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Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Review: A Deeper Look Into Cherry’s Limited Edition Phone

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We review Cherry Mobile’s limited edition phone

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos One generated plenty of buzz when it was initially announced by Cherry Mobile. Since the company said that the Cosmos One was going on sale for just one day (back in August 30), we were quite surprised to see a review unit land on our lap. Why send a review device when you’re not going to offer it again, right? It seems that the Cosmos One isn’t as limited as we originally thought, and Cherry Mobile execs confirmed that they were toying with the idea of offering the Cosmos One for sale again, since it did so well during its first run. Whatever their reasons, the Cosmos One is here now, and this is our review of it.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos One

  • 1.4Ghz MediaTek 6592m octa-core processor
  • Mali-450MP GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 8GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 14-megapixel BSI main camera with flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, HSPA+
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Miracast, GPS, USB OTG
  • 2400mAh battery
  • Android KitKat 4.4

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A nicer looking Pulse

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos One’s specs are similar to another affordable octa-core smartphone that we reviewed a few weeks earlier, the Pulse. The Pulse used a faster 1.7GHz octa-core smartphone, while the Cosmos One has a slower 1.4GHz one, though  it has a bigger 5.5-inch HD display with better glass protection compared to the 5-inch one on the Pulse. The Cosmos One is more visually appealing as well – the device has a faux leather pattern that gives it a premium look, though the illusion disappears when you actually touch it. The Cosmos One is probably one of the few Cherry Mobile phones that have a hardware shutter key that’s located on the same side as the power key. While this allows you to take photos quickly and easily, it takes some getting used to, as you’ll mistakenly hit the shutter key in a vain attempt to try and unlock the device. A silver band surrounds the sides of the Cosmos One, giving it a visual oomph.

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One nice thing we liked was that the camera lens was smack dab in the center and was not protruding unlike other designs on the market. This means that whatever surface you lay the Cosmos One on, you can count on the camera lens not getting scratched by whatever surface you lay it on.

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The 5.5-inch HD display had generally good color reproduction as well as viewing angles but had a little trouble when exposed to direct sunlight. The Cosmos One’s display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, and while it’s not as tough as the 3, it’s more than enough to protect it from the rigors of daily use.

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Fast and fluid, though the Wireless connections have issues

While the Cosmos One use MediaTek’s slower 1.4GHz octa-core processor, it was still able to deliver solid performance, both in synthetic benchmarks and in real-world situations. The Cosmos One scored around 26331 points in AnTuTu 5, which is typical of the hardware configuration that it has. In actual use, the device was quick and responsive, with apps opening quickly. There’s almost zero lag during navigation and transitions, and playing demanding Android games like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 had no issues whatsoever, even with the performance set on high.

There’s a little niggle though when it comes to the wireless suite of the Cosmos One. While it’s capable of both receiving and sending data via 3G, it seemed to continually disconnect from our PLDT MyDSL router that we used at home. While this could be fixed quickly by just shutting off and turning on WiFi on the phone, it’s a bit of a chore. To be fair, the Cosmos One did not exhibit this behaviour when connected to our Smart LTE portable router. We also noticed that the GPS of the Cosmos One was a bit weak, and lost signal in areas with tall buildings on both sides (like in Ayala Avenue).

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 Good camera for a phone its price

One thing that users are wary of when it comes to Cherry Mobile’s offerings is the generally less than stellar cameras that the firm uses. To be fair to Cherry Mobile, their camera modules had been steadily improving over the past few months, and the Cosmos One is no exception. Photos are generally good, with decent color reproduction and detail in the shots. It has quirky white balance issues though that shows up in artificially lite environs (which in all fairness is present in most the cameras of local brands), but it’s not too big of an issue. We’re hoping that Cherry Mobile continues this trend with their cameras in their future devices.

Finally, an octa-core smartphone you can use all day

If there’s one thing that people have started to associate with octa-core smartphones, is that the batteries that local brands pair with them aren’t up to the task of powering the smartphone all day. While the Cosmos One isn’t quite the all-day smartphone that we’re used to, it comes pretty close – it clocked in around 10 hours of useful battery life with moderate use. The Cosmos One’s more energy efficient 1.4Ghz MediaTek 6592m processor and 2400mAh battery allows it to go further than other devices with a full power 1.7GHz processor.

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Verdict: definitely worth the money, but will you be able to buy it again?

The Cosmos One has a nice blend of performance, camera and battery life. At around Php 6,999, it’s definitely cheaper than typical octa-core smartphones that are out in the market today. The question now is how will you buy one if you want one? There’s still no new offer for the Cosmos One a month after it initially went on sale, though again, Cherry Mobile has said that it’s open to offering the device back on the market if there’s enough demand for it. If they every do sell it again, we recommend that you grab one right away.

