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Cherry Mobile Flare X VS Meizu M1 Note Head-to-head!

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We put the two phones side by side

We’ve been spending a lot of time with Cherry Mobile’s new bang-for-the-buck phone, the Flare X. A lot of you have been asking for a side-by-side comparison with the Meizu M1 Note. Both phones have the same processor though the Cherry Mobile Flare X has more RAM at a cheaper price. Will the Flare X manage to win this head-to-head challenge or does the M1 Note still have surprises left in its sleeve? Read on to find out!

Meizu M1 Note

  • 1.7GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor
  • Mali T760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch Full HD display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1920 x 1080
  • 16GB
  • 13-megapixel Samsung rear camera, flash, F/2.2 aperture
  • 5-megapixel front camera, F/2.0 aperture
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, Flyme 4
  • 3,140mAh battery
  • SRP: Php 8,599

READ: Meizu M1 Note Review

Cherry Mobile Flare X

  • 1.7GHz MediaTek 6752 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS OGS display, Gorilla Glass 3, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16GB of storage expandable via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, Sony IMX214 sensor, BSI
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with OTA for Lollipop
  • SRP: Php6,999

READ: Cherry Mobile Flare X Review

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Design:

Both phones use primarily plastic bodies, but that’s where their similarities end. Cherry Mobile’s Flare X uses a design that’s reminiscent of their previous Flare devices. The Flare X uses a removable plastic shell that gives you access to the important bits in the phone, primarily the dual SIM slots, battery and the all important microSD expansion slot. The Meizu M1 Note on the other hand, uses a sealed, unibody plastic design that only allows users to access the two SIM slots on the side. While the M1 Note is undoubtedly beautiful, the non-expandable nature of its design may lose it potential users in the long run.

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Both phones running Display Tester app, 50% brightness. Flare X on the left, M1 Note on the right

Display:

In terms of overall display size and technology, both phones are evenly matched. Both have identical display sizes, though Cherry Mobile’s Flare X has a slight edge thanks to its OGS (one glass solution) tech, which is lacking in the Meizu M1 Note. Both phones also have the same resolution, which is full HD. One thing that we did notice is that the Flare X has an overall brighter display compared to the Meizu M1 Note. Bringing down the brightness of both phones down to the lowest level shows that the Flare X has a brighter display. Running Display Tester on both phones, we can see that the Flare X delivers a brighter, more vivid image compared to the Meizu M1 Note.

Cherry Mobile Flare X AnTuTu Score
Cherry Mobile Flare X AnTuTu Score
Meizu M1 Note AnTuTu score
Meizu M1 Note AnTuTu score

Performance:

Both phones run MediaTek’s MT6752 octa-core processor and use the Mali T760 GPU. The most important difference is the 1GB RAM advantage of the Flare X over the Meizu M1 Note, though that slight edge doesn’t necessarily show in the AnTuTu benchmark. So why would you pick a phone with 3GB over 2GB? Multi-tasking. As we showed you in our ASUS Zenfone 2 4GB multi-tasking video, more RAM allows the phone to switch to more apps without needing to shut previously open apps, so you can switch to them quickly and easily.

Cherry Mobile Flare X PC Mark
Cherry Mobile Flare X PC Mark
Meizu M1 Note PC Mark
Meizu M1 Note PC Mark

Things get a little more interesting in benchmarks. In AnTuTu, both phones score under 40K, and the M1 Note scores 1K higher than the Flare X. In PC Mark’s work benchmark however, the Flare X scores slightly higher than the M1 Note.


As far as performance goes, both phones ran Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 5 well, with no real issues whatsoever. The biggest problem will be storage, as the Meizu M1 Note doesn’t have expandable storage, which will be problematic to people who like gaming with their phones.

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Software and OS:

Both phones have Android 4.4 KitKat, though the M1 Note runs Meizu’s Flyme UI overlay that adds quite a bit to the functionality of the phone. Flyme takes away the app drawer and removes the traditional three key Android navigation button in favor of a singular “halo” key. The Flare X meanwhile, uses a slightly customized version of Android 4.4 that has been tweaked a little with on-screen gestures as well as Smart Wake functionality. It’s hard to say who wins in this regard, since OS and customization options all boil down to user preference – what works for us may not be what works for you.

Camera app of the Flare X
Camera app of the Flare X
Camera app of the M1 Note in manual mode
Camera app of the M1 Note in manual mode

Camera:

Both phones are advertised as having 13-megapixel rear cameras, with Sony sensors. Unfortunately we don’t have an idea of the Sony sensor that’s on the M1 Note, unlike the the Flare X which is advertised as having a Sony IMX 214 sensor.

Flare X sample shot
Flare X sample shot
Captured with the M1 Note
M1 Note sample shot
Flare X sample shot
Flare X sample shot
M1 Note sample shot
M1 Note sample shot

Flare X sample shot
Flare X sample shot
M1 Note sample shot
M1 Note sample shot
Flare X sample shot. Notice the yellowish tinge in the photo
Flare X sample shot. Notice the yellowish tinge in the photo
Same photo, taken with the M1 Note.
Same photo, taken with the M1 Note.

