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August 27, 2014

Cherry Mobile Flare 3 Quick Review

When it comes to pricing their devices Cherry Mobile has been known to offer decent specs at affordable price points. One device that backs up this claim is the Flare 3 which we were able to try out for a period of time. Is it a phablet worth your money? Read on our Quick Review to find out. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_quick_review The only buttons you’ll find in the Flare 3 are the Power/Lock Screen button and volume rocker which are both nestled at the upper part of the right side. During our time exploring the device, it was easy locking and unlocking the phone even while using one hand. On the bottom are the Options, Home, and Back capacitive buttons; while right under them are the microUSB port and microphone. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_4 Up top, the 3.5mm audio jack sits alone. The device inherits the rounded corners commonly seen in CM handsets which is okay as it goes easy on the hands and somehow aids in handling. In addition, it has a 3MP front facing camera on its usual position next to the speaker for calls. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_5 The entire back plastic cover has a glossy finish, while its 8MP rear camera is positioned right in the middle of the device with a single LED flash under it. The device and company’s name are printed on the cover. We also have the speaker grille that is lodged at the lower left of the back panel, and as seen on the first image, the camera is protruding making it lie against the surface when it rests flat on its back. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_2 The Flare 3 runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Out of the box it comes pre-loaded with proprietary apps like Cherry Fun Club, Cherry Play, and Pinoy App Shop which, as the name suggests, is our very own app store that features local-made applications. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_UI Navigation of the UI was a smooth-sailing affair, while app transitioning proved to be a breeze. It doesn’t have any customization on top of its OS so you’ll deal with stock Android here. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_3 This phablet sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor and LED flash. What we noticed was that even outdoors, the images lost detail and exposure was a bit off. Up front it has a 3-megapixel camera which has its own beautification mode for those precious selfies. It also proved sufficient for video calls, although not that great. We have a few samples below for your reference.

 Inside the Flare 3 is a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz partnered with 1GB of RAM. We’ve installed different apps and games on it but the device handled them pretty well – to the point that we were actually impressed as it could run console-like games with ease. In this department the Flare 3 delivered well. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_benchmark Here are the benchmark results:

AnTuTu – 17,900
Quadrant Standard – 7,247
NenaMark2 – 60.9fps

With our usual battery test, we looped an HD video with brightness and volume set to 100%. It lasted us close to 5 ½ hours which is just about right for a 5-inch handset with nearly 2000mAh battery. Do note that its battery is removable so if anything happens to it, users could easily replace it with a new one. Cherry_Mobile_Flare_3_1 The Cherry Mobile Flare 3 is a device that brings a lot to the table without asking for much. Although we’re not fans of an all-plastic build, it’s got the latest version of Android OS, a decent processor, and a spacious display all under Php4K. We could say that it’s worth the Php3,999 if you’d snag a Flare 3 for yourself.

Cherry Mobile Flare 3 specs:
5-inch qHD IPS OGS display, 220ppi Scratch-Resistant screen
1.3GHz MTK 6582 quad-core CPU
Mali-400MP GPU
1GB RAM 8GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
8 megapixel BSI rear camera w/ LED flash
3 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
HSPA+, 3G
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
GPS, A-GPS
Android 4.4 KitKat
1,980mAh battery (removable)
Available in black, white, blue, silver, and red.
Php3,999

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14 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Flare 3 Quick Review”

  1. Symphony says:

    FYI, may Cherry Mobile S3 na at ito ang may nationwide release. Huli na naman kayo sa balita.

    • Sympunyeta says:

      Oo na. Nauna ka na naman sa balita. Buti pa ikaw na mag blog para bida ka sa lahat. Wala ka nang ginawa kundi mag-criticize. O baka naman wala ka kasing K mag-blog. Sympunyeta ka!

  2. khanto says:

    maganda tong flare 3, inaabangan ko kaso…
    Laging out of stock sa Cherry Mobile stores

  3. ed says:

    pinasasabik nila ang mga interesadong bumili. pag naging available na ang flare 3, wala nang bibili dahil nakabili na ng ibang brand na mas modelo at mas mura.