 

 

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

67 Comments

  1. “The Cherry Mobile Cosmos One’s specs are similar to another affordable octa-core smartphone that we reviewed a few weeks earlier, the Pulse. Both devices use a lower-clocked octa-core processor, although the Cosmos One has a bigger 5.5-inch HD”

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaat??!!! Isn’t it that CM Pulse uses the higher clocked MTK6592 1.7GHz?? what do you mean the same lower clocked octa-core?????????

  2. Try updating the the device via OTA. There’s 2 updates, a 500mb and 50+mb updates.

    Mine never had wifi issue using TP-Link router. GPS is rather slow to lock on, even in open areas (like nlex).

    One nifty advantage is that accessories is already available, the Zopo ZP998 is exaclty same phone but lower specs. Bought a smart flip cover from Novo7Tech.

    1. My cosmos one is on v05 but the current OTA update is v07 which refuses to install due to mismatched signature. I think I need to get v06 first. Does anyone know a way to get it without going to a service center? I’m overseas at the moment.

    2. Where can i get the 500MB update po? Ung 50+MB update na lang ung nasa OTA eh. A reply would be highly appreciated

  3. Bought mine 2 days ago, accurate review sir, although the wifi issue is not present with mine maybe namimili sya ng router. Overall, ok syang ginagamit, pero simula ko inupdate sa latest firmware ung camera ko me bug, it wont focus sa gsto mo i focus paminsan reverse sya, like tap it sa right sa left sya fofocus pero ung solution ko is i will reopen the camera app and ayun boom ok na sya.

      1. Yup. Some leftover stocks, di masyado ata nag hit sa Pampanga… If you want to buy punta ka nalang sa SM City Clark, 2nd Floor Cyberzone, me CM Kiosk dun. Kapatid ko naka bili din ng isa today

  4. Dang!.. Its a Beefed down spec of a ZOPPO ZP998, Good for Novo7Tech shops, their
    ZP998 accessories has new a compatible phone that fits to it. lol! 🙂

  5. I just bought the phone and installed initially my first ever game.. Clash of Clans.. Got frustrated because it over heated while i’m using it for 2 minutes only! 2 minutes ?! I haven’t able make my 1st attack yet and it was so hot that I am unable to hold it. Take note, it’s brand new. Can someone help me to fix this?

    1. Go to the Settings/Apps and disable all Cherry Mobile Bloatware. Install Cleanmaster to use the Cool Down feature. The game should run under better condition. Do not use Apps, which are running in the Background, even you did quit them. Use lightweighter Apps. Most of the Apps in the Playstore run in the background. Unfortunately. Switch off GPS. See if this helps.

  6. Kakabili ko lang nito, pero tintry ko yung Google Camera, sira yung PhotoSphere and Panorama niya.. Parang nasa Gyroscope yung sira niya. Ganyan din ba sa inyo?

  7. The Update to V7 can be made manually. Run the OTA Download, but dont press UPDATE. With ES FileExplorer you find in your sdcard an FOTA folder with the “update.zip”. Unzip it and go into the unziped folder. There is another “update.zip”. Copy or move this file to /storage/sdcard1/Download. Shut down your phone. Connect the charger and wait until the battery symbol disapears. Press Vol-UP, Power-Button and the Home(Touchbutton) silmutaneously, until a dead android appears. Press the Power button one time and you get the Recovery Menu in English. The Vol-Down is for choosing, the Vol-UP is for Enter. Chose Update from sdcard. Go to Media / Download and choose the “update.zip”. Wait until the procedure finishes. Takes about 5 minutes. Have fun with the V7 Version.

    1. Sir., cnubukan q n poh ng ilang beses ung cnbe nyo n pg update., pro installation aborted plage., anu poh b mgnda gwen sir., thnx poh.,

    2. Dude with patience is virtue. I successfully updated my Cosmos One V05 to V07 by patiently following your instructions. I can’t believe it my Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Now Rocks! Awesome! Kudos!

      1. Bkit khit ilang beses q subukan plage installation aborted lumalabas skin sir? Bka pd nmn poh aq m2lungan., thnx poh.,

    3. 1st try after the procedure I failed and I choose reboot
      2nd try chinese character appeared… and dont know what to do :((

      1. @Echo
        “jebentor” where able to do it. Put more effort into following the instruction! Of course you get the chinese menu, when you forget the Home-Button, or the Power-Button after that. Its clean and in order written what to do! You need to know, how to use the File Explorer. At least basic knowledge. Or print the instruction out, or write it down, and bring your phone plus the print to someone who can do it for you! The FOTA upgrade starts with the FOTA-Application. It is divided into two steps. One ist the Download itself and the other is the Update, which fails! Maybe, but only maybe (I cant check it back), you need only to unzip the inner Update.zip File in the same Folder and delete the downloaded one, to make the regular way of updating possible. Its just a guess, that the developer made a mistake to double-zip the File. Otherwise follow my instructions!!

          1. Did you root your phone? My phone was not rootet, when I upgraded to V07. You may prefer a factory reset, before the upgrade for security reasons. Its up to you. The risk is all yours. Your phone as well.

