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Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Power Unboxing: Long Lasting, Affordable Octa-core Smartphone

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We unbox the Flare S3 Power!

Octa-core phones have never been as affordable as they are now. Peaking at 15K last year, there are now octa-core smartphones that are priced less than 5K by multiple brands, both local and international. But as affordable and powerful the current batch of octa-core phones are now, the biggest issue with them is battery life – octa-core processors (especially the first generation MediaTek ones) aren’t very power efficient, which forces many users to buy extra batteries or get a powerbank. Cherry Mobile’s newly released Flare S3 Power aims to change that, by giving users a powerful phone that has a massive 4000mAh battery without breaking the bank.

Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Power specs

  • MediaTek MT6592 1.4GHz octa-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5-inch HD display, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 8GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with AF and flash, Sony sensor
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 4000mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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Packaging and contents

The Flare S3 Power comes in a nice, slightly orange-y box that has the photo of the actual phone on the front, along with its 4000mAh battery rating. The back of the box lists the specs of the Flare S3 Power, which shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point.

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There are no surprises inside the box – you get the phone, USB cable, charger, headphones and a screen protector. The charger is a bit bigger than what we’re normally used to, and we’re not sure if its different from the other chargers that Cherry Mobile includes in their other phones. We’ve asked the company to clarify if it’s a quick charger and we’ll update this post once we find out.

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Initial impressions: pretty sleek and thin for a phone that has 4000mAh of juice

One thing that surprised us with the Flare S3 Power is how thin it is. While it’s definitely no OPPO R5, it’s still pretty sexy, which is not what you’d expect from a phone that has a 4000mAh battery rating.

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Overall the styling of the Flare S3 Power is good, and the phone tries to add a bit of panache to its design by putting a mettalic gold trim on the frame. The back of the phone uses a flat black matte cover that’s slightly rubberized, which makes the phone a pleasure to hold in the hands.

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As far as physical layouts go, the Flare S3 Power follows the script of most 5-inch smartphones – power button in on the left, volume rocker is on the right, while both the USB port and the 3.5mm jack is located on top of the phone.

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The Flare S3 Power’s back cover is removable, though the battery isn’t user serviceable. The phone is dual SIM and the 8GB of on-board storage can be further expanded via microSD card if you wish.

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The display isn’t too bad at all. Considering that Cherry Mobile’s previous 4000mAh octa-core phone, the Fuze S, had a FWVGA display, the Flare S3 Power’s 5-inch HD display is a big upgrade for almost the same money.

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As far as performance goes, the Flare S3 Power uses MediaTek’s venerable 6592 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz paired with 1GB RAM. We’ve seen this processor and RAM combination before, and the Flare S3 Power’s Synthetic benchmark scores don’t surprise us at all. Expect the Flare S3 Power to make short work of most apps and games, save the really graphically intensive ones.

The real test of the Flare S3 Power is how long the battery will last. We’re expecting the phone to easily surpass the 2 day mark and even make it to three days thanks to the lower clocked processor and the HD display.

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That’s it for this unboxing. Check back with us next week as we take this bad boy out for a spin.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

43 Comments

  1. The color combination is pleasing to look at. The side looks like Lenovo Vibe x2 minus the different colors. Kasu lang di na scratch-resistant. Deal-breaker

    1. Nah nakakainis lang, I bought this 3 days ago sa Greenhills then after 3 days nagloko na yung battery, expected nayan sa non-removable types medyo WW2 era lang and yung 13 mp rear camera mukhang 5 mp like wtf

  2. Why do you need to ask if the bundled charger is a fast charger? Is there no rating on the thing? Am just hoping that it’s at least 1000mAh and not one of their typical 750mAh chargers.

    1. Similar ung charger sa charger ng fuze s ko ung charger ng fuze s is 2000mA so mabilis din mag charge ng 4000mah ng fuze s

  3. Sana nga totoong imx 219 ang sensor malamang interpolated to kasi ang 219 e 8mp lng. Afaik, eto rin ang sa zenfone 5. I’ve been waiting for a review ever since this was leaked. Go unbox!

  4. Please give a thorough description of the screen on the final review of the unit as Cherry Mobile list it as on-cell on something, not the more typical IPS. Their previous high mah phone (Fuze) has a bad screen wihich washed out even at a slight angle. Hoping this one’s comparable to IPS.

  5. i bought this unit and maganda xa yung slight concern ko yun screen ewan ko kung very sensitive or not sensitive kasi pag naglaro ako ng COC yung sa lynx octa ko kung san gusto ko i click dun talga eh sa s3 power ko ang single click parang nagdradrag xa meaning like harvesting gold i click gold di xa na click kasi parang na drag yung area na na click ko yun po ewan ko kung ganda din yung sa iba. reagarding sa charger nya, yes mabilis mag charge charger nya compare ibang charger and one thing pala yung menu nya walang backlight at di sensitive minsan kailangan ipress talga di tulad ng ibang unit. sa mga ibang may flare s3 power pls share ano po yung slight concern sa phone nyo para malaman if itong unit ko ay may issue or lahat.. pahabol sa camera software nya pag HDR mode wala kang makukuha kasi lumalabas lng or crash..

