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Quick Review: Cherry Mobile Flame

It seems that a lot of affordable dual-core, dual-SIM Android phones are coming out these days and here’s another one from Cherry Mobile. Let’s take a quick look at the Cherry Mobile Flame which is priced at just Php6,299.


Perhaps the Cherry Mobile Flame’s selling factor is its 4.5-inch qHD display. That’s 960 x 540 resolution for you with a decent 245 ppi pixel density. You won’t miss the bright, sharp display when you turn on this phone. It puts itself into the same class as that of the HTC One VX and Lenovo P770 display-wise.


Build is typical of Cherry Mobile phones with a piano black glossy finish on a plastic shell. There’s a tiny Power button on top that’s almost flushed flat on its body that pressing it feels awkward. Same thing with the tiny volume controls on the right side.


The back has a soft, smooth, matte finish with the 5-megapixel camera lens slightly protruding. This phone is a rebrand of the Karbonn A21 by the way.


This phone supports dual-SIM, dual-standby on regular-sized SIM slots. Only the first slot can handle 3G while you’re stuck with 2G on the second one. Using both SIMs for sending SMS or calls is as easy as clicking either the SIM 1 or SIM 2 buttons on the app window.


Under the hood of the Flame is a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor which is the same as that of the Cherry Mobile Flare. RAM is stuck at 512MB while internal storage is at 4GB with about 2.6GB available to the user. You can slap in a microSD card for more space though.

Despite the dual-core arrangement, I find the interface slow. I mean navigating between homescreens and app screens has that noticeable lag, like the UI has a slow motion effect. However, composing messages, scrolling through my Twitter feed, or playing games is quite responsive. I’m guessing this can be fixed with a software update. UPDATE: Installing a launcher from Google Play also helps.

This phone uses a 1800mAh battery which i haven’t really tested that much yet. Just had it on standby with occasional installs and it’s still at 71% after a day and 18 hours.


At Php6,299 you have to think hard before purchasing this phone. The qHD 4.5-inch screen is really nice but the poor UI experience will put a frown on your face unless Cherry Mobile fixes it soon. The Cherry Mobile Flare is still the a worthy alternative if you don’t mind the smaller 4-inch screen (or if you can find one). There’s also the bigger 5-inch Cherry Mobile Titan for Php200 more.

Cherry Mobile Flame Specs:
1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM8625) processor
Adreno 203 GPU
4.5-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen (540 x 960), 245ppi
4GB internal storage, up to 32GB microSD
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby, 3G/HSDPA on SIM 1 only
5-megapixel camera with flash
720p HD recording @ 15fps
VGA front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
Bluetooth 2.1
1800mAh battery
SRP: Php6,299
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  • dan

    sana may TV na din para sulit talaga!

    • saves

      check mo yung CM Superion TV, not sure though kung phone yun.:D

  • Briel V.

    I hope you guys do a full review. Thanks! (:

  • tj

    sir, 1.2GHZ din po ang flame, according to cherry mobile’s ad.

    • ahh right… thanks… iba lumabas sa Quadrant. pero sa elixir 1.2GHz nga. thanks!

  • Jalez

    Sir, pa review po ng video playback sa 720p .mkv and etc.
    Thanks 🙂

  • nins

    depende sa pag kaka-encode ng mkv.. may mga na try akong movie na 1280×528 smooth naman playback.

    Pangit lang dito yung sa interface nya kita mo yung bagal.. pero smooth naman sa games.

    5 point multi touch din to.

  • roy

    ok ito.. pero wait na lang muna for CM to make an update or flare ang baka mabili, kung merong mabili ehehe..

  • Marco

    Hi PTB. Will 3rd-party launchers (e.g., Apex launcher) fix the UI lag?

    • yep… mas naging ok performance after installing apex launcher. smooth na, dun sa default launcher medyo jerky eh.

      • Marco

        I see. That’s good news then!

        • Paj

          Question lang boss since i’m new in phone specs. Kung mag install ka ng ibang launcnher mawawala na ba talaga ung lag? ayoko ko kasi nung nag lalag sya. and kung ma fix man ng ibang launcher un may ma recommend po ba kayo na launcher?

          • dman

            Yup installing a launcher will patch things up. Try installing next launcher. It worked for me. Anyway wait for the official upgrade from cm as it is already available in the flare. You just have to go to their service center.

