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Hands on with the Cherry Mobile Flare HD

Last night during Cherry Mobile’s annual Dealer’s Night, we got to bring home the upcoming Cherry Mobile Flare HD, dubbed as the “œHD ng Bayan”. Having the “œFlare” moniker, expect a phone with specs to go with a really affordable price.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD 01

The Cherry Mobile Flare HD is probably the first phone from CM on 2014. It has a 4.3-inch HD-IPS screen giving it an above average 342 ppi pixel density. This means you’ll get a vibrant and sharp picture quality on the Flare HD’s screen.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD 03

Build quality is pretty much the same as other Flare handsets but we notice that it’s a bit thinner this time around. The back, where the 12-megapixel camera is located, has a smooth matte black finish. The size feels nice, not as small as your regular Flare, and comfortably slim although the back can be slippery at times.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD 02

Not counting the screen size, the Flare HD is pretty much the same as the Cherry Mobile Apollo. It has a 1.2HGz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage plus a microSD Slot, a 5-megapixel camera, and has dual-SIM support too. The battery is rated at just 1,800 mAh though which is lower than the Apollo’s 2,000mAh.

Here are the benchmark scores for the Flare HD on Quadrant and Antutu.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD quadrant

Cherry Mobile Flare HD Quadrant ““ 4,842

Cherry Mobile Flare HD antutu

Cherry Mobile Flare HD Antutu ““ 13,217

Pretty much what we expect from a phone with the MT6589 processor. Navigation was smooth although not as snappy as current gen phones with quad-core Qualcomm chips. Anyway, it performs admirably for its price and size.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD lockscreen

I also noticed a new lockscreen from Cherry Mobile where there are little icons for apps like Facebook, Twitter, Weather, etc., on both sides which you can access easily by swiping towards the center. This essentially gives you a lot of easy access apps or widgets straight from the lockscreen.

There’s no definite price yet for the Cherry Mobile Flare HD when it will be available early next year. Only thing we got is that it’s going to be cheaper than the CM Apollo which currently retails for Php6,999.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD Specs:
4.3-inch HD-IPS touch panel (1280 x 720), 342 ppi
1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 chip
PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD up to 32GB
12MP rear camera with LED flash
5MP front camera
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
Dual SIM
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
FM Radio
1800 mAh battery
SRP: TBA, 2014 availability
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  • mikoli

    Ayaw talaga nila maglagay ng matinong battery.
    2500 mAh naman

    • meh

      kung 2500mAh, ‘di nila makukuha yung price point na gusto nila.. hindi ganoon kadaling gumawa ng battery.

      • mikoli

        – madali lang gumawa ng battery, kahit patatas lang makakapag-ilaw ng LED, google it.

        – wala akong pakialam sa gusto nila, basta gusto ko
        ng mataas na battery capacity

        – pabor din sa kanila yung suggestion, crowded na
        yung target price range nila ng similar phones, at
        magandang differentiator ang battery.

        – ndi naman masama loob ko, gusto ko lang talaga ng smartphone na tatagal ng 1+ day on moderate use
        ( na hindi 4.5+ inches ang screen *lenovo )

        • mikoli

          at… cherry mobile, kahit magdagdag na kayo ng 2k para sa battery upgrade nito.

          kasi yung lenovo p770 (4.5″), bumebenta ng 10k+, dual core lng. at yung p780, halos same spec (5″), nasa 14k. battery capacity lng ang selling point nun dalawa.

          • Cinquedea

            +1 kay mikoli

            HD Smartphone ang pinag uusapan.. hindi tatagal yang battery nyan kahit di ka maglaro..

          • jay

            nyahahaha., madali lang pala gumawa ng battery ehdi gumawa k ng sarili mung battery na compatible phone na to..

          • boy patatas

            sana equal lng sa battery life. bka hanggang 5hours lng:-(

          • boy patatas

            sana equal lng sa battery life. bka hanggang 5hours lng:-)

        • gnd

          ay pucha! marunong ka at madali lang pala eh… ay di gumawa sa sarili mo. pota!

