When the original Omega HD was released, many were wowed by its HD screen, which was a first for a locally-branded smartphone. However its feeble MT6577 chipset was too underpowered to process that many pixels, and many of those who hadn’t gotten the Omega HD ended up going for the MyPhone A919i Duo instead or waiting for something better to come. If you’re one of those who waited for something even better, here’s some good news for you. The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 has been spotted in the wild, and boy is it looking gorgeous. Thanks to Apol Marie Duque, who posted pics of her freshly bought Omega HD 2.0 on one of the Facebook user groups, we now have some live photos of the sure-to-be hit.
Based on these images of the Omega HD 2.0, the build quality and design is looking pretty close to its predecessor. That’s fine with me since the Omega HD already had a great build to begin with. The best part of all? It’s now powered by a quad core SoC.
A look at the system information through the Antutu benchmarking tool reveals some more official specs, like the 1.2GHz quad core MT6589 processor, PowerVR SGX 544MP, and the 1Gb RAM and 4GB ROM configuration that is becoming the cookie cutter spec sheet of most of the higher end phones that are coming out these days. The Omega HD 2.0 still retains the 5 inch HD IPS screen (720 x 1280, 294ppi) to go along with the 12mp rear and 2mp front cameras with BSI sensors. The whole thing runs Android 4.2 out of the box, which makes this the second phone that will hit the market with the most updated version of Android (the other one is the O+ 8.15).
Miss Apol was also kind enough to post some benchmark scores from some of the most popular benchmarking tools out there. Since it’s powered by the same SoC as the MyPhone A919i Duo and OPlus 8.15, it also has similar Antutu scores. The Omega HD 2.0 scored 12,668 while the A919i Duo that I reviewed scored 12,377.
However what’s weird is that despite being powered by the same MT6589 processor and SGX 544MP GPU, the Omega HD 2.0 managed 43.7fps in the Nenamark test, while the A919i only scored 37.3fps. Below is a different graphics benchmark, the FPS test. This one also shows the Omega HD 2.0 being capable of producing frame rates in the 45fps range.
There had already been rumors and whispers from trusted sources that a refresh of the Omega HD would be imminent, and now we have it in the form of the Omega HD 2.0. How miss Apol managed to buy one ahead of its intended June release is beyond me, but thanks to her leak, we now know what to expect. At Php8,999, it’s one of the most value-packed locally branded smartphones you will soon be able to buy. The question that remains is how long is it going to take for Cherry Mobile to officially launch the Omega HD 2.0 and when the actual release date will be.
Source: Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 (OFFICIAL) user group
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