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Cherry Mobile Flare X First Impressions

Just when everybody thought that Cherry Mobile’s days of local market dominance are numbered with the release of competitive mid-range smartphones, they’ve shown that they’re not going to go down without a fight – and it comes in the form of the new CM Flare X.

The Flare X isn’t exactly an attention-grabber. Its straightforward design coupled with a conventional form factor will not immediately impress any on-looker at first glance. It’s only when you held the handset, however, will you appreciate the Flare X’s minimalist design and pretty decent build quality.

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The uncluttered layout of the handset’s front panel is almost screen with just enough room at the top for the earpiece and 5-megapixel front camera, and three capacitive Android navigation buttons at the bottom.

Both the Power button and volume rockers are located on the right side of the Flare X and are placed ergonomically to suit the natural position of the right thumb when holding the handset. These buttons are a tad too flushed for our liking, but provides a satisfying feedback when pressed.

Meanwhile the audio jack and MicroUSB ports are situated at the top and bottom portions respectively.

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At the back you’ll find a 13-megapixel camera smacked right in the middle, neighbored by a dual-LED flash unit. Below is a speaker grille that hides two speakers units underneath.

Prying open the polycarbonate back cover will reveal two microSIM card slots and a microSD card slot. Sadly, user’s need to first take out the handset’s 3,000mAh battery to access any of these card slots.

The slightly curved back panel of the Flare X together with the non-glossy coating of the removable back plate makes the smartphone comfortable to hold.

Cherry Mobile Flare X specs:
5.5-inch Full-HD IPS OGS display, 1920 x 1080 @ 400ppi
Gorilla Glass 3
1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor
Mali-T760 GPU
3GB RAM
Expandable 16GB internal storage
Supports up to 64GB MicroSD card
13-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
Sony IMX 214 BSI sensor
5-megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
4G/LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
3000mAh battery
152 x 75.6 x 9.1mm (dimensions)

Cherry Mobile has been pushing the boundaries for really affordable yet very powerful devices. Granted that they still mainly use Mediatek chipsets for most of them, they are still relatively high-performance chips that are in the same level as last year’s global flagship devices running Snapdragon 800/801.

With a price tag of just under Php7k, it will certainly raise a lot of interest among those who are looking for bang-for-the-buck handsets, regardless if they’re local ore re-branded.

Cherry Mobile has a strong contender in their hands with the new Flare X. The combination of very decent specs, and competitive price tag puts the local brand’s new smartphone in a good position to compete with the likes of the Alcatel Flash Plus and Lenovo A7000.

Stay tuned for our full review in the coming days.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

50 Responses

  1. jim says:

    Gawin nyo sa QUAD BAND ang CM kasi mahalaga parin sa phone ang call and text nito. Sana may free j.case na katulad ng starmobile. Kahit dagdagan ng presyo ok lang kay sa maghanap pa kami. Thank you..

  2. Ryan says:

    Kelan po to Iaannounce o ibebenta sa SM megamall ?

  3. emcel says:

    Mahigit 5 times na akong nasiraan ng cherry mobile pero mga low end lang naman na units, sa mga nabasa kung user experiences pati na rin sa friends ko ok ang mga mid—end to hi—end nila simula sa Fusion Bolt… magandang panlaban to sa Firefly allure.

  4. juan says:

    rebranded na jiayu s3 advance parehong pecs plus build watch kyo ng reviews yan sa youtube malimaw daw pero may doubts sa gorilla glass 3 netoh ksi may gasgas daw yung screen ng sa reviewer kaya pag full review dapat itest yung screen kung gorilla glass nga

  5. kororo says:

    wag kana magdalawaang isip Brad yan din bibilhin ko

  6. Off Limits says:

    Good performance b tong Cm flare x? dalawa kc pinagpipilian kung bilhin ei
    .. Cm flare x vs Honor 4c. Mas halimaw kc specification ng flare x ei.. kaso hndi ko type ung brand. Ok lng kung wlang issue ang flare x ,,bibili ako agad nito this month.

  7. The Nomad says:

    Since the CM Flare X is a rebrand of the Jiaoyu S3, you may want to see the Jiaoyu’s specs at their own site, for full spec info about the cm flare x.. :)

  8. utot says:

    rebrand ba to ng jiayu s3 , parehas lang sila ng specs

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