Cherry Mobile Flare S2 Quick Review

Cherry Mobile Flare S2 Quick Review

In this Quick Review, we take a look at Cherry Mobile’s imaging-focused smartphone – the Flare S2. It is the successor to the previous Flare S and is equipped with the same camera sensor as the Google Nexus 5.


The Flare S2 has a metal-plastic affair going on. It has a metal frame with a plastic back cover, and is pretty light on the hand compared to other smartphones of the same size. Generally, the body doesn’t feel flimsy at all but rather solid. Its physical buttons surround the screen with the Power/Lock button on the right and the volume rocker on the left side. Up top, we have the audio jack and micro-USB port.

Its 8-megapixel camera with Sony IMX 179 image sensor is something to be proud of. Although the photos look to be a little contrast-y, the colors are lively and satisfyingly sharp. Here are a few samples:

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Navigation is fluid and we don’t experience any major lags while going through its UI. It handles rendering games pretty well and the graphics aren’t bad either. The display is actually vibrant and bright which makes playing games or watching videos enjoyable.

Here are the results of from our usual benchmarks:


AnTuTu – 17,132
Quadrant Standard – 7,125
NenaMark – 54.3fps
Vellamo – 1,310 (Multicore) 695 (Metal)


On its battery consumption, we looped a video on 50% brightness while connected to Wi-Fi. We managed to squeeze out a little more than 5 hours of playback on the Flare S2’s 1800mAh battery.

Overall, the Cherry Mobile Flare S2 is undoubtedly a packed phone for its sub-Php5K asking price. It doesn’t have the nicest physique with its cheap-looking back cover, but inside you have a respectable processing performance, a better-than-its-predecessor battery, and a camera sensor that takes good photos.


Cherry Mobile Flare S2 specs:
4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display @ 854 x 480 resolution, 217ppi
1.3GHz quad-core MT6582M CPU
Mali-400 MP2 GPU
4GB internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
8MP autofocus rear camera w/ 2 LED flashes
Sony IMX179 image sensor
2 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
Bluetooth 4.0
1800mAh battery
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Price: Php4,699

What we liked about it:
*Smooth navigation
*Vibrant display
*Good camera sensor
*Better battery life

What we didn’t like:
*Toy-like back cover
*Heats up fast

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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15 Responses

  1. Abuzalzal says:

    Aaaan the battery, why won’t they listen? 1800 mah yeah right

  2. Synth says:

    I might “consider” this phone if the Myphone Rio still won’t show up in their bloody Kiosks. Sure, not a fan of the battery, but at least it has the essentials I need.

  3. Allen Chester says:


    FS2 here, in regards sa pag-init ng unit just migrate to an OEM rom which is xolo q700S :), better battery life and less heat sa back.

  4. clasher says:

    Kaya ba COC nito? haha

  5. Zobel says:

    Pag mainit kagad ang phone ibig sabihin may unneeded app(s) na active. Kelangan pang i-root/greenify para tanggalin o patulugin.

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  7. AJ says:

    what happened to cherry mobile flare HD? limited stock lang ba sila? laging wala kasi ehh..

  8. Queen says:

    I am a flare S2 user and I LOVE IT!!!!! depende na yon kung paano nio gamitin.. :)

    very smooth….fast…i love the glass!

    • phau says:

      Hi. Flare s2 din phone ko. 09355626388. Pki txt naman ako. May ttanung lang ako bout sa unit. Thankyou.

  9. Dan says:

    ok na po ba ung issue about sa launcher ng flare s2?? anu po pwd gawin para maayos toh?? mavvoid daw kc ang warranty pag nroot ung phone.. thanks.

  10. kat says:

    Im a flare s2 user for a year.. sobrang okay sya i love it ilang beses na to nalaglag nabuhusan ng tubig but still buhay padin sya. I don’t know about the others pero yun battery ko nagtatagal sya for one day talaga. Sulit yun pinambili mo sa kanya at di sya naghahang. Kudos to cherry mobile!!!

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