Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 first impressions

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.



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

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47 Responses

  1. Nico says:

    1,600mAh lang ang battery. mag tagal kaya to? pero ayos specs.

  2. parker says:

    maganda nga ang specs…. kaso
    1. hindi naman tinaasan ang battery….
    2. hindi na naman maganda ang after sales service
    3. sure wala na naman stock
    4. almost 50% ng nirelease lagi nalang may hidden defect….

    • parker porker says:

      dude! you only get what you pay for! ano ba ineexpect mo? i mean thats 7 freakin k! compared sa ibang brands. walang stock kasi mataas demands and don’t be hater. if it’s not for you then no need to act like cherry mobile owes you anything. anyway i’m not a cm fan. comment nga ng isang tao somewhere online. “bumili ka nga ng Toyota pero ineexpect mo naman ang takbo Ferrari?”

    • tanod says:

      eh paano di yan di magrereklamo, walang pero pambili yan kahit flare. di mo pa nga naiibusisi dami mo ng sat-sat! wah wah wah…

    • parker's disease says:

      Di ko lam kung anong kokote merong yung mga nagcocomment na pinoy sa mga reviews. imbes na matuwa sa mga produkto puro reklamo ng reklamo. ginagawa na ng mga kumpanya (gaya ng CM) ang makakaya nila para maexperience ng mga tao (na hindi kaya mag afford ng mamahaling gadgets) ang mga trending ngayon sa technology.

      Hindi sapilitan ang pagbili sa mga mid range phone. kung may pera ka bumili ka ng mamahaling phone HTC ONE/ XPERIA Z/ IPHONE5/ S4 etc. pero kung CM Flare lang di mo pa kayang bilhin, better shut you fu*kin ass bro.
      matuwa kana sa 3310 mo. :)

    • exe says:

      Para ka lang bumili ng murang phone sa Kimstore. Lahat ng mura dapat ingatan. Kung gusto mo ng premium service bumili ka ng premium phones sa stores sa samsung and sony.

      1. Mataas battery
      2. Maganda ang after sales service
      3. May stock
      4. 95% walang hidden defect

    • CriticalPink says:

      Huwag mo na kasi turuan ang mga ungoy dito sa Pinas, sinanay na nga namin sila na huwag magreklamo sa mura at palpak, gusto mo pa silang iaangat sa putik. Ano ka si Kristo? Hayaan mo na kasi ang mga jologs, di mo ba alam na ang mayaman na may pambili ng mamahalin lang ang puwedeng magreklamo?

  3. fullbringer says:

    eh di bumili ka ng mamahalin na phone. dami reklamo!

  4. gray says:

    when you say until may 31, hindi siya tulad ng ibang promo ng cm na first 50, am i right?

  5. Nines says:

    That’s one big top and bottom bezels.. making the phone much longer than the norms. The real quad core from snapdragon.. Very nice benchmark results. :) The only concern here is the battery.. But with the freebie included, I guess it’s still a win.

  6. hmm says:

    Bakit ba ang mga Pinoy, Lagi nalang ang reply:

    “Puro ka comment wala ka naman pambili.”

    Kung walang magrereklamo, mag iimprove pa kaya yang mga brand na iyan?

    Think about it, kung walang nag hanap nang Dual Core na android phone na mura, stuck parin tayo niyan sa W900 Dragon Phone… Or worse, Galaxy Ace.

    Kung lahat nang tao magrereklamo tungkol sa battery, hopefully lalakihan narin nila iyan. Mukhang alam naman nila eh.(Free Battery Pack).

    IMHO OKAY LANG MAG REKLAMO KUNG REASONABLE.

    • boyet65 says:

      if we look at how the development of the quality of the phones that cherry mobile is releasing, it seems that they have constantly improved a lot.

      you get what you pay for, sabi nga nila. why do people keep on asking for too much. i mean, cherry mobile isn’t exactly selling expensive phones. it’s not samsung or htc or what have you. besides, it’s not an open secret that even the well known, higher end phones have issues too.

      naghahanap ang mga tao ng mga features or specs na usually available lang sa mga mas mahal na phones. bakit di na lang yun ang bilhin? as simple as that. babalik lang din dun sa saying na you get what you pay for.

    • Ryan says:

      Bro rebranded lang ang mga phone ng CM. so wla tlga sa kanila ang control kundi dun sa orignal manifacturer. Ang alam ko ang may mga karapatan lang magreklamo eh yung mga bumibili ng produkto nla. pro kung wla kang binili manahimik ka nalng at maghanap ng iba. Kya you have the freedom of choice db?

    • David Z says:

      Madali lang kasi magreklamo, lalo kung walang magawa. Sabihin natin may “basehang” magreklamo kung nakabili ang tao ng phone nun, tapos may topak yan o kaya di ginagawa ang naka-advertise.

      Pwera nun, panglabas ng sama ng loob lang ang magreklamo. :)

    • Tebats says:

      Pano kase tinamaan ka na wala kang pambili. ,,l,,

  7. mang kanor says:

    pwede na tong pang regalo sa mga chicks ko.. ang mga chicks pa naman usually hanggang temple run lng kung maglaro.. pero lakas na specs ah.. kelangan lng talaga ng powerbank.

    sa nagrereklamo: stfu..

  8. anti-reklamador says:

    sa mga reklamador dyan gumawa kau ng sarili nyong cp. tutal “magagalng” naman kau. the fact na bnuksan m un thread na to means ur “interested” e d sa “gsmarena” kau pra may “tatak”

  9. miongb says:

    This is easily the most fluid and responsive cherry mobile phone i’ve ever seen.

