Cherry Mobile unveils the MAIA series Intel-powered devices

Cherry Mobile introduced the MAIA Series and unveiled three new Intel powered devices. Through the MAIA series, which stands for Making Amazing Innovations Accessible, the company hopes to bring more value-for-money options to today’s generation.

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MAIA Fone i4

The MAIA Fone i4 is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom x3 processor with a clock speed of 1.0 GHz, and 512 MB of RAM. It has a 4-inch display, 4GB of internal storage, a 2 MP camera and dual SIM support. The smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The specs are very modest, to say the least, but it does come with an affordably PHP 1,999 price tag to make up for it.

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MAIA Fone i4 key specs:

  • 4 inch display (800 x 480)
  • 1.0 GHz Intel Atom x3 64-bit
  • 512 MB / 4 GB (+microSD up to 64GB)
  • 2MP main camera
  • 0.3MP VGA front camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Dimension: 124.6 x 64.7 x 9.9 mm
  • Colors: White, Black
  • 1,350 mAh
  • PHP 1,999


The MAIA Pad is powered by the same Intel Atom x3 processor found on the Fone i4. The tablet comes with a 7 inch display, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage that can be expanded using a micro SD card. Also powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the modest tablet has a very friendly price tag of only PHP 2,999.

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MAIA Pad key specs:

  • 7 inch WSVGA screen (1024 x 600)
  • 1.0 GHz dual-core Intel Atom x3 64-bit
  • 1 GB / 8 GB (+microSD up to 32GB)
  • 2MP main camera
  • 0.3MP VGA front camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Dual SIM
  • OTG support
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Dimension: 188 x 107 x 9.8 mm
  • Colors: White, Black
  • 2,800 mAh
  • PHP 2,999

MAIA Smart Tab

The MAIA Smart Tab is an 8 inch tablet powered by the Intel Atom Z3735F 1.8 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It has a 32GB internal storage, and can switch between two operating systems, Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 8.1. The tablet also has OTG support, as well as dual SIM HSPA+ capabilities. The Smart Tab has a price tag of PHP 4,999.

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MAIA Smart Tab key specs:

  • 8 inch HD screen (1280 x 800)
  • 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F
  • 2 GB / 32 GB (+microSD up to 64 GB)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Dual SIM
  • 5 MP main camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • Android 4.4 KitKat / Windows 8.1
  • Dimension: 211 x 130.4 x 9.2 mm
  • Colors: White, Black
  • 3,800 mAh
  • PHP 4,999


If you have your heart set on getting one of these devices, then be ready to wait a bit. The MAIA series devices will be available in Cherry Mobile Kiosks and Concept Stores starting October 2015. According to Cherry Mobile, availability will vary per region.


I guess we can forgive the specs of the Fone i4 and the MAIA Pad, given the very affordable price tag. It is for a specific market, after all. But I wish Cherry Mobile went with Android 5.0 instead. Just my 2 cents.

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Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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