Cherry Mobile Flare 3 vs ASUS Zenfone 4: Specs comparison

In this article we pit the local Cherry Mobile Flare 3 against the international brand ASUS and its Zenfone 4. They both have local prices of sub-4K but who has the best bang for the buck? We find out in this comparison of specs.

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Correction: The Zenfone 4’s battery capacity is 1600mAh and not 1200mAh.

Summary of advantages:

CM Flare 3:
*Bigger display
*Higher resolution
*More cores clocked at slightly higher speed
*Rear and front cameras have more pixel count
*Larger battery capacity
*Latest UI out of the box
*Better display (OGS and scratch-free)

ASUS Zenfone 4:
*More pixels per inch

Both are equal in:
*RAM
*Internal storage
*External storage
*SIM capacity

Clearly, the Cherry Mobile Flare 3 packs beefier specs than its rival who carries a similar price. While the other one is locally-branded but sports good internals, the other one is an international brand known for its durability and performance.

Let us know your thoughts on the comment box below. You may also read our quick review of the Flare 3.

39 Comments on this Post

  1. Angeline

    Zenfone 4 is really nice, I love that its fast in browsing and playing videos. Although until now there is no kitkat update which is quite disappointing :(

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    • Typical

      Masyado madami restriction ang kitkat, di rin naman bibilis ang unit mo ng todo kapag na update sa kitkat. For me mas ok pa 4.3

  2. Summary of advantages:

    CM Flare 3:
    Available in selected stores only

    ASUS Zenfone 4:
    Available anywhere

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  3. Christian

    For this one, I have to give it up to Flare 3 (based on spec sheet alone). Its battery size, IPS + OGS display (against TFT) and slightly higher resolution is very critical.

    On another note, I (and the article) haven’t considered other factors such as aftersales service in judging.

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    • I am a CM Flare owner and my phone works good until now. February 2013 pa to nasakin. Although, napaservice center na dahil na dead siya before mag 1 year, nakuha ko naman in less than a month sa CM. Sa ASUS, I bought an ASUS Fonepad 7 two weeks ago. I demand for replacement dahil main board problema ng unit ko na nagappear two weeks after ko nabili. And the store says, I need to wait 1-2 weeks for just the product to be replaced. Tapos upto 4 weeks if repair kasi ibang bansapa manggaling ang part sabi ng mismong service center. Depende siguro sa store na pagbiblhan mo if international brand.

  4. Harhar

    I think the rival of flare 3 is not zen phone 4 but zenphone 5, this is ridiculous comparison yugatech.

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  5. If the GPU is MP2 it means its a Dual Core GPU
    gaming wise the zenfone 4 is better

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  6. gorilla glass 3 ang zf4 at 1600mah ang battery nya. kulang sa details tong nag post

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  7. Lester

    I still go for ASUS.
    That summarizes CM experience.

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    • Yea, Asus has a better name recall and value but I heard the Zenfones don’t have backlight on their menu buttons. If it’s true that’s terrible. I can imagine the trouble in finding the back or home buttons in dark places.

    • Try mo kaya imemorize ang placement ng buttons madilim na cguro ang paningin mo :))

  8. chandler

    Ganda nga specs nyan cm flare 3 pagdating naman sa after sales svc parang blockbuster lagi pila sa svc center.wala din.Durability and good after sales svc ang isa ring basehan.And asus is known for these 2.

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  9. Personally, I’m curious how both phones perform when maybe…pushed to their limits? Anyone?

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  10. Botsok

    1,980mAh battery for a 5″ screen with Quad-core CPU?
    You won’t last half a day without even charging once. In short, you will need
    a powerbank as your companion if you plan to own this device.

    I just hope that they add a little more juice on that device (like 2,500mAh or so).

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    • butchoy

      it’s qHD, so it will be fine. most phones today have 2000mah and those are running quads or octas at 720p even some 1080p.

  11. Sir, pa clarify lang po kung anu gpu nitong flare 3. mali 400 mp or mali 400 mp2? saka ung mHz din nya. May clear difference po kasi sa performance ng dalawa

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    • Profile photo of Kevin Bruce Francisco

      Hi, it’s Mali-400MP.

