Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Preview

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0

The Sonic 2.0 is another quad-core phone from Cherry Mobile priced at Php3,999. However instead of having the more popular MediaTek or Qualcomm processors it uses the Broadcom BCM23550.

It has a 4-inch screen with WVGA resolution powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, VideoCore IV HW GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM.

Key Specs:

  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby
  • Tri-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Dual Band HSPA+
  • 4" capacitive WVGA (800x480) touchscreen display, 2-point multi-touch
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 quad core CPU, VideoCore IV GPU, Broadcom BCM 23550 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 5MP main camera with LED flash
  • VGA secondary camera
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • MP3/MP4 Player
  • Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
  • Bluetooth  v4.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • 1400mAh Li-Ion Battery

CPU-Z Info
CPU-Z Info

For UNBOXING please kindly click HERE.


HARDWARE:

Front of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Front

The front has a standard size bezels around the 4-inch screen. The earpiece is located above the screen and to its left is the secondary camera. Below the display you can find the capacitive menu, home and back keys.

Back of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Back

At the back there is the 5MP main camera flanked by an LED flash and the loudspeaker grill. The back is made of a matte plastic, it is resistant to smudges and fingerprints.

Battery, SIM and Micro SD compartments of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Battery, Micro SD and SIM Compartments

The battery compartment can be found after removing the back cover. Unlike most smartphones wherein the micro SD and SIM card slots are placed at the upper part, those in the Sonic 2.0 are located below.

Top part of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Top

The top houses the power key together with the 3.5mm audio jack.

Bottom part of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Bottom

The micro USB port and the mouthpiece are located at the bottom part of the phone.

Left side of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Left

On the left of the device is the volume rocker while there is nothing on the right.

Right side of Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0
Right

The design is a squarish type that reminds me of how the Flare S100 looks like. I do not know the actual dimensions but it is as thick as the Nokia Asha 501 which measures 12mm in thickness. When you put in the free jelly case, the device looks chubbier.

The overall build quality is good, the back cover fits perfectly. There are NO squeaking sound or whatsoever while holding and using the device.


DISPLAY:

2-point multi-touch
2-point multi-touch

The Sonic 2.0 has 4-inch screen with WVGA (800x480) resolution and supports only up to 2-point multi-touch.

Landscape View
Landscape View

The display is made from ordinary panel, the viewing angles are limited and the colors are easily washed out when you view it from the side. It is also quite reflective and has poor sunlight legibility.


SENSORS:

Sensors
Sensors

There are two sensors in this device, the accelerometer and the touch panel proximity sensor. The latter is quite unique and this is the first time I encountered it, the proximity sensor activates when around 2/3 of the screen is covered.



BENCHMARKS:

Antutu, 13326
Antutu, 13326
Quadrant, 3573
Quadrant, 3573
NenaMark2, 54.1fps
Vellamo, HTML 1237 & Metal 499
Vellamo, HTML 1237 & Metal 499

The Sonic 2.0 employs Broadcom 23550 processor wherein the CPU is based from Cortex-A7 architecture which is the same with the CPU inside the MediaTek MT6589. The difference is on the GPU, the Broadcom uses VideoCore IV HW while the MediaTek has PowerVR SGX544.

Both the Antutu and Quadrant benchmarks assess the overall performance of the device. It scored fairly decent in the Antutu but it is quite low in the Quadrant.

The NenaMark2 tests the OpenGL ES 2.0 and the Sonic 2.0 scored quite well. The Vellamo is a multi-vector benchmark for CPU (Metal) and Web Browser (HTML5) wherein it scored OK in the former but quite low in the latter.

To know how did it performed against other quad-core phones that we reviewed in the past please kindly see below.

Antutu Comparison
Quadrant Comparison
NenaMark2 Comparison
Vellamo HTML Comparison



INITIAL VERDICT:

With an SRP of just Php3,999, it is the best quad-core smartphone you can buy for that price. The Antutu result shows that it is as capable as other quad-core handsets in the local market not to mention that it has 1GB of RAM which is pretty rare (or shall I say the only one) for that price range.

NEXT PAGE: Introduction, Interface, Dual SIM Settings, Telephony and Phonebook

6 comments:

  1. pa raffle mo na yan =)

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  2. bagong bookmarked na website! keep up the good work!


    sir, wala bang multi touch bug tulad ng flare?

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  3. Pinagiisipan ko pa sir.. hehe

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  4. Oo nga... Wala bang multi touch bug?

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  5. I was wondering if you would recommend this phone over the other touch screen phones around its price range? The camera is important to me, and I would rather buy a phone that's around its size. The 4.5 inch screens and higher do not appeal to me at all. I'd rather it be something that can fit in my pocket ^_^
    Also is the touch screen responsive? I would like to be able to use at least a gba or a nintendo emulator with the phone to play platformer games. And with platformer games, there does tend to be a lot of times when you have to press two buttons at once.

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  6. maganda ang CM Sonic 2.0, ok ang specs pero isang bagay lang ang mejo nakapaturn-off sa akin, hindi NVidia Tegra ang Video Card niya kaya hindi ako makalaro ng game na: NBA 2K13... pero over-all = 4/5... 1 GB Ram is over than better...

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