  4. sino-na-ba? says:

    sino na ba talaga ang naka bili nitong Flare 3 nato?
    kung meron man sana mag sabi na kayo kung ok talaga eto.

    sa tingin ko wala naman talaga flare 3, panaginip lang eto.

  5. Dude says:

    Review naman po ng Flare S3!!! :D

  6. Christian Reyes says:

    Isa po ako sa nakabili ng dadalawang unit ng Flare 3 dito sa SM Tarlac, nabili ko unit ko last August 25, so far impressive tong unit at matipid ang Android KitKat sa battery use sa regular usage ng phone (calling and texting), umabot na ng 1 day ang batt. niya after ng full-charge cycle at may 27% pa as of writing this review. malinaw ang qHD OGS display, gandang tingnan. yung black na matte color ang nabili ko. before ang balak kong bilhin ay yung sikat na “colored” unit ng isa pang leading local brand, pero nung ma-compare ko display nila, mas malinaw at maliwanag ang sa Flare 3 kahit na HD and claim nung isang local brand. Take note, nasa 1/4 lang ang setting ng brightness ng flare 3 ko. Fluid din ang transition sa apps, walang lag, dahil din siguro sa Latest OS nito. Tama lang ang kapal ng unit at ang bigat nito para sa akin. Sa photos, disente ang kuha niya for an 8megapixel camera, ang flash niya, kahit maliit ay malakas, ang medyo ayaw ko lang ay naka-umbok ang camera, prone sa gasgas pag hindi iningatan at malagyan ng protector. To sum all of this, very satisfied ako. Durability at long-term usage na lang ang susubukan ko niyan. sana nakatulong ito sa inyo.

    • sino-na-ba? says:

      Sir maraming salamat sa pag bigay mo ng pesonal experience/review. Malaking tulong eto sa akin/amin na nag babalak din bumili pero nalilito na dahil sa napakaraming pag pipilian.

      Salamat uli sir.

    • lv31 says:

      Very good review Sir. You showed the pros and cons of this phone. Good job!

  7. Zobel says:

    Join na lang kayo sa FB group nya para malaman nyo feedback ng users. I suggest wait for a month bago bumili kasi huli na lumalabas problema ng mga local brands trust me masakit sa ulo kaya sa susunod baka mag Xiaomi na ko.

  8. RexG8571 says:

    Thumbs up for Cherry Mobile!!!

  9. Christian Reyes says:

    Welcome po sino-na-ba? and Iv31, i hope you have made a decision to buy Flare 3. ang nilagay ko ay honest to goodness experience/review ko. heto mga additional, sa stanby time, umabot na ng 2+ days ang batt. life ng Flare 3. hanggang ngayon (Sept.10) this unit continues to impress me, aside sa pagiging eye-candy nito. may isang flaw lang na na-observe ako, yung bottom part ng touch screen ay hindi ganun kabilis mag-respond pag minsan, take note, madalang lang. sa calls, malinaw ang audio, parang may noise reduction na mic na nag-papahina ng ingay ng surrounding kaya mas malinaw ang usapan. isa pang nakakatuwang feature ng bagong OS ay yung voice command para kumuha ng litrato, very convenient. sana makatulong ito sa hindi pa nakakabili ng Flare 3, isa lang ang masasabi ko, SULIT ang hard-earned 3,999 ninyo sa phone na ito, kaya hanggang ngayon ay out of stock ito sa Tarlac. though hinihintay ko sa ngayon ang paglabas ng waterproof at tough na android phone ng CM na ROVER, hehe. support po natin ang mga local brand ng bansa.

  10. ujhean morales says:

    cherry mobile flare3,friendly user..

  11. Please Help Me =( says:

    pano magbalik ng language,may na install ata akong app triny ko,tapos kahit na unistall ko na ung language kapag pinagsabay yung volume and power buuton chinese o korean ata yung language? PLEASE Help me!

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