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Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 Unboxed, First Impressions

When Php888 isn’t enough, how about Php799? That’s how Cherry Mobile announced the reintroduction of its Php1,999 Flare Lite 2 down to under a grand as part of their Prepaid bundle offerings. How does it fare against the contemporary? Let’s find out.

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Like the MyPhone My28s, this model is a rare gem in its own authorized outlets, and we were lucky enough to have purchased one yesterday. Here’s a quick unboxing video:

The Flare Lite 2 is an all-polycarbonate 4-inch device that essentially covers lesser footprint despite having lots of similarities with the my28/my28S. When viewed from the front, the colors are easily distinguishable as the sides present themselves with beveled frames. At the front are the 4-inch TFT LCD display, its VGA front camera, and the illuminating capacitive keys.

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The volume rockers, sitting above the power/lock button, are located on the right side of the device. The frame presents itself with a glossy finish which can trigger fingerprints and smudges. Like the My28, both the microUSB and the 3.5mm audio ports are at the top.

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The back of the device, exuding a matte candy red color, has the rear 5MP camera with its accompanying LED Flash, as well as the speaker grill near the bottom edge. When pried open, you’ll see that the SIM 1 slot has already been occupied by the bundled Cherry Prepaid SIM card, which cannot be removed as it is sealed. Else, your warranty is said to be void. Do take note that Cherry Prepaid is using Globe Telecom as its primary network, and you may use SIMs from other networks in the remaining slot. There is also a dedicated space for the microSD card,

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Overall, the Flare Lite 2 feels great on the hand and is a conventional phone for one-handed operation, given its small size. Unless you’re concerned about the slightly outdated OS on board, there’s no reason not to purchase this phone under Php1k.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 specs:
4-inch WVGA display @ 800 x 480 resolution
1.2GHz Spreadtrum SC7731 quad-core processor
Mali-400 MP2
4GB internal storage
Expandable up to 16GB
5MP rear camera
VGA front camera
Bluetooth 2.0
Wi-Fi  802.11 b/g/n
Dual-SIM (SIM 1 exclusive for Cherry Mobile Prepaid)
1400mAh Li-Ion removable battery
Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Available for Php799 until April 30th, the Prepaid Bundle offering for the Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 comes with 50 text messages to all networks, unlimited Facebook access (both are valid for 2 days), Php10 bonus load for the first three months, and a special offer of free 120MB of data every month for a year which you can only get if you load at least Php10 every month.

Is the Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 the smartphone worth for every Juan? Find out as we take this out for a spin in the coming days for a quick review.


Get in touch with Carl at @lamielcarl on Twitter or visit his website for more updates!

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17 Responses

  1. Anony Mouse says:

    Kuya Carl, saan ka nakabili? Ang hirap makahanap ng outlet na may stocks…

  2. anderson says:

    can someone run a “hardware info” app sa flare lite 2? to verify whether the front cam is VGA or 2MP. CM indicated in the flyers that the front cam is 2MP, while, the sticker on the LCD states VGA. thanks in advance

  3. Humble says:

    Anyone from Zamboanga? San makakabili dito?

    • Xniper says:

      To Humble pree kong gusto mo bumili ng CM sa Zamboanga Peninsula punta ka ng Zamboanga Sibugay sa G3 Cellulars nag oofer cla….

  4. archie says:

    Bakit hindi gumawa ang local brands ng pantapat sa z compact specs at sa darating na iphone 5se? I’m sure na mabili pa rin sa mga tao ang 4 to 4.6″ phones.

  5. TR-8R says:

    Hindi gagana yung ibang sim sa Slot 1 pag ang version ng phone ay v02 011216. Kaya wag nyong iupdate kung gusto nyo gamitin yung Globe at Smart sa slot 1 para sa 3G.
    (Pangit kasi yung mga “promo” ng Cherry Prepaid. at 2G lang kasi ung 2nd slot sooo…)

    Sana pwede kong irollback yung version para may silbi ulit yung sakin. Or may gumawa ng rom…

  6. Jire says:

    Hi Sir – merun pong stock sa SM cubao at sa Farmers nun nag ikot aku kagabi. Infact, nabili ku sa SM cubao un saakin last saturday.. If di nyo alam na may promo, they will sell it for 1,999.. So be wise in buying.. Sabihin nyo hinahanap nyo un cherry bundle 799..

    Regarding sa SIM1 – i fell bad nman, i thought pde ku cya gamitin sa Globe, kc binili ku un Flare lite 2 as my secondary phone sana.. So i’m just hoping merun gumawa ng rom pra openline na un device..

  7. anderson says:

    @carl lamiel

    thanks for the info with regards to the cam. also, thanks din for confirming that “hoarding” is present in cherry shops. :(

  8. meron ba yan sa sm fairview gusto ko sana maka bili nyan this weekend sana meron naman tnx..!

  9. stalwart says:

    akala ko ba one time promo lang to? ano ba talaga?

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