Cherry Mobile Apollo: Quad Core with HD Display and 12MP Camera for ₱6,999 - Specs, Price and Features

Cherry Mobile Apollo (CM-3N)

Another quad core Cherry Mobile Android phone has been released - Cherry Mobile Apollo. This time, it has a high definition screen, 12MP camera and 1GB of RAM for those who were turned off by Flare 2.0.

One particular detail that intrigued me is the circular home button which is similar to a Cubot GT99. Some say that it's the OEM of Cherry Mobile Apollo but with a different battery capacity.


Here's the box of Cherry Mobile Apollo and Cubot GT99:

Cherry Mobile Apollo and its OEM Cubot GT99
Cherry Mobile Apollo looks promising knowing that its OEM packs awesome specs for its price level. Photo by Cherry Angel and Cubot.


Cherry Mobile Apollo Performance

Cherry Mobile Apollo Antutu Score
Cherry Mobile Apollo Antutu Benchmark Score.
Photo by Cherry Angel on Facebook.
Cherry Mobile Apollo runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with a 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MTK6589 processor, PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics processor and 1GB of RAM. These specs makes it on par with Cherry Mobile Omega which is more expensive.

If you are worried about the battery, here's a good news: Cherry Mobile Apollo has a 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery to power it throughout your day.

It has the usual 4GB of internal storage with 1GB free for the user to store music, videos, photos and other files. A microSD slot is also available for a 32GB memory card.


Cherry Mobile Apollo Design, Display and Camera

Another nice feature of Cherry Mobile Apollo is its screen which is a high definition IPS capacitive display with a G+G architecture. It's the same technique used in the screen of iPhones and iPads. But there are doubts about the quality of Apollo's display given that it has a cheap price tag.

For taking pictures and shooting videos, Cherry Mobile Apollo is equipped with a 12 Megapixel camera at the back with dual LED flash while a 5 Megapixel camera will take your selfies. Both are said to be autofocus and with BSI sensor.


Cherry Mobile Apollo Network and Connectivity

Cherry Mobile Apollo Sim SlotCherry Mobile Apollo has dual sim capability but only SIM one can connect to 3G networks. Apollo can reach HSPA+ speeds offering fast mobile internet access.

If you don't have mobile internet, you can opt for a free WiFi network. Cherry Mobile Apollo's Bluetooth amazingly comes with version 4.0 allowing it to enjoy Bluetooth connectivity without too much strain on the battery.


Cherry Mobile Apollo Specs

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MTK6589 Processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Operating System
  • 4.5 Inch HD IPS Display (1280 x 720 Pixel or 326 PPI)
  • PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU
  • 12 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with Dual LED Flash and BSI Sensor
  • 5 Megapixel Front Camera with BSI Sensor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4 GB Internal Storage (1GB Free)
  • Expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • Dual Sim/Dual Standby
  • 3G (HSPA+), EDGE, GPRS, GSM Networks
  • WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • GPS
  • Motion, Proximity and Ambient Light Sensors
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 2,000 mAh Li-ion Battery
  • ₱6,999 SRP
  • Read my hands on review of Cherry Mobile Apollo.

Cherry Mobile Apollo is now available at Cherry Mobile SM North EDSA and online through Cherry Angel on Facebook.









Daniel Gubalane Written by Daniel Gubalane - tech blogger, freelance web developer and former Physics teacher. Connect with me on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Creative Commons License


74 comments

  1. Kala ko 2,000 mAh ? bkt sa sa specs 1,800 mAh????
    ano ba talaga?

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    1. The battery capacity was previously thought to be 1,800 mAh only since that what it says on the box. But it has been already confirmed that the battery of Cherry Mobile Apollo is 2,000 mAh and not 1,800 mAh. Post has been updated. Thanks for the comment.

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    2. 20000mah po ung battry ng apollo and without wifi and no hard gaming aabot ito ng two days..

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    3. dual sim ba ang apollo??

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  2. may i ask a question?? what kind of glass used on CM Apollo?? Corning Gorilla glass or Dragon tail???

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    1. Hi Arman, of course you can ask me a question. Unfortunately, Cherry Mobile Apollo doesn't have any scratch resistant glass layer. That's why it sells for a lower price than other phones with the sames specs.

