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Meet Cherry Mobile Desire R8, Capable Affordable Dual Cam?

Cherry Mobile has recently made the Desire R8 officially available in stores, a promising camera-centric smartphone equipped w/ entry-midrange grade specs.
Meet Cherry Mobile Desire R8, Capable Affordable Dual Cam?
Cherry Mobile Desire R8

Priced at PHP 9,999, the Cherry Mobile Desire R8 is of the legit dual camera powered smartphone in its class. In particular, this device sports MediaTek's 64 bit MT6750T octa core processor w/ Dual ISP (image processors) for real dual camera support.

It could mean that the two cameras really works together to shoot very detailed images with great depth of field.

Even if the lower-end MT6737T has Dual ISP too, MediaTek recommends MT6750T at least to enjoy dual camera setups better.

Having said that, the Desire R8 is the most affordable Cherry Mobile device in the market right now w/ optimized dual camera.

Sounds promising right? Let's begin!

Meet Cherry Mobile Desire R8

Solid build, good design
Solid build, good design

The Cherry Mobile Desire R8 feels pretty premium and looks sleek for a midrange smartphone.

It's made out of a solid metal unibody material with smooth curves, comfortable hold, and nice heft.  However, there's no mention of Gorilla Glass on its 2.5D curved display. So, make sure to take good care of it to prevent scratches and damages. 
Microphone w/ 3.5 mm headphone jack slot on top
Microphone w/ 3.5 mm headphone jack slot on top
Mic, USB Type C, and single mic below
Mic, USB Type C, and single mic below
Hybrid SIM slot at left
Hybrid SIM slot at left
Power button and volume rocker at right
Power button and volume rocker at right

The dual cam setup behind is protruding, but it won't really affect the overall nice ergonomics and appearance of the handset. We liked that most of its ports and buttons are on proper placements.

It even has the modern USB Type C standard for reversible and speedier charging and transfer speeds.
Colorful screen w/ slim bezels

In front, you'll first see the 5.5 inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution screen at 401 pixels per inch. It's sharp, vivid enough in colors, and has good viewing angles. We just noticed that it isn't that bright enough, but, this screen looks good as a whole.
Antutu and Geekbench scores
Antutu and Geekbench scores

Inside, it runs with the 64 bit MT6750T octa core chip paired with Mali T860 graphics. It's the same speedy enough chipset found on the likes of OPPO F3 and Vivo V5. It's couple w/ ample 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage, and 3,000 mAh of battery.

Camera-wise, its one of the few legit dual camera phones under 10K. It features a 1
3 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX258 + 5 MP f/2.0 OV5675 w/ AF, BSI, and dual tone LED flash.

For selfies, it has an 8 MP f/2.2 S5K5E8 w/ LED flash.

Related: Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Camera Review - Affordable Dual Cam

The rest of the features

Smart's speedy LTE in our area and the ever annoying ads
Smart's speedy LTE in our area and the ever annoying ads

Software-wise, it boots with Android 7.0 Nougat w/ near stock user interface. It is fast and smooth, but lacking in features and excitement for me. Moreover, it has annoying ads that pops out once in a while.

Anyway, we find its 700 MHz LTE is super fast and stable if you have good signal in your area.

The fingerprint scanner works, but don't expect it to unlock your device that fast.

Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 401 ppi
CPU: 1.5 GHz 64 Bit MT6750T octa core processor
GPU: Mali T860
RAM: 3 GB
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX258 + 5 MP f/2.0 OV5675 w/ AF, BSI, and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/2.2 S5K5E8 w/ LED flash
Battery: 3,000 mAh
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, 700 MHz LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (micro + nano)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity, orientation, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C
Price: PHP 9,999

For 9,999, its a fairly nice deal considering this handset has good build, nice screen, speedy LTE, and decent dual cameras.

Agree?
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