Cherry Mobile unveils Fusion Bolt tablet: quad-core power and Jelly Bean for just $99

by: AdrianFebruary 18, 2013


You can’t do much better than Amazon’s $159 Kindle Fire or Google’s $200 Nexus 7, right? The two tabs are cheap, but at the same time pretty snappy, light, sleek and very elegant. And they’re even up to date in the software department (especially the N7).

But what if you could find an even more affordable tablet? Like a $99 one with a quad-core processor and Jelly Bean butter? Impossibru, you say? Not in the Philippines, the new land of all possibilities.

After blowing our minds already with the $110 5.2-inch Cruize phablet and the $125 4.5-inch Thunder, Cherry Mobile is lowering the price bar even more for its newest tablet effort. The Fusion Bolt is mostly a repackaged Ainol Novo 7 Venus, but with slightly different specs and an absolutely unbeatable price tag.


There’s a quad-core Cortex A9-based Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processor beneath the thing’s hood, and, although it’s only clocked at 1 GHz, it should perform honorably enough in browsing, multimedia and even some light gaming.

The 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of on-board storage sound equally as “honorable”, while the 7-inch IPS panel might be one of the nicest surprises. It boasts a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, which is on-par with the Nexus 7 and actually better than what the Kindle Fire or the new Acer Iconia B1 have to offer.


The on-board Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is probably an even bigger surprise, while the 4,000 mAh battery sounds butch enough to handle five or six hours of continuous running time. There are even dual cameras fitted on the tab (a 2 MP rear-facing one and an 0.3 MP on the front), as well as microSD support and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

But the cherry on top of it all is pricing. Php 3,999, or $99 (told you, didn’t I?). Too bad the Fusion Bolt has smaller chances of ever landing outside of Asia than I do of winning a Pulitzer for this article.

  • MasterMuffin

    If I propose this article to those guys that give dem Pulitzers, you’ll give me dat tablet? Sounds fair to me :)

    • Adrian Diaconescu

      Let’s say I’ll propose to Cherry Mobile to give you one of these tabs. How does that sound?

  • Eli

    ATM7029 is not an A9 but probably A5

    • Yep… Most Probably an A5…. Even though it’s QC, it will probably not run as fast other QC tablets. But from that price point, I’ll probably consider it when it will release next month…

  • Its raining jellybeans here in the Philippines! Chinese kickass phones and tablets, price ranges between 99 to 199 usd.. dual and quad cores, big specs, android fanatics here are having a hard time deciding what to get since the holiday season..

    Right now im on a Jellybean 10′ quad ainol hero tablet..

    • CyBrix_21

      You’re right… It is hard to decide which phone to get…

    • wtf

      wow may jellybean 10′ (feet) kang ainol hero tablet heheheh..

      pano mo nadadala yan mas malaki pa siguro sayo yan sir hahahaha

      • Hahaha! 10.1 inch! Haha!

      • bobo mo

        Bugok obvious nmn n screen ang tinutukoy nia ;) sn k nmn nkakita ng 10 feet na tab . TANGA

        • killjoy ka

          haha. wala kang sense of humor xD. wala din namang mali sa sinabi niya ah. kahit search mo pa sa Google 10’=10 feet. XD. oo alam kong 10 inches ibig niyang sabihin pero naki ride ka nalang sana for fun xD.

  • CyBrix_21

    I think it will a hard time buying it here in the Philippines because it is set at a very low price…

    But well it can be, if someone gave you from the Philippines…

  • Eddie

    We do have stores that ships devices outside the Philippines. You just need to locate a trusted seller.

  • Hyperflow

    oh men! should have bought this than the joypad tablet of king com which only run android 2.2 froyo!

  • borongan

    CPU is a Cortex A5 not an A9 as reviewed.

  • ben

    it says on the label as A9, hope the writer could verify this

  • I’m still disgusted at how I had to go through 4 malls in Cubao last December just looking for Cherry Mobile Flares only to be told there were no stocks, and even more disgusted that when these stores managed to stock up by January 2013, those crooks had the Flare “bundled” with some overpriced accessory you could afford not to have. Itaga ninyo sa bato, stores here in the Philippines WILL do the same thing with the Fusion Bolt. Instead of you getting it for only Php 4k, they’ll sell it for maybe 5k or 6k because it’s on a bundle with an extended battery or a fake leather casing.

  • chard

    i just went to SM north earlier. out of stock na sya. hindi rin daw nila alam kung kelan magkakaroon ulet ng stock.

  • Was planning to buy the CM Titan – not anymore!!! First, because Titan has some problems / limitations and second because of Fusion Bolt :)
    Only problem is, laging walang stocks!!! aarrgghh