If there’s one thing Cherry Mobile wants to project nowadays is that “they level up”. The latest models in the Flare series show exquisite design and built.
We have secured one of the three new Flares, the Cherry Mobile Flare 4, and let’s see what this new phone can offer!
Visually, the Cherry Mobile Flare 4 looks like an evolved, slightly sharper looking version of its predecessor, the Flare 3. With an evolution of the Flare 4 design making an affordable phone feel more premium like, the comfortable curve and the metallic frame simply look stunning, it’s hard not to like the looks.
Cherry Mobile’s attention to detail now is very much in effect, the metallic frame with shiny edges delivers a very premium look though it is still clear that the phone’s back panel is made of plastic and not a more exclusive material such as metal or glass.
The Power button is on the right side that actually makes it a little easier to hit, while the other side houses the volume rocker.
On the top edge you’ll see the audio and the microUSB ports.
The speaker grill beside the 13MP camera is a normal thing even the sound it produces, as well as the included earphones.
5-Inch HD Display
Aside from the Dragon Trail glass technology used in the screen, I should give a shout out to the display as I find it exceptionally impressive throughout my time with the handset. Viewing angles are remarkable, as well as color reproduction.
I am fairly impressed how well it performs. Text and icons on the Flare 4 look suitably crisp and color and brightness levels are great. Packing an HD display stretched across 5 inches with pixel density of 320 pixels per inch, the Cherry Mobile Flare 4 is onto a frontrunner here.
Processor: Octa-Core with 2GB RAM
Flare 4 is as fast as you would possibly need a phone to be. It runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop and is powered by MediaTek 8-core CPU (MT6753). The 1.3GHz Octa Core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor is complemented with 2GB RAM and is backed with Mali-T720 GPU, which runs videos and HD games into a higher level of multimedia experience. In real-world use, navigating through its drawer and running apps and browser pages is a breeze. There’s no sign of any stutter or lag anywhere in the operation and the 2 gigs of RAM ensures multitasking which is managed competently.
And if you enjoy casual gaming on the go, the Flare 4 won’t disappoint you, and popular titles such as Clash of Clans and Subway Surfers run incredibly smoothly. More graphically intensive games, such as Real Racing 3, are handled adequately.
Flare 4 supports dual-SIM functionality with connectivity features of 4G/LTE, 3G and 2G networks. You also get WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS and GLONASS. The phone comes with plenty of sensors such as Accelerometer, Proximity, and Ambient Light Sensor. Flare 4 also supports USB OTG.
The Call Function
Sound during calls is rich through the earpiece, as well an ensuring comment from the other line that they can hear me clearly, even in the loudest of environments.
Battery and Storage
Flare 4 comes with 2100 mAh battery. Despite not being particularly large for a 5-inch device, it’s a welcome upgrade from the paltry 1980mAh cell found in the previous Flare 3. I didn’t put the phone through extensive battery tests, but I can say that the 2100mAh battery manages to deliver a daylong battery life. Software enhancements and the inclusion of the power-efficient processor help to conserve juice, resulting in acceptable, if not remarkable, battery life.
And as for the storage, CM has chosen to load the Flare 4 with an above standard 16GB internal storage apart from the microSD card expansion slot provided for up to 64GB.
As for the camera, it features a 13 MP snapper, which can auto focus and can take full HD videos. And just like any other android phones, the camera does a good job in favorable lighting. The shots I took in low light condition could speak for it and I am fairly satisfied, I got them with real and good detail of color and sharpness.
So, should you buy one?
The Cherry Mobile Flare 4 may struggle to compete against other local brands that carry the same specs category and price point, but it certainly punches well above its weight, there is no doubt that this new Flare 4 is a stunningly beautiful phone. For the price of Php 4,999 the specs and design are mightily impressive – nothing more, nothing less.
And what’s the difference between Flare 4 and Flare S4?
In terms of specs, the Flare 4 and Flare S4 are very similar, but a new attractive back plate design and a change in battery are on offer in the S4. If you’d been struggling to justify which one you’ll get, it could be just what suit your taste or ironically – what’s available in the store. #taragis.