Cherry Mobile is making a comeback in the octa-core smartphone scene with the new Magnum S. For Php9,999 only, this 5-inch handset offers arguably better features than the other (and more expensive) octa-core smartphones.

As progressively teased on their Facebook page, the Cherry Mobile Magnum S is a 5-inch HD smartphone running on Android 4.4 KitKat. With an octa-core MT6592 chip running under the hood, it features Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection, 1GB of RAM, Mali 450 graphics, 18-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera (with its own LED flash a la the Xperia C3), and USB On the Go.

Cherry Mobile Magnum S Specs

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-inch IPS LCD (720×1280 HD), ~294ppi
  • 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
  • Mali-450 MP4 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • No microSD support
  • 18-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera, with LED flash
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual SIM, dual standby
  • 3G HSPA+
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Profile thickness: 7.1mm
  • Weight: 132 grams
  • 2300mAh non-removable battery

The Cherry Mobile Magnum S further boasts a metallic unibody, which is an impressive feat considering its thin 7.1mm profile and weight at just 132g. Dual SIM capable, the Magnum S is also touted to have an earphone and loudspeaker sound enhancer, so you can expect great sound quality from this device. The multimedia experience it offers is further boosted with its “Clear Motion video fluency enhancer.” Need to hook it up to your TV? You can do so via its MHL to HDMI adapter or its wireless Miracast connectivity.

Praises aside, the Cherry Mobile Magnum S also comes with its shortcomings. We’re not quite certain of this, but there seems to be no external storage via a microSD slot. That means getting stuck with just 16GB of onboard storage. Fortunately, it has USB On the Go for quick access to thumb drives.

Price-wise, the Php9,999 Cherry Mobile Magnum S isn’t the cheapest local octa-core smartphone—that title (if I’m not mistaken) goes to the SKK Mobile Kraken. Nevertheless, the Magnum S is now Cherry Mobile’s cheapest offering, costing even lesser than the Cosmos Z2 and the Omega Infinity.

[Source: Cherry Mobile]

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