We unbox Cherry Mobile’s Cosmos S2!
While everybody is talking about Cherry Mobile’s Flare X, let’s not forget that the company also has a number of other phones in the market. Case in point, the Cosmos S2, the latest entry to the company’s high-end Cosmos line. The Cosmos S2 is unique in that it sports an AMOLED display and a processor that’s made by Qualcomm, not MediaTek, making it one of the few Snapdragon equipped phones in Cherry Mobile’s stable. It also sports a rather handsome design which tells us that the S2 is being aimed at more stylish techies.
Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2 specs
- 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 octa-core processor
- Adreno 405 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 5-inch AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection (front and back panels), 1280 x 720 resolution
- 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD
- 13-megapixel rear camera with BSI
- 8-megapixel front camera with BSI, Beautification features
- Dual SIM, dual LTE
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Android 5.0.2
- 2260mAh battery with Quck Charge 2.0
Packaging and contents:
The Cosmos S2 comes in a box that’s protected by a cardboard sleeve with a die-cut on the front spelling out the word S2. On the back of the cardboard sleeve, you’ll see the main specifications for the S2, which is repeated in the back of the main box.
Once you open the box, you’ll see standard phone accessories like a USB charging cable, charger, a pair of headphones and a SIM ejector.
Initial impressions: really handsome looking phone, sporting a bright AMOLED display
Once you see the Cosmos S2, you’ll immediately notice how different it is from the rest of Cherry Mobile’s lineup. For one, it’s obvious that the device puts a premium on design and craftsmanship – the phone uses a metal frame that has chamfered edges on both sides.
The body of the phone is also sandwiched in Gorilla Glass 3 at the front and the back, which makes it feel more like a premium phone. Because of the overall design of the phone, it uses a non-removable battery and a SIM tray that you pop out.
Like most phones that use the same design, you’ll have to make a choice – either use the second SIM slot for and extra SIM, or as an expandable storage slot. You’ll have to figure out yourself which one is more important to you.
As far as overall build quality goes, the Cosmos S2 is pretty well built. The phone feels hefty but not overly heavy, and there are no obvious gaps anywhere in the phone. The volume rocker and power keys are located on the left side of the phone while the SIM tray is on the right. The 3.5mm jack is on top, while the USB slot is on the bottom. The Cosmos S2’s speaker grilles are located on the bottom of the phone, which allows it to deliver clear, crisp sound even if it’s set on its back, flat on a table.
The Cosmos S2 uses a 5-inch HD AMOLED display, which delivers crisp, bright and vivid colors. Overall we feel that the display of the Cosmos S2 is pretty top notch and is right up there with the AMOLED displays of other brands.
If you haven’t noticed, the Cosmos S2 uses on-screen Android navigation keys rather than the traditional physical ones. The more astute among you would probably have noticed that the icons are Lollipop-style icons, and you’d be correct in assuming that the Cosmos S2 uses Android 5.0 Lollipop as its OS.
Thankfully, we haven’t noticed any bugs or issues as of yet during our hands-on with the Cosmos S2, even the notorious slow Play Store download bug is nowhere to be seen.
This may be because the Cosmos S2 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor over the typical MediaTek offering that Cherry Mobile has on its other phones. The Snapdragon 615 processor brings decent numbers in AnTuTu but falls short of the benchmarks of MediaTek’s mid-range processor. Probably the only upside to the Snapdragon 615 processor is the quick-charge technology of Qualcomm, which promises to fill up a phone’s battery from 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes.
That’s it for this unboxing. Watch out for the full review of this phone next week.