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Cherry Mobile Flare 3 unboxed, first impressions

Cherry Mobile has introduced the Flare 3 yesterday during their event. We were lucky enough to get ourselves a brand new unit so we immediately unboxed it and here are our first impressions on the device while we prep up the full review.


The Cherry Mobile Flare 3 is a 5-inch phablet that utilizes a plastic build all around. Because of this, you’ll immediately notice that the device is light when you pick it up to hold it. On the face of the handset we have the scratch-resistant IPS display with One-Glass Solution (OGS) technology that helps in making the elements in the screen pop out more.


On the bottom are the Options, Home, and Back capacitive buttons; while right under them are the microUSB port and microphone.


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 brief time exploring the device, it was easy locking and unlocking the phone even while using one hand.


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. Also seen below is the 3MP front facing camera next to the speaker for calls.


The entire back plastic cover has a glossy finish. Here, the 8MP rear camera is positioned right in the middle of the device with a single LED flash under it. As seen on the first image, the camera is protruding making it lie against the surface when it rests flat on its back.

The device and company’s name are also printed on the cover. Finally, we have the speaker grille that is lodged at the lower left of the back panel.


The Flare 3 carries a similar form factor as CM’s other devices, but button placements are different than the Flare 2.0. What we’re after here, though, are the above-average specs for its price that should help boost its overall performance. So far, how are you liking the hardware and specs combination of the Flare 3?

We will be discussing more of its performance in the following days. Stay tuned for our review.

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
8GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
8 megapixel BSI rear camera w/ LED flash
3 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
Android 4.4 KitKat
1,980mAh battery (removable)
Available in black, white, blue, silver, and red.
Php3,999 SRP

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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32 Responses

  1. silcax says:

    parang jiayu lng ahh.. rebranded jiayu?

  2. Ian Oliva says:

    Wait — mini USB port talaga? hindi micro USB port?

    • Oona says:

      Mukha naman microusb sa pic. Baka typo lang. Haven’t seen miniUSB port cellphones since moto razr series days

  3. cafeloco says:

    So alin na ngayon ang pinaka ok, CMFlare3, MPRio or AsusZenfone5?

    • chocoloco says:

      All three are good buys, it just depends how much you have to spend.

    • Typical says:

      depende sa budget mo, kung 5k lang pera mo pili ka na lang sa Omega Icon o Agua Rio, kung abot naman 6500 pesos mag Zenfone 5 ka. kung 4k lang pera mo tyaga ka na sa Flare 3. kung 2500 lang pera mag CM Ruby na lang… kung mas onti pa dyan mag SKK na lang. kung di afford skk, manghiram na lang ng phone o kaya mang snatch sa quiapo (latter is not recommended though)

  4. markvquez says:

    maybe a better buy than rio.

  5. Erp says:

    Puro Low end device nilalabas ng cherry. Lol. Puro rebranded pa. Walang originality

    • SunCell Subscriber says:

      HUH? Talaga namang rebranded lang lahat ng model na nire-release ng Cherry Mobile, same with MyPhone and others. Shunga lang?

    • Zobel says:

      You mean Apple? Rebranding Foxconn and conning social climbers and mga pasosyal in the process via overpricing.

    • Oona says:

      @zobel. Ano kinalaman ng Apple dito. Foxconn makes the iPhone pero they did not design iPhone. Walang phone na Foxconn. Tsk tsk

    • nganga says:

      vovo talaga

      alang originality ?
      eh alam mo naman pala na re-branded eh

      hala balik sa grade 1 !

    • OMG says:

      Let me criticize your comment, erp.

      First, you’re telling us that Flare3 is a low-end device. Haha, Flare3 can even beat those Samsung smartphones with over Php10,000 mark. When you say low-end, it may be a part of Cherry Mobile’s Stone Series or Sidekick Series. Nakakita ka naba ng low-end na may OGS, qHD, BSI Camera, Scratch-resistant glass and so on! Ha. It’s better to say that this is a mid-end/tier/entry-level smartphone..

