Cherry Mobile once again surprised us for revealing another bang-for-the-buck device. We are sure that this tablet will prevail  in the market, just like the Cherry Mobile Flare. Wanna know why? And is your 3,999 Pesos really worth it?

I present to you, the most awaited in-depth review of the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt.

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The Form

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At first, you will notice that the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is like a doppelganger of the Nexus 7. But it wouldn’t be too fitting to really expect that this device to perform similar to the latter. But I’ve got tell you – the Fusion Bolt may not be as fast as the other quad core tablets around, but it is, by far, the best super-budget tablet we’ve tested.

The Fusion Bolt has 7-inch In-Plane-Switching (IPS) Capacitive Display with a resolution of 1224 x 800 at 216ppi. The screen is truly a beauty when it comes to quality and resolution. Of course, at 216ppi, expect pictures and texts on the Fusion Bolt’s screen to appear much clearer than the iPad Mini’s.

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At the top, you will see the different ports. From left, the mic for video chatting, micro SD slot (expandable up to 32 gb), micro USB for file transfer, mini HDMI port for larger display, 3.5mm earphone and the charging socket.

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At the left side of the device, you can see the on/off/sleep button, volume rockers and home button. I find the home button weirdly placed because I usually use the tablet on portrait mode and I’m used to seeing the sleep/wake button on the top-right side or the right side of the device. In effect, I always found myself guessing and trying to remember where it’s located.

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At the front, you will see the VGA Camera, which I find quite annoyingly placed. But I get it – Cherry Mobile must have really thought of this device as heavily optimized for landscape usage. In fact, even the brand placements at the back of the tablet are printed in landscape orientation.

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Moreover, the speaker at back looks small but unexpectedly, amidst its size,  it has good sound and quality.

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The 2-megapixel camera is placed at the upper left part of the device (in landscape orientation). It isn’t actually bad for a 2 megapixel camera. Of course, don’t expect this to perfect similarly on low-lighted subjects. Here are some of my unedited sample shots from the back camera.

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The back cover of the tablet may seemingly have chrome-metal finish but when you touch and feel it, it’s quite rubbery and very Nexus 7-like. I also noticed that Cherry Mobile overdid its branding efforts by printing unattractive insignias, which is very prone to fading. This is, of course, immaterial to the performance of Fusion Bolt. Yes, it’s an aesthetic issue – but who cares: it’s a PhP3,999 Quad Core tablet.

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The Performance and Battery

The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt has a 1.0 GHZ Quad Core processor, specifically the Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processor. It also has Vivante GC1000+ for the GPU(Graphics Processing Unit).  The Fusion Bolt has an Android Jellybean 4.1.1 out-of-the-box making it very user friendly and way faster compared to the tablets that preceded this device. During my experience with the device, I experienced minimal to zero-lags on the homescreen, settings and app tray. However, there were instances that I experienced some performance hiccups when using some  applications and playing games.

The battery of Fusion Bolt has 4,000 mAh and as suggested at the box, it is upgraded to 4,000 mAh from 3,500 mAh. I also noticed that while playing games and using applications, the battery of Fusion Bolt gets warm easily.

With full brightness, using social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, playing games like Temple Run 2, Candy Crush Saga and Dead Trigger, the battery died after a day.

Using the Quadrant Benchmark, the Fusion Bolt scored 2,713 points making it better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Atrix 4G and other devices. With 1 Ghz Quad Core processor and 1gb RAM, the benchmark result isn’t technically appealing as it’s lower than the benchmark results of Cherry Mobile Titan and Flare.  Please note though that benchmark scores are relative scores as benchmark applications consider the current state of devices. It is possible for Fusion Bolt to have a different score after a week or two.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

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Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is only priced at Php3,999.00. With that price, it is very cheap for a consumer like me and we are talking about a tablet here not some smartphone with a camera. The Fusion Bolt does the job in every single way sans the Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. It would have been way more awesome had Cherry Mobile included such features even if it increased its price to PhP5,000.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt will be available on March 6, 2013 at Robinsons Place Manila, SM North Edsa and Graphic All-In Store, Cagayan De Oro. First 50 buyers will receive exciting giveaways!

Again, the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is only Php3,999.00. Believe it or not.

Specifications:

  • 1 GHz Quad core Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processor, 1gb RAM and 8gb or external memory expandable up to 32gb via MicroSD card
  • 7″ HD IPS Capacitive Display
  • Vivante GC1000+ GPU
  • Android 4.1.1 Jellybean out of the box
  • Loudspeakers
  • Gyro-sensor
  • Micro-USB port
  • 4000 mAh battery

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Gianfranco is the co-founder of GadgetPilipinas.net. He graduated from Far Eastern University. A Psychology student turned tech-savvy. He's currently the HR Supervisor of Blip Media and one of the content producers of Gadget Pilipinas. He enjoys playing competitive video games and binge-watch American TV series.

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  1. Philippe S. Reply

    Not so good..

    The RAM isn’t actually 1GB.. (I understand that it can’t be exact) but it’s actually 678MB RAM~!! almost 400MB difference..

    The HARDWARE can’t run the TABLET with apps running like FB, TWITTER, GOOGLE NOW, ANTIVIRUS.. a number of widgets on the home screen, and some apps.. cuz it will slow down..

    Even if it’s quad core (it’s only 1.0 GHz) I think the resolution is too heavy for the specifications.. the case isn’t stable, if you’re strong enough to bend the tablet, it could break.. it feels like it’s a house with a roof that can fly away anytime..

    I understand that it’s a 4k tablet.. but it would be better if they have put a lower resolution (around 960 x 540? or 800 x 400?) because 1280 x 800 is too heavy..

    and I think it would be better if it ran on Android 4 (ICS).. less system apps to run on the system (which causes potential performance hiccups)

    and AINOL NOVO’s operating systems run better than what Cherry Mobile developed..

    if you drop it.. there will surely be a problem, if no problems on the outside.. better check the camera, wifi connectivity, G-sensor, and other internal sensors.. too easy to break..

  2. Philippe S. Reply

    Haha! We have the same name..

    ~It can’t charge on micro-usb.. but it has a micro-usb PORT (for data-transfer)

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Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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