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When the eyes hold all your secrets

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by Kathrina Ysabel Pineda

Great things don’t always have to come at a price, take the new Cherry Mobile IRIS for example.

By initially looking at its box, you may think that this is just another smartphone — but I tell you this: it is  not. Cherry Mobile steps up their game with their new phone, the Iris.

IRIS has a 5-inch HD IPS display and soft curved polycarbonate design. It has the usual placement of the volume controls and power button on the right side. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, it makes it easier to right-handed people to access them with their thumb.

CM Iris 1

On its back lies an 8MP camera while in the front is a 5MP front shooter, which both shows impressive captured images. It also has the usual stock of camera features such as HDR, Panorama, Voice Capture and Face Beauty Mode. So there’s little reason to not get crazy with the photography.

What’s so special about this phone, you may ask? You can opt for eye scanning to unlock your phone after pressing the power button.

You would see the distinctive feature of the IRIS on its top screen. Cherry Mobile added in an extra front facing blue camera lens that functions as an IRIS scanner. The scanner functions with infrared and functions even in the dark.

The setup of the eye scanner may take a few seconds, but once your iris is registered you can unlock your phone before you get a chance to blink an eye. Just hold it in front of your face and you’re good. It can even scan through eyeglasses — I did not even have to remove mine.

IRIS runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow inside 8GB of storage and high-quality 3D games can run smoothly despite its 1GB of RAM.CM Iris 2

IRIS supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n BT 4.0 and Dual Micro SIM Card. You can get loads of screen usage with its 2300 mAh battery.

Cherry Mobile IRIS comes with a pair of noise-cancelling earphones, microUSB to USB cable, travel charger with 1A output, and user manual.

I’ve ask others to test it out to see the IRIS scanner’s accuracy and it goes on a timeout when others try to scan their way through — truly impressive. IRIS does not disappoint for an entry-level smartphone, considering its highly-accurate biometric feature especially, setting new heights for local smartphone brands.

The locals getting competitive, seriously, is a welcome development this first quarter of the year. We’re guessing Cherry Mobile has the intention to cross the line separating the so-called quality foreign brands from the what many still believe as so-so local companies.

Now we’re betting that, with the first shot fired quite loud, the smartphone market is about to get bloody.

Cherry-red should be the color early this year as push becomes shove in the never-ending race for the most practical choice for your mobile device.

Cherry Mobile IRIS has just set its eyes on the top-level competition!

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