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Cherry Mobile Flare HD Unboxing: Quad-core, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch HD IPS

Cherry Mobile Flare HD

Meet the Cherry Mobile Flare HD

We attended the Cherry Mobile Thanksgiving Dinner last night and we were surprised that they made one last product introduction. Folks, meet the Cherry Mobile Flare HD! The phone features a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and, as the name implies, a 4.3-inch HD (1280×720) IPS display! Cherry Mobile didn’t announce the price or availability yet but they did mention in a flyer that it will arrive 2014.

We were able to get a review unit so expect the full review soon. For now though we’d like to share with you guys our unboxing and initial review.

Cherry Mobile Flare HD Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz Quad-core Processor, MediaTek
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, expandable via Micro SD Card
  • 4.3-inches HD IPS Display, 1280 x 720 pixels
  • 12.0-megapixels primary camera with LED Flash
  • 5.0-megapixels secondary camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, GPS, Bluetooth
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • 1,800mAh Battery

Unboxing and Commentary Video

We made a quick video to share with you guys our unboxing experience. Watch the short 5-minute clip below! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

Packaging and Initial Impressions

It's the Cherry Mobile Flare HD unboxed!

The Cherry Mobile Flare HD came in the usual Cherry Mobile box with the product hero shot up front and the technical specifications at the back. We fill though that the box does not do justice to the phone. There’s no explicit mention of the 4.3-inch HD IPS display at the front of the box. They also could have mentioned that it sported an “improved” battery with 1,800mAh. Hopefully though this isn’t the final packaging yet and they will still make improvements in time for the commercial unit.

As expected, unboxing was very straightforward. We pulled out the inner compartment and we were greeted by the Cherry Mobile Flare HD wrapped in plastic and covered with a screen protector with printed information. We removed the plastic and “scratched” off the protector (it was really hard to remove).

The unit itself is simply gorgeous. It’s made mostly from plastic with a smooth finish. It’s remarkably thin, lightweight, pocketable, and easy-to-use with one hand. Your thumb will have no problem traveling the entire screen, which by the way, is slightly bigger at 4.3-inches compared to the 4.0-inch displays of a lot of entry level models.

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Probably the most appealing change they made though was with the software. Cherry Mobile pre-installed their newest lock screen which just looks so awesome. This one is lightyears better than the generic lock screen found in their other phones. We get a stylish white and red background with a more kick-ass rendition of the ever-so-familiar Cherry Mobile logo.

When you press down on the lock button on the lock screen, icons for messages, contacts, camera, and settings pop out for easier access. You can just slide your finger towards what you want to quickly open without having to go through the home screen.

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The 4.3-inch HD IPS display is definitely the main sell for the Cherry Mobile Flare HD. We were amazed with the quality of the display once we started going through a couple of apps. Icons, images, text, and videos popped out more. There were barely any pixels left distinguishable to the naked eye. It’s a far superior experience compared to the other Flare models and entry-level offers of other brands.

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For performance, the 1GB RAM combined with the quad-core processor does the job of delivering a mostly smooth and fluid Android experience. Of course we need more time to verify this so expect a more detailed take on this once we have the full review out next week.

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By the way, before we forget, the Cherry Mobile Flare HD comes with a free Jelly Case. We were surprised to see that they gave away a pink case though. This should be more gender neutral, hehe.

Full Review Coming Soon!

Our full review for the Cherry Mobile Flare HD should be out by next week. We have a pretty long backlog already of devices up for review but we’ll do our best to go through them without sacrificing the quality of the reviews.

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Congratulations Cherry Mobile for the new handset!

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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  1. Hopefully it doesn’t cost more than 5K. From what I can see with the Flare line, it’s starting to push the price higher with each version. CM needs to do this as a pre-emptive strike against the likes of the Moto G. The Moto G per se isn’t alarming but when Motorola can deliver a quality product at such a low price with guaranteed update, Samsung, LG and Sony can definitely offer something of better value. Rebranded phones needs to have stellar aftersales service and good update support if they still want to compete in the 8-12k price point. BTW, do check if the headphone jack works with other headphones. One of my main gripe about the OG Burst and Flare is that the headphone jack is extremely finicky and works only with the included earphones and even then, it’s tunog lata. Samsung, Earpods, and Coloud didn’t even work.

  2. quadcore ,hd display tapos baterry 1800? that wouldnt last a day! pero kung ang price nyan mga between 3k to 4k pwede na? octocore na kasi ang mga bago model na lalabas next year,

  3. pucha me mga topak ata mga ‘to… kahit 5-6k yan sulit na… subukan kaya nyo gumawa ng telepono na ganyang specs sa presyong hinihingi nyo. taenang mga pilipinong reklamador. pasalamat kayo sa mga local companies naten!

    1. Hindi naman nila yan ginagawa, binibili lang nila yan from the manufacturer tapos rebranded as Cherry Mobile. We don’t really have any local cellphone manufacturer but I think local companies can actually make one. Hindi lang siya kasing sulit as compared to rebranding existing phones. Even Motorola sold a rebranded phone in the last three years, same phone as the CM Magnum I think.

    2. bugok ka pala ehh. kung marunong lang ako gumawa ng phone na android kitkat, at 3.5mah gagawa ako at i will assure that the price is around 4 to 5k only. are you a filipino?

      if yes, you are not. lols go to other country if you want. fvck you. asshole!!!!!

  4. sir carlo, ano po yung dimensions nya? can you post pictures of the flare hd side by ide with the apollo so we will have an idea anong size difference nila? more power unbox!

  5. panget sya 🙂 ok pa ung flare s sana ung ung ginawan n 1800 bat. tas 3999 lng ok. wish ko lng magkasize cla nung bat. para palitan n lng ung bat flare s hahahaha w8 ko n lng pag bumaba n prize saka nlng bumil.
    parang flare lng design wala bang free phone promo. para magamit… muna lol. 🙂

  6. disadvantage..battery capacity!!! try to improve.
    sana ginawa n lng nilang 2000 above ang mAh..
    malakï sana target sales nila.!!

    1. guys syempre may tamamg timpla yan. kung ano yung hardware nila. may mga computations din sila dyan. halimbawa sa flare S. baka pag tinaasan nila ng batt capacity sumabog na unit. kaya mas pinapaiksi siguro nila ung life ng batt. kasi yung current mah ng flare S psg nagbabad ka sa laro ang init na ng unit. tapos hahabaan mo pa… lol

  7. after cguru ng cmflare hd ay cmflare hd 2.0 hahaha tapos magiging cmflare hd 2x.hahaha un ay sa tingin ko lng.????

    1. Mag kano po ba estimate na price and date of release? sana 5000 below ung price 🙂 sana d LAGGER dapat 4.5 na ung Screen pero Ok na yan inaabangan ko yan eh….

  8. ikaw ang bugok!! hindi ka pla marunong gumawa ng phone eh..reklamo ka pa ng reklamo!..iyo na ang 3-4k mo…ipang tuition mo mag-aral ka muna gumwa ng phone at ibenta mo ng mas mababa pa tanga!! bobo!..

  9. I am planning to buy new phone…5k budget q..these are my choices..sonic 2.0, flare 2.1 or flare S..Which is the best?

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