Update [5/11/2013]: Cherry Mobile has officially confirmed the Skyfire 2.0 and will start rolling it out nationwide next week. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking about getting the Skyfire 2.0!
It seems like only yesterday when the locally branded smartphone market was dominated by dual core phones with WVGA screens. Well, in recent months, the much awaited transition to quad core phones with better displays has started to trend, and it looks like the Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0 will be the next locally branded quad core device to hit the market. Cherry Mobile actually posted a teaser of the Skyfire 2.0, even blurring out the name to add an air of mystery to it. Now, a week has passed and we’ve even got a quick list of the key Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0 specs.
Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0 Specs
- 5 inch IPS scratch-proof display
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad core processor
- 1Gb RAM
- 4Gb internal storage
- 8mp rear-facing autofocus camera, 2mp front camera
- 2000mah battery
- dual SIM/dual standby
- Price: Php7,999
It hasn’t been confirmed what kind of resolution the Skyfire 2.0’s 5 inch screen will be rocking, but I expect it to be a qHD (540 x 960) screen rather than an HD (720 x 1280) display. It’s also likely to use Dragon Trail glass as some of Cherry Mobile’s phones have used in the past. The SoC is another key spec of interest. The processor will be clocked at 1.2GHz, and based on the teaser graphic at the top of this post, it will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. It’s more than likely that it will be the same Qualcomm MSM8225Q as the one found on the Flame 2.0, so performance should be respectable but not blazing fast.
Based on these specs and pricing, the Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0 might end up cannibalizing sales of the Omega HD. They share a few similarities, such as the large 5 inch screen, the Android 4.1 OS and a battery capacity of at least 2,000mAh. However those looking for a more performance-oriented experience will likely go for the Skyfire 2.0 while those who are after a nice screen and good imaging capabilities will flock toward the Omega HD.
The specs are courtesy of Cherry Angel, a dealer and trusted source of Cherry Mobile-related leaks. The Skyfire 2.0 is expected to start hitting stores this weekend, although there is always the possibility that Cherry Mobile North Edsa might jump the gun ahead of everyone else as they have done in the past. Personally, I think that this is a good move by Cherry Mobile to provide more choice at the Php7,999 price point. Interested buyers can decide whether they want the performance of the Skyfire 2.0 or the imaging capabilities and aesthetics of the Omega HD rather than have to spend an extra Php1,000 – 2,000 for a phone that combines both.
Source: Cherry Angel