          • mikoli

            ay uu ba, @cherrymobile bayaran nyo n lng ako para sa r&d ng battery nyo, kesa magbayad kayo ng mga hampaslupang commentator na taga-depensa ng deficiency nyo.

            kahit magsara ang meralco!
            basta may patatas sa kanto!

          • abulzalzal

            Hala sige isigaw mo Boy PATATAS!! 😛

          • nevermind

            ta$%^&*( ka. kung gusto mo ng mataas na battery dun ka sa ibang brand.

        • Yaz

          Ok na yan.. Yung alcatel ko nga 1400mah lang yun, pero umaabot ng 2 days yung bat.

          • CherryPH

            Cherry Mobile’s statement “‪#‎HDngBayan‬ astig sa Php 5,499; ngayong Enero na!”

      • patatas??

        patatas na lang gawin mong battery 🙂
        pwede pala patatas eh! 🙂 so problem solve ka na sa battery? kasi meron ka namang patatas battery eh

        • Mikoli

          ay uu solve na solve nako sa battery kong patatas 😀

        • Kamote boy

          shit kawawa si anderson silva…bali ang utong..malakas yung bagyong yulamda

      • Yaz

        Ok na yan.. Yung alcatel ko nga 1400mah lang yun, pero umaabot nga ng 2 days moderate use..

        • Ampatuan

          pero madaling masira! hahaha

  • Ilabas na ang android kitkat! lol

    • old man

      Sana sa next version ng Android OS ay pang pinoy naman like Banana Q or Pisbol.

      • marley

        android 5.0 key lime pie ang tawag

        • vince

          Ndi po pwedeng keylime pie… Note: letter ‘L’ napo ang susunod… google is done with the letter K… “KeyLimePie dapat yung sa ‘K’… pero nagsponsor ang KitKat kaya sakanilapinangalan.. gets?

      • Android Suman na lang! Google please? 🙂

    • joshua lictan

      hindi sila kukuha ng hindi matamis na version tignan mo sa history ng android lahat matatamis kaya kung isasali mo yung pisbol na yan hindi makakapasok pwede pa yung banana q

      • Doc

        Tutal letter ‘L’ na ang susunod at kailangan daw eh matamis, di Leche plan na lang. Hehehe

  • john

    Dapat gumawa naman sila ng C.M. FLARE super-amoled at kitkat version,,di na lng puro H.D naku

    • relax darating din sila dyan… kahit ibang brands wala pang KitKat.

    • rafnex_gm

      FLARE series = 4k+ price range…

      kung sobrang taas na talga ng mga specs at common nalng ang HD dahil 4k resolution ang lumilitaw na high end sa display resolution… baka mga 2yrs pa may octacore na 4kPHP hahahaha speculations ko lang

  • rex

    ayos ah… somewhere in the 5-6k range. sulit!

  • Mitsuomi Takayanagi

    Halos kapareho lng ng W980 ng Telego Mobile pero mas malaki ang screen 5 Inches.

  • Aljz

    Autofocus ba ang camera nito?

    • yes po

      • Treble

        5 touchpoint bayan??

  • Elbert

    Lol baka full of bugs dn tong phone na to katulad ng other flares

    • ung mga nag cocoment naman ng di maganda respeto naman kung ayaw nyo di wag ninyo wag ung andami ninyong reklamo…

  • timdalton

    hihintayin ko na lang ang Moto G next year kesa dito. Stock Android Kitkat na, at HD pa. Below 10k lang pati.

    • joomi

      LOL, yun ang akala mo… 8gb version 10-10.5k, 16gb version 11.5-12k. non expandable pa yung memory.

    • janpe

      lol…13.5k nga yung 8gb sa kim store, haha… bili nalng ako ng dalawang flare hd

  • achilles

    My guess is it will still be below the 5k mark..around P4999 since it is dubbed the HD ng bayan. Wala pang flare na lumagpas sa 5k mark..just my guess..I will surely wait for this one..screen palang panalo na!