        1. hi val, i did your procedure but error appeared.

          i did the usuall update, still error.
          i did your procedure, still error appeared

          any other things i should be aware of?

        2. sir val, hnd pa rin eh. nag try na ako lahat2x ayaw pa rin eh. iba daw ang fingerprints dapat Cherry_Mobile/S1/S1:4.4.2/KOT49H/1408004476:usertest-keys or Cherry_Mobile/S1/S1:4.4.2/KOT49H/1411183635:usertest-keys pero yung akin kasi Cherry_Mobile/S1/S1:4.4.2/KOT49H/1407752884:usertest-keys.

          paano po ba to??

          1. Hello Vincent, please post the resolution here, if you were able to proceed further on this.

  8. Sir John, if you were to choose, which one would you prefer?.. Cherry mobile Icon, excalibur, magnum S or Cosmos One?..

    1. Magnum S. I really like the device handled and worked while I had it. Although I haven’t handled the Excalibur before, we’re still waiting on our device. 🙂

  9. bakit po ayaw magconnect through data connection yun cosmos one ko?? nakaregister naman ako sa promo ng smart na internet . naka3G naman at nakaopen data connection ko at nakaselect din yung APN. ganun din ba sainyo.. pls leave a msg kung ano po dapat gawin ko.. thanks

  10. pag binili ba ito naka-lock cya sa CM? at kung naka-lock cya, pwede ba ina-unlock. plano ko kasi dalhin abroad. thanks.

  11. Panu b mg update ng v05 to v07? Khit anu kc gwen q ayw tlga mg update nitong akin., bka poh pf nyo nmn aq 2lungan., maraming salamat., 🙂

  12. sir ano po b dapat gawin kpag d mkarecieve ng application through bluetooth,pero pics and vids nakakrecieve,brand new nman po ung cosmos one q,

    1. Developer-Menu is in all KitKat-Smartphones hidden the same way. Go to the settings. Scroll down to the last menu “About Phone” and Press 7 times on the last Row called “Build number”. It will activate the developer options. Just reopen the Settings after that and scroll down. There it is!

  13. Hello, need help with Cosmos one, ngtry ako mag-update sa v07 and it failed and then after sa pagreboot, hindi na sya nagbboot, always trying to boot but nag boot cycle nalang siya, try ko narin wipe dalvich cache saka factory reset, still the same effect, does anyone? have an official ROM and a flasher program kc hnd kona tlga magamit cp ko.. thanks..

  14. Sir bakit di po ako makapag download nang mp4 tru internet browser.kshit games or music ayaw din…3g connection gamit ko bnew po cosmos one ko help pls…

  15. ano ang mas magandang bilhin ASUS zenfone 5 or cherry mobile magnum s or cherry mobile cosmos one? please reply?

  16. ano po mas maganda sa dalawa? infinix pure o cosmos one?
    pede po ba mag karoon ng specs fight ung dalawa? thanks..

    Cherry Mobile Cosmos One
    1.4Ghz MediaTek 6592m octa-core processor
    Mali-450MP GPU
    1GB of RAM
    5.5-inch HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
    8GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
    14-megapixel BSI main camera with flash
    8-megapixel front camera
    Dual-SIM
    3G, HSPA+
    WiFi, Bluetooth, Miracast, GPS, USB OTG
    2400mAh battery
    Android KitKat 4.4

    Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure specs
    1.4GHz MediaTek 6592M octa-core processor
    Mali450-MP2 GPU
    1GB of RAM
    5-inch HD IPS display, 720 x 1280 resolution
    8-megapixel rear camera with BSI and flash
    2-megapixel front facing camera
    Dual-SIM (micro SIM)
    3G
    WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG
    2100mAh battery
    Android 4.4 KitKat

  17. hi. same ba sa inyo issue ng cosmos one ko. kapag naka charge ako tapos gamit ko. kapag pipindot na ako kung ano ano na un napipindot nya. lalo sa text.

  18. hi..!! yong mga issuues nyo regarding update di ko naranasan yon naupdate ko yong sakin kagad pagkabili ko p lang dti pero ngayon same problem kay jay minsan pagnakasalpak cya sa charger at gagamitin s txt or call pagpindot mo kung ano ano kusang lumalabas hindi yong pinipindot mo, sino po may idea kung bkit nagkakaganon cya at may solosyon po ba?

  19. hi arnie, ok na fone ko. un issue is hindi compatible un charger or cable na gamit. kaya need mo magpalit ng charger or cable.

  20. sir normal lang ba na nagka roon ng circle ung screen every time i touch sia.. nakikita ko kc.. visible ung circle…

  21. pa help nman po.. ni root ko po yung cosmos one ko.. tpus nwala yung rear cam ko.. tpus binalik ko ulit sa kitkat,, wala pdin yung cam sa harap.. sana matulungan nyo ako

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