          • Don Don

            hi, hirap ako sa 512MB ram ko. padami ng padami ung used memory kahit di pa ako nakakapag-install ng mga apps.

  • Robin

    I am guessing the Adreno 203 graphics has to work harder since is has to power a qHD display. Maybe WVGA is the limit for Adreno 203?

  • jaco

    ics po ba ang flame?

    • yes ICS

      • jaco

        pwede po bang i root ang flame?

  • edsar

    Oh God bakit laggy ang stock UI ayoko pa naman ng mga launchers

  • primon

    got two cherry mobile flares for my kids, they perform quite well
    but here are some of the downsides i noticed:

    1) short battery life;
    2) sometimes the home shortcuts and icons are unresponsive
    3) playing 720p videos is quite a drag since it really lags
    4) small ram and dedicated internal space for your apps

    some tips:

    1) install adw launcher pro makes your phone feel and look slicker
    2) kill apps with the built in app killer
    3) install musixmatch – the kids love them especially with the lyrics function

    basing from the above-mentioned specs – the flame could do quite well especially with a dual core processor.

    • speedy gonzales

      like ko din ung musixmatch…..=) at zimly music player…..=)

  • nins

    super smooth na yung UI ng flame ko ginamit ko yung rom ang Karbonn a9+. hahaha

    • amao

      ilang touch point nung ginamit mo yung rom ng flare? kasi 2 points lng allowed sa flare eh sa flame 5 points….

    • alun21

      pahingi ng donwload link ng karbonn a9+ rom,,tska procedure how to flash,,cge na po pllllllsssssss!

  • vapor_23

    5 point multi touch ba ito?

  • nins

    oo 5 point multi touch to parang titan.

  • regohn

    I had issuess with Phones that uses Mtk proc. Robotic and full of static ang sound coming off from the Recepients end Kapag Gamit Ko viber.Lahat ng myphone And Cherry Models na may Mtk Proc ay Ganun Ang case. pero nung gamit ko na cloudfone Thrill 430X And Cherry flame Both Have Snapdragon Pproc, Ok na ang viber.Bigla ko ngang Naisauli And Naparefund Yung Myphone 898 Eh Dahil Duon Sa Issue N Yun. Ngyn gamit Nmin ay Cherry Flame, ok N Kmi Mag Viber

  • JB

    sana may full review na sir.. eto kasi hinihintay ko e, ayaw ko naman sa 5incher masyado malaki.. please pa full review na po.. T_T

    • JB

      pa test na rin sana sir kung maliwanag sya gamitin sa direct sunlight, sa flare kasi madilim e.. video playback, pati music sir.. heheh thanks!

  • XIAN

    im happy with my CM flame but i have one issue, there is no video calling function using your local telecom. i was expecting meron cya because of the front cam, pero pang skype nalang.

    • Telco Operator

      In Philippines, much of the telcos dont offer Videocall. You have to use Skype or/alike to that.

      • xian

        I’m a globe post paid subscriber. I used to have phones (nokia, samsung and lenovo) with front cam and been using videocalling functions through telcos for more than 2 years. Dual core kasi i thought meron:-(

        • tobias

          have you tried to change the network mode to wcdma only? you see for video calling the signal should stqay on 3g otherwise it will not work (wcdma is 3g)

  • flamer

    cherry flame user since dec 16 no lag here. comparing it to titans and flares on youtube. of course not comparing to my sisters iphone. video is good to. watching ehem ehem and other sort of movies lol. the only problem was during the first days it closed apps maybe needed a few warmups. then no problem anymore. maybe because it got a 2 feet drop forgot the charger cable was short when i plugged it it fell from the bed. but i still think flare is more bang for buck, well with out the hitches we read from other users. oh and yeah i cant find any accessories for flame, only in india.

  • Christopher…

    Hi sir. Ask lang po about sa phone kung nakakapagplay po ba sya ng 720p and 1080p movies? And HD game like Dead Trigger Real Race 2 HD? And kung music player nya po kung malakas po yung volume level sa headset? Please review this I really need your help about this feed back thank you Sir. 😀

  • aldrinfinity

    sir tanong ko lang po, ano po ba mas maganda, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor o yung processor tulad ng sa CM Titan/MP A919 Duo? Nalilito kasi ako. Salamat sir. 🙂

  • smiley

    mediatek mas maganda speedy, smooth considering clocked at just 1ghz as opposed to snapdragons 1.2ghz. that’s why you experience lags and bumps on flame and flare

    • aldrinfinity

      Thank you smiley, pinagpipilian ko kasi Flame at Skyfire/Blaze. Kaso talo sa battery ang Skyfire at Blaze.

