With the motto “Life is too short, live on the edge” few weeks ago CG Mobiles launched an entry-level android smartphone in Nepal, CG EON Edge. I was really excited to do a hands-on review of CG EON Edge as CG Mobiles finally launched a smartphone that comes with 2GB of RAM at Rs.11999 in Nepal. So in this post you will find my personal thoughts for CG EON Edge but before that let’s find out the specs of CG EON Edge.
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot
OS: Android v5.1 Lollipop
Camera: 13MP rear camera with f2.4 aperture, autofocus and LED flash, 5MP front facing camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, 3G, Dual-SIM
Colors: Black+Silver, White+Gold
Battery: 2000mAh removable
So on paper CG EON Edge looks promising to be one of the best budget android smartphone in Nepal, Right? And that’s what made me to see how it actually performs in real life scenario.
Design And Build Quality:
CG EON Edge is completely made of plastic and feels light when you carry it. I really like its back cover which has curves on the both side and maybe that’s why CG named it CG EON Edge. But CG has included Flip cover attached with the cover which hides the beauty of the back cover. The only thing that I didn’t like is its big black bezels around the screen. Although it is very common with budget android smartphones these days but if CG had come up thin bezel screen that could help to make this device more beautiful.
Display is on my second list that I didn’t like on CG EON Edge. Although on paper it sounds good but in real life scenario it let me down. I have seen lots of display of other smartphones at the same price range and I can say this is not the best screen smartphone in the market. Display is not responsive which you will notice while dragging down notifications bar or while typing. Also you might find trouble using CG EON Edge outside on bright sunny day as its display brightness is below average.
If you are thinking to buy this device for playing games don’t think about it. I played Subway surfer on this device at it was disaster. Leave the game aside, even doing simple things like scrolling through settings or navigating on homepage, you will notice some lag. And I think MediaTek MT6580 CPU with Mali-400 GPU is responsible for this. If you don’t believe me just look at these benchmark result:
Now let me go through straight, don’t expect any miracles from budget smartphones’ cameras. Camera on budget android smartphone will do job for posting photos on social medias but you have to take pictures on good light conditions. CG EON edge’s camera comes with 13MP sensor with f2.4 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. You can record video upto Full HD resolution. Here are some sample images. You judge the camera yourself.
CG EON Edge comes with android v5.1 Lollipop and it is almost stock version beside Icons. You will find flip cover attached with CG EON Edge right out of the box. CG mobiles has integrated circle functions on CG EON Edge just like we have seen on LG G4 devices. To trigger circle function you need to close the flip cover. Circle function will allow you to see the time and notifications, SMS, phone dialer, music player and weather update. All of the features found in Circle function works perfectly which is why this was my top favorite thing on CG EON Edge.
CG mobiles has included CG mobi care app on CG EON Edge which looks promising if CG mobiles continues to improve the app features. On CG mobi care app you will find five options: Customer Service, Forum, User Guide, Security Check and Game store. At the time of my hands-on, Customer service was not working and on Forum it was just showing me CG mobiles official website. But User Guide, security Check and Game store was working. I think it’s a cool idea to connect with customer care representative from your smartphones. Also user and expert can help each other to improve or solve issues of devices on Forum. But all this depends on CG mobiles.
CG EON Edge could be one of the best budget android smartphone in the market but it disappointed me because of its underwhelming performance due to less capable CPU and GPU. But I really appreciate CG Mobiles for bringing 2GB RAM smartphone at very affordable price tag. Also I humbly ask CG mobiles to bring 64bit processor on their budget smartphones to make their smartphones performance better.
That’s it for now guys. Please let me know what you think about CG EON Edge and other smartphones from CG (Chaudhary Group) in the comment section below.