Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Plus: First Look

It’s only inevitable that dual camera technology would eventually hit entry level smartphones, and the Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Plus is among the first to give the average Juan a taste of bokeh and blurred backgrounds without using a bulky DSLR or mirrorless camera. It packs fairly impressive specs too, despite its Php5,999 pricing. For that kind of money, you’re getting a 5.5 inch Full HD screen, 16GB of internal storage, Nougat 7.0, and the aforementioned dual cameras.

Of course, you’re stidll going to get what you paid for, so I had to wonder: just how would it compare to more expensive implementations of dual camera design like this one? Luckily, Cherry Mobile was kind enough to give me a review unit, which I immediately started playing around with.

I usually try to temper my expectations with phones in this price point, but the Flare P1 Plus has a few pleasant surprises. While it does come across as a rather chunky phone, it has 2.5D curved glass and rounded edges, making it easier to hold despite its size.

Another thing I liked about it in addition to the immediately apparent dual cameras is its fingerprint sensor. Already, I’m seeing a lot of premium features at a peso under Php6k.

I’ll be spending a lot of time with the Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Plus over the next week or so, but already I’m liking what I’m seeing. Watch out for my review soon!

Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Plus Specs

  • 5.5″ Full HD IPS display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 401ppi)
  • MediaTek MT6737T SoC
    • (4 x 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53) quad core processor
    • Mali 720 MP2 GPU
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • Up to 4G/LTE, supports 700MHz frequency
  • WiFi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Price Php5,999

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