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Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Initial Review: Super Ninja Smartphone

The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0  is real. o_o
The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 is real. o_o

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0: The Super Ninja Smartphone!

Just like a ninja creeping in the dread of night, the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 suddenly popped out of nowhere. There were no announcements or teasers. It suddenly just appeared in Robinson’s Galleria and the people who “announced” it to the public were actually the first wave of customers, lol. However it’s not all bad since just like a super ninja the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 packs a lot of unsuspecting firepower given the friendly price tag of Php8,999.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications:

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor, MediaTek MT658 chipset
  • PowerVR SGX544MP GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 5.0-inches IPS capacitive touchscreen
  • HD display, 720ร—1280 resolution, 294 pixels per inch
  • 12.0-megapixels rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, and BSI
  • 2.0-megapixels front-facing camera with BSI
  • 3G, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/aGPS, FM Radio
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 2,100mAh Battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • SRP: Php8,999

We were able to get some hands-on time with it when we had the Unbox podcast team over at the Unbox HQ for steak night. The unit belonged to Monch and Alora fo Techlokal.com (their site is currently under maintenance). Read on for our initial review!

It keeps the killer Omega HD Form Factor

Same excellent form factor as the Omega HD
Same excellent form factor as the Omega HD

If there’s anything we liked from the first-generation Omega HD it’s the form factor. The device was remarkably thin, light, and the bezel-to-screen ratio was fantastic. The good news is that the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 keeps the same design elements.

Very thin for a 5-inch device
Very thin for a 5-inch device

We love this particular form factor because despite the 5.0-inch screen the device still feels comfortable to use with one hand. It doesn’t feel bulky or hefty at all which adds to the illusion that you’re holding a much more smaller phone than what it actually is.

The glossy white plastic chassis is still present together with the familiar chrome band around the sides. The front is very clean, devoid of any distractions save for the three touch buttons at the bottom, the receiver at the top, and the 5-inch display at the center. At the back we have the subtle Cherry Mobile logo in gray together with the 12-megapixel shooter.

Omega HD 2.0
Omega HD 2.0

How about the display? The 720 x 1280 resolution comes out to around 294 pixels per inch. That’s more than enough to deliver a near seamless and fluid user experience for images, videos, text, and animations.

Internals are roaring with power

The biggest change that we received with this model was the internals. Let’s start with the processor. The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 packs a powerful quad-core processor that is more than enough to power the HD resolution on a 5-inch display. This totally addresses the problems we encountered with the first-generation Omega HD. The power shows in the tests. See below for the Antutu Benchmark Test score of the Omega HD 2.0.

Antutu Benchmark Score Results
Antutu Benchmark Score Results

That’s double the score of the first-generation Omega HD! How does this translate to real-word usage? The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 is blisteringly fast. It can go head-to-head with a lot of the main handsets being offered by global brands when it comes to having a smooth user experience. We rarely got any lags, apps loaded fast, and animations of transitions were seamless and fluid.

Temple Run on Mid or High? Kaya!
Temple Run on Mid or High? Kaya!

Graphics intensive games like Dead Trigger, Wild Blood, and to an extent Temple Run (if you max out settings) all look stunning on the Omega HD 2.0. This is definitely a mobile gamer’s best friend. You also won’t run out of juice in just a few minutes as this device packs a 2,100mAh battery.

Runs most, if not all, of the apps you'd want very smoothly
Runs most, if not all, of the apps you’d want very smoothly

Best value-for-money smartphone in the market today

So do we recommend the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0? As far as initial impressions go we give this device our stamp of approval with flying colors. The spec sheet is hard to beat. Most devices offered by other brands have slightly lower specs and higher prices, lol. Most of them are still on Android 4.1 and have 8MP cameras as opposed to the Omega HD 2.0 which already packs Android 4.2 out of the box and a 12MP shooter with BSI.

When we started this post we said that the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 is like a ninja. That holds true when it comes to availability as well since ย we’ve failed to buy one so far since most of the Cherry Mobile kiosks and stores we’ve visited don’t have it on stock (sells quite fast we hear). Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Ninja Vanish! If ever we do get our hands on one we’ll definitely put it through the paces so we can share a more complete and comprehensive review. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 blows as away in our initial hands-on!
Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 blows as away in our initial hands-on!