  • sir?? tanong lng ..what’s the best phone ba para sau ,ung CM flame po ba o ung CM Titan??

    • flame, 5-inch is too big na para saken eh. pero that’s just me.

      • pero sir sobrang nag lalag po ba sa UI nya??OA po ba cya kapag nag lalag?? sana po msagot nyo kz nag iicip po ako kung Titan o flame ang bibilhin ko eh..thanks a lot sir Calvin ..

        • mas maigi if ma-try mo if makapunta ka sa cherry mobile kiosk… i think sufficient na yung pagkadescribe ko.

          • lucky

            sir di karamihan ng cherry mobile kiosk ayaw magpaopen ng fone

  • Tom

    Sir, pwede ba i-root tong CM Flame? Update for the UI the lag; ALWAYS clean-up the RAM and recent apps. Works for me. Thanks!

    • Don Don

      how to clean up the RAM sir? i’m totally new with smartphone. laging nadadagdagan ung ram ko kahit d naman nag-iinstall ng bagong apps eh.

  • JB

    sir calvs, pa chech din pag nag full review ka kung maliwanag sya gamitin outdoor.. thanks!

    • tobias

      With the 245 ppi (pixel per inch) and a qHD screen it will be decent enough. Tio put it into perspective Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S only got 233 ppi.

  • olrac

    sir calvz sali rin aq, gus2 k rn ksing bumili ng CM, alin b tlg mgnda?

  • alexis

    Sir i have a question im about to buy a phone kaso di ko alam if starmobile crystal or CM Flame!! im so so confuse pls help po

  • alec jjang

    i thought that flame has a 2mp pixel front camera o_0 ????

  • sir calvin??may update nba para sa lag ang CM flame??at tanong lng po kung matagal ang battery life ng CM flame??tnx ..

    • nope no software update announced. and yung battery life normal lang para sa mga smartphone users. sanay na kasi ako magcharge tuwing gabi eh. mga kaibigan kong naka-flame naadik sa kakalaro dahil sa screen nya kaya madaling maubos for them. so in short, depende sa usage ng tao.

  • im from isabela,,nka rating nba ang cherry android d2 i’ve been looking for it here wala ni isang cellphone shop ang meron.

  • trish

    which of the cherry mobile dual core phones is the best po? can’t decide what to buy e. pls help

  • Rain

    Just bought this today for my husband, got a crisp display, very responsive UI, works great and fast date recieving from my home wifi, i love the generous screen and the qwerty is great and responaive when texting just like my iphone 5. Good value and sweet buy. Batterry life seems promising as it took time before it appears on screen that it needed to be charged. Overall we love it simple but kicking! ^_^

  • mitch

    hello guys…ask q lng po…i have flame 1 week na xa and pag mg browse aq ng website ndi lumalabas ung video my box na maliit na my question mark ang nka display…what do i need to do?sb skin install daw ng adobe flash player pero ndi compatible sa unit q..PLS HELP>>PLS PLS.

  • mitch

    pls help me guys with this…gus2 q manood ng preview episodes sa net pero ung maliit na box with question mark lng ang lumalabas…pls help me…anu pwede q gawin?

    • Dan

      mitch tawag ka sa service center ng cherry mobile may tech support sila.

      • mitch

        ok na ung sa issue q :)i tried the same website sa note2 and ndi din xa kaya..4g na pla ung site 🙂

        my other issue aq pls do help me with this…. ngdodownload aq ng mga apps and i tried to save it sa phone memory bakit ganun sa SYSTEM SPACE xa nasasave ndi sa INTERNAL STORAGE..so anung use ng 2.57GB internal storage kung ndi din pla magagamit???PLS HELP ME WITH THIS…thanks!!!

  • They should increase the battery rating.

  • semibrick

    Random reboots from a few minutes to jus a few seconds after reboot. force close odten and systembecomes unresponsive and hangs. I’m taking this back to them…

    • tobias

      Have it on safe mode. If on safe mode it will not do any force close it means that you may have had downloaded an app that has a malware then try to redownload each app to identify w/c one is causing the FC’s. Android O.S. is opensource with its nature anyone can just develope any app and post it to playstore so its best you have antivirus app.

