Over the recent months now, Cherry Mobile has been heavily banking on their Flare line of smartphones. This year alone, they’ve released so many smartphones like Flare X, Flare Lite, and the new Flare 4, Flare S4 and Flare S4 Plus. We have the premium looking Cherry Mobile Flare S4 and here’s our review.
Cherry Mobile Flare S4:
- 1.3GHz octa core Mediatek MT6753 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- Dragontrail Glass
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,200 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- SRP: P4,999
- Status: Available on Cherry Mobile stores and kiosk
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Cherry Mobile has changed a lot when it comes to build quality. When we first saw the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 and hold it for the first time, we never thought that Cherry Mobile can come up with a beautiful and sleek smartphone. They normally use cheap plastic for their smartphone so this is indeed a big step up. The phone is made with a metal frame and a plastic back. Peeling of that back will reveal the removable battery, dual SIM slots and microSD card slot.
Audio quality from the speakers are bit weak and tiny. Using third party earphones, audio quality is generally good. Perfect for hardcore Spotify users.
We never had issues with the 5-inch display. It is bright, vivid and has good viewing angles. We just noticed it has warmer color tone as compared with another smartphone we are reviewing, the MyPhone My35.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Mediatek chipset has been holding up pretty well at any tasks we throw at it. We never had issues with lags or app delays. With its generous 2GB of RAM, playing more intense games will be a smooth sailing one.
Cherry Mobile used a Samsung sensor for its rear facing camera. We believe it is the same optics as the Samsung Galaxy S5. Photos look good whether taken in good or low light.
LTE connectivity using both Globe and Smart SIMs are within normal range. Calls are clear on both lines as well. We just noticed some inconsistencies with the Smart’s LTE that we never encountered with other phones. So far Globe’s LTE has been very good using this phone.
We really can’t deny that the phone has very impressive specs. But its octa core processor and LTE connectivity has taken a toll with its battery. The small-ish 2,200 mAh battery can’t last us a full day with LTE and WiFi and that’s just with normal usage. They key to stretch the battery is to turn off data when not using it.
The Cherry Mobile Flare S4 is one of Cherry Mobile’s best smartphone in terms of build quality alone, Not to mention that it has a good camera, a lag free software, LTE connectivity, and good display. The downside here is the battery. But, hey, there’s always a power bank, right?