The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 retails for Php8,999 and it’s already out in the market. Good luck finding available units though, hehe. ๐Ÿ˜›

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime heโ€™s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime heโ€™s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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  1. pls help// pano imove ang apps sa 4gb ram? sa 1gb ram lang kc xa napupunta. like star mobile night pwede.

  2. Hi good morning! I bought my cp last july 17,2013 thww newest brand the omega hd 2.0. One month ago, the cp is good fast net, the pixel is good.however right now my cp ia in trouble so far “biglang umiinit”. I dont know why. Can you help? When recharging same thing the battery is getting hot and if youll remove it the life of the battey is very short. How come?

  3. That’s the only difference talaga pag branded is the after market support..and the quality..dont me wrong guys..we also have cm,myphone and starmobile units..the difference talaga is the durability..yung s2 ng wife ko napamana na sa kapatid ko but is still works and looks flawless till now, but the local units we have usually has glitches and pangit na mag perform..and sabi nga nila saken..you should have just save the money na pina bibili mo ng mga yan and bumili nalang ng nokia..baka ngayon mas ok p..but kudos still for these companies na give us low priced units to enjoy, sana lang mag improve more on the future..

    1. Actually sir the reason why it’s cheap is that it’s a new brand made in a third world. Not like samsung,lg,Nokia,Sony and all these big time brands. The brands I mentioned are being sold in high prices because of the name itself ,market distribution, international shipping, international advertisements and etc. Mp,Cm, and starmobile are being sold at a low price because it is not being manufactured somewhere else and being that, having to pay for customs, marketing advertisements and other international accomodies. If you do your research, samsung is a local brand in south Korea, and the prices there for them are very low. Just like our mp,cm and starmobile. Also not all branded phones are flawless, again do.your research and you’ll see that there is always someone complaining about the product the bought. That’s just the way how marketing works. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. dapat po kasi we securely test it before buying or using db po .???
    naninira na po kau kagad sa CM .. it depends upon the user ,. pano nyo po ba ginagamit yung phone nyo .??? i want to buy this one by march , naguluhan na tuloy ako … tsk ..

    1. nkbili kna b?meron aq brand new cm omega hd 2.0 khpn lng nbili ng 8k kso d type ng kpatid q png graduation gift q sna.d pa po ngagamit.benta q po sna 7500 pero hngng 7k po ok n sagad mkuha q lng ulet pera.if interestd 09272744296

  5. atsaka affordable po sya than other smartphones …
    i dont care what you guys says ..
    bibili talaga ako nito .. titingnan ko muna kung may defects nga tong phone na to ..

  6. so far ang ohd2.0 ay no 1. di umiinit 2. can run hd games need for speed most wanted runs smooth 3. good camera (dont expect its a cheaper phone!) 4. fast connection 5. walang defect 6. ung problema sa camera at gallery try nyo tanggalin ung mga customs na nilagay nyo kasi kinakain ung RAM nid ng cam ng ram since binago nga ung camera software un lang tingin ko… free some ram para sa camera din

  7. Sir, which is better, performance-wise: CM Apollo o Omega HD 2.0? Kasi as I see it they share almost the same tech specs, except for the screen size and battery life(HD 2.0), plus front cam(Apollo).

  8. I’ve had this phone for 8 months, matibay naman ilang beses ko na nabagsak buhay pa din.. nagkadent lang sa upper right corner but hindi na kita pag nilagyan ng jelly case. natapos ko na twice yung soulcraft, dead trigger 3x, tekken 6 runs using ppsspp (bad audio nga lang) with this phone and sobrang abuso inabot sa akin tong phone nato with gaming browsing the net streaming and watching movies. halos walang patayan for 8 months i even play while its charging. issue lang ehh umiinit pag matagal pinanlalaro, then pang nag restart or inoff mo bumabalik sa stock na cherrymobile yung alert tone and ring tone, hindi naman malaking issue yun kasi lagi naman ako nakasilent.. i will be replacing this phone in a few day with no major issues ibibigay ko to sa anak ko para pag laruan nalang nya ng minion rush etc.

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