While many of us have been left wondering when, or if, our smartphones and tablets will receive a software upgrade to Android Lollipop 5.0, CloudFone today took to Facebook to announce the first locally branded Android Lollipop device for the Philippine market. We were expecting it, as hinted at in an earlier Facebook post by CloudFone, and here it is: the CloudPad One 7.0.
How much does it cost, you ask? Just P6,999 (you can exhale now). Even better, CloudFone's Janine Gayle Cervantes informed us that it's already available in select malls, like SM Bacoor, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA, with nationwide availability to follow later.
The affordable price tag suggests you're looking at another entry-level tablet—only this time, it's already running a stock version of Android Lollipop, with little to no cosmetic changes to the homescreen of the Nexus 9. More importantly, the CloudFone CloudPad One 7.0 is future-proof to a certain extent, as it's guaranteed to receive over-the-air updates for the next two years, giving you the closest thing to a Nexus experience without ponying up top money for the latest Nexus devices.
Other specs remain a mystery, though a teaser image indicates an Intel processor onboard. Unfortunately, CloudFone hasn't revealed the number of cores yet. Our money is on the 1.83GHz quad-core Intel Bay Trail Z3735G chip, the same silicon inside the recently launched Phoenix WinTab 7 tablet.
CloudFone has promised to send us the complete specs, so we'll update this post as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, you may want to check out the CloudPad One 7.0 for yourself in the establishments mentioned above. Happy hunting!
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