|Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus Review: Extra Attraction|
Cherry Mobile started the year very strong with the released of several new devices, one of them is their first ever MediaTek MT6595-powered smartphone with LTE connectivity, the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus.
The Cosmos One Plus is the company's first flagship Android phone for 2015, it sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution that translate to 401 pixels per inch.
On the inside it is powered by an octa core processor having four Cortex-A17 CPU cores clocked at 2GHz each plus another four Cortex-A7 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz each combined with series 6 PowerVR G6200 GPU coupled with a very generous 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The retail package consists of the unit, 2700mAh battery, paper documents, headset, USB cable, charger and free Smart Case. To learn more about the physical appearance of the phone, you may want to check the video above.
The front is vastly occupied by the huge display, the left and right bezels are of just the right size. Below the screen you will find the usual capacitive keys while the earpiece grill, sensors, secondary camera and notification light are all located above the display.
The back has a strong resemblance with its predecessor, the original Cosmos One, it has a fine textured finish and all sides are slightly tapered towards the edges. The camera and LED flash are both enclosed on a metallic plate in the upper part while the Cherry Mobile logo can be found directly above the loudspeaker grill at the lower part.
|Back cover with NFC chip|
Removing the back cover will reveal the two micro SIM and micro SD slots and the 2700mAh battery. The One Plus has NFC connectivity, and its NFC chip is placed directly at the back of the back cover.
The top holds the 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary microphone while the bottom has the micro USB port together with the primary microphone.
The volume rocker is placed at the left side while the dedicated camera button and power key are located at the right side.
I have been using this as my main driver for more than a month and people who saw it are really impressed with its design and build quality. It is pretty solid and the aluminum frame adds a striking contrast to the overall looks. Handling wise, phone of this size is really meant to be used with both hands, yet it is still comfortable to hold with just one hand for calling, web browsing and some other functions.
|With Smart Cover|
Cherry Mobile is generous enough to include a Smart Cover. When in use, it automatically activates a different interface wherein there are three windows that displays time, notifications and music player controls.
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The phone has a 5.5-inch screen with IPS technology and Full HD resolution. In terms of display quality, there is nothing much to complain about, the color reproductions are realistic, images are vivid and viewing angles are great. In addition, you can also tweak the display with the help of Clear Motion and Mira Vision.
The accelerometer, proximity, light, gyroscope, orientation and magnetic sensors are all verified working both on CPU-Z and Android Sensor Box. In addition, there is also no issue encountered on real life usage.
|Antutu - 46917|
|Quadrant - 22,703|
|Vellamo: Browser - 3762, Multicore - 1966, Metal - 1792|
|NenaMark2 - 59.5fps|
The Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus aced all the benchmarks, especially in Antutu wherein it garnered almost 47K, the highest score we have seen so far on the phones that we reviewed.
It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and according to Cherry Mobile, it is upgradable to Android Lollipop. One evidence can be found on the above photo where it shows that the Kernel Version is a newer one, which is 3.10.
Upon first boot, you will be asked to fill out the E-Warranty, you can skip it at any point of time, but we suggests to complete the form since it extends your warranty from 12 months to 15 months.
|Gesture Sensing and Smart Wake|
The interface utilizes a near-stock Android UI with a little tweak on the app icons. In addition, there is also Smart Wake and Gesture Sensing features. The first one allows you to wake up the phone from sleep (without pressing the power button) by performing actions such as double tap, swipe up, etc. Meanwhile, the second one allows you to control several applications by waving your hands in front of the phone.
The telephone, messaging, email and other basic functions are all working fine as they should, no issue or problem encountered as of this writing.
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The gallery houses all the photos and videos on your device, which can be grouped by albums, locations or times. It has built in photo editor for pictures and trimming app for videos.
Video Player, Music Player and FM Radio:
|Video player, music player & FM radio|
The video player, music player and FM radio have the sames looks and UI like other locally branded phones that we reviewed, no aesthetics or added functions.
Camera and Video:
|Camera and Video|
The camera and video share the same interface, it has the same layout with other KitKat devices with built-in filters. Shooting modes include normal, picture-in-picuture, live photo, motion track, face beauty, panorama and spherical panorama.
|View from 89th floor|
|Low-light without flash|
The main camera utilizes Sony IMX214 sensor, it is the same module that can be found in the likes of One Plus One, Oppo Find 7a and Xiaomi Mi 4. It terms of image quality, it is one of the best we have seen from Cherry Mobile. The resolved details are amazing and the colors are crisp, even in low-light conditions. Focusing is also fast and accurate.
