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Meet Cherry Mobile Taiji - The First Phone With Dual Screen In The Philippines

Cherry Mobile recently announced the Taiji; a smartphone that has a secondary e-ink display at the back that may unleash your inner bookworm for easy reading.
Meet Cherry Mobile Taiji
Meet Cherry Mobile Taiji

Priced at PHP 12,999, the Taiji is one of the few phones with a secondary e-ink display. It serves the purpose of saving battery and making reading on a smartphone a better experience.

Powered by the 1.7 GHz 64 Bit MT6752 octa core processor, Mali T760 and 3 GB of RAM, this phone may seem slightly under spec'd than the other phones in the price range but it does have a unique feature that there are very little competition out there which is probably why Cherry priced this at a premium.

That said, there is a market for people who enjoy the benefits of a possible longer battery life and paper like reading.

Meet Cherry Mobile Taiji!

Nice FHD screen
Nice FHD screen

It feels premium from the get-go with glass panels on both sides and brushed metal frame.

The metal frame is solid but with this unique ridge that makes the phone a unique when held in your hand.

IR blaster, microphone and antenna line
IR blaster, microphone and antenna line
Micro USB, speaker, and headphone jack slot
Micro USB, speaker, and headphone jack slot
SIM ejectable tray at left
SIM ejectable tray at left
Volume rocker and power button
Volume rocker and power button

Another rare feature present in the Taiji is the IR blaster at the top which could be a bonus for those who love controlling electronics with their phones. 

At the bottom you will see that it uses the beloved micro USB 2.0 port for charging and transferring files and two speaker grills. One has a true speaker while the other has a microphone.

In front, you'll first see the 5.2 Inch FHD IPS OGS 1920 x 1080 resolution at 423 ppi for its main display! 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.
Secondary e-ink display!
Secondary e-ink display!

The secondary e-ink display is matte textured and has this paperlike tactile feedback whenever you touch or make gestures on the display. There is a slight delay or ghosting to the animations but it never stays too long.

Ageing processor that's still decent in speed.

Inside, it runs the 1.7 GHz 64 Bit MT6752 octa core processor with Mali T760, and 3GB of RAM which makes this machine fast enough for most tasks but it is far from the bleeding edge flagships and even though the specs are under the competition it performs near to it that we don't notice the difference.
Decent performance!
Decent performance!

Equipped with the 13 MP Samsung sensor w/ AF and LED flash main camera and a 8 MP secondary camera where only the main camera has an LED flash. Both are okay and gets the job done. It's clear that the cameras are not the focus of Cherry Mobile for this product.

The rest of the features

Software-wise, it still boots with Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ near stock user interface but with some Cherry Mobile apps that when connected to the internet will show ads in the middle of any activity you are doing with the phone.

It doesn't have a fingerprint scanner works, so don't expect it to unlock your device that fast.

The IR blaster works as long as you download the app for your electronic device. We got the LG remote app for our old LG LCD TV and it works wonderfully!

The e-Ink display works as it is intended with added software from Cherry that improves the experience with e-ink reading and usage. On example is an app that compiles all the digital books you have in your device for easy access. 

Reading is an improvement compared to the IPS display on the front especially when reading in dark environments.

Cherry Mobile Taiji Specs

Primary Display: 5.2 Inch FHD IPS OGS 1920 x 1080 resolution at 423 ppi
Secondary Display: 4.7 Inch qHD TFT 960 x 540 E-Ink screen at 234 ppi
CPU: 1.7 GHz 64 Bit MT6752 octa core processor
GPU: Mali T760
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 13 MP Samsung sensor w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP
Battery: 2,500 mAh
OS:  Android 5.1 Lollipop
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, OTG, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (micro)
Price: PHP 12,999

In terms of specs, the Lollipop version of Android, 2,500 mAh battery and the price to the biggest drawbacks to this phone. However, it is one of the very few phones with the e-ink display on the market with an IR blaster!

But, we would still recommend waiting for it to go on sale before getting it.

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