Cherry AQUA S11 Pro Hands-on: Affordable Luxury

CHERRY is back with new phones, and the Cherry AQUA S11 Pro emerges as a strong competitor in the budget segment, seamlessly merging innovation with an elegant design. Here’s what we thought about the new device when we had it the first time.

The S11 Pro does not look like your usual Cherry phone – it’s now more elegant looking, with a matte polycarbonate back that screams premium just even when you look at it. The protruding rear camera layout stands out with a deeper black and glossier finish, and the back plate is devoid of any visible fingerprint smudges and grime.

The chamfered flat edges give the user more grip as you hold onto it for normal portrait operation or even in landscape gaming and multimedia consumption. The bottom part has the 3.5mm jack, the microphone, the USB-C port, and the bottom-firing loudspeaker.

The right side has protruding volume keys, and the power/lock button just in level with the surface. This is surprisingly not because of anything else, as the fingerprint scanner is implemented right at the display.

The front has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a whopping 120Hz refresh rate, ensuring smooth and fluid motions as you use the phone. The 16-megapixel selfie camera is placed as a cut-out atop the display, and the front embodies just the right amount of thin bezels to satisfy function and style.

At the heart of the Cherry AQUA S11 Pro lies a formidable 2.2GHz Octa-Core Processor, supported by the Mediatek Helio G99 chipset. This configuration guarantees smooth multitasking, immersive gaming, and swift app launches, catering to a wide array of user needs.

Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the Cherry AQUA S11 Pro’s camera capabilities, including a 108MP Super Pixel Camera, a 64MP AI Triple Camera system, and a 16MP Front Camera. These features empower users to capture moments with exceptional clarity and precision, fostering creativity and expression. We hope to share some samples as we experience the unit even further.

With 256GB UFS 2.2 Internal Storage and 8GB + 8GB of RAM, storage limitations are a thing of the past. The ample storage capacity paired with fast RAM ensures seamless performance, even during demanding tasks, enhancing productivity and user satisfaction.

Equipped with a robust 5000mAh Battery Capacity and 33W Charging capabilities, the Cherry AQUA S11 Pro provides long-lasting power to keep up with your busy lifestyle. Bid farewell to frequent recharges and welcome uninterrupted usage, regardless of your activities.

Bluetooth 5.2, NFC Technology, and Dual Nano SIM Hybrid support facilitate seamless connectivity, while Micro SD support expands storage options. The On-Screen Fingerprint Scanner adds an extra layer of security, ensuring swift and secure access to your device.

Cherry’s new affordable smartphone, the Cherry S11 Pro, is a surprising entry that can compete with other brands that offer impeccable hardware at affordable prices. This retails right now in stores and online for PHP 7,999, and we can say, even now, that the phone is one you should consider when you decide on that purchase.

We were able to take a quick look at this device thanks to our friends from Unbox PH, and we’re excited to get more time with the device as soon as it permits.

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