  • zero

    ito nlang hihintayin ko hehe

    latest yung chipset nya mga to it means good performance lest power ah kinukonsumo

    ito link nila


    ito pa


    reserch nyo din kasi mga parts nila hindi yung battery agad na papansin nyo

    MT6589 processor with up to 60% power efficiency

  • kazu

    Bibili ako neto basta tanggalin nalang ng CM ang ringtone nila during boot time…

    • 103827

      sino ka naman kupal para gawin ng cm yun sayu isa ka lanng dami nila customer haha

  • Adam

    Ok na sana pero parang mali ang placement ng capacitive key, diba mas ergonomically na tignan kung ang back key ay nasa right na which is dapat naman talaga tapos ang menu ang nasa left…

    • may mga phones na ganyan ang arrangemant, like the lg optimus phones. pero yeah mas prefer ko ang back key malapit sa thumb kasi right handed ako.

    • jm

      sony xperias are always like that.

      • Shan

        maayos po ba headphones nya di gaya mung mga cm flare na nauna?

  • al123

    Mr Calvin

    Does the 3 capacitive buttons in the front ever light up?
    Does it have LED notification?
    Can you transfer or download apps to the SD card?

    Tnx in advance

  • ar0045

    pwede ba to lagyan ng powerbank?

    • ikabit sa power bank you mean?

  • james

    langhiya panu nyu sabihin ung cherry mobile at lahat ng lokal na kunyaring brand natin e gawa dto e OEM lang lahat ng mga to,kunyari denedesign nyo to pero ang totoo OEM yan! gwang china lagyan ng pangalan cherrymobile,starmobile etc..low quality.tingnan mo magkamukha lahat d ba?.d tau nakikinabang dyan kundi mga intsik .khit kaw calvin pwd ka pgawa dun china lagay mu calvin mobile bsta mi pmbayad ka pwd!.

  • Dasher

    may BSI sensor po ba yang fLare HD???

  • monster

    i have a plan to buy it next year so can i ask…is the camera is both BSI? thanks in advance :))

  • Flare amoled sana meron tas OGS. para khit 6k+ pwde

    • mikoli


  • alex

    sir calvin kamusta po ung flash nya?? pwd ba sa madilim in long range shot.. tutuo ba bsi sensor nya?? thanks in advance sa response

    • di ganun kalakas flash nya na maiilawan ng maganda ang nasa malayo pag madilim. totoo siguro na bsi sensor, hehehe. actually di ko alam kung pano ma test kung totoo ang bsi sensor 😛 wala akong alam na app na makakapagsabi kung BSI nga yung camera. may masuggest ka bang test?

      • Tingin ka ng Specs Monitoring Apps, kasi sa specs ng screen meron eh. 🙂

  • Mag kano po ba talaga at kaylang ang saktong labas ng flare hd

  • Jerick

    Okay po ba ang multitouch nito?

  • tae. nakabli na ko flare S tpos nag labas ng bago HD nmn pano na kya value price ng FLARE S ko wew. Kengkoy am

    • Ampatuan

      *bad luck brian*


  • mooch13

    Flare HD or Apollo? Which do you prefer? Help plssss super need the answer!

  • MYTech


    • yugah

      try nyo salpakan ng 2.5 mah batt

  • Romz1891

    Hi! Nagpurchased ako nito yesterday. Maganda naman ang Specs nya , panalo ang performance. malinaw na cam, pangselfie at sa gaming..Problema lang talaga ang battery mabilis syang mag lowbat. so nagtry ako ng Battery SAver App medyo naglast naman..

    • Lyn

      How about if poor ang light???? okay lang po baaa?

  • i love flare hd…
    i save more than 200 videos and mire than a hundred pictures…
    and no loading at all….
    i use this in my video call..
    i use this in researce…
    more and more…

  • mag kanu nah ngayun nga flare na cherry?

  • jay

    helo po. need help. yung flare hd ko pag-eswitch on ko hanggang android logo lang mgrun hanggang mglobat. ano pwede gawin?