New Flare!Cherry Mobile’s very successful FLARE models are taking the Philippine smartphone market by storm once again. This time, it’s packed with a high definition screen and better optics!
Cherry Mobile Flare HD is the fifth installment of the series. We previously enjoyed the original Flare, then Flare 2.0 followed by Flare 2X and finally, Flare S.
Here’s how Cherry Mobile Flare HD looks like:
|Cherry Mobile HD is dubbed as 'HD ng Bayan' after the first Flare lived up to its 'Dual Core ng Bayan' tagline.|
Cherry Mobile Flare Design, Display and CameraI normally start with the performance specs but since Cherry Mobile Flare HD focuses on screen and camera, let’s tackle those first.
Cherry Mobile Flare HD’s design stays similar to first Cherry Mobile Flare, although bigger. What stands out most is the stunning graphics on its 4.3 inch high definition display. It even features a different lockscreen app called Start.
The cameras on Flare HD got an upgrade too. Many users of the original Flare weren’t contented with the 5MP camera. But now, they’ll be overwhelmed with the 12MP main camera and 5MP front cam both with BSI sensors (Cherry Mobile calls it OmniBSI).
Cherry Mobile Performance (Processor, Memory and Battery)
Just like the previous Flare models, Cherry Mobile Flare HD is limited to 4GB in internal storage. You’ll have to use a microSD card for additional memory for your photos, music and game files.
The battery has been a constant issue with Cherry Mobile Flare models. This time, Cherry Mobile fitted Flare HD with a 1,800mAh battery. I wish this will be enough but I’m not keeping my hopes too high.
Cherry Mobile Flare HD Networks and Connectivity FeaturesCherry Mobile Flare HD has all the essential connectivity features. It has dual sim slots and can connect to 3G networks for faster mobile internet. It also has WiFi and WiFi hotspot for connecting and sharing your internet connection.
I’m a bit disappointed that there’s still no word with USB On the Go feature yet. This fifth installment of the Flare series deserves USB OTG feature. Anyway, the complete list of specs follows below.
Cherry Mobile Flare HD Specs
- 1.2GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6589 (possibly the Turbo version) Processor
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- 4.3 Inch HD IPS Display @ 1280x720 Pixels
- 12 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with BSI sensor and LED Flash
- 5 Megapixel Front Camera with BSI sensor
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of Internal Storage
- Expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
- Dual Sim/Dual Standby
- 3G, 2G EDGE and 2G GPRS Networks
- WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- FM Radio
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Motion Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
- Ambient Light Sensor
- 1,800mAh Li-ion Battery
Cherry Mobile Flare HD Price and AvailabilityCherry Mobile Flare models won the hearts of Pinoys and Pinays with its affordable price of less than Php4,000.00. However, Cherry Mobile Flare HD will say goodbye to that as it is priced at Php5,499.00.
This is inevitable because better hardware like the HD screen and 12MP camera are expensive too. We’ll just have to adjust to afford one.
Cherry Mobile Flare HD will hit the stores in the coming days to weeks in the provinces. If you got or planning to get one, hit the comments section below.