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    2. G+G means Gorilla Glass paano wlang scracth resistant ang Cherry Mobile Apollo. Hindi ata nakakaintindi ang nag-sabi n wla scratch resistant. English siguro maiintindihan:
      Cherry Mobile Apollo has Gorillas Glass scratch resistant.

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    3. G+G po ay screen technology ndi gorilla glass. basa basa din kasi pag may time..

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    4. http://filipinotechaddict.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/cherry-mobile-apollo-hands-on-review/

      ..read..read..:P

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    5. Aapollo glass is not scratch resistant - it is the downside of this phone that's why uit sells lower but performance is way-way better, Just put screen protector.

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  3. is the 'scratch resistant' thing the only difference from the other phones with the same specs?

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  4. Hi is this device multi-touch?

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    1. hello, may i ask ilang points po sya in relation dun sa multi-touch feature nya? conducive for gaming po sya tyaka ok po ba ung sounds?? thanks. :)

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    2. I tested my cm apollo and this are the games ive installd and play real racing 3 almost 1 g size , iron man 3, 1g size ,death tour, zombiewood 2, ckz,dead trigger 2, gt racing 2, frontline commando 2, and others like csr , six guns all of ths games played smoothly either tilt or touch it plays smoothly..

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    3. Yes, it has 5-point multi touch capability.

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  5. Does it support OTG and/or MHL?

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  6. I have seen the actual unit....not scratch resistant, but it really has a nice screen and above par camera... para sa price range na ganito, napaka worth it talaga
    (bili na ako bukas)

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  7. is cm apollo available in mindanao areas?? tnx po.

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  8. Kainggit Lang wala pa ako pambili Pero may titan ako mag 1year na to..

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  9. Bilhin NGO nalang titan ko tapos may kasamang wave y na Samsung,,pambili ko ng x2,kala nyo Apollo ha...hahaha..

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  10. sir available na po ba ito sa general santos city

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  11. Bought this phone today in Calapan,,,
    wow impressive lahat.

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  12. pwede po bang palitan yung battery? kunware mas mataas dun sa 2000 mAh. hehehe. just wandering.

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  13. Sir, would you be kind enough to elaborate more on the G+G architecture, interested and curious to know what makes it a special feature worth mentioning.tnx

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  14. Kumusta po ang Bluetooth ng Apollo nyo?
    Sa akin kasi ayaw gumana.

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    1. I've tested Apollo's Bluetooth and it works fine.

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    2. ok poh b tlaga !? balak ko na ksi bumili weh, eh may mga comment ksi na nega ,kesyo cm daw ang tatak, peo for me it dpends on a user :)

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    3. bka d nka visible ang device mo..

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    4. sir, how to turn off the bluetooth sound? when I am receiving a file there is a sound.. how will i turn off that?? pls reply..

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    5. notification sound yata yan. pwede mo i-off sa settings. kaso ma-ooff din yung sounds for other notifs like message, mail, etc.

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    6. Yong visibility ng bluetooth mo baka hindi mo na on, automatic off kasi yan pag hndi ginagamit.

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  15. I bought the unit one week already and so far, it's superb considering the price. But I've noticed it has "backlight bleeding" issue. When you have a black background, you can see some part of the screen are brighter than the other.

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  16. anong class rating ng memory card kelangan sa apollo, o sa kahit anong smartphone na nakakapagrecord ng HD videos? ok lang ba class 4?

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  17. hi sir matanung ko lang. natratransfer po ba ang mga apps nya sa sd card..> example mga bagong download na apps ntratransfer po ba pls anser my question

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    1. pagkadownload ko ng apps, meron naman minsan na nagppop-up na question kung gusto mo ba itransfer to SD pero di ko pa natry itransfer.

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    2. pwede xa ma tansfer.. i tried it

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  18. Just wanna ask if there's any rumor na next in line with flare 2x, na medyo mataas ung megapixel ng front camera and umabot ng 2000mah ang battery, can't afford pa kasi si CM apollo eh,,mga 2k pa kulang..mag markdown pa kaya ng price si apollo? hehe...

