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Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Quick Review




Cherry Mobile has officially joined the dual camera wagon with the release of their Flare P1 series. What we have here is the Flare P1, an entry-level handset that has two rear cameras and boots Android 7.0 Nougat. How does it fair? Let’s find out in our quick review.

Design and Construction

This one has a 5-inch display, a 5MP front camera with a LED light, and relies on capacitive keys for navigation.

The sides of the phone don’t have the premium feel of an aluminum frame. The left-hand side is empty leaving the right side to have the physical buttons for power and volume.

The top side of the phone has the micro-USB port for charging and wired connections, and also the 3.5mm jack for the headphones.

The bottom has symmetrically drilled holes which may first look like a pair of speaker, hence stereo sound, but audio only fires on the left. Also, it’s quite unusual to not see the micro-USB port between these two.

When we get to the back of the phone, we’re going to see what sets this phone apart from other budget phones currently in the market. On its top-left corner, it has two rear cameras just like with the iPhone 7 Plus or the Huawei P10. But, it’s a combination of 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary.

The phone has a fairly standard polycarbonate build you’d expect from a budget handset.

Display and Multimedia

We have a 5-inch display on the Flare P1. Good to know that Cherry Mobile blessed the device with a IPS LCD for good viewing angles. Also, it has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which results to 294ppi. To sum it up, the display is of good quality with pleasing colors and wide viewing angles.

The loudspeaker, on the other hand, is just about average. It gets loud enough but the overall quality is nothing to write home about. A good pair of earphones or an external speaker will complement the display better.

OS, Apps, and UI

One of the main selling points of the Flare P1 is its operating system. It’s one of the few local handsets that has the Android Nougat out of the box. Just like with the previous releases of Cherry Mobile, the user interface is left bare with just a few pre-loaded apps.

You get all of the Nougat features including split-screen and redesigned notification panel. There are a handful of Google apps and services set as default plus a few Cherry Mobile.

Out of the 16GB storage, you’re left with about 11GB for you images, videos, music, and apps.

Camera

Perhaps the main selling point of the Flare P1 is its dual rear cameras. According to its specifications, it’s got a 13MP+2MP combo on its back while a 5MP front shooter takes care of the selfies. It still has the generic camera launcher from most MediaTek handsets with very little extra features.

The rear camera takes average images on daylight and suffers greatly in dim scenarios. As for the blur effect, wherein the secondary sensor kicks in, we’re unsure of it. It doesn’t automatically give a ‘bokeh’-effect and there’s no refocus feature that we’ve seen with other similar setups. The blur effect is not that different with what photo editing apps offer. In other words, there’s nothing special, not to mention that it’s also cumbersome to understand and use. Here are the samples including those shots from the front camera.

As for the video, it maxes out at 1080p and supports tap-to-focus during recording. Here’s a sample:

Performance and Benchmarks

The handset is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6580 clocked at 1.3GHz with the Mali-T720 GPU and 1GB RAM. It’s a setup that will not impress those who cry for beefy specs but, so far, things are running smoothly.

We’ve already dealt with 1GB RAM phones before and with the latest Android version possible, it’ll be enough for everyday use. Although, you’ll have to keep the resource-hungry apps in check like Facebook, Messenger, and the likes. Gaming is also okay as long it’s casual and not graphic intensive.

Here are the performance scores from benchmark tests:

  •  AnTuTu Benchmark — 24585
  • Geekbench 4 — 420 (Single), 1204 (Multi)
  • PCMark — 2909 (Work 1.0), 1789 (Work 2.0)
  • 3DMark — 1791 (Ice Storm Extreme)

Call Quality and Connectivity

Calling is satisfactory but we find the earpiece’s volume to be soft. There’s no noise-cancelling microphone too, so you’d have to make calls in quite surroundings.

The phone accepts two micro SIM cards but it’s limited to 3G connectivity. There’s also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS onboard.

Battery Life

The Flare P1 has a pretty small battery at just 2350mAh and it’s not user replaceable. Given the capacity, it can’t last us a whole day especially when we’re using data and going heavy on its camera. So if you’re going out with this device, make sure to carry a power bank with you.

With PCMark (Work 1.0) battery test, the handset lasted for just 6 hours and 31 minutes.

Conclusion

The Cherry Mobile Flare P1 feels like a trial if the mass market will patronize the dual camera trend. If only they have tried better with it comes to its implementation then it would have been a fascinating budget handset. For Php3,999, it’s still not bad for a Nougat-running, dual camera smartphone.

If you want something similar but has more power and 4G LTE, there’s the Flare P1 Plus but has a steeper Php6k price tag.

Cherry Mobile Flare P1 specs:
5-inch IPS LCD display @ 1280 x 720 pixels, 294ppi
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 quad-core CPU
Mali T720 GPU
1GB RAM
16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 32GB
13MP + 2MP Dual BSI rear autofocus cameras w/ LED flash
5MP front camera w/ LED light
3G HSPA+
Dual SIM (Micro)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS w/ a-GPS
2350mah non-removable battery
Android 7.0 Nougat

What we liked about it:

  • Nougat out of the box
  • Good display for its price

What we didn’t:

  • Disappointing camera performance
  • Quite bulky for its size
  • Doesn’t support 4G LTE



This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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7 Responses

  1. Thank you for the complete awesome description and features for the Locally made Cherry Mobile smartphone modes Flare P1 and P1 Plus….. What can we expect for less than $100. smartphone with 2 rear camera?….. the other one is $ 140. less for the P1 plus model….. Very affordable… The students and the common tao will be fully happy owning these C.M. Smartphones for a price kill of that LOW….. good specs, simple and handy!…… Thanks a lot, and God bless you Sir Daniel……. Dr. Francis O’Brian Los Angeles and Phils.

  2. Easy E says:

    Anu ba yan mas mahusay pa ang tilt-shift effect ng IG 8YRS AGO!
    Wala bang camera software na 3rd party na mag take advantage sa dual cam phones?

  3. And is it really a dual-camera phone? Or is the other lens just a dummy like what some pointed out with SKK’s Hyper X Alpha? I smell a DTI investigation lol.

  4. Jude says:

    Its really easy to know if its a dual camera set up or one is just a dummy lens. Fire up camera app and cover one lens at a time.

    This could have been better if the battery is at least 2600mah.

  5. Concern Buyer says:

    The problem with cherry mobile is the after sale support and OS update. Pagkatapos mong bumili, hanggang dyan nalng ang adrioid version mo. Hindi katulad ng iba na kahit old version na ang phone is latest android update pa rin .

  6. Lyndon says:

    Nagsisisi ako Kung bakit ko pa binili bilis malow batt lagi pa application not corresponding. Laging nag hahang. Nag foforce stop Tas yung dual camera nya fake naman design lang ibig sabhin Hindi gumagana..

    • Tytjnv says:

      Bulok. Dalawang buwan palang nagagamit sobrang bagal na. Halos hindi na magamit sa sobrang bagal. Ang dami pang nalabas na ads na kung anu ano kaya lalong nabagal. Jusmiyo. Sayang pera.

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