Sample Video - 1080p
Sample Video - 720p
Like the still camera, the camcorder capability is great too, it is smooth and has no dropped frames at all.
The only browser installed is the stock Android app, it is fast wherein the complete pages are loaded in a matter of few seconds.
|Dead Trigger 2|
|Dungeon Hunter 4|
|Storage and Install Location|
Playing any kind of games is definitely seamless and stutter free, even if you set the graphics to the highest settings. On another note, it has 32GB of unified internal storage wherein 27.02 Gigabytes are available to the users. It is already quite a huge space, but in case you need more, you can save/move games (and apps in general) to a micro SD card.
The Cosmos One Plus has dual SIM capability with dual LTE connectivity and based on our tests, both slots are perfectly working wherein we able to get more than 26Mbps download speed and more than 15Mbps upload speed. You can share this awesome mobile internet connection via WiFi hotspot, USB or Bluetooth tethering. If you do not have a data plan, you can always count on its reliable and fast WiFi 802.11ac.
The Bluetooth has version 4.0 and the phone has a pre-installed BLE Manager to organize all your connected BT devices.
|NFC Tag Master|
It also has MediaTek's HotKnot and NFC connectivity, both technologies enable devices to communicate by either touching each other or bringing them into proximity. The latter has a wider application and the One Plus has NFC Tag Master app to take advantage of it. This app allows you to write a certain commands on an NFC Tag and once that tag makes contact, the phone will perform the instructions programmed on it.
The MiraCast or Cast Screen feature is one step more sophisticated compared to other devices. On top of displaying the phone's content on a bigger display, you can also use its screen to be the "host" for other devices to display their contents.
Other connectivity options include wireless printing, OTG-capable micro USB port and CTIA compliant 3.5mm audio jack.
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The productivity tools installed are Calculator, Calendar, Clock, File Manager, Sound Recorder and To Do. There is no document reader/editor, but there are plenty to choose from for free in the Play Store.
It has GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou, the last two are Russian and Chinese satellite navigation system respectively. Based on our test, we are able to get satellite lock in almost an instant with a very impressive accuracy of 3 feet, the most accurate we have so far.
As I mentioned earlier in this review, I used the Cosmos One Plus as my primary phone for more than a month. The average up time is more or less 8 hours with 4G/LTE always on, 4 email accounts and several social accounts running on the background, around 100 texts and a few minutes of calls. After a few days, we decided to set the connection to 3G/HSPA+ only and the battery life significantly improved to about 11-12 hours. Meanwhile, one our gaming loop test, it managed to last for more than 3 hours before the low battery warning popped out.
In less than two months time, Cherry Mobile had already rolled out two minor software updates with version 4 last January and version 5 on February. It is good to know that the local mobile brand pays good attention to their flagship device and because of this, we have high hopes that the Lollipop upgrade will come very soon.
|Pinoy Apps Shop|
The usual company apps are installed, namely Fun Club, Cherry Play and Pinoy App Shop.
Under the Device Administrator, you can enable/disable Android Device Manager and the Anti-theft service, these things help to protect any information on your device. For added security, you can also encrypt almost anything on your phone.
|Gameloft, Backup & Restore, Compass|
|Downloads, Kakao Talk, News & Weather|
|Search, SIM ToolKit and Torch|
Other applications installed by default are several Google apps and the 9 apps found in the last three screenshots above.
The Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus is worthy of being a flagship in every means possible, it has a great build quality, nice aesthetics, beautiful display, very powerful processor, generous amount of RAM, huge internal storage, all sorts of connectivity including NFC and dual LTE, capable cameras and smooth overall performance.
Octa core MediaTek MT6595M chipset
3GB of RAM
32GB of storage
5.5-inch full HD display
Very decent cameras
Average battery life
- Quad band 2G, triple band 3G/LTE
- Dual micro SIM, dual standby
- 5.5-inch IPS capacitive FHD (1920x1080) touchscreen display, 5-point touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Upgradable to Android Lollipop
- 2GHz quad core Cortex-A17 CPU + 1.7GHz quad core Cortex-A7 CPU, PowerVR G6200 GPU, MediaTek MT6595M octa core chipset
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via micro SD card
- 14MP f/2.0 auto focus main camera with LED flash, Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor
- 8MP secondary camera
- Multimedia player
- FM Radio
- 3.5mm audio jack
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidu
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
- Bluetooth v4.0, LE
- Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity, gyroscope, magnetic
- 2700mAh battery
- Price: Php13,999
- Freebies: pre-installed screen protector, smart case