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Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 VS Flare: What’s Changed Between The Two?

JM Balicano September 20, 2013 Comparisons, Press Events, Previews, Tech News 54 Comments

Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 Featured

In case you missed it, Cherry Mobile had been teasing a new device on their Facebook page, calling it the #GameChanger. Now it’s finally here and it has been revealed as the much-awaited Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0. This time, it comes with a quad core processor but still retains the Php3,999 that made its predecessor an instant hit among budget-minded smartphone buyers last year. So what’s the difference between the two?

Design and Construction

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If there’s anything that’s immediately noticeable about the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0, it’s the sleek design and build quality. It’s noticeably slimmer than the first Flare despite having the same size screen and the glossy finish is attractive too. The original Flare had a matte finish that didn’t attract a lot of fingerprints though, but I’ll still give it to the Flare 2.0 because of solid construction and overall sleek look. These days, the original Flare is unmistakeable as an entry level phone at first glance while the Flare 2.0 can at least pass itself as a midrange phone.

The Screen

Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 App Drawer

Both the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 and its predecessor feature 4″ WVGA IPS displays. However, there was some controversy as to whether the original Flare really sported an IPS display because the viewing angles weren’t as good as expected. Whether that was the case or not, the Flare 2.0 can’t be said to have those problems. The colors were crisp and the viewing angles as wide as you could expect, with little whitewashing when viewed from an angle of 45 degrees off-center.

The Chip

The original Flare was powered by a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon MSM8225 processor. What powers the Flare 2.0 is the Snapdragon MSM8225Q, which basically just a quad core version of the dual core MSM8225. More cores will allow better performance during multi-threaded operations, but otherwise, it’s the same Cortex-A5 cores at work on either phone.

Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 About Phone

The Flare 2.0 performed quite well as far as I could tell. I didn’t have the benefit of a benchmark application that I could run when I had my hands on time with it, but it was very fast and responsive. Project Butter might have something to do with that, but overall, it performed as a budget quad core phone should.

RAM and Storage

Like its predecessor, the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 features a 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM configuration. The limited RAM wasn’t that much of an issue on the original Flare since dual core phones with 512MB RAM were the norm at the time, but since the Flare 2.0 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, RAM will be on shorter supply. If you’re a heavy multitasker or widget user, you might find the Flare 2.0 stuttering a bit every now and then. Just try not to task the phone too much by running a lot of applications at a time or filling multiple screens with your favorite widgets.

Imaging

Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 Camera

Both the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 and its predecessor come with 5mp autofocus rear-facing cameras and VGA front cameras. The Flare 2.0 does benefit from the updated stock camera app of Jelly Bean but I wasn’t able to tell just how good the shots were. The original Flare had a surprisingly respectable camera that performed quite well, even in low light. Here’s hoping that the Flare 2.0′s camera will be just as good.

Conclusion

Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 Back

If the first Flare opened our eyes as to just how much Php3,999 could get you, you could say that the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 is a reawakening. Yes, there are other quad core phones in the market that use the same Qualcomm 8225Q SoC, 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM configuration, and they’re even priced within striking distance of the Flare 2.0. However, the Flare 2.0 wins out because of the extra attention to the build quality and design whereas other budget quad core contenders come off as looking truly entry-level.

Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 Specs

  • 4″ WVGA IPS display (480 x 800 resolution, 233ppi)
  • 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8225Q processor
  • Adreno 203 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 3G/HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm headset port
  • 1,550mAh battery
  • Micro USB port
  • Dual SIM functionality with dual standby support
  • Price: Php3,999

About The Author

The first phone I fell in love with was the humble Samsung Star. It was technically just a feature phone at the time, but it's functionality and user-friendly UI would often deceive me into believing I was in control of something much more powerful than its price tag would indicate. These days, it's the Galaxy Note that I play around with, but there's still a lot of tech that I can't afford. Boy, do I wish I had an unlimited bank account..

  • Rainier Ison

    unboxing nman po diyan ng makita po ..

  • Joshua Bernabe

    Simply the best..i hope the sound is much better than it’s predecessor when earphones are plugged..

  • James Ian Lopez Cruz

    sana naman wag mag tipid sa ram? gawin nyo naman po 1gb ram, mas pansin po kasi natin ang performance pag ram ang mataas.

    • Darius Rivera

      something has to be compromised to fit the 3999 budget, in this case it’s the ram.

    • JMBalicano

      may isa pang lalabas. almost same specs except with 1GB RAM

      • Moheida Salman Sumail

        when naman po release non? :))

        • JMBalicano

          Q4 of this year.

          • http://www.dakilangduca.tumblr.com/ dakilangduca

            Will it still be the same price kaya? :)

          • JMBalicano

            The upcoming phones are expected to be more expensive, but not by much.

          • Emerson Sanchez

            pno p b mahhanap pag nwala dva pho may gps yun nawala kc yung flare q eh pahel nman poh thanks

          • jojo obsum

            ano pong Q4? hehe

          • JMBalicano

            4th quarter po ng year, meaning around October to December.

          • jim

            Wee Q4 nalang Hindi pa alam wahaha

      • Rainier Ison

        ano po yon ?

        • JMBalicano

          either flare 2x or burst 2.0 ang magiging name daw

  • Vernon Joseph Lumenario

    Sir! ask ko lang po if pareho lang ba sila ng battery ni flare v1 at itong bago? I mean halimbawa ung battery ng flare v1 pede ba dito sa flare 2.0 na ito sir?

    • JMBalicano

      aw, nde ko tinignan ng mabuti yung mismong batt. sorry sir.

      • Rainier Ison

        magkakaroon po ba ng flare 2x ??

