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Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Hands-On Preview

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Hands-On Preview

| On 18, Feb 2013

For the past few days, Cherry Mobile had been hyping up a new quad-core device that they plan to release into the market real soon. Today, I got the chance to attend the launch event on behalf of NoypiGeeks to see if I could get some hands on time and photos of whatever they planned to launch.

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UPDATE: Read our full review of the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt HERE.

Well, that device happens to be the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt. It’s a brand new budget Android tablet that retails for the incredibly low price of Php3,999. Yep, that’s no typo. The great thing is, I didn’t just get some hands on time with the Fusion Bolt, they actually gave everyone in attendance a unit that we could keep, which is why I’m able to give you guys a hands on preview so soon!

Update: The OEM device for the Fusion Bolt is not the Ainol Novo Venus after all. It’s the Novo Venus Lite. The Novo Venus sports the ATM7029, which is clocked at 1.5GHz. The Venus Lite is only clocked at 1.1GHz, which matches the Fusion Bolt.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Specs

  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • 7-inch HD IPS Display, 1280×800 resolution, 216ppi
  • 1GHz quad-core Actions Semiconductor ATM7025 processor
  • Vivante GC1000+ GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • WiFi
  • 2-megapixel main camera
  • VGA front camera
  • microUSB v2.0
  • miniHDMI slot
  • Super HD 2160p video support
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4000mAh Li-Ion battery

Design and Construction

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The first thing that’s immediately noticeable about the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is that it looks nothing like any of the other budget tablets in the same price range that you might see with many of the local small-time sellers. The design is very much reminiscent of the Nexus 7 with its rubberized finish that makes it very easy to hold. It also feels slimmer than any of the budget tablets that I’ve had the chance to try in the past. For something that only costs Php3,999, the Fusion Bolt won’t have any problems passing itself off as a high-end device based on the design alone.

What’s in the Box?

Box Contents, Package

The Fusion Bolt comes in a box that is a bit different from what I’m accustomed to seeing from Cherry Mobile. The boxes of the Flare and Blaze have typically been deep but barely any wider or taller than the phone itself. The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt’s box is different because it isn’t that deep, and it’s only physically a bit wider to accommodate the micro USB cable in a smaller box beside the tablet itself. The charger comes in a separate box.

The Display

Of course, it gets better. Once you turn on the screen, you really will have one of those “wait, this costs what?” moments. The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt sports a gorgeous 1280×800 IPS display. The high resolution and great color reproduction really allow you to appreciate details, and the viewing angles are pretty good too. There was minimal color shifting when viewed from an extreme angle, and the details barely degraded at all.

Overall Performance

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The Fusion Bolt looks the part of a high end device, but swiping through the UI was a bit sluggish. Thankfully, this is an Ainol re-brand (Ainol Novo Venus), so I went into the settings to set the performance profile and give things a boost and was able to make things a bit smoother. The sluggishness isn’t that bad, and it’s something you’ll soon forget about once the gorgeous screen and graphics start working their magic on you.

Gaming is satisfactory, with the screen lending a lot to the gorgeousness of the visuals. I played Temple Run 2 and Dead Trigger, and the graphics were gorgeous, although frame rates left a bit to be desired. Everything was still playable, but it seemed as if the high resolution was perhaps tasking the chip too much.

Games for Fusion Bolt

Some of you might be looking for benchmarks, so I ran the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt through Antutu, Quadrant and Nenamark 2. It scored a 5,275 on Antutu, 2,687 on Quadrant and 38.8 FPS on Nenamark 2. Save for the Nenamark 2 scores, which are actually better than the Blaze (26.8FPS) that I recently reviewed on my own personal blog, the benchmarks for the Fusion Bolt aren’t the best. That’s just the effect of having more pixels to push.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt First Impressions

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The Fusion Bolt performs satisfactorily, but it gets a lot of points for the gorgeous screen, upscale design and solid build quality. The screen is just begging me to play more games on it aside from Temple Run 2 and Dead Trigger, so I’ll see about downloading NOVA 3 and Need for Speed Most Wanted and see how well it fares. Still, at a price of Php3,999, you’re getting so much more than you should.

*** CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW OF CHERRY MOBILE FUSION BOLT.

The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt isn’t the best gaming tablet, but the frame rates are all playable on the more system intensive games, but if you’re only going to play Temple Run 2 all day on it, then it should do just fine. It is absolutely great for web surfing, reading books and watching movies, which is exactly what I plan to do with mine. I’ll still be putting the Fusion Bolt through the rounds for a full review though, so watch out for that in the next week or so. Look for the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt to become available in the market sometime in March.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferdinand.marte Ferdinand Marte

    nice preview. this one’s looking to be a hot seller. i can just visualize the Flare-day like long lines. yohooo, now i’ve got something to look forward (and saving) up to…thanks for the article..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1190651792 Jm Balicano

      No prob man. Cherry Mobile said they are better prepared for what will likely be strong demand on release, but you know, I still doubt it will be enough.

  • iampoch

    Sad news about the sluggishness. And, yeah, I wouldn’t have been surprised if it were dual core with less RAM, but a 1GB RAM should’ve been enough. Still, you can’t really complain if you factor in the price. What I’m really interested in right now is how robust battery life would be. That would be the deal maker/breaker for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/walangkatuladnaiba Jose Carlo C. Ramos

    4000mAh battery sweet

  • akosiGM

    JM sabi mo slugish sa pag swipe palang ng UI, bakit ganon?

  • Noob

    tangina kaya naman pla mabagal dhil mumurahing cpu lang ang gamit..

    • TAE KA NOOB!

      kaya nga mura ung unit dba?? gusto mo nga mamahaling cpu pero sa murang unit ka tumitingin… masyado kang magaling?!?!…

      • Noob

        hoy tae XD hahahah may mas maganda pang tablet sa price range na yan.. hahaha tae …

        • TubolkaGago

          Anak ka ni bakuko may mas maganda pang tablet na sa ganyang price range? low ballers amp bumalik ka sa bundok tinang

        • Mr. Gadget Online

          haha meron pa nga yun nga lng di quad core,, kung quad core man maybe china phones.. i2 lng pinakamababa na price na quad core sa pinas ehh.. XD

      • http://www.facebook.com/kitame.sume Kitame Sume

        lol, eh kung yung magandang CPU ginamit nila tapos priced nila sa 4,999 (+1,000 petot) edi sulit parin tapos mamaw na? di kasi marunong mag isip manufacturer.

        • Mr. Gadget Online

          haha re-branded nga ohh,, paano iibahin eh re-branded lng to ikaw kaya gumawa ng sarili mong tab.. XD

    • Pakio NOOB

      Gawa ka pre sarili mong tablet :)

    • Mr. Gadget Online

      haha dre kita mo ngang re-branded tpos php3,999 lng ang price syempre mumurahin lng ang cpu pero at least quad core..

  • RHZ

    no bluetooth? BOO!

  • akosiGM

    Gimmick lang yang Quadcore, Maganda Pa LG Optimus 2x Q1 ng 2011 pa nilabas

    Wag kayong mag pa Decieve ulit

  • Migs

    Could you please try installing Real Racing 3 and Beach Buggy Blitz on it and see how they perform? Also please try the Vellamo benchmark (HTML5 and Metal tests)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ommecarla.sandel Omme-Carla Sandel

    CAN I USE IT FOR EXCEL AND POWERPOINT TOO? THANKS

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Yes you can

  • boy

    Parang do to too any specs ng cm fusion bolts kasi napakabagal mag upload as Facebook ng pic at video kadalasan cannot upload Palo n as video’ bakit ganun cm fusion bolts

  • Cherryuser dissatisfied

    After more than a week after buying it, it cannot connect already in wifi.. Poor quality

  • jbuhain

    can i use usb stick broadband here?