  • tobias

    Kudos to CM. With the Flame’s specs its worth twice its price tag. Hindi ko akalain na CM will venture to Android O.S. and buti nalang they did. Awesome screen, competetive processor, and very affordable.

  • mitch

    my other issue aq pls do help me with this…. ngdodownload aq ng mga apps and i tried to save it sa phone memory bakit ganun sa SYSTEM SPACE xa nasasave ndi sa INTERNAL STORAGE..so anung use ng 2.57GB internal storage kung ndi din pla magagamit???PLS HELP ME WITH THIS…thanks!!!

    • anong app ba yan? baka di na sya naupdate? baka panahon pa ng froyo yung app. or may mga app talaga na kelangan sa phone memory naka-save.

      • mitch

        Games like temple run etc..you can save it to sd card pero pra mgmit nman ung free internal memory tintry q xa isave sa phone pero drecho ram xa..ni ndi ngglaw ung internal memory.

        • mitch

          And one more thing..anu lng ba ang pwedeng masave sa internal memory?tinry q mgdownload ng apps like games themes,launchers,e-books and nilipat q lhat sa phone ganun prib sa ram lng nasasave ni ndi ngalaw ung 2.57gb daw n internal memory.

        • pwede kang pumunta sa settings > manage apps… pwede mo ilipat ibang apps from SD to phone. nakadefault lang kasi sa SD nagsesave eh.

          • lee

            calvin and sinasabi ni mitch is pag nagdo2wnload xa dumediretso sa RAM dapat sana sa internal memory xa na sasave dba?
            then if you save it to the sd card and your Going to move it to phone same thing happen still it is saved to RAM.
            then pag ang ginamit mong default is yung internal memory the bad thing is yung mga music and apps na naka save sa sd card mo d mo na magagamit. weird.

          • tobias

            Sure kau sa RAM (RANDOM ACCESS MANAGER) layman’s term, the Higher The RAM Is Mas fluid ung perfOrmance ni fone. For all smart fones Habang Marami Kang App Na NagagaMIT The Smaller The RAM BECOMES KC IT USES THE RAM REASON U NID TO DO CLEAR DATA UNDER MANAGE APP AT SOME POINT. KAYa D Kau Maintndhan ni Calvin kc ENTIRELY IMPOSSIBLE YAN CNSABI NYO.

          • lee

            im pretty sure the apps are saved to RAM because if your going to read my previous comment the I.M. (internal memory) is not being used if the default storage is your E.M. (external memory), and if you change the default storage to EMC something like that ,that’s the tym that u can use the 4gb I.M. . but the problem is if you use the IM as the default storage you can no longer use the saved data on the E.M. ….tobias try to download a specific gae do not transfer the app to SD CARD , try to look where that app is saved and tell me if it is saved in RAM or IM. ty.

          • nic

            ano po ung quality ng camera

  • lee

    i dont know why i cannot play beach buggy here in flame while you can play it on CM dragon.?
    and come to think of it that the specs of flame is way higher that that of the dragon.?

  • Dan

    Tama ka Lee kaya hindi ako bumili ng flame nung nalaman ko sa friend ko na ganon ang problema may mali sa software dapat nga nag sasave sa memory card hindi sa ram…

    • felix

      Dan., hnd nakakapag save sa RAM. sa storage mismo ng phone.
      ung consume ng ram, un ung mga running apps tulad ng pinaka system ng phone or android OS. mga unggoy kayo.

  • Dan

    kung ganon mautak ang mga manufacturers ng smart phone dapat at least gawin nila 1Gig ang RAM para pati yung operation ng phone maganda kasi ang processor na ginagamit is dual core

    • tobias


  • akoooooito

    I have problem with my flame. yung sa messaging, delayed ng 1min yung narereceive kong message. pero naka auto naman yung date and time ko. anu pong gagawin ko? :(( please heeelp. thanks!

    • VandaL

      I think nasa network provider po yan, wala sa phone itself..

  • felix

    Dan., hnd nakakapag save sa RAM. sa storage mismo ng phone.
    ung consume ng ram, un ung mga running apps tulad ng pinaka system ng phone or android OS. mga unggoy kayo.