    • Then its clear, this is a downgrade from the original mali400mp2 of mtk8582/m socs. Price to specs is just ryt, not the bang for the buck. Please do a gaming review comparo of this 2 handsets, tnx.

  12. The battery of Zenfone4 is not correct, should be 1600mAh.

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  13. iBullit

    Do they both have multi-touch screens? I was gonna buy the zenfone when flare 3 came out… and then this comparison!!! I am now torn between them two… I had the very first CM Flare and I had great experience with it, didn’t have much problem, so after sales wasn’t really an issue. My mom’s still using and enjoying it now. ^_^
    Maybe a stress test of both devices will tell them totally apart. :)

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    • rmrhsit

      Get the Zenfone 4. Not being ASUS-natic, but in the long run, this will be your best bang for the buck.

    • I am a CM Flare owner and my phone works good until now. February 2013 pa to nasakin. Although, napaservice center na dahil na dead siya before mag 1 year, nakuha ko naman in less than a month sa CM. Sa ASUS, I bought an ASUS Fonepad 7 two weeks ago. I demand for replacement dahil main board problema ng unit ko na nagappear two weeks after ko nabili. And the store says, I need to wait 1-2 weeks for just the product to be replaced. Tapos upto 4 weeks if repair kasi ibang bansapa manggaling ang part sabi ng mismong service center. Depende siguro sa store na pagbiblhan mo if international brand.

  14. whoisaphone

    and you just referred to a phone as WHO.

    “packs beefier specs than its rival who carries a similar price.”

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  15. Sabi na nga ba hindi pahuhuli ang CM. Can’t wait sa panlaban nila sa Zenfone 5.

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  16. Anony Mouse

    Sa mga bibili nitong CMF3, wag kalimutan bumili ng backup phone mula sa matitipid niyong pera. Kasi after 2wks or less, mate-tengga na ng mahigit 3-4 months yan sa service center nila. By the time na maayos na nila, launching na rin ng CMF5. LoL!

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  17. zenfone 4 user

    I own a zenfone 4 and it has gorilla glass 3. I still need to install a screen protector. If it aint gorilla glass 3, my zenfone 4 should have swirls already in just a few days, that is from putting it inside my pocket and don’t forget that it’s fingerprint prone screen so every now and then i wipe it, but no swirls at the moment and still scratch free.

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    • rmrhsit

      No, the Zenfone 4 really has no Gorilla Glass 3. It was announced at launch, BUT the glass used is not just any cheap glass. It is a glass which will last you long enough until your next upgrade. :)

    • Yup! Zenfone 4 has Gorilla Glass 3. And it has removable 1600mAh battery, too. Plus naka Hyper Threading Technology pa, hindi lang basta dual-core. Kung iko-compare talaga sa test performance, Asus Zenfone 4 is better than Cherry Mobile 3

  18. rmrhsit

    Bakit core count lang naging basis ng CPU performance? Disregarded ang CPU architecture? Mas malakas pa rin ang x86 kesa sa ARM, especially MTK6582 lang ‘yung compared. Kahit nga Snapdragon MSM 8960A kayang tapatan ‘yan eh. Tsaka, dapat hindi lang OS version, pati UI mismo. Para fair.

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    • I agree to this. ZenUI is so much better than the stock Android UI found on CM Phones.UI modifications/Software should be considered. Hindi porket higher version e better na.

  19. scleimach

    update this comparison, cm flare 3 vs zenfone 4 a450cg.. the latter. has bigger 4.5 inch display, bigger battery capacity, rear camera with led flash.. but non removable battery..

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  20. Sino na po ba nakabili ng CM F3? What is the actual performance? After 3 weeks of use may lag na ba? Dead pixel?

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  21. nakabili ako ng zenfone 4 sa lazada pero pinapalitan ko after 3 days kong gamit..di makatawag..pinalitan naman kaagad,, para sa akin okay ang performanca ng asus zenfone 4,,mabilis sa browsing (using uc browser)napakalinaw ng rear camera(kahit madilim), good ang resolution,,ang downside lang,,mabilis malobat…removable ang battery at 1600mah..may error sa ibinigay ng yugatech…

    sa tingin ko,, sa flare s3 na quadcore tapos 1980mah lang ang battery,,baka magkaproblema….

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