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Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Plus Hands-on, First Impressions: A Refined Flare X?

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We go hands-on with Cherry Mobile’s newest Flare phablet!

Aside from the two game-changing Flare phones released earlier today, Cherry Mobile also announced a more premium model – the Flare S4 Plus. Unlike its two smaller brothers, the Flare S4 Plus isn’t meant as a game-changing bang-for-the-buck phone – instead, it’s more of a refinement of the critically acclaimed Flare X for people who want something more stylish.

Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Plus

  • 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD OGS IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, BSI
  • 8-megapixel front camera, BSI
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 2800mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Php 7,999

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Initial Impressions: the nicest looking Flare there is

When we say that the Flare S4 Plus is more stylish than the Flare X, we mean it – the phone sports a metal frame, with absolutely gorgeous bevels on the sides of the frame. The phone kind of reminds us a little bit of Huawei’s Mate 7, what with its rounded corners, bezels, and overall styling.

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The phone is hefty and feels absolutely solid. It’s definitely a more premium device, but you’ve probably guessed that from the higher Php 7,999 price tag. The good news is that the extra cost was put to good use – we really can’t find a fault in the overall construction of the device, but lovers of removable batteries may not like the sealed back of the phone. Because of the design, you’re also forced to choose over an extra SIM card or expandable storage since the phone can’t accommodate both.

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Looking at the specs of the Flare S4 Plus, we’d forgive you if you thought it was a downgrade compared to the Flare X. While the Flare X carried MediaTek’s beastly 1.7GHz 6752 octa-core processor, the Flare S4 Plus continues the trend of companies utilizing the relatively lower clocked 1.3GHz MT6753 octa-core processor. RAM is still 3GB, and while you’re getting a lower-clocked processor, you’re also getting Android 5.1 onboard, which may explain why many companies opted to go with that particular processor.

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To be honest, it’s not a bad processor anyway – the similarly specc’d Alcatel Flash 2 worked particularly well with that SoC, though that phone is HD as opposed to full HD, which is the case with the Flare S4 Plus. Navigating through the phone was pretty okay, though there were some miss-presses on the screen that we’ll attribute to the device we were handling – it was a pre-production device, and not a retail example.

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As you’d expect the AnTuTu score of the Flare S4 Plus wasn’t as high as other people were expecting, but that’s okay – if you really want a heavy lifting phone in terms of gaming, you’re better off getting the cheaper and more powerful Flare X.

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And that’s it – we had limited time with the device, so there are a lot of things we weren’t able to cover during our brief hands-on. We’ll be getting a review unit from Cherry Mobile to fully take the phone through its paces, so you can come back next week for a deeper hands-on (possibly a video).

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.

35 Comments

  1. Talo ka parin ni FLARE X..wala kasing SONY ITONG PHONE………OR HNDI PA COMPLETE ANG PAG ADVERTISE NITONG PHONE?

    1. Tama ka jan. Advantages ng Flare X sa Flare S4 Plus:
      1. 3000 mAh battery (aside from that, REMOVABLE ang battery ng Flare X)
      2. Lesser price (for only Php 6,999 compared to S4 Plus’ Php 8,000)
      3. Sony Camera Sensor (Flare S4 Plus’ camera is not advertised as Sony Censors)
      4. Dual Sim – non-optional (I am not pretty sure of this pero ang S4 Plus kasi is optional dual sim. Meaning, you will choose between having a 2nd Sim or an expandable memory.) I can not confirm this one since I do not have the device on hand. :) hehehe

  2. Is the back plastic? From the picture, the gold back looks similar to those of slim armor cases, that look more plastic than metal, not to mention, slippery. Is the back of the Flare s4 plus similar?

  3. In my opinion, Flare X is way better compared to Flare S4 Plus… AnTuTu Benchmark score is only 34k using S4 Plus but my X scored 38k in the sauid benchmark.. Plus, camera in X sports the Sony sensor compared to the BSI sensor alone of the S4 Plus…

  4. this has “almost” the same specs as my meizu m2 note, down to the dual-sim-no-sd-card/one-sim-with-sd-card limitation.. and is 500 php more expensive.. i doubt if people will choose this over the flare x, metal build notwithstanding.

    1. This sports a 16 mp back camera and an 8mp back camera and 1 more gb of ram. I do think it’s worth the 500 peso difference. Although I for one prefer the flare X.

  5. Flare X is still better than Flare S4, Flare 4, Flare S4 plus, would you buy a new phone with just a new look but lower performance than your current phone? Aruy!

    I sugggest buy a phone with Better performance because you’ll never feel obsolete especially in apps. That you can try whatever app you see on Playstore and never felt unresponsive, sluggishness or lower frame rates.

    And don’t you think that its kinda annoying seeing your phablet (FS4+) with bigger screen but the frame rates are lower because of weaker System on Chip :)

  6. Not smooth on NBA2k16 and even 2k15.. its “laggy”. It has 3 GB of RAM but useless due to its 1.3 GHZ clock speed. Ganda sana kung 1.7 GHZ which commonly used in flagship smartphones.

    1. my problem with s4 plus is that it is overheating and battery draining fast, plus most of the people i know na bumili nito eh nagluluko yung LCD reverting back sa homepage

  7. Just wan to ask if available pa ba ang FLARE X? kasi everytime nagtatanong ako sa store ng cherry mobile sa SM CLARK at NEPO Mall sa angeles laging out of stock. any suggestion if saan pwede makabili? by the way im from Pampanga.

  8. I was wondering whether to buy this, Cherry Mobile Flare s4 plus or asus zenfone 2 selfie… help pls… im only considering camera and battery life

    1. mas maganda po flare selfie ng cm kesa sa zenfone selfie. i watched a review. mas mabilis magload sa apps ang cm selfie

  9. Update lng guys naglabas ang cherry ng bagong version ng flare x…lollipop out of the box na but sadly 1.3ghz nlng processor nya… Tapos same as old na ung ibang specs… Bummer tsk bibili sana ako kahapon kaso nag doubt ako dahil sa lower processor…

  10. hi. i have the CM Flare S4, just want to share that the battery seem to be discharging way too fast. I also own a CM Cosmos Force and it lasts significantly longer that my Flare S4. this is not an accurate estimate but it seems to drain 1% per 5mins. and this is on standby, connected to wi-fi. i have cleared all known apps that eats memory, resources and thus battery. it still drains way too fast. hope they will put a “fix” on it soon. aside from this, i am very satisfied with this phone.

  11. malinaw po ba ang front camera nito compare po sa 1.9mp ng samsung note2??? ineed the answer i buy this phone

  12. I bought my CM Flare S4 Plus for a week and so far it’s good, though just last night after I charged my phone overnight it still didn’t get full battery, I don’t know if it’s because of the charger (my son did something on the charger itself causing it to bend). I am trying different charger now and hope it works.

  13. hi mga sir. my problema po kasi ung flare s4 plus k. it suddently turn off den ayaw n mg on. im trying the power botton+ up volume. ive selected every option (recovery , fastboot, normal) pero wlang reaction. please help really need lng po tlga before k dalin s service center. thanks!

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