    • dan

      FELIX ungas…
      alam mo brad pag nag save ka ng app. naka save yun sa RAM ng flame, tignan mo yung internal mo ni d nga nagagamit pag yung sd card mo ang gamit mo to save data, pero pag yung internal mo ginamit as the default storage data. and problema is d mo nmn ma access yung sd card datas mo. so meaning internal memory is considered still as external memory. tgnan mo kasi phone mo. mongolloid.
      felix unggoy

      • dm

        hindi na sasave sa ram yung mga apps, kasi virtual memory lang ang ram, lahat ng running apps sa smartphone ay dun nkatatak,tsaka walang feature ang ram to save apps on its chip.

        baka ang ibig mo sabihin sa internal storage na isave

        mag research muna brad kung alam mo ba talaga kung ano ang ram. wag mg bigay ng imposibleng konklusyon.

        • dan

          Nako po isa ka.ring nag.magaling ikaw.ba binasa m maigi comment ko.nako.kung wala kang phone na flame Wag kang magsalita ng prang alam m? Ok? Kasi yung ram alam k n yan. Mt pount here is about flame don’t compare the ram of other devices to it cz we are looking at the flaws of flame.u got.me? Try to use the.internal.memory.of flame as the default in The Settings ,and you won’t able to use.the sd card files such as.music Ok? Weak.

          • mitchie mitch

            i am not alone here..hehhehe same problem till now walang solution…haiiiii nagagamit q lng ung INTERNAL sa pag sasave ng mga images,videos etc. from my laptop..huhuhu sana my solutuon pra d2…pag napupuno ang RAM lagging na ang phone…. and one more thing sir…,ung TEMPLE RUN2 q,after how many playing times,lagging na xa and worst ngcacrash na ung phone…namamatay na xa…tintry q iupdate ung templerun2 ganun parin…like na like q p nman ung game..uninstall q tuloy 🙁 sana matulungan mu aq dito sa concern q….imbes na tulungan k ng mga tao d2 sasabihan k pa ng “bad mouth” 🙁

  • nic

    ano po ung quality ng camera nito

  • Dan

    Mga Cherry Mobile na Booth ayaw mag pa test ng unit ang laging sinasabi wala silang demo unit kaya pag binuksan ang box kailangan bilhin, meron bang ganon di ba bawal yan dapat malaman ng DTI ito

  • mitchie mitch

    dan that’s right…kung wala p kaung unit ng flame wag MAG MAGALING!!!it’s a common issue talaga.. kahit anung gawin qng ichange a ng settings ng storage sa RAM parin nasesave ang mga apps na dinadownload q…ung mga apps na tlgang sa phone ndi mu n tlga malilipat sa SD CARD. kya napupuno ang RAM q because of that kya bumili din aq ng 4gb external SD CARD because of that issue.nakakapag save lng aq sa internal memory pag cinonect q sa laptop at i copy paste ang mga images,videos,etc. pero ung downloadable apps from google play store ndi xa masisave deirectly sa INTERNAL kundi sa RAM xa didirecho..para lang toh sa my SARINING UNIT ng FLAME at HINDI sa kung sino-sinong NAG MAMAGALING!!

  • cm flame

    internal storage – 500mb

    sd card –

    RAM – 300mb plus

    another storage ma aacess lng pag cnonnect sa pc (parang flash drive) – 2gb plus

    • pag nag iinstall ako ng apps hndi tlga napupunta sa storage na prang flash drive, same with cm flare ganun din

      ginagamit ko na lng ung storage na un pra sa mga music ko at movies.

      in short ung internal memory lng tlga neto is
      500mb plus

      ung RAM nya is 300mb plus

      ung storage na prang flash drive 2gb plus

      confusing 😀

      akala ko ung pag iinstallan ng mga apps is 4gb internal memory ineexpect ko mga 3gb plus lng usable pero 500mb pla. confused lang 😀

      pero maganda flame eto gamit kong phone ngaun. maganda display at smooth ang mga games.

  • anon

    Screenies nga jan ng mga issue nyo s ram?

  • can i upgrade the o.s of this phone??

    reply pls :)))

  • grace

    pwede po pa help? ung cherry mobile flare ko po hindi nagfufunction ung sim slot.. sim card missing cya then i tried to ask a technician sabe nya 1k daw paayos,..

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  • It is a lovely cell phone..I gonna buy this! Thanks for explaining all about this! 🙂

  • By specification this cell phone is looking awesome but real performance can only be check after using.

    • i have used this for 6 months…. It is marvelous.

      • i have used it too….. But it is not making me amaze.

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