We now have a clearer picture of entry-level Android phones out in the local market. These smartphones hover around the Php11k mark which I think is a nice price point targeting consumers who wants to switch to Android.
I would like to include the LG Optimus but that’s almost Php13k which is on par with the Samsung Galaxy Spica.
Here is a specs comparison table of the Php11k smartphones: Samsung Galaxy 5, Cherry Mobile Nova and the newly launched Sony Ericsson Xperia X8.
|Samsung Galaxy 5||Cherry Mobile Nova||Sony Ericsson Xperia X8|
|Android 2.1 (Eclair)||Android 2.1 (Eclair)||Android 1.6 (Donut)*|
|ARM 600MHz||Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor||Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor|
|2.8” QVGA TFT capacitive LCD (240 x 320)||3.2” capacitive LCD (320×480)||3″ TFT capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480)|
|170MB internal memory, expandable up to 16GB||512MB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB||128MB internal memory, expandable up to 16GB|
|2mp fixed focus camera w/o flash||5mp autofocus camera with LED flash||3.2mp camera fixed focus camera w/o flash|
|WiFi 802.11 b/g, DLNA||WiFi 802.11 b/g||WiFi 802.11 b/g|
|HSDPA 7.2 Mbps||HSDPA 7.2 Mbps||HSDPA 7.2 Mbps|
|Bluetooth 2.1||Bluetooth 2.1||Bluetooth 2.1|
|Li – Ion, 1200 mAh||Li – Polymer, 1270 mAh||Li – Polymer, 1200 mAh|
|SRP: Php10,980||SRP: Php11,490||SRP: Php11,600|
*Sony Ericsson announced that Android 2.1 update on their Xperia X8 will arrive this November.
Based on these specs, Cherry Mobile has the edge in terms of hardware with its 32GB microSD support and 5mp autofocus camera. However, we shouldn’t discount value-added features from Samsung like their Social Hub, Swype texting and TouchWiz UI. Same with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and its emphasis on security via WaveSecure.