      Second, “puro rebranded pa”.. Tsk, even My|phone™ & Starmobile™ are doing this on ALL OF THEIR PHONES, pwedeng customized by my|phone™ nakalagay, tanong design and made ba nila!?

      Lastly, “walang originality”… Ofcourse, sabi mo rebrand eh— pero ndi nila GINAYA….. sabi mo nga, niREBRAND nila……

    • Herp says:

      Pagpasensyahan nyu na si Erp, his real name is Derp. At tama kayo low end ang utak nya. :P

    • zangetsu says:

      sapol si erp hehe yan mhrap, nagsasalita ng kung anu anu pero sya mismo walang alam sa mga cnsabi nya hehe nice one OMG…

    • idontknow says:

      “what is originality? Undetected plagiarism.” :)
      -William Ralph Inge

    • marino says:

      walang pang bili ng phone yan si erp.atleast rebranded c cm hindi clone sa ibang brand,,

  6. Bash2 says:

    hoy Erp para sa mga tulad naming poor masaya kami na naglalabas ang cm ng mga gnyang device. so wala kang pakialam kung wala silang originality. manahimik ka nalang dyan ha hiyang hiya naman ako sayo.

  7. dude says:

    lols sa comment ni Erp. haahahhaah “walang originality” ahhahaha

  8. WolfMaverick says:

    Erp hindi naman ninakaw ng CM ung idea & design, ni rebrand lang nila. Wala naman masama dun.
    Aside from the price, ano ang low end sa Flare 3? The specs are nice.

    It is very expensive to have a R&D team to design phones, that’s why CM does rebranding. It does not matter for as long sa they do not copy or clone the phones. What is great about it is that they are able to provided gadgets with good specs at a very reasonable price.

  9. GadgetMaster says:

    Tss! May manufacturer ang CM from china. dun nila binibili yung mga android phones na wala pang mga brand name na nagmamanufactured din sa ibang mobile brands, and then , they locally distributed here in the philippines under the cosmic technologies inc. o mas kilala bilang Cherry Mobile.

    Low end? look at the specs. porket mediatek lang ang chipset ng cpu? or because made in china? c’mon. and look at the price with that specs.. :)

  10. Zobel says:

    Mas malinaw ba OGS IPS kesa sa non-OGS na IPS?

    Di na ako babalik ng qHD. Nice naman kung first time mong magka-HD but I’m off to FHD na. Before you know it mura na ang 4K/QHD.

  11. Name: Push says:

    Bobo mo Erp . Anung Low End jan ? 8Gb internal nyan tas qHD ? Utak mo ung Low End Erp

  12. bobo ni erp says:

    Engot Retard Pakyu (ERP)

  13. Ann says:

    how about the 3.5 jack output? is it compatible with other earphones with a loud sound expi.?

  14. lawrence says:

    with that specs and that price, ano kaya ang catch?

  15. Hans says:

    Meron ba tong notification led light? yung mga nakabili po dyan. share nyo naman mga naobserve ny o sa phone.. planning to buy this or cherry mobile pulse as a spare phone. :)

  16. LoveKo says:

    is this the real flare3? i mean i saw another pictures of flare3, but it comes with an S. Flare S3 :).. don’t know the real distinctions of both. it has the same price tho. can someone help me? plsss??? heheh thanks! :)

  17. skull_savior says:

    iba yung flare s3 sa flare 3..kalalabas lang nya mga 1 week na yata..better specs and same price..

  18. Chris says:

    I bought a brand new Cherry Mobile FLARE 3 at a cellphone store at Sm San Lazaro.

    Upon inspection, when Im about to try to put some media files in my phone, I noticed that the USB Storage connection failed.

    I’ve tried everything, even tried using different Windows OS to see if its the OS that is the problem.

    When my patience ran out, I returned the unit at the store in SM where i bought it. He tested and also failed to connect as a USB Storage device.

    He tried other CM phone models (Pulse) which runs on Kitkat OS, but also a failed attempt in connecting via USB.

    I would like to know if all models of CM phone which rans on Kitkat has this problem?

    Pls give me a quick response, since I really love this phone (FLARE 3).


  19. michael says:

    anung brand nirebrand si flare 3?

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