Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE: Hands-on and First Impressions

With the battle raging on in the mid-range smartphone market, Cherry Mobile has been mostly content securing their hold on the budget entry-level segment. The Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE is a good example of this, priced at only Php4,299. Of course, the hope is that it performs way better than its price point indicates, and already after having taken it for an initial spin it looks promising.

Build Quality and Design

If anything, the Flare Y7 LTE definitely has a lot going for it in the looks department. It features a 6.2 inch HD+ with a 19:9 aspect ratio and water-drop notch that really maximizes the screen-to-body ratio. The glass back is also an attention-getter, making it look way more premium than it should. I had a couple of friends try it out without looking at the specs, and they guessed the price point to be anywhere from Php9K to Php15K based on looks alone!

Key Specs

Of course, knowing the specs driving the Flare Y7 LTE, I know not to get too excited. It’s equipped with a 1.5GHz quad core processor along with 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. It was far from the fluid experience I would have wanted, even with a lightweight Android Go running on the device. Thankfully, it at least has LTE, making it much more functional as a secondary phone.

First Impressions

Taking it out of the box, you immediately want to root for the Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE due to its aesthetics. It’s easy to forget its shortcomings because it just looks that good. Of course, do wait for the full review to find out my full verdict of the Flare Y7 LTE!

Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE Specs

  • 6.2″ HD+ TrueView 19:9 Notch Display
  • 1.5GHz quad core processor
  • Android Oreo (Go Edition)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 13mp rear camera
  • 5mp front camera
  • Up to 4G LTE mobile connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • Dual SIM
  • Price: Php4,299

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