Cherry Mobile Cosmos S Unboxed!
Our unboxing spree of the new models of Cherry Mobile continues! We’ve already unboxed the Cosmos Z, Flare 2.0, and even reviewed the Cosmos X2 and the Razor. Now we have the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S! The pricing on this model is more competitive compared to the other units in the Cosmos line-up. The Cosmos S retails for Php10,999 and packs the fast MediaTek quad-core turbo processor and a juiced up 2,500mAh battery but it doesn’t have dual-SIM capabilities and expandable storage. Definitely an interesting proposition.
Here’s a quick rundown of the specs for your reference:
Cherry Mobile Cosmos S Spec Sheet
- 1.5Ghz Quad-core MediaTek MT6589T Processor
- 16GB Internal Storage (no microSD slot)
- 5-inches HD IPS Display OGS
- Dragontrail Scratch Resistant Glass
- Single SIM
- 18.0-megapixels rear-facing camera with BSI and LED Flash
- 8.0-megapixels front-facing camera
- 3G, HSPA+, Bluetooth, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, GPS/aGPS, FM Radio
- Android Jelly Bean 4.2
- 2,500mAh Battery
Now that we have that out of the way let’s jump into the unboxing! We asked some help from our new friend, evil Ryu, for this post, hehe.
Packaging and Unboxing
Unfortunately the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S came in the same box as the other phones in the Cosmos series. Yep, it’s the small soft carton white box with the product print up front. We’re not fans of this packaging style especially since the Cosmos series is being positioned as a premium line-up of smartphones. The old boxes of the more cheaper phones actually looked and felt more premium, hehe.
Anyway, unboxing was very straightforward. We just removed the circular shaped tape keeping the lid on and pulled the top lid off. This immediately revealed the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S. We were actually thinking it was just another glossy plastic device so we were kinda surprised and thrilled that it had some heft to it and the material of the chassis was mostly metal and not plastic. We’ll talk more about this during the hardware inspection though.
Other than the phone we found the usual accessories inside: micro USB to USB cable, wall charger, manuals, certificates, and earphones. Cherry Mobile should really consider adding in a few freebies with their phones. A case, even if just the jelly type, would be very much appreciated, hehe.
Hardware: Surprisingly Fantastic!
The Cherry Mobile Cosmos S measures just 6.98mm thick. That’s crazy thin for a smartphone that you can get for just Php10,999! That’s even a more amazing feat if you consider what are the insides of this device. Let’s not forget that this is a turbo quad-core device with 1GB RRAM, 16GB internal storage, and a whopping 2,500mAh battery. With these measurements the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S is the thinnest Cosmos offering and even thinner than the Cherry Mobile Razor.
Another nice development with the build of the Cosmos S is the chassis. It’s not dominantly plastic. At the front we have the scratch resistant Dragon Trail glass. At the back we have a mix of metal and plastic. It kinda looks very two-tone, similar to the design of the iPhone 5. The use of non-plastic material gives it a very premium look and feel. Wrapping your hands around this device feels much better than wrapping it around one that just has generic glossy plastic.
With this kinda of form factor, one handed use is very much doable and manageable. The thin frame totally offsets the supposedly “large” 5.0-inch display making this truly more of a smartphone than a phablet.
The display is also quite impressive. It isn’t Full HD but it is still HD (1280x720p) and it uses One Glass Screen technology which even pushes the images like the icons and photos upward as if they’re about to pop from the screen. This is definitely a great display and one that you can be happy to have with a smartphone costing Php10,999.
Software: Turbo Quad-core from MediaTek
Just like the Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z runs a Mediatek 1.5GHz turbo quad-core processor. We haven’t done any Antutu tests yet on the Cosmos S but if we were to use the Cosmos Z as a peg then we can expect a score of around 15,500-16,000. What do these numbers mean in real life usage? Well it can pretty much handle whatever you throw at it — games, browsing, productivity apps, media editing, etc.
We’ll test the performance of the Cosmos S more intensively during the full review process.
The Cherry Mobile Cosmos S is lined up for a full review here at Unbox. As far as initial impressions go though we’re very satisfied with it. The only real letdown is the non-expandable storage. Some people might find that lacking especially those who like carrying their entire music and video collection around with them while they’re on the go. The single SIM feature might also be a deal-breaker for some.
Anyway, watch out for our full review next week!