A few weeks ago we spotted a page referencing a yet unreleased, budget smartphone from local brand Cherry Mobile – the A3. Its rumored specs weren’t stellar just a 1GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and a 5-inch HD display. What made it different from the current crop of smartphones was its new processor – MediaTek’s MT6535M one of the few budget processors able to utilize the 700MHz band.
Why is that important? Well, the 700MHz LTE band penetrates farther and deeper than regular LTE bands. Both Globe and Smart have already been rolling out 700MHz-enabled LTE sites around the country since their purchase of San Miguel’s aborted telco, and while high-end phones have had the pleasure of enjoying faster LTE speeds because of this, lower-end devices have been largely left out. Cherry Mobile’s Flare A3 is one of the few budget phones that can take advantage of the new spectrum, and at a price of just Php 2,999, it;s not a bad buy at all.