|Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0|
The Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 is currently the cheapest quad-core smartphone with 1GB of RAM with just a price tag of Php3,999.
It packs a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display powered by a less popular Broadcom processor. Inside the BCM23550 is a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU which in theory has the same processing power with other chipset with the same architecture like MediaTek MT6589.
The main difference lies in the GPU, the Sonic 2.0 employs a Video Core IV for its graphics algorithm.
- 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 auto focus 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, Touch Panel Proximity
- 1400mAh Li-Ion Battery
- Reflective screen
- Only 2-point multi-touch
- Unable to transfer apps to micro SD card
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On the lockscreen you will see a padlock icon inside a circle, in order to unlock the device you need to press and swipe it to the right. Doing the opposite will launch the Google now.
The homescreen consist of 5 pages by default, but you can increase it up to 7 or reduce it to only 1. You can do this together with other options when you access the launcher preferences.
There are also five apps shortcut at the bottom of the screen, the middle always opens the app drawer and you cannot change it, the rest can be customized depending on your taste.
To access the notification area, you need one finger swipe from the top to the bottom of the screen. Any kind of notification is collapsible, for example a screenshot has the option to share it while a missed call will give you the options to call back or send a message.
Using two-finger swipe will reveal the quick toggle settings, some like the WiFi needs press and hold to activate while others like the Airplane Mode is just a single tap.
The default applications include social networking apps like Twitter, Facebook and KakaoTalk as well as Cherry Mobile apps, sadly none of them can be uninstalled.
DUAL SIM FUNCTIONALITY:
You will first encounter the dual SIM settings the first time you turn on your phone (of course with SIM card/s installed). If you do not access it then, you can just go to Settings>SIM Management.
Each SIM can be enabled/disabled, Voice call and Message can be set to SIM1, SIM2 or always asks. Video calls can be set to SIM1 or SIM2 while the Data connection has the same options plus the choice to disable it.
The dial pad accepts name and number inputs, if you use the former it will search matching contacts in your phonebook. During an incoming call, you have the options to cancel, answer or cancel the call with a message.
While on a call you can put in on loudspeaker, mute the microphone, put the other person on the other line on-hold and record the call. The screen automatically turns off when you put the phone near to your ears, thanks to the touch panel proximity sensor.
The second tab in the telephony is for the call logs, it can be filtered by missed, incoming or outgoing calls . You can also opt to display the logs from each SIM or both. Selecting a certain log will reveal more information.
The phonebook will automatically sync all contacts from the accounts you add to your phone e.g. Google. You can choose to display which contacts to appear, in the same manner creating new contact will prompt you to where you want it to be saved.
The Group is a consolidated contact under the same category, it allows you to easily organize people in your phone book. If you had created groups in your online accounts like Google it can be synced as well.
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