Let us help you decide what to buy this half of the year. Arc Mobile and Cherry Mobile have gone full blast with the announcement of 450QD and Cherry Mobile Razor. The said device has respective merits but we thought of helping you out with the table below and our recommendations.

We also included O+ 8.15 and MyPhone A919i for reference purposes.

Price and Value for Money

While 450QD and Razor are awesome products, we can’t help but root for the former because of its affordability. Yes, it only has 512mb but it isn’t actually too bad when playing games like NBA2k13 and Real Racing 3. Plus, 450QD’s battery can be replaced – so if you’re not into changing phones often (yearly or every 2 years), it’s best to get this device. Just buy an extra battery from shops that offer Arc Mobile devices.

Priced at PhP5,499, the Nitro 450QD  holds the cheapest quad-core Android smartphone title.

Performance

While both devices have similar processors (quad-core MT6589 1.2GHz Cortex-A9), Cherry Mobile Razor obviously won this round as it’s packed with more memory compared to 450QD.

Form

Undoubtedly, Razor is the clear winner in this department. Dubbed as the cheapest DragonTrail glass smartphone, this device is also the slimmest among all Android smartphones in the local market. There’s a caveat on this though – the back panel of the device might get too hot to the point that it might be too uncomfortable to hold. Of course, this is just an assumption based on our experience with phones with non-removable batteries and slim physical features (like Alcatel Idol Ultra).

Who’s the winner?

Ultimately, the clear winner in this “fight” are  the consumers. The competition is driving all of us excited for the things to come. Arc Mobile revolutionized the pricing of quad-core devices, and it’s now up to other players in the local smartphone scene to be creative in pricing their products. Cherry Mobile may not have offered the cheapest quad-core but they positioned their latest entry as the cheapest most stylish and durable Android smartphone. We believe that there’s only one way to win in the competition: EXCELLENT SERVICE.

Our thoughts:

  • We don’t want crappy software and bloatware. I hope that Arc and Cherry will be able to push OTA updates that resolve software issues.
  • Availability of accessories (extra batteries, cases, external battery chargers)
  • Clear and precise turnaround time on software and hardware repairs
  • Timely addressing of concerns using available media (Twitter, Facebook Page, Google+)

We may have missed something, guys. I hope you guys don’t mind if you contribute your thoughts below.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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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.

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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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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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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