The Dual Core ng Bayan – Cherry Mobile Flare has its new successor, the Flare 2.0 and tagged as the new “Quad Core ng Bayan”. Last year, Cherry Mobile positioned Flare as masses’ most wanted phone, at Php3,999 it is the most affordable dual core phone. And with the release of Flare 2.0, CM is once again repositioning itself as the leading mobile company offering best priced smartphones.
In our interview with Cherry Mobile’s Product Manager, Mr. Lonson Alejandrino, he explained that CM will have to continue providing quality and best priced smartphones to the local market as the smartphone market in the Philippines and in other parts of Asia still has room for growth.
First spotted in Cherry Mobile Thailand, Flare 2.0 is still a 4.0 inch phone but has an upgraded quad core processor, it also now runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and 1,600mAh battery. Other specs such 5.0 megapixel rear camera, 4GB internal storage and 512 RAM are still the same. CM manage to retain most of the specs to preserve its affordability.
Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 specs:
- 1.2GHz Quad-core Processor
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
- 4.0-inches WVGA Capacitive Touchscreen, 480×800 resolution
- 5.0-megapixels rear-facing camera with LED Flash and Autofocus
- VGA front-facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 3G, WiFi, WiFI Hotspot, GPS/aGPS, FM Radio, Bluetooth
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1,600mAh Battery
- Price: Php 3,999
I’m just a bit worried on its battery, though Jelly Bean has better power management system, still the 1,600mAh for a quad core phone might not be suited well, it can be juiced up easily considering the processors’ power requirements. We shouldn’t forget that the first Flare (the dual core) though a phenomenal hit has its downside, users aren’t satisfied enough with its 1,500mAh battery. We’ll be using this phone in the coming days and we’ll publish a separate review post. Meanwhile, quote us, this affordable quad core phone will gonna rock the local mobile phone industry once more.