Specs Comparison: Cherry Mobile Flare X2 vs Cloudfone Next

The battle for the best bang-for-the-buck device begins: In one corner, we have the newly-announced Cherry Mobile Flare X2 and the sub-Php10K Cloudfone Next in another. Both of these devices sport near-identical hardware specifications, but which ones takes the cake? Here’s a quick rundown.


Cherry Mobile Flare X2Cloudfone Next
5.5-inch IPS display5.2-inch IPS display
Full HD, 401ppiFull HD, 423ppi
Dragontail Glass (front and back)2.5D glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU
Andreno 505 GPUAdreno 505 GPU
32GB internal storage32GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSDup to 128GB via microSD
16MP BSI rear camera with LED Flash16MP Samsung S5K3P3 ISOCELL sensor w/ PDAF, LED flash
8MP front camera8MP front BSI camera
Dual-SIM (micro + nano)Dual-SIM
WiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi
Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
3,000mAh non-removable battery3,000mAh battery w/ Quick Charge

With literally having almost the same specification on all fronts, they may possess the same performance except for maybe physical differences — the Flare X2 sports a larger 5.5-inch display while the Next has a crisper resolution at 423ppi given its 5.2-inch display profile. They also sport different glass protection — Cherry Mobile’s has a scratch-resistant Dragontail glass on both its front and back sides that may be prone to fingerprint smudges, while Cloudfone’s flagship has a 2.5D glass in front with Corning’s Gorilla Glass protection.

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The software could also be considered: While they both have near-stock Android Marshmallow OS out of the box, each company has a few tricks up their sleeve. Cherry Mobile left the UI intact and installed a few apps in tradition to what they have been serving, which includes the new Movie Club app alongside Cherry Play and Fun Club. Cloudfone, on the other hand, installed its own non-removable launcher that removes the drawers and keeps all your installed apps on the home screen. This could also make or break your preference in user interface environment.

With nearly identical hardware, one could see a difference in pricing: Cherry Mobile has placed the Flare X successor at Php7,999 and will be available soon, while Cloudfone’s prized gem is available since Monday with a Php9,999 price tag. The Php2,000 difference could also make or break your decision in choosing either of these smartphones.

As we check them out, the question remains: which is the better phone for you? Drop your suggestions at the comments section below.

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15 Responses

  1. Rain says:

    Ahmm kong ako lang. . pipiliin ko ang Cherry. . una. Kasi nga sa presyo. Ok may lamang nga ang cloude pag dating sa design. . .. pero sa ibang details. Naman kumukuha ang Cherry. Kong titingnan mu nga halos parehas pero pag ginamit nag iiba na. Ang x2 . Talagang pang hardcore . . Lalo na sa mabigat na game. . Saka mas mataas at ma bilis kumuha ng signal si cherry. . at lamang sya sa battery oo parihas ngang 3000 mah. Pero ang good thing don . Hindi sya removable.. which mean ung battery na. Anjan matibay ang battery kasi pag d kinakakas mas tumatagal.. compared sa kinakakas. Kong titingnan mo ang lakagyan ng simcard ni cherry. Mas lmang.. din sang nasa gilid yan ng cp. Kay langan munang pin para mabuksan ang. Lalagyan that’s a good thing na bumabawi din sya sa design. At take note merong black ang x2

  2. Oriyoshi Silver says:

    I used cloudfone before. Maganda ang specs nya when it comes to hardcore gaming and I’m currently using cherry mobile flare x2 at same lang sila halos ng performance kaso lang mas madali drainage ng battery ng cloudfone pag tumagal na.. One good thing about cherry mobile is that approved sya ni Google not unlike ni cloudfone so updates are easy at di nagkakaroon ng problems sa play store, but it’s still up to you.. both phones were absolutely good..

  3. Online spec sheets and videos of the Archos 55 Diamond Selfie, the original model of Flare X2, have conflicting results. Some say it is OTG capable, others say it isn’t. Same goes for the Quick Charge function, which Snapdragon 430 is capable of. Can’t find any convincing evidence if it has Quick Charge or not. Maybe someone can help confirm?

  4. Endymion says:

    So hindi otg capable ang X2

  5. c0balt says:

    Will there be an in-depth review for both? Just wanted to know the actual user-allocated memory (RAM and ROM) for both phones. Currently have an LG G3, phone was advertised to have 3GB of RAM, currently have 2.8GB allocated, and 780+ MB free.

  6. Camera shots and battery performance comparison please

  7. anon says:

    “Cloudfone, on the other hand, installed its own non-removable launcher that removes the drawers and keeps all your installed apps on the home screen”

    What do you guys mean by this? The launcher can’t be replaced with Nova or Google Now Launcher? Please confirm.

  8. Steve C says:

    Which camera is better though?

  9. Eric says:

    what color options are available for Cherry Mobile Flare X2?

  10. Easy E says:

    Kung sa dalawa lang ako pipili, ill have the cherry. Sana lang may itim kasi ampanget ng design ng puti.

  11. Robert Uy says:

    Cloudfone is the better looking one and has a slight advantage in the display and storage departments at least on paper. But if I had 8k-10k budget for a smartphone I’d rather look elsewhere especially now that Xiaomi has so much to offer quality and affordability wise such as its redmi note 4 3gb version with decacore processor which is now down to P9999 at Lazada.

    • John R says:

      You’d give up the 1GB extra RAM? Also, Mediatek has had worse battery management compared to Snapdragon chips.

    • Robert Uy says:

      Honestly i haven’t had a local brand before so I may not be in the best position to argue but taking into account Xiaomi s good reputation as one of the finest chinese brands I’m willing to forego the extra ram on these local devices. Anyway 3 gb Ram in most cases is sufficient for what most of us require of a smartphone.

    • jc says:

      parang hindi kapa ata naka gamit ng smartphone na mediatek ang processor using MT6735 and later chips. mas batt efficient yang mga chips na yan. yung hindi batt efficient nila ay yung MT6592.. Kaya nga may quick charge mostly yung mga octacore ng Snapdragon kasi malakas mag consume ng battery yang mga yan based on most user reviews. Kaya hindi ako naniniwalang ang Mediatek powered smartphone ay worse pagdating sa battery management kasi may tinatawag silang Core Pilot na parang kung baga sa transmission ng sasakyan may gear shifting from low gear to high gear :D .. Core Pilot Tri Cluster technology.. (Helio Lineup CPU) mas batt efficient compared to Snapdragon octacore chips (i.e 430, 625, etc)

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