In case you found the Flare 2.0 to be a little lacking, the newly revealed Cherry Mobile Apollo might be more to your fancy. The rumored handset was finally announced not by the official Cherry Mobile Facebook page, but by the SM North EDSA branch, which typically has first dibs on any new Cherry Mobile releases.
The Cherry Mobile Apollo features a 4.5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. That gives it a pixel density of 326ppi, which is one of the sharpest of any display on a locally-branded smartphone and second only to the Cosmos Z. However, we don’t know whether it’s rocking an IPS screen or if it’s just an ordinary TN or MVA TFT panel.
The rest of the specs are pretty pedestrian. The Cherry Mobile Apollo is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and comes with 1GB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It’s also equipped with dual cameras: a 12mp autofocus shooter with LED flash on the back and 5mp fixed focus shooter on the front. Naturally, it comes with complete wireless connectivity options up to 3G.
The Cherry Mobile Apollo is shaping up to be one of the more interesting releases this year, not because of the specs which to be honest aren’t anything special, but because of the quality of the screen at that price point. To put things in perspective, the iPhone 5S has a screen with the same pixel density. Hopefully, it’s an IPS panel because a screen that clear wouldn’t be all that great if the colors weren’t that vibrant as well.
Also, there’s no indication yet as to what SoC has been used on the Apollo. Hopefully, it’s an MT6589 rather than the MSM8225Q because the former supports up to 3.5G/HSPA+ while the latter only goes up to 3G/HSPA speeds. Still, at Php6,999, I wouldn’t be one to complain that much. If you’re looking to get your hands on the Cherry Mobile Apollo, just head on to the concept store at SM North EDSA. You can also get the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 there for only Php3,999.
[Source: Cherry Mobile North EDSA]