Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 is upgradeable to Android 11

A rare sight to see in an ultra budget phone

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The Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 is a budget phone from local ODM Cherry Mobile. The company has announced that the base version of the S9 is upgradeable to Android 11, it’s a rare sight to see for a phone with a price of Php4,000, but there’s a catch.

Currently, the upgrade is not available over the air (OTA) and you can only upgrade it at a nearby authorised service center. Users under warranty are FREE for upgrade, just bring your receipt or any proof-of-purchase to validate that the warranty is not yet expired. Otherwise, you need to pay up an enormously expensive fee of Php550.

According to the admins at Cherry Mobile’s Facebook Group, the OTA update should be available soon, but currently, the OTA update is unstable and the update is only available through Cherry Mobile’s Service Center.

You can click through this link to see Cherry Mobile’s service center locations.

To recap, the Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 is an ultrabudget phone with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It has a quad camera setup, the main sensor is 13mp while the other three are auxiliaries, for the front cam, it uses a single 8mp camera on a dew drop notch. The phone has an HD+ display measuring 6.52in. For the processor, it uses a 28nm UNISOC SC9863A with an octa-core CPU. The phone is also one of the rare ones for its price with a USB-C port. There is also a 5000mAh battery powering the phone.

You can read our review of the phone here, or watch our review on YouTube.