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Cherry Mobile Razor Unboxing: Crazy Thin Affordable Quad-core Smartphone

It's the Cherry Mobile Razor!
It’s the Cherry Mobile Razor!

Unboxing the Cherry Mobile Razor

The Cherry Mobile Razor has been out in the market for quite a while now but we still decided to go get a unit for review mainly due to the requests we keep getting on our Facebook Page and through e-mail. That’s perfectly understandable though since the Cherry Mobile Razor does make a compelling case as an affordable quad-core smartphone. First off there’s no compromise with the RAM. This one has 1GB while most quad-core smartphones in this price range just have 512MB. As the name suggests, it’s also very thin, measuring just 7.7mm thick. All those features for Php6,499 is kinda hard to ignore right? Hehe.

Anyway, we just got the review unit a few days ago and we’ve been tinkering with it for the last few days. This is lined up for a full review for next week but for today allow us to share with you our initial hands-on as well as our unboxing!

Cherry Mobile Razor Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD Card
  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS display (540 x 960, 245ppi)
  • 8.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, GPS/aGPS, 3G, HSPA+
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1750 mAh non-removeable battery
  • SRP: Php6,499

For this unboxing we asked the help of the Dark Knight, Batman! Unfortunately Nero from DMC3 got jealous so he tried to join is as well, lol. That’s bad news for Nero though since we all know no one can beat Batman. As proof check out the photos below.

Nero vs Batman! Cherry Mobile Razor in the background!
Nero vs Batman! Cherry Mobile Razor in the background!
Nero about to go for a big strike!
Nero about to go for a big strike!
And there goes Nero's hand! Nyahaha. Go Batman.
And there goes Nero’s hand! Nyahaha. Go Batman.

Oh-kaaay! Now that we have that out of the way let’s jump right into the unboxing!

Packaging and Unboxing

Prize goes to the victor.
Prize goes to the victor.

The Cherry Mobile Razor comes in the previous generation of boxes made of hard carton and sized quite big. This is actually the type of packaging that we prefer compared to the small and soft box of the newly released Cherry Mobile Cosmos X2. The box gives the phone a more premium look and feel so it’s important for manufacturers to also invest a lot of time and effort into perfecting their boxes. It’s not just about having the lowest cost.

That said, unboxing the Razor was a straightforward affair. We removed the type, pulled the lid open, and we were immediately greeted by the Razor in all of it’s glory (naks).

Cherry Mobile Razor is officially... Unboxed!
Cherry Mobile Razor is officially… Unboxed!

Other than the phone we found the usual accessories and extras in the box — micro USB to USB cable, wall charger, manuals, certificates, and earphones. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Hardware Inspection: IMPRESSIVE

Let’s move on to the hardware. The Cherry Mobile Razor is the best looking smartphone under Php7,000. There’s no other device that can come close to the way this device is built. It’s sleek, slim, and not entirely made of usual plastic. Heck the two-toned back design looks a whole lot better than the backs of smartphones three times the price. We also love the fact that this is a radically slim device given the price tag. It may not be as thin as the Huawei Ascend P6 but it does come quite close at a third of the price!

Razor-thin device. Not as slim as the Huawei Ascend P6 but still very good compared to other phones.
Razor-thin device. Not as slim as the Huawei Ascend P6 but still very good compared to other phones.

All the ports and buttons can be found neatly placed on the sides of the device, including the trays for the microSD card and the SIM card (non-removable battery here, no back plate to take out). Up front we have the gorgeous 4.5-inch display which has 960×540 resolution (qHD). When we turned it on we saw vibrant and bright colors. Images were crisp and detailed as well. This is not the usual kind of quality you get with phones at this price range! Really mind blowing.

The metal-like finish at the back gives it a very nice look and feel. Kinda like double or even triple the price.
The metal-like finish at the back gives it a very nice look and feel. Kinda like double or even triple the price.

We really don’t have anything bad to say about the form factor of the Cherry Mobile Razor. It feels solid, light, and premium. Three words you don’t usually connect to smartphones that have a price tag of Php6,499. :P

Software Inspection: Smooth and Fluid

Smooth Android Jelly Bean experience. Nothing really to complain about.
Smooth Android Jelly Bean experience. Nothing really to complain about.

Now we get to the software. In our initial tests there was some start-up lag and delays. However as a few minutes went by it became much smoother, fluid, and faster. We tried several live wall papers with active home screen widgets and the device was able to handle it without any problem.

We’ll talk more about the capabilities of the Cherry Mobile Razor when we do the full review next week. Watch out for that one!

Initial Verdict: Something’s Gotta Give Right?

Two thumbs up so far.
Two thumbs up so far.

So… something’s gotta give right? I mean this can’t be the all perfect phone that everyone has been looking for. Well we’ll only really find out once we do the full review. However we can say that we’re worried about the battery life. The Cherry Mobile Razor just packs a non-removable 1,750mAh battery. We’re not too confident the a qHD 4.5-inch display with a quad-core processor can run the whole day (with 3G on) with just that power.

Anyway, congratulations to Cherry Mobile for launching the Razor! Despite the perceived weaknesses we still think the phone delivers exceptional value for money. Full review out in a few days!

Carlo Ople

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

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15 Comments

  1. Mine works fine battery, lasts up to 3 days if the phone is just used casually and leaving it idle. I’m telling you guys the battery isn’t a problem if you’re just using the smartphone as a “Smartphone” not some kind of PSP that u play around for a few hours everyday I’m sure it’ll drain up in just average 3-4hrs time If you’re just doing games with 3G on.

  2. I’ve been reading about Razor because I like it, but I found so many reviews saying it lags when gaming. Will wait for Sir Carlo’s full review. If he says it doesn’t lag, then I will have one this Christmas :) Last Christmas, I convinced my nephew and sister about Flare and they bought it and are still happy about it. I have my Fusion Bolt and it’s ok, just don’t hurry it up right after starting up, give it some time to boot. Real Racing 3 works fine, no lag.

  3. When I tap the screen three times of my Razor, it zooms in that point. Is there any way to remove that function? It is annoying. Help me pls.. :)

  4. Bskit pag gngmit ko pang Skype ayw pkita mukha ko PEO ung ka skyp ko nkkta ko an xa..help me guys wat 2 do

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