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March 19, 2013

Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 first impressions

Last year’s Cherry Mobile Flame gets a major hardware upgrade in the form the just recently announced Flame 2.0. From a dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and Android ICS, it now has a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Android Jellybean. Check out our first impressions after the break.

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In the looks department, the Flame 2.0 is something that won’t immediately catch your attention due to its low-keyed design. It sports a black rectangular body with slight curves at the top and bottom. The sides are covered by a silver band with a brushed finish while the removable plastic backplate has a pearly gloss to it.

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Overall, the Flame 2.0 is nicely built. It’s easy to hold, with a decent amount of heft and thin enough to easily slide in and out of your pockets. Even with its simple design, the Flame 2.0 exudes some sort of elegance. Actually, if you look at it at a certain angle it kind of reminds you a bit of the iPhone 4.

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We managed to do some benchmarks on the Flame 2.0 using AnTuTu, Quadrant Standard, NenaMark2 and Vellamo. AnTutu gave it a score of 10,819. Quadrant scored it at 4,602. NenaMark2 gauged the Adreno 203 GPU at 38.2fps, while Vellamo gave it a score of 1,297 on HTML5 and 344 on Metal.

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We tried playing a few games on the Flame 2.0 one of which is Temple Run 2 set in its best graphic quality. Watch our hands on video below:

Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 specs:
4.5″ qHD (540×960) capacitive display, 245ppi, OGS technology
1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8225Q Snapdragon S4 processor
Adreno 203 GPU
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
5MP autofocus camera with LED flash
720p HD video recording @ 30fps
VGA front camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
FM Radio, Bluetooth with A2DP
Li-Ion 1,600mAh Battery
134.6 x 66 x 9.3mm
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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The Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 has a price tag of Php6,999. Now if you think the 1,600mAh battery is a downer, Cherry Mobile will be giving out a free power bank when you purchase a Flame 2.0 until May 31, 2013. Check back on us in the coming weeks for a full review.

Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 Review

48 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 first impressions”

  1. PFB says:

    Sorry dudes, saw a flare 2 today in a mall somewhere in laguna – NO FREEBIES.

  2. allison says:

    my flame 2.0 got 11047 on antutu? bt di parehas ng sa test unit ng sa yugatech?

  3. Nicole says:

    just bought Flame 2 but unfortunately they didnt give me a freebie of Power bank as what you stated in the review…

    “ow if you think the 1,600mAh battery is a downer, Cherry Mobile will be giving out a free power bank when you purchase a Flame 2.0 until May 31, 2013. Check back on us in the coming weeks for a full review.”

  4. BURST says:

    Never never never buy a cherry mobile. I agree it’s always lucrative as it packed with a lot of features and low price. As many visitors also has mentioned, it has hidden defects. I bought 3 cherry mobiles BURST. Two of them had to be sent to repair just AFTER A MONTH… THE OTHER ONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH SMS AND CONTACTS. (i have deleted all the old messages and no apps installed other than viber and skype. ) the problem is it hangs for more than 15 mins n i have to take out the battery every time. When someone sends me a msg, the screen lits up n i have to wait for 30+ mins to te recieve the msg. also the data connection is very slow, when compared to other sets/brands of lower config. it can’t even open a web page without taking much time. (tested with same sim/network on other sets). Recently i am also concerned with SAR ratio of this brand. While using, my ear gets a sharp uncomfortable feeling. Better to pay some money for a good fone set with low SAR than to use a cheap fone and high treatment cost for your epidermoid tumors.
    The most irritating of this brand i experienced was the after sales and customer care service. They provide 6 numbers to contact for inquiry about the phone set sent to repair. I called on all of the given numbers at different hours of a day for a week and no one recieved it. It took me several visit to repair center that lasted 2 months to get back the phone sets. For the 2 months, I don’t have the money to buy a new phone and i dont have a phone that i paid for.(u just wasted your money!!!) Add the taxi fare for 5 visits to and fro from the repair center, it will give me a better set(had i realised that before, i would not have suffered so much). Now its been repaired, but still lags a lot n lot. SOmetimes after a long sleep(like overnight not in use), it will not wake up even after pressing the power key several times. I have to remove the battery n then restart. So much of the hassel to buy the phone. BEWARE !!!
    [Guys i know this is not a forum or a cherry BURST review. I just wanted to shared my awful experience i face with this brand so that others dont have to suffer the same, AND of course don't neglect the SAR. Please don't bash me for this]

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Senior Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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