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November 20, 2013

Cherry Mobile Flare 2X Quick Review

The Flare series from Cherry Mobile can be called one of the most affordable yet power-packed smartphones in the market right now. Succeeding the original Flare & the Flare 2.0, the CM Flare 2X comes improved with 1GB RAM & an 8MP camera on the back, but does it have what it takes to be a winner? Read on our quick review to find out.

CHERRY MOBILE FLARE 2X

After handling a plethora of massive smartphones, the Flare 2X feels small with its 4-inch display. Albeit the small size, it felt really comfortable and compact in the hands. While the rest of the phone feels solid, we can’t help but say that the plastic construction falls short compared to its predecessor’s matte finish material.

CHERRY MOBILE FLARE 2X

The 4-inch display on the Flare 2X works very well for a phone of this caliber. We can’t really expect much for the price, but we can say that colors are fairly saturated and that the pixels are not as distinguishable. Viewing angles won’t be so good as well if you view it from the top side.

CHERRY MOBILE FLARE 2X

Navigation through the UI & basic tasks were a breeze thanks to the quad-core CPU & the 1GB RAM. Don’t expect it to handle heavy tasks though as it starts to show slowdowns even at the thin beginning of multitasking. Benchmark scores can attest to that as well.

  • Antutu - 11,356
  • Quadrant – 3,781
  • NenaMark 2 – 41.6

CHERRY MOBILE FLARE 2X

The front facing snapper on the device is really good and it works so smoothly. On the other hand, the 8 megapixel sensor paired with an LED flash on the back will get the job done if you just want to capture photos; the thing is, your picture won’t be worth a thousand words. Maybe just a hundred noisy ones that won’t be heard in the dark.

CHERRY MOBILE FLARE 2X

The Flare 2X’s 1,550mAh will get you through a whole day of moderate usage, no doubt about it. It does a lot better in standby too, lasting up to a couple of days.

Cherry Mobile Flare 2X specs:
4? WVGA (480 x 800) 3-point touch screen LCD, 233ppi
1.2GHz Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core CPU
Adreno 203 GPU
1GB RAM
8 megapixel AF camera w/ LED flash
VGA front-facing
3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
dual-SIM
4GB of internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
1,550mAh battery
Android 4.1.2 Jellybean

CHERRY MOBILE FLARE 2X

Summary

If you’re truly stuck to a budget of Php4,499, then there really is no other choice. The Cherry Mobile Flare 2X gives a lot for the money and it’s really hard to complain on its shortcomings – the lack of power, bad viewing angles, the plastic build and the like – all of which are understandable compromises that had to be made. For the price, however, you’re getting a really well-balanced phone despite its flaws.

What we liked about it:

  • Affordable
  • Good speakers
  • Feels good to hold

What we didn’t like about it:

  • Cartoonish app icons
  • Plastic build
  • Bad viewing angle
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24 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Flare 2X Quick Review”

  1. wew says:

    anu ung mga lines sa screen na parang maliwanag?gasgas or something else?

  2. achtungbaby says:

    They had it at sale over the weekend for P2,999.00 – which is really a steal. Enjoying the unit.

  3. achtungbaby says:

    Sorry, should say P3,999.00 is the promo price.

  4. boob f*cking says:

    piece of shit msm8225q! hindi yan aabot ng tanghali

    • riel rhyan says:

      we are lucky na meron ganitong smartphone na mora lang at android nah!!!soo dapat tangkilikin naten to kasi reasonable price lng nman made in phil. pa..hmmmmm..

  5. abuzalzal says:

    Sobrang laki ng bezels, defeats its purpose. 4 inch nga eh parang 5 inches na yan sa kapal ng tagiliran. Tsaka tae yung cpu at gpu….Mas maganda at efficient yung Mediatek + Mali400 combo ng CM life

  6. jess says:

    Indeed a steal for half the price of a706, almost same specs less 0.5″ on screen,very good beginner’s android, hope cherry improve it’s service???

  7. broke says:

    its really rude that they release the 2x after releasing 2.0 GRRRRRRRRR. i bought 2.0 then a day after the 2x was release ! CraP !