  • gazeebo

    week pinapalitan ko cm fusion bolt ko parang hirap syang sumagap ng wifi ko nawawala p.kainis!!*#*ngayon ung ipinalit m,may problema ung sensitivity nya ung left side lang naman ng sceen nya.bat kya ganun?pinatignan ko sa saleslady papalitan daw ulit.kaso wala p stock tatawagan nlang daw ko pag meron n.mapapaso n ung 1 wik warranty nya.kainis talaga!!!

  • gab

    new owner lng po mejo lagy ganun po bba tlga ito? or may kailangan i install pls answer dis one thx

  • Dave

    kasing smooth nya po kaya ung Subway Surfers katulad ng pag ka smooth ng subway surfers sa Titan, Blaze at Thunder ???

    • #ElectionNa

      uu naman ang baba nga lng ng graphics ng game na yan.. dead trigger nga pwede ehh yan pa kaya..

  • gapuh

    May Bluetooth b cm fubo? O wala?

    • Mr. Gadget Online

      wla,, tablet kc :(

  • ola

    Nagiinit po ba talaga yung bttery pag amit?

    • jex

      malamang pati cp nag iinit yun battery

  • cris

    mababasa ba nya hard disk na 500 gb to play movies and music gamit ang otg usb adapter?

    • ola

      try mo gumamit ng usb otg cable

      by the way is it normal na umiinit sya habang gamit?

    • trez

      ndi nya po kaya kulang kasi sa power supply

  • chie

    kung ang bata ang gagamit pwede na pero kung may alam sa tablet ang gagamit masyadong mababa ang specs

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivanvanes393 Ivan Valena

    Tanginang yan! Rebranded lng pla to eh!

  • Alvin

    Asko ko lang yung mga bumili ng Fusion Bolt may screen protector na ba yung Fusion Bolt nyo nung nabili nyo ito???

    • kk

      mine has na yung nabili ko.

  • jex

    mga dre thumbs up or thumbs down dito sa cm na ito????

  • charm rivera

    HELP!!!

    paano mag-install ng games sa CM FuBo,?

    naglagay kasi ako ng games sa
    Micro SD Card kaso ‘di binabasa ;c

    • Kamote

      punta ka es file manager, then click mo si favorites, andun me link papuntang memory card mo

  • janus

    pa help po . . bat ang bilis ma drain ng battery ko ?

    tapos pag nag charge ako hangang 57 . .ang tagal pa po

    • Mr. Gadget Online

      4000mah ang battery tanong mo sa cm costumer service pra di syang.. :)

  • Jezreel

    Sabi po sa box QUADCORE, pero pag titignan mo sa task manager, 1000Mhz(dual core) po ang naka lagay

    ano nangyare?

    • Mr. Gadget Online

      bka nagkamali lng dre,, factory defects baka unang labas ang nakita mo at meron pang factory defects,,, XD

    • Kamote

      update mo to Ainol Novo 7 4.1.1 0428 firmware then download mo antutu benchmark hanapin mo ang tab ng phone details makikita mo 4 cores dun, di tama ang binibigay ng task manager mo.

  • trez

    rebranded lang po tong tablet na to kaya medyo mababa yung specs , pero yung orig mataas ang specs

    • Kamote

      rebranded nga kaya ibalik mo lang ang lumang brand na firmware, google mo si Ainol Novo 7 4.1.1 0428 firmware at iupdate mo yan cherry firmware, magugulat ka sa bilis, do an antutu and see the difference.

      • SURE KA DRE?!

        di naman mas lumiit nga score ko from 11973 of cm to 11694 na inupdate ko sa ainol… i use antutu 3.0.3 and kung inupdate nyo wla na use ang warranty nyo..

        • Kamote

          kung mabagal at lag ang fubo mo sa stock rom update to ainol, its your risk kung magupdate ka mwawala nga ang warranty, pero kung nainis ka na sa bagal ng stock rom eh di update mo nalang to ainol, kung nasira wifi o speaker o kung anong jack up na saksakan nasira madali lang naman ireflash pabalik sa stock rom na cherry mobile at padala nyo uli sa service center nila so valid pa rin ang warranty, to get the maximum capabilities at experience mo sa fusion bolt mo I would recommend flashing it to Ainol 4.1.1 0328 o 0428, gamit nyo yung antutu 3.1.1 for benchmark wag yung bago di tumatakbo yun, wag din yung below 3.1.1 di updated yun baka mali ang binibigay na score.