        • JMBalicano

          based on rumors lang sir, pero credible ang source. not sure about the name.

  • aldelei89

    what about the battery life? :|

    • JMBalicano

      sorry, just updated the post. it’s has a 1,550mAh battery

      • aldelei89

        thanks for updating :) the batt life, as usual, is very disappointing :( guess i won’t let go of my flare (the first one) just yet.

  • Aljun

    I think the battery life of the original Flare was the drawback, I hope it is now enhanced for this 2.0 version. :)

    • JMBalicano

      batt is rated at 1,550mAh

  • Vincent Jeremiah Sy

    1550 po ba yung battery nyan ? parang nakita ko po kasi yung likod yan na walang cover…. mas matagal po ba yun sa flare o mas mabilis malobat dahil quad core sya?

    • JMBalicano

      Same Cortex-A5 cores ang ginagamit ng Flare 2.0 as the original Flare. Batt life should be about the same unless you really push the four cores. Pero konti lang naman ang apps na optimized for multiple cores. Kaso the batt life of the original Flare wasn’t that good to begin with.

  • Cassidy Calagos

    5-pt multitouch? Kasi yung 1st Flare fail ng touch e. Disappointed ako.

    • Khristian Paran Tolentino

      3pt multi touch

      • Cassidy Calagos

        sana yung typing accurate..

  • mcflono

    Hahaha, quadcore is useless kung maliit ung ram… pwede sana kau magtaas presyo kahit 5k pa kung 1gb sana ung ram… im so disappointed.

    • Razen

      hahah flare 2x naman 4490,,wait lang muna tau

  • Ruel Basinal

    Sana nilagay nyo naman Specs nang Battery siR tyaka dpt pinalaki nyo ung Ram

    • JMBalicano

      nakalagay na po sa specs

      • Ruel Basinal

        Hahaha :) ai sorry ah PERO kka bili ko lang MABILIS sya hahaha
        THE BEST tagal nya ma Lowbat mahigit 6hrs na ko nag wwifi d pa sya nag eempty :D

  • Xander

    Sana ginawa man lang 1GB ang RAM. Pero this looks promising anyways.

  • patrick encina

    may ilalabas sila flare 2x 1gb RAM

  • Abdulmohsin Omar

    abang na lng kayo burst 2.0 haha. walang kwenta flare 2.0 512ram pra sa quadcore. kaya nga nag quadcore pra multitasking e. -_-

    • Razen

      naring mo naba RAM expander?

  • patrick encina

    oo mas maganda ang burst 2.0 kaso ung camera ganun padin

  • Kenneth Reyes

    must i love my flare ,, 1gb 400mb ram,, and 2100 mAH modded battery from a galaxy s3,, flare 2.0 suck

  • Khristian Paran Tolentino

    Why is everyone always insist the RAM issue.
    Kaya nga Budget Quad Core e..
    meron bang 1gb RAM na ganyan ka mura?
    TSSSS
    Pwede naman hindi bilihin, reklamo ng reklamo,di naman bibili

    • iANDROID08

      yes there is a phone that only cost $80-100 that has 1Gb of ram -_- if you convert it to peso it would be less than 3999,

      • jim

        Problems since na dollar Yan meron BA niyan Sa pinas?kung gusto mo dun ka bumili..

    • Honey Ganda

      We are just trying to tell Cherry mobile kung ano talaga ang hinahanap ng consumer. Mura nga, sirain naman at mababa ang specs. E di para mo na ding sinabing magsayang na lang kayo ng 3k at huwag magreklamo. 3k is still 3k. Hindi madaling kitain yan para sa iba.

      • JMBalicano

        So what qualifies as mataas ang specs at Php3,999? Also, the build quality of the Flare 2.0 is solid. I have a review unit that says so. And if 1GB is a concern, there’s the Flare 2X.

        • Honey Ganda

          Well, sad to say I’m one of those who were enticed to buy a CM Flare based on the feedbacks I read online. Unfortunately, the phone I bought didn’t work well as I expected so I had to give it back to the CM store where I bought it.

          First, the staff told me that both sims are 3G capable only to find out when I got home that only SIM1 is 3G-capable while SIM2 is GSM (it’s visible when you insert the SIMS). I specifically asked her about this and she said yes to both.

          Second, I noticed the following days that the 3G signal kept on interchanging between SIM1 and SIM2, but unfortunately I can’t surf using 3G on either sim.

          Third, the battery didn’t even last a day given the fact that it was just on standby mode and no apps were on since I wasn’t able to download any application yet.

          Fourth, Wi-fi connectivity was slower compared to my other smartphone,

          Fifth, on the third day, it started to reset by itself.

          So based on what I experienced from buying the phone, you really can’t blame me for looking down at the quality of the CM Flare. Good thing they didn’t insist on me going to their head office to get some technical reports before I could get my money back or I’ll really be furious.

  • Gabriel John Balagso

    meron po bang ibang color yan flare 2.0 spces???

    • JMBalicano

      Available in black and white.

  • Gabriel John Balagso

    Yes sakto pinag iipunan ko yung flare.. 200 nalang kulang buti di pa ko na kakabili san po ba pwedeng makabili ng flare 2.0

    • JMBalicano

      As of now, SM North Edsa lang ang alam ko.

  • Nivram Six Dunque

    san po available cherry?

  • lluffy222

    Ok lang po ba ung flare 2x malaki ung ram d naman po ba aksayado sa battery?

  • dan michael oris uy

    baka naman mabilis malowbatt kasi 1550 mah lang

    • JMBalicano

      mabilis nga daw