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  9. Lloyd :) says:

    Saan Po Ung Lock Button Nyan .. ?? Right Or sa Taas tulad ng IPhone ??

  10. Christian says:

    pano naging 3 point yung screen neto.. e two point touch lang naman ito a….
    yung antutu benchmark ko 9k lng yung stock.. am baba.. fake advertisement ata to…

  11. Neil Anthony Madraga says:

    Possible bang e.changed ang original batt ng flare 2x (1500 mah) into a higher one??? like 2000 mah?

  12. albred says:

    kaya kaya to ng 1day pang tx lang ilang hours tatagal to pag nag fb at games ako dito sa f2x?

  13. Raul Flaga says:

    Cherry Mobile sucks… I bought the Flare 2X last Nov 3 and on Dec 2 a sera battery. Binalik ko sa SM North nung Dec 3 binigyan ako ng J.O. Ref: 83008…. January 09, 2014 na wala pa ding battery available!!.. Kahit man lang sana na temp na battery magamit ko lang muna CP ko wala?… Wal daw stock? Anu yan import pa eh Philippine made na ngaaa… AVOID CHERRY MOBILE AT ALL COST. AFTER SALES IS TERRIBL!!..

  14. Raul Flaga says:

    Cherry Mobile sucks… I bought the Flare 2X last Nov 3 and on Dec 2 a sira battery. Binalik ko sa SM North nung Dec 3 binigyan ako ng J.O. Ref: 83008…. January 09, 2014 na – wala pa ding battery available!!.. Kahit man lang sana na temp na battery magamit ko man lang CP ko wala din?… Hirap pa tumawag!..Wal daw stock? Anu yan import pa eh Philippine made na ngaaa… AVOID CHERRY MOBILE AT ALL COST. AFTER SALES IS TERRIBL!!..

  15. george says:

    kabibili ko lang ng flare2x and i like it, wag na mag expect ng super gandang performance eh ang mura na nga e’. mas maganda mas mahal sxempre. So far ok naman sya sa binayad ko na php4500. yung sa battery naman madali sya malowbat kapag ginagamit sa internet, eh 4500 lAng naman kaya ok lang :)

  16. ron says:

    Anu po mgnda? Flare 2x or flame 2.0?

  17. Loljay says:

    mganda naman eh, tama na afford na din sa price for 4500 thumbs up! tama din na wag maghanap ng napakagandang performance but mas maganda kung c buyer all in all satisfied dba? kaso nga lang kahit cno walang kontento sa meron.. may samsung phones and whatever brands naman why dont you try them and if you did why with cherry?? kasi afford.. hahaha nkakatawa naman, masasabi ko about flare 2x its good.. but im all good with my flare 2.1 i have the two units eh.. sana cherry mobile paki improve pa mga specs and quality pati na rin battery life kahit 2000mah ok na.. cheers! :)

  18. Avoid buying CHERRY MOBILIE OMEGA INFINITY.
    ITS SUCKS!!
    HIGHEST UNIT DAW KUNO.!!
    AMBAGAL
    NAGaout ng KUSA MGA APPS

    SAYANG PERGA 14999

  19. alnespra says:

    flare 2x ko sira na after 6monts. i am discouraging all of u 2 buy dis piece of junk. battery is so weak. full charge aku b4 bedtime. tapos pgkaumaga 4% n lng bat life. e d naman gnamit.
    nakakainis minsan nghahang ang screen kelangan p i off ang screen para gumana uli. minsan naman bigla n lng mgreboot ng walang dahilan,
    tapos minsan d mag off ang screen kht 15 sec lng nka set ang auto screen off. kelngan pa ireboot.
    mas ok pa ung galaxy y ko. 2yr6mnts ko n gnagamit. malakas p rin ang bat. ung flare ko pg gnamit mu s fb, 30mins lng drain na agad. sabi nung customer service rep. ganun daw talaga. ngek! pwd b un?
    im nt exxagerating.hnd ko naman cnisiraan ang cherry mobile. its jst my xperience with this phone.
    dati kasi fan aku ng cm pero i was really disappointed after buying flare 2x.
    maganda lng mga specs n nkalista,wala naman kwenta.
    if i am going to buy a new phone, i swear il never touch any cherry phone again

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