    1. same here about dun sa visible buttons, minsan dalawang pindot pa bago gumana. and yung camera parang madilim.

  6. Pros: 13mp with sony sensor ung cam (medyo washed out nga lang medyo sa color) front cam maganda ang kuha sa full 5mp res. impressed ako sa battery life ung color ng body nice dn ang combination parang premium sa malayo 😀

    Cons: mtk6592 unang octacore ng mtk at medyo luma na. Screen resolution sana ay pwede pang ma full hd (1920×1080) 8gb internal is meh. Hindi dragon trail kaya sana yun kahit nas 7.5k something ung price

    Average to sa standards ko hehe saan nanaman napulot ng cherry ung phone na yan :l

    1. nagbabanggit ka na pag may glass protection phone na to eh willing ka magbayad ng 7.5k para dito,pero at the end sasabihin mo average lang phone na to,hello? 5k lang to,anu ba dapat ang above-average para sayo for 5k?

    2. I wireless update mo lilinaw yung camera at gagana yung hdr mode na hindi mag cracrash. at pagkatapos i update regarding sa camera may manual na i adjust para malinaw sia, sa settings “image properties”, i lagay sa “high” ang sharpness, brightness, saturation, at contrast the best ang kalalabasan ng mga image. Pareho rin sa kuha nun sa HDR mode. Hdr mode di na kelangan na i adjust pero magiging dalawa ang pictures na nakuha mo,

    1. I bought mine without knowing na USB OTG pala to. nalaman ko lang nung nakabili na ko and gumagana naman.

  7. di po ba talaga to USB OTG support? please reply thanks.. Pati nga pala talaga bang 6gb lang ang magagamit dito sa internatl space nya?

    1. lahat naman ng phones may bawas talaga ang internal memory. try mo imaginin na p.c siya,500gb nga hard drive mo pero dahil kakainin pa ng OS ang space hindi na 500gb ang maiiwan. same thing dito. malamang ang 2gb na nawala is dahil sa OS and space for apps.

      1. oonga naman sir.. hehe sensya na.. akala ko talaga 8gb ang internall. ask ko lang bakit yung HDR camera shot nya di nagsasave? tapos nagoout sa camera? alam mo po ba kung bakit ganun sir? sana magreply yung my alam thanks.

  8. how about the battery?pag nasira na po paano na sya mapapalitan considering na nonremovable ang battery nya?

    1. “considering nonremovable battery”? syempre hindi dapat palitan. non-removable nga, but sa other reviews na nabasa ko, pwede tanggalin yung battery, covered lang sya ng plastic na -something, syempre pag inalis mo yun void na warranty mo.

  9. Yung speaker nito may problem ba? Ang dali masira. Bumuli ako nga flare s3 power tapos pag uli ko nagsoundtrip ako bigla na basag tapos pinalitan naman ng binilhan ko ok naman yung speaker pero after 1 week hindi na gumagana

  10. Maganda po ba kuha ng front camera nito? Kmusta nmn po yung touch response nya mabilis ba? balak ko kasi bumili nito.TIA sa sasagot.

  11. This is a phone with a Sony sensor, why not include indoor and outdoors shots (with video, if possible. You can just link it to Youtube anyway). I’m sure a lot of photo buffs like me out there would like to see how that sensor performs.

  12. nag bukas ako ng flare s3 power galing sa sm north unang ting ok pero nun sineset na un time meron hindi ma touch na area as in brand new ko siya nabili punta ako mmya sm north update ko kayo kung pinapalitan nila un ganon issue pero.. unang tingin parang wala pero pag na expi mo na magugulat ka bakit ganon badtrip lang

  13. I just bought this flare s3 power 3 days ago, 4000 mAh ang battery pero bakit kaya ang bilis madrain ng battery? Can someone please help me about this issue? I bought a unit with a long-lasting battery life pero nakakadalawa akong. Charge sa isang araw. Bumalik ako dun sa binilihan ko, pero sabi icharge ko raw ulit ng 6 hours and then 4 hours yung mga susunod and then observe ko raw kasi nag aadjust pa raw ang battery. Totoo ba yun? Please help. Thankyou! 🙂

    1. bumili ako ng flare s3 power nakalollipop na. bakit ambilis paring malobat sabi i initial charge ko ng 4hrs pag 15? nlng tapos ngayon ganun pa din. at saka bakit 1000mah lang pag tingin ko sa battery info? help please.

      1. Bought mine August of last year. Android Lollipop version na. So far, wala namang problema sa battery. Inaabot ng 3 days when used for calls and text and some mobile games. Pero pag buong araw akong maggi-game or video, maglolobat w/in 24 hours which is understandable naman.I can say I’m quite satisfied with this phone. With it priced at just P3,999, anlaking value na nito for my hard-earned money.

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