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Cherry Mobile Flare S Hands On Review

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I was able to get a hold on a Cherry Mobile Flare S, the third flavor of the affordable Flare line. It was interesting to know that the Flare S and Flare 2x are both priced at P4,499. But its also impossible that there are no differences between the two. Let’s find out in the review.

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Cherry Mobile Flare S specs:

  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek 6582 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA IPS LCD display
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 1,400 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P4,499

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Design and Build Quality

Just like what I’ve said before, I do admire Cherry Mobile’s improvement in terms of build quality. The phone is very slim and lightweight and as a result it is also very comfortable to hold. Adding to better grip is the matte finish of the back cover. The phone is indeed good looking because it resembles the design of the BlackBerry Z10.

Display

One big difference between the Flare S and Flare 2x is the screen. The Flare S sports a 4-inch IPS LCD panel compared to the TFT panel of the Flare 2x. The screen has excellent viewing angles and display is sharp and vibrant. Colors do really pop out!

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Performance

The MediaTek 8582 chipset is one of MediaTek’s newest models and it is said to be battery efficient. We will get to the battery in a bit. Anyway, chipset performed really well with no lags and stutters while doing basic tasks. I also playing games with the phone. It never lags even on intense games like Asphalt 8. Its not that 100% enjoyable because of the small screen. Playing Plants vs Zombies 2 on a small screen is just fine.

Based on Antutu Benchmarks, the phone scored 16,992. This is high for a MediaTek chipset! Impressive!

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Connectivity

The inclusion of HSPA+ is a big plus. HSPA+ delivers faster internet speeds than normal 3G but slower than LTE. If you are using this phone more for online chatting, social networks, and browsing, then better try Globe. Depending on the area, Globe, in my experience, has better HSPA+ network than Smart. I live in Pasig and work in Makati then I hangout in Ortigas and BGC area and Globe is faster in HSPA+ speeds. This is also a Quad Band GSM which means you can bring the phone to US and Europe.

Camera

Its a shame that Cherry Mobile didn’t include autofocus. Inclusion of autofocus could improve quality of photos. The 8 megapixel camera takes pictures very well on good lighting condition but it struggles in low light or no light despite the presence of a flash.

See the sample pictures below:

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Photo taken with almost no light with no flash

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Photo in dimmed light with no flash

Battery

On paper, you may think that the 1,400 mAh battery will not last. I’m happy to report that the battery did go the distance. This is probably due to the energy efficient processors. The battery lasted for 10 hours with light to moderate usage.

Verdict

If you are choosing between the Flare 2x and Flare S, pick the Flare S. Enough said.