          • cloudx

            Haha! Wag kayong ma offend hah? Pero talo pa pala FUBO sa 3580 na dual core ng cd-r king. 12k plus score niya sa antutu benchmark with stock rom

          • Tae Mo

            icompare mo muna ang screen quality bago mo icompare ang benchmark, ano ngayon kung mataas ang benchmark kung tae naman ang screen quality ni CDR king, HD IPS Display, 1280×800 resolution, 216ppi ang ke Cherry Fusion bolt.

          • whatever

            Tama nga nmn.. go fubo

    • weee

      Rebranded po ito nung Lite version na sinasabi nyo. kaya mas mababa ung specs. As you stated it is rebranded not remade.

  • Mr. Gadget Online

    kung bibili kayo OK lng namn ang specs sa ganyang price yung nga lng ang baba ng score sa antutu dun lng talga kau magtataka,, ang baba ng points khit quad core w/ gpu pa and 1gb ram..

    • Kamote

      update mo to 4.1.1 0428 Ainol Novo frimware ang Fubo then do Antutu uli magugulat ka sa 11300 plus na rating. ang rating ng cherry firmware is 5000 plus lang tae.

      • Mr. Gadget Online

        alam ko dre.. pero sa ainol novo ang update na yan,, oo pwede yan sa cm fusion bolt pero pag may sira di na magagamit ang warranty dhil sa update na yan.. at mali ka dre dpat 0328 muna ang gamitin pra mas fast and more improvements i2 kysa 0428.. tpos hintayin lng natin ang final na 4.2.2 kc beta pa yung 4.2.2 na binibigay ng ainol novo.. maybe next months labas na ang final 4.2.2.. XD

        • Kamote

          parehos lang ang 0328 at 0428 me nagkakalat lng ng rumors na mas maganda ang 0328 ang totoo parehos lang ng bilis yan, natestingan ko na din ang 0328, alang pinagkaiba. tama di mo magagamit ang warranty kung patay na screen o battery mo but its your risk, kung nasira lang camera mo o wifi pwede yang ireflash to old cm stock rom para pwede uli ipadala uli sa cm service center, its your choice. kung gusto mo ng mabagal cm fw ka nalang, pero kung gusto mo yung optimized walang lag at mabilis, gamit ka nalang ng ainol fw.

          • SURE KA DRE?!

            di naman mabagal may pagsisi nga ako nung inupdate ko ang cm fubo ko kaya binalik ko sa old fw.. based on antutu 3.0.3 i run it at ang lumabas ay 11973 hindi 5657 ang layo naman ata nun sa score ko.. pero nung nagupdate ako sa ainol ang score ay 11694 nalng bumaba keysa old points ko sa cm… kaya sa lahat kung score nyo sa antutu ay mataas na wag nyo ng iupdate pa.. pero kung mababa talga score nyo sa antutu update nyo nalng..

          • Kamote

            depende siguro sa unit pre, pero kadalasan madami reklamo sa CM stock rom mostly yung lags at lage naghahang, whichever works para sa inyo mapa flash man o CM stock rom nasasainyo nalang yun. but most people na nagupdate to Ainol got a huge boost so iba naman siguro sa case mo.

      • jodiedluffy

        pano po ba mag-update?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaymar.hexmix Jaymar Basilio

    bat yung fusion bolt ko 5 gb lang yung internal storage ganun ba talaga yon ???

    • Kamote

      parehos lang tayo, 5 gig din sa amin, bili ka nalang ng expandable 32 gig memory. reserve mo nalang ang 5 gig sa apps at games mo

    • Weee

      ung 5 gb po ung accessible na memory at ung 3gb po is for the firmware/os and other major software so dont be alarm. It’s just natural.