  10. Not bad for the price tag. Kung taasan kasi ang battery niyan, lalampas na yan sa 7k at baka wala na bumili niyan.

  11. tsupol says:

    thumbs up..parang nakamamahaling phone na din..para sa mga di pa afford ng iphone or s3,pwede na to..

  12. jeff says:

    mas ok sana kung at least 2megapixel yung front cam then above 1,600mAh ang battery for the price of not more than Php5k

  13. CM Hater says:

    Madaling msira CM phones, Add lng kyo 19500 my Note 2 n kyo. S widget ako nk bili.. S Nov. Note 3 nmn..

    Reply n mga kups…

    • ambrosio makalalag says:

      hirap nga akong maka ipon ng 7k pagkatapos bibili pa ako ng note 2? my god!

    • Tebats says:

      Putang ina mong hayop ka eh hiningi mo lang naman sa mga magulang yang pambili mong bobo ka lakas mo magyabang eh bobo ka naman! Tang ina mo sana ma-Snatch yang Note 2 mo pakyu!

    • Anonimi says:

      Ang sarap talaga magbasa ng mga comments. hehe

    • anonymous says:

      “Putang ina mong hayop ka eh hiningi mo lang naman sa mga magulang yang pambili mong bobo ka lakas mo magyabang eh bobo ka naman! Tang ina mo sana ma-Snatch yang Note 2 mo pakyu!”

      Hi there CM employee! ngayon ko lang nalaman na tumatanggap pala sila ng balasubas na tao

    • Mr. Concerned says:

      Totoy, tsaka ka magmayabang pag pera mo na ang gamit mo at hindi yung sa magulang mo. Akala mo mukha kang “cool” pag ganyan? Naku anak, nagmumukha ka lang batang bineybi ng masyado. “Spoiled brat” ika nga. At sa asal mong yan? “Mga kups?” I pity you child. Malamang sa hindi ay kulang ka sa atensyon ng mga magulang mo. Utoy, may pagaasa pa, wag mo yang dalhin sa pagtanda mo. Good day.

  14. r3JAM says:

    Sana di mag ka ubusan and sana aside sa power bank may option sila for a higher capacity battery…

  15. Alex Claridad says:

    If you are not satisfied with CMF2 wail for the rebranded Karbonn Titanium S5 baka yun yung Flame3, 8meg yun back cam, 2meg yun front.

  16. Jude says:

    Alam na natin na rebrandred lang ang flame 2.0 (Karbonn Titanium S1). For those who wanted higher bat capacity, wait nyo ang model na ito,
    Karbonn Titanium S5. Baka i-rebrand din (sana) ng CM as flame 3.0. Sana lang naman.

    I have a flare and ang bat na full charge sa umaga, hindi pa lubog ang araw, 20% na lang natitira. Moderate use lang yan.

    • Jude says:

      @Alex C. Sorry. di ko nabasa agad post mo. Inulit ko lang sinabi mo.

      Anyway, wait ko talaga ang flame 2.0. Ibigay ko sa anak as gift ko para sa kanya for a few honors he got in school this year. Can’t afford ako ng samasung. hehehe. CM lang kaya ko…

    • Chico says:

      Sana i rebrand as Flare 2.0 .. :) para umastig naman ang flare.. OMEGA has an HD, Flame has 2.0 si flare sana may upgrade din..

  17. anonymous says:

    daming tambay na nakakapaginternet na ah, at marunong pa sila mag comment hahahaha

    pati ugaling iskwater dinadala niyo dito sa internet, hoy mahiya naman kayo!

  18. Be open minded says:

    cguro magkaroon ng review about flame 2.0 at cgurado na sasabhin na break down d2 ay ang battery.. masasabi nyu ba na wla syang pambili o reklamador sya?? kung sasabhin nyong oo close minded ka.. its a feedback coming from a costumer or potential costumer.. at kelangan un ng bwat kumpanya pra mas mag improve pa cla..

  19. narokius says:

    guys i know this is a flame thread,so scuse lng, just wanna point something out. if the CM guys made the omega unit as is + a quadcore, knowing the fact that it has 2100 mah batt, this would be selling like hotcakes in the market and vice versa, if they made the camera pixel a bit higher for flame plus a “BIG MOMMA” battery(yung tipong kahit 2100mah din) this will sell big as well, i know they are just rebranding the unit, well, since they have initiated the re-branding, why not modify it as well for us consumers,, am i right??

  20. Dodong Abnoy says:

    Woah, it exceeds HTC One X’s antutu benchmark. Haters gonna hate :)

  21. weww says:

    tae sigurado wala din stock to.. ilang kiosk at concept store ng CM ang napuntahan ko lahat walang stock ng fusion bolt.. at di daw alam kung kelan mgkakaron.. puro sila marketing lang .. amp

  22. mario says:

    I was at MOA last night to watch pyromusical & decided to drop by the Cherry Mobile store. Most of the blogs are saying there is free PowerBank upon purchase pero sabi ng clerk kagabi, it was a promo for early buyers and wala daw silang promo for the Flame 2.0 with free powerbank. FAIL!

  23. mike says:

    tama may hidden defect ung nabili namin try nyo na mg usb transfer auto siya nagalaw magisa even you dont touch the screen di naman maiiwasan ung mga defect ang mahirap lang ung repair REbrand yan di original na gawa ni cherry san kukuha ng parts yan??

  24. Ian says:

    No choice tayo kung gusto natin ng affordable android phone. CM ang nagooffer ng pasok sa budget natin eh.

  25. kit says:

    ganun din na experience nun gumamit ako ng usb kusa sya nagalaw but i try to another naging ok naman wala sya problem

  26. PFB says:

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

  27. allison says:

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

  28. 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.”

  29. 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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