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  19. superb! amazing yung quality ng display. napaka linaw tsaka ang crispy! IPS kasi yung screen. Nice for gaming. D pa nagla-lag thanks to its quad core cpu and its gpu. Di ko lang gusto is yung casign nya. Masyado kasi madulas minsan pag basa yung kamay ko. Sana ginawa nilang matte ang sa likod :( pero okay lang nman hehe. Yung battery nya 2000 mAh. pag all day wifi ka tsaka games it only lasted mga 5-6 hours sa akin. Pero pag off lahat maliban sa texts and call, umaabot ng 2 days. Share ko lang my eperience with apollo :)

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    1. exactly same for me 2 days dn tinagal ng apollo ko without wifi or games,kung moderate gaming nd wifi nmn tumagal p dn cya ng 1 day which is average for smartphones. its a really good mid-end fone. screen is just right and i enjoy watching movies ganda ng reso.

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  20. san po to available now? meron nb sa bicol?

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  21. sa pagbili po ng CM Apollo ano ba dapat I check para masiguradong walang defect iyong unit na nakuha mo, kasi maraming CM na may defect.

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  22. mga master pede bang mgdownload ng games na na 2gb dito? PEDE ba diretso sa memory sd card

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  23. hi pre, may review knba sa CM BLAZE 2.0? tnx

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  24. NagbAgo n isip ku s len0vo ph0ne e2 nlang apollo.sna nMan d aku magsisi,d ku p ntry gumamit ng cm ph0ne!

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  25. Im having a hard time thinking san aq hahanap ng pambili nito bka magkaubusan na. hehe! gusto ko ang specs.. HD screen in a mid priced phone :)

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  26. G+G means Gorilla Glass paano wlang scracth resistant ang Cherry Mobile Apollo. Hindi ata nakakaintindi ang nag-sabi n wla scratch resistant. English siguro maiintindihan:
    Cherry Mobile Apollo has Gorillas Glass scratch resistant.

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  27. Huwag po i-mislead ang mga tao!

    "G+G means Gorilla Glass paano wlang scracth resistant ang Cherry Mobile Apollo. Hindi ata nakakaintindi ang nag-sabi n wla scratch resistant. English siguro maiintindihan: Cherry Mobile Apollo has Gorillas Glass scratch resistant."

    -diba dapat - Cherry Mobile Apollo has Gorillas Glass scratch resistanCE? hahaha


    Ang G+G po ay hindi Gorilla Glass! Ang G+G ay isa sa mga screen technologies na ginagamit sa phones. Ang Screen ay consisting ng maraming layer. Sensor, touch panel, diode, film at iba pa. Ang G+G ay technology na nagfu-fuse ng mga layers into glass para maging manipis at mas malapit ang display sa mismong touchpanel or outer screen para maging mas vivid at malinaw ang display. sa G+G, ung unang letra ay nagdedescribe ng Sensor type at yung 2nd letter ay Type ng screen, touchscreen, panel, or yung outer cover na nadudutdot, napipindot, nasasalat natin sa phone. So ang G+G means, yung sensor ng screen ay Glass type, at ang Touch Panel or outer screen ay Glass type din.

    Marami pong type ng screen techologies. Yung iba, ginagamitan din ng glass ang outer screen pero hindi tempered.Pero sigurado ako na sa G+G at sa OGS(One Touch Solution-mas manipis ito kesa sa G+G at High Resolution din) tempered or reinforced glass ang ginagamit.

    *note: Ang CM Apollo po ay rebranded na Cubot GT99 from China. Since Chinese technology sya, Naisip ko lang na kaya hindi nkasulat na Corning, Dragontrail or sikat na glass manufacturers as Tempered Glass na ginamit ay dahil china made din ang tempered Glass.

    Ngayon, eto ang magandang part, since G+G ang Screen natin, Ibig sabihin, ke-Corning Gorilla Glass, Asahi Dragontrail, Xensation Glass or ano pa mang tempered glass ang ginamit dyan, Scratch Resistant po ang Apollo. Hindi po ibig sabihin na hindi sya nagagasgas (scratchproof). Pero, mas mataas po ang resistance nya sa gasgas kesa sa ibang phone na ang gamit na touchpanels ay Plastic or Thin Glass or lower screen technology.

