We mentioned in previous posts about Cherry Mobile that they have been quiet for the past couple of months and seems to be very focused in their Cherry Mobile Festival which is now on its 6th year. They went to different parts of the Philippines during the festival, not only to conduct events, but to also personally talk to their customers on what they are looking for in today’s smartphones.
This grassroots approach inspired them to produce a new smartphone that is good for imaging, gaming, and entertainment. This smartphone happens to be the latest in the Flare series – the Cherry Mobile Flare X!
Before we continue, check out the specs of the Flare X:
OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop via OTA)
Processor: 1.7 GHz MTK6752 Octa-Core processor | MALI T760
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD IPS OGS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Wireless Connections: LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, NFC
Memory: 16GB Internal Storage expandable with a MicroSD card up to 64GB, 3GB RAM
Connectors: Micro USB port
Camera: 13.0 Megapixels with BSI and Sony IMX214 (Main Camera), 5.0 Megapixels (Front)
SIM Card Slot: 2x Micro SIM Card Required
Battery: 3,000 mAh (removable)
SRP: Php 6,999.00
We’ve seen brands from China with these specs being sold here for less than Php 10,000.00, but with these specs from a top local brand like Cherry Mobile and a price that is full of win, the hard-core smartphone users as well as the Flare fanbase may go for the Flare X instead.
The packaging of the Cherry Mobile Flare X comes with the phone, USB Cable, USB Charger Head, In-ear earphones, battery and user manual.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HARDWARE
The Cherry Mobile Flare X is one of the largest smartphones or Phablets that was released in this series. Last week, I received a Cherry Mobile Flare XL, a 5.5-inch Phablet also powered by an Octa-Core processor but with lesser specs. Let’s compare these two.
Sizes of the 2 Phablets are almost similar but the Flare X has a thicker design than the Flare XL. Actually, the back cover design is almost similar as the original Cherry Mobile Flare as you can see below:
Almost, but not quite. I’m trying very hard to remember which among the dozens of previous Flare models is similar to the design of the Flare X. I also thought about the Flare HD which we reviewed last year but it isn’t that close either.
Anyway, here’s another hardware comparison with Cherry Mobile’s flagship released earlier this year and one of the best smartphones released at that time, the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus.
Again, almost the same in size, but the Cosmos One Plus’s design shows a bit of premium compared to the budget Flare X.
Placing the phone on the table may give a first impression that it isn’t a cheap smartphone at all. It looks quite attractive thanks to its size though you need to polish the back cover to clean those smudges.
The specs of the Flare X are almost similar to Cosmos One Plus, but since the former is valued at almost half the price of the latter, can we expect its performance to be at par with the other local and international flagship smartphones? We certainly hope so and we hope to get excellent results during our evaluation.
The Antutu Benchmark app shows that the Cherry Mobile Flare X was able to get a score of 37237. The score is pretty good as the older MT6592 processor is usually able to churn out scores around 27000-29000.
Lastly, here’s a sample photo I took last Sunday:
We’ll post our review of the Cherry Mobile Flare XL and of course the Flare X next week! If you have any questions, message us over on FB or on Twitter.