I need a lighter companion to do my work-related stuff. This may sound a little crazy, but my 10.1-inch netbook which weighs about 1.5 kilograms already feels heavy to carry on a daily basis. Again, those who have 14-inch laptops would surely frown upon that last statement. But, hey if you happen to stumble upon a number of cheap quad-core Android tablets priced under Php 4,000, you would also want reasons to have a netbook alternative.

So I was looking for the cheapest tablets because I consider myself frugal, and found these amazing gadgets. Read on to know more about them.

CloudFone CloudPad 700qTV

This is one is a gem. Aside from the fact that is runs Android 4.4 Kitkat out ot the box, it has 3G and dual sim to boot, an 8GB internal memory, and a mobile TV. How cool is that for Php 3,499?
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • 3G, WiFi
  • 7.0" Touchscreen
  • 5MP Rear
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • ROM: 8GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Mobile TV
  • P 3,499
Next up, is the....

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt 

This quad-core tablet already made waves in 2013 when it first came out because of its HD display, huge battery capacity, and reliable processor. All for only Php 3,999!

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt specs:
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • 7-inch HD IPS Display, 1280×800 resolution, 216ppi
  • 1GHz quad-core Actions Semiconductor ATM7025 processor
  • Vivante GC1000+ GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • WiFi
  • 2-megapixel main camera
  • VGA front camera
  • microUSB v2.0
  • miniHDMI slot
  • Super HD 2160p video support
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4000mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Price: Php3,999
The reason that it has to be quad-core is that I have tried dual-core and suffered through all the lags and bumps while browsing through apps and playing even the basic games. I am done with that so quad-core is like the minimum processor power I am rooting for. 

I found a lot of tablets under Php 4K but most of them are still dual-core so obviously, they didn't make it in the list. The last one, I am kinda hesitant to post because of the lower RAM capacity but hey it's still quad-core!

CloudPad 707qw

For the price of Php 2,499, you are getting Android 4.4 Kitkat, 5MP-2MP cam combo, and an 8GB internal storage capacity. That's awesome right? The only prob is the RAM but well, if you are not really into games, and just want to hav a tab for browsing, this might do the trick.
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • WiFi
  • 7.0" Touchscreen
  • 5MP Rear
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • ROM: 8GB
  • RAM: 512MB
  • P 2,499
The CM Fusion Bolt is the winner when it comes to display but I am really curious about that CloudPad 700qTV because well, it has TV and has better set of cameras. I think an actual hands-on is needed to see if the things on paper translate well on the actual usage experience. 

Microsoft Lumia 435 is going to be the cheapest Microsoft-bearing Lumia to date, sold at EUR 69 or more or less Php 3,700 here in the Philippines.

Microsoft Lumia 435, along with another model, Microsoft Lumia 532 will start rolling out in February in various regions of Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. Aimed at the entry level market, theLumia 435 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, sports a 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, expandable storage support via microSD card of up to 128GB and 1560mAh battery.

Here is the complete specifications:
  • Operating System:  Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim 
  • Dimension: 118.1 mm x 64.7 mm x 11.7 mm
  • Weight: 134.1 g
  • Display: 4 ' WVGA (800 x 480), TrueColor (24-bit/16M), LCD Transmissive, 233 ppi,  
  • Internal Memory: 8 GB, expandable microSD up to 128 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB 
  • Free cloud storage: 30 GB
  • Battery: Replaceable 1560 mAh
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Dual-core Snapdragon™ 200 
  • Main camera: 2.0 MP, Fixed focus, 1/5 inch sensor, f/2.7 aperture
  • Front camera: VGA 0.3 MP f/2.7 aperture
If things turn out well, the Microsoft Lumia 435 will have roughly the same price as the Nokia Lumia 530, which is also for sale at Php3,990. Definitely a better option for people who want to try out a Windows Phone without having to break the bank. But for those who want a bigger screen, the Microsoft Lumia 535 is also a great option at Php5,990.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus is the latest flagship smartphone released by the local brand Cherry Mobile. This is just days after the release of its most affordable octa-core model, the Cherry Mobile Me Vibe. CM's official Facebook page released teasers of the phone which is scheduled for release today. The teasers contain hints on the specifications this phone would carry as a flagship.

It turns out that the 64.8C.4G teaser means that the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus would sport a 64GB microSD-expandable 32GB internal storage, a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, and a dual-LTE capability.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus' Antutu Benchmark score comparable with other more expensive flagship devices

Check out the specs of the newest Cosmos One Plus below.
  • Mediatek MT6595M 2GHz octa-core processor
  • 5.5-inch LTPS display, 1920x1080p, 401ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM, expandable up to 64GB
  • Dual micsoSIM
  • LTE Cat 4 150Mbps
  • 14MP rear camera, Sony IMX214 BSI Sapphire Lens f/2.0
  • 8MP front camera
  • 2,700mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
With a price tag of Php13,999.00, the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus is a strong contender against the flagship phones of other international brands with higher price tags. This is proven true by the latest update of the CM FB page that shows the phone's Antutu Benchmarks score.

The image above shows that Cosmos One Plus scored a whopping 47396 score just a little below Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and way above other international flagships. This shows that CM is really serious about raising the bar this 2015 in terms of providing high-quality gadgets at very reasonable rates. Side note: Cosmos One Plus has the same actual retail price with another local flagship CloudFone Thrill 600FHD, which also retails at Php13,999.

Software giant Google Inc. has announced the release of Android Lollipop in June 2014 but it seems that the roll out of the OS for various Android smartphones is a bit slower than expected. But before you decide to upgrade your Android Kitkat or any lower version to Lollipop, let's take a look at the amazing new things we can with our Android smartphones using the latest sweet version of the operating system.

According to the official Android website, the development team has put on a lot of effort to give Android users the best smartphone experience with use of Android Lollipop. These are just some of the nifty enhancement users can enjoy.

Sadly, the launch today takes place in China so we have to wait a little while (if ever) before Oppo U3 - Oppo's newest phablet, hits the Philippine shores. While we do that, let's check out the spec sheet below to get to know this device better.

  • 5.9-inch 1080p display
  • MT6752 chip with octa-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 processor
  • Mali-T760MP2 graphics 
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB  expandable storage
  • 13MP rear camera with 4x optical zoom, 4K video capturing
  • 5MP front camera with LED flash
  • 3G, LTE
  • AK4961 audio chip
No word yet if its Gorilla or Dragontrail scratch-resistant glass that's being used on the screen, but I think it sports Gorilla 3, because that's the trend now. Pricing is yet to be revealed but with this kind of specs, I think Oppo U3 is gonna be sold within the 12K - 18K range in the Philippines.