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Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Lite Hands on Impressions

Box

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try out devices such as the Superion Radar LTE and Omega HD Nitro at Cherry Mobile’s private unboxing event. Another one I was able to get my hands on was the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Lite, which is an entry level handset with an interesting feature: a hexa-core processor. Here are some of my impressions after spending some time with the Flare S4 Lite.

What’s in the Box?

Box Contents

The Flare S4 Lite comes in your typical Cherry Mobile retail box with all the standard accessories. Not pictured above is the 2,000mAh battery because I had already inserted it into the phone and started playing around with it. Here’s the complete list of what you’re getting:

  • Handset
  • Headset with in-line mic
  • Wall charger
  • Micro USB to USB cable
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • Cherry Play quick start guide
  • User manual

Design

The Flare S4 Lite looks like any other touchscreen smartphone from the front, but does have some character thanks to a textured back cover. The front is dominated by a large 5 inch HD IPS display, while a silver strip runs along the edges to lend it even moreΒ  character.

 

Hardware

Driving the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Lite is a MediaTek MT6591 hexa-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz to go along with 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. Hexa-core SoCs have been rare in the Philippine market, but they’ve been around for a while. This configuration is far from a world beater, but it should still deliver plenty enough performance for most apps and games.

Software

Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Lite

Interestingly enough, the Flare S4 Lite manages to come with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Most of Cherry Mobile’s new releases now come with Lollipop and it’s nice to see this phone following that trend. It’s also mostly stock too, with the usual Cherry Mobile wallpaper customizations and a bit of preloaded apps, such as Opera Mini and KakaoTalk .

Impressions

Flare S4 Lite with Box

At Php3,999, you’re getting a serviceable entry-level handset that should do everything a smartphone should do anything you would want it to do. Considering you only need to add Php1k more to get the Flare 4 or S4, but if your budget can’t be stretched any further, the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Lite isn’t a bad choice.

Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Lite Specs

  • 5″ HD IPS display
  • 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6591 hexa-core processor
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 8mp autofocus rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • 5mp front camera
  • 3.75G/HSPA+, dual SIM
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • Price: Php3,999
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15 Comments

  • Charles Poniente
    Charles Poniente

    Looks like the phone has been abused while doing this review. How did the phone got those scratches? It looks awful.

    Reply
    • JMBalicano
      JMBalicano

      Hi Charles. The unit I got my hands on wasn’t a fresh out of the box
      handset. It was a marketing unit that was already being used by the
      folks at Cherry Mobile for internal testing. The damage you see is just on the screen protector.

      Reply
      • Charles Poniente
        Charles Poniente

        Oh, okay. Sorry about that. Will you review the Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube Lite? πŸ™‚

        Reply
        • JMBalicano
          JMBalicano

          Unfortunately, no πŸ™ But I’ll be reviewing the Flare S Play and Flare J1 next

          Reply
          • Jessrel Herada Mondares
            Jessrel Herada Mondares

            sir ask lng compatible ba ang 2k16 nba sa fs4 lite

          • JM Balicano

            Sorry po, wala na saken ang unit kaya hindi ko matest

  • Jessrel Herada Mondares
    Jessrel Herada Mondares

    ask lng po pede ba ang nba2k16 sa flares4 lite?

    Reply
  • Mc Robinson Regucera
    Mc Robinson Regucera

    sir……why my s4 lite keeps restarting when i connect it to a pc using usb cables….any1 know how to repair it plz?.

    Reply
    • Nico Piatos
      Nico Piatos

      sir i know how to fix it without programming thing…just reset factory your phone,and when its done, connect it to a computer and don’t change the desired settings as mtp device….sa ngayon yan ang tama ng s4 lite…nakaka benteng customer nako ng s4 lite at yan ang deffect nya pag iniba mo like charge only ung pinili mo..nako biglang magrerestart restart yan…at pahabol lang…ung account mo wag mo isync sa device na yan…starting from kitkat to marshmallow os’s are like iphone settings generated…kasi last google account na naka sync ang hinahanap kapag nireset mo sya…so ang gagawin mo…remove your account first then saka mo sya ireset factory…even sa hardreset hindi matatanggal ang google lock…so kapag at habang nabubuksan mopa go to settings and remove your accounts then reset factory by doing a soft reset or…by a hard reset…inutil na technician ang magsasabing program ang sakit kapag restart ng restart pag kinokonek sa pc hard reset or soft reset lang yan…by the way technician po pala ako kaya alam ko…un lang….

      Reply
  • kitz
    kitz

    hello, which is better, s4 lite or infinix pure? thanks πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Nico Piatos
      Nico Piatos

      infinix pure…

      Reply
  • Nico Piatos
    Nico Piatos

    my bug ang lollipop sa s4…ung sa keypad…auto touch kapag nasstress sya sa bilis ng kamay mo…while sa jelly bean no shit…all ok…tapos sa mtp device kapag binago mo un magrereset reset na sya kapag naka saksak na sa computer…

    Reply
    • Porto Xlii
      Porto Xlii

      kung 2pt touch lang yan. ganyan talaga problema πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Nico Piatos
    Nico Piatos

    ganun din pala sa iba pang cp…may bug ang lollipop pag dating sa typing

    Reply
  • claire
    claire

    good morning. my flare s4 lite keeps restarting when connected to pc via usb cord. what should i do to resolve this matter.

    Reply

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