      Same with other smarthphone and tablets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ghart.gutierrez Ghart Olea Gutierrez

    ask lng po pano po mgupdate ng fubo to ainol novo?? at saan po makukuha yng ainol novo n 4.1.1 0428 update?? thnx po s tutulong

    • kamote

      hanapin mo si Nico’s Blog

      • http://www.facebook.com/ghart.gutierrez Ghart Olea Gutierrez

        thnx po s help. ^^

  • tess

    sang store may fushion bolt dito sa laguna,kasi balak ko non bumili ng Flare kaso sa mga store nila out of stock.san kaya sure na makakabili ng fushion malapit dito sa laguna

  • CieloBerrir

    san po pwede makabili ng OTG cable na compatible Fusion Bolt?

    • kamote

      cdr king, pati yung mini hdmi sa cdr king din. 90 – 120 pesos .

  • MA Veronica Natividad

    dali mag init bat tapos khit ktabi n wi fi ayaw mkaconnect

    • kamote

      thats normal, Fubo is clocked at 1ghz speed by default kaya umiinit talaga yan lalo na pag naglalaro ka or watching a movie. processor is located near sa hawakan pa. if you are not playing games at umiinit yan me poblema na unit mo. pero kung nanonood ka ng movie o naglalaro normal lang yan.

  • kelly

    pwede bang gamitan ng broadband?

  • =)

    When you buy the product does it come with protector screen na?

  • eman

    hey guys, hndi q alm bkt gnun ha, kc pansin q mga benchmark ng FBolt nyo nsa 11k lng, akin kc umaabot ng 13100 on benchmark.
    no idea kung bkt, my s launcher smooth cya s APEX.

    ^_^

  • RAMZZEJ

    balaK KUNG BUMILI,,,,, PERO GUSTO MALAMAN ANG FACTORY DEFECTS NITO?

  • denz

    sir bakit umiinit yung nabili kong fusuion bolt tablet ng cherry mobile pag chinachrge ko normal lang b yun? pati yung yung chrger umiinit pati yung tablet? is this normal p b?

  • (?o?)

    sadya bang dumadaan ang time na magtagal magrespond sa paglabas ang lockscreen kapag hindi mo sya ginamit ng matagal

  • Kasi Mahal Kitangsobra

    mga DRE PANU BAH MA CONNECT UNG FUSION BOLT KO SA PC KC D MAREAD NG PC DITO DBAH MAY FREE 8GB TO..? BAKIT AYAW MA READ…?

  • Kasi Mahal Kitangsobra

    BAKIT POH D MA CONNECT UNG WIFI AYAW TALAGA MA CONNECT…? MAY SIRA BA TO…?

    FUBO KO…?

  • jane

    saan po ba may fusion bolt malapit dito sa bocaue, bulacan? please reply. as in gusto ko tlaga to:)

  • michael

    yung fubo ko ayaw mag tuloy tuloy,lage nlng nsa cherry mobile logo…anu dapat kong gawin?

    • lol

      recovery mode mo tapos flash ka ng bagong firmware

  • Lightpost

    Looks like this device, in the end, is a big waste of 4k. Marami na kasi akong nababasa na kahit anung ingat/alaga gawin mo dito eh isang araw ayaw nang gumana. :-/

  • ineedhelp

    Ask ko lang po, uhmmmm kasi yung FuBo ko 6months na actually nabasag na yung screen nya before wala pa 1month… nasangi lang sya ng siko ko tapos nabasag agad… pero pinaayos na rin naman… may mga times din po na naghahang sya and matagal ko na po napapansin yung pagiinit nung likod nya, tuwing nagchacharge/youtube/games/ or kahit nagfafacebook lang pero ngayon po iniwan ko siyang nakacharge then paghawak ko super init nya pag check ko ng likod nya SUPER DUPER O.A na ang pagka init nya at parang nasunog na yung back cover nya kasi parang may maliit na part na *nalusaw* ata at nangitim na rin sya.. (white kasi yung unit ko) so inopen ko at nagopen naman sya okay naman then pinatay ko na ulit agad… kasi natatakot na ko gamitin baka sumabog… ano po kayang magandang dalhin? covered pa po ba to ng warranty? any suggestion po :) thank you in advance