    Sana nakatulong.. Proud owner of CM Apollo and Flame 2.0 (OGS Screen)

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  28. Ang G+G po ay hindi Gorilla Glass! Ang G+G ay isa sa mga screen technologies na ginagamit sa phones. Ang Screen ay consisting ng maraming layer. Sensor, touch panel, diode, film at iba pa. Ang G+G ay technology na nagfu-fuse ng mga layers into glass para maging manipis at mas malapit ang display sa mismong touchpanel or outer screen para maging mas vivid at malinaw ang display. sa G+G, ung unang letra ay nagdedescribe ng Sensor type at yung 2nd letter ay Type ng screen, touchscreen, panel, or yung outer cover na nadudutdot, napipindot, nasasalat natin sa phone. So ang G+G means, yung sensor ng screen ay Glass type, at ang Touch Panel or outer screen ay Glass type din.

    Marami pong type ng screen techologies. Yung iba, ginagamitan din ng glass ang outer screen pero hindi tempered.Pero sigurado ako na sa G+G at sa OGS(One Touch Solution-mas manipis ito kesa sa G+G at High Resolution din) tempered or reinforced glass ang ginagamit.

    *note: Ang CM Apollo po ay rebranded na Cubot GT99 from China. Since Chinese technology sya, Naisip ko lang na kaya hindi nkasulat na Corning, Dragontrail or sikat na glass manufacturers as Tempered Glass na ginamit ay dahil china made din ang tempered Glass.

    Ngayon, eto ang magandang part, since G+G ang Screen natin, Ibig sabihin, ke-Corning Gorilla Glass, Asahi Dragontrail, Xensation Glass or ano pa mang tempered glass ang ginamit dyan, Scratch Resistant po ang Apollo. Hindi po ibig sabihin na hindi sya nagagasgas (scratchproof). Pero, mas mataas po ang resistance nya sa gasgas kesa sa ibang phone na ang gamit na touchpanels ay Plastic or Thin Glass or lower screen technology.

    Sana nakatulong.. Proud owner of CM Apollo and Flame 2.0 (OGS Screen)

    -Leonard :D

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  29. does the Flash of the camera of cherry mobile apollo great?

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  30. Ok po ba ung flash ng camera ng apollo??

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  31. Matibay po ba tong CM apollo??

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  32. Kuya daniel' ok po ba ung flash ng camera ng CM apollo!???

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  33. Ok ung flash ng cm apollo.sa katunayan nga e! Umaabot ng 100 meters ung liwanag nang flash nya!!! Whahahaha

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    1. is that really true na ang flash ay abot hanggang 100 meters ung liwanag?

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  34. mei iba pbang available colors ung casing ng apollo cm? available po ba ito sa stolls?

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  35. maganda ba apollo phone?...how about the battery?...

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  36. I find it hard sa video kasi it will zoom in. can i adjust this or this is its natural video setting??

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  37. same din ung issue sa video, sa google na daw ung defect ng stock video recorder, try mo maghanap ng ibang apps

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  38. Wala bang bad part o nakakabadtrip na perpormance ng apollo?

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  39. been using my cm apollo for 7mos now and still in good condition. twice na nalaglag sa tubig, 2days sya nag automatic shutdown pero after nun back to normal na uli :) wifi and data connection ok since day one. globe sim lang ginagamit ko for data connection. ang skype lang medyo hindi talaga sya ok kahit updated naman, pero wechat and other apps na may video calling ok naman. at ang camera, super linaw rear and front cam:)

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  40. Ok po ba ang apollo sa video calls?

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  41. paano po ba magreformat ng CM apollo? nasira po kasi ang program umaandar pero hindi na sya pumapasok sa android.


    please tell me how? tnx.

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  42. gorilla glass po ba ng CM apollo?

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  43. Yung cm apollo ko palpak. 1 yr na sya actually maganda naman performance nya kaso bigla bigla na lang lumabo yung 12 mp nyang camera as in sobrang labo di na mapapakinabangan ��

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  44. Try reverting the camera settings to default..

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