2,300mAh non-removable battery
- 7.1mm thin
- Price: Php9,999