Cherry Mobile announced Omega HD today and they introduced a slew of new features that are unheard of among the previous phones they launched. Yes, it would have been a lot better had Cherry Mobile decided to jack it up with a quad core processor. But, that’s a different story. It would probably happen when they launch its 3rd iteration. Who wouldn’t like a quad-core Omega anyway?

Cherry Mobile Omega HD First Impressions

Let’s have a recap of the specs of Omega HD:

  • Android Jellybean 4.1.1
  • 1GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 5″ HD IPS Capacitive Screen
  • Dragon Trail Glass Technology
  • 12mp Camera with Flash (2mp Front)
  • Dual SIM
  • Wifi b/g/n
  • 3G/Bluetooth/GPS
  • 1GB Ram
  • 4GB Internal Memory (expandable)

There isn’t much to talk about its processor. If we’re going to base this on Xolo A1000 or i-mobile iQ6, its processor is basically made by Mediatek, MTK6577 to be more precise. I just to need check though if this is the H or T version of the said processor. I would be very happy if could share your thoughts on the comments section below.

The build pretty much resembles the i-mobile iQ6 or the Galaxy Grand sans the physical home button and notification light. It has a very slim form: 71mm width, 143.5mm height and 9mm thick.

In front, you will see 3 capacitive buttons, proximity sensor, ear piece, 2 megapixel camera with BSI and HD IPS screen with Dragon Trail technology.
In front, you will see 3 capacitive buttons, proximity sensor, ear piece, 2 megapixel camera with BSI and HD IPS screen with Dragon Trail technology.
Volume rockers can be found on the left side.
Volume rockers and camera hotkey can be found on the left side.

 

The Sleep/wake button is neatly placed on the right side.
The Sleep/wake button is neatly placed on the right side.
The 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-usb port are located on top.
The 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-usb port are located on top.

There are actually 3 things that we liked about device: HD IPS Capacitive Screen, Dragon Trail Glass Technology and BIS Technology on the front and back cameras.

The new Omega is the first Cherry Mobile smartphone that has an HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution with 294 ppi. That isn’t retina-busting, but pictures and HD movies will look better on this device compared to the previous devices that CM launched.

Omega HD is also the first device that features a Dragon Trail Glass technology, which basically makes its screen resistant to damage. You can also find this technology on i-mobile IQ6 smartphones and Xperia Active. Cherry Mobile even did an Omega Challenge during the press event this afternoon. Basically, they asked us to take on the challenge of trying to damage, if not just to  scratch, the screen using cutter or swiss funny. It’s quite funny because they even asked us to slam the phone’s screen to open a pistachio.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTh50Jbzqx0[/youtube]

This new device’s cameras also have BSI (back-illuminated sensor), another first among Cherry Mobile phones. Such sensor allows easier penetration of light onto the sensor, thus making this device a bad-ass and highly efficient when taking pictures of subjects in low-light environment. The 12mp camera at the back and the 2mp camera in front have this technology. Unfortunately, I was not able to test this feature but that’s something to look forward to when I finally review it in April.

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 14

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 15

The Good Stuff

  • Awesome HD IPS Display! This is best in consuming multimedia.
  • Dragon Trail technology
  • BSI Technology on its 2 cameras
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • 1Gb RAM
  • PhP7,999 price tag

The Not So Good Stuff

  • Mediocre processor
  • Availability: April 2013. I will have to wait for a month to get this

 

My impressions are not conclusive though as I need to experience the phone further. I, for one, can’t wait to receive a review unit from Cherry Mobile and give you guys a definitive review. Meanwhile, please watch Big Time Show on Saturday as we talk about this device and Flame 2.0 further. I’ll be joined by my co-hosts Alexei Rivera of Technoclast, Raf Oca of HobbyMash, Jam Ancheta of Jam Online and TJ Panganiban of TJS Daily. We might also have Randolph Novino of PinoyScreenCast in the show!

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

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.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

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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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

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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