Anyway, the Meizu M1 Note manages to pull away from the Flare X in the photos that we took. The M1 Note’s camera app also gives users better flexibility as it has a comprehensive manual mode. The camera app on the Flare X does not have the same capabilities. The images taken with the M1 Note have better definition and detail compared to the Flare X. The Flare X’s camera also has some white balance issues, as evidenced by the yellowish shots of the Gundams.

All photos were taken with the default auto camera setting in the phones.

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PC Mark Work Battery Life rating for the Flare X
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PC Mark Work Battery Life rating for the M1 Note

Battery:

Since both phones have the same hardware specifications, it would be easy to assume that both will have roughly the same battery performance. We ran PCMark’s Battery Mark test on both phones to take out the guesswork on overall battery performance. The Flare X scored 5 hours and 19 minutes on work battery life setting, while the M1 Note scored far, far higher – 7 hours and 33 minutes. It’s clear who the winner is in this front.

Both phones were charged to 100% before running the test.

Verdict: Get the Flare X for more RAM, expandable storage and the M1 Note if you want better battery and photos

After all those tests, both phones have distinct advantages and disadvantages. The Flare X has more RAM (and should be a better multi-tasker), slightly brighter display, and can take additional storage via microSD. The M1 Note, on the other hand, has a better camera and battery performance.

And before you guys ask, yes, we’ll be doing a similar comparo for the Cherry Mobile Flare X and the Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE!

Read more about the Flare X and the Meizu M1 Note:

Cherry Mobile Flare X Review: Bang For The Buck Killer

Why Doesn’t The Flare X Come With Lollipop?

Cherry Mobile Flare X Camera Samples [Updated with Low Light Shots!]

Watch: Cherry Mobile Flare X Gaming Test

Watch: Cherry Mobile Flare X VS Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE Initial Comparison Video

Watch: Cherry Mobile Flare X Unboxing and First Impressions Video!

Cherry Mobile Flare X Hands-on, First Impressions: Alcatel Flash Plus Killer?

Cherry Mobile Unveils Flare X, 3GB, LTE, Octa-core Smartphone for Php 6,999

Meizu M1 Note Review: Best Phone That You Can Buy Under 8K

WATCH: Meizu M1 Note Gaming Test

Watch: Meizu M1 Note Hands-on, First Impressions!

Meizu M1 Note Hands-on, First Impressions: Kick-Ass Bang-for-the-buck Smartphone!

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.

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19 Comments

  1. Di po ba ang Meizu M1 Note has Samsung sensor? Di po sila parehas Sony Sensor. [source: Meizu M1 Note Product Page]

      1. Oo nga po. Sabi kasi sa review,

        “Both phones are advertised as having 13-megapixel rear cameras, with Sony sensors. Unfortunately we don’t have an idea of the Sony sensor that’s on the M1 Note, unlike the the Flare X which is advertised as having a Sony IMX 214 sensor.”

        Oh well. >_>

  2. sir. pwede po pa try ng google cardboard vr apps sa flare x kung may gyro siya na hardware type. yung jiayu s3 kasi may gyro pero im not sure if its a software or hardware. pagworking smooth ang headtracking sa mga vr apps like yung google cardboard app, kahit walang google cardboard headset ibig sabihin hardware gyro. pls try it sir. pls.

  3. A bit off topic, but the Alcatel Flash Plus sold out in under 5 minutes in today’s flash sale on Lazada. Looks like the announcement of these new bang for the buck phone haven’t dampened the demand for AFP.

  4. Polycarbonate is plastic, yes. But all plastic is not polycarbonate.

    Polycarbonate has been used for years in the optical industry, to craft eyeglass lenses that are shatter-resistant and thinner than standard plastic lenses. Many of the sunglasses that are available use polycarbonate lenses; windshields on motorcycles, on planes and helicopters; some computer screens and e-ink devices – polycarbonate’s use is myriad. It’s a lightweight material that’s easily molded into different shapes, It’s a good electrical insulator and it’s very heat resistant, too.

  5. mga sir ask ko lang po kung ano po ang difference ng ogs vs gff full lamination. im planning to buy m2 note kase at isa sa basis ko sa pagbili ng phone ay yong magandang screen. yong nagpa pop ung color. hindi po ba zero air gap ung m2 note!?

  6. Honestly speaking, for the camera i’ll go with CM Flare X… Upon checking the sample photos above, The camera on the Flare X is more vibrant.. just take a look at the 1st shot and the stuff toys photo, The one on the M1 Note is dull and dead.. lolz…. and yes, the block towers taken with the Flare X is not properly focused.

  7. Both phones are DEFINITELY better than the Alcatel – UFO sightings appear on the news more often than there is announcement of stock for the Flash Plus Flash Sale, for Christ’s sake!

    I’d have to root for the Cherry Mobile phone because Extensibility – removable batteries and microSD expansion, for what it’s worth, something that’s being driven to extinction in Androidland lately,…

  8. Why would you compare both phone’s display in 50% brightness. I know, M1 note’s display on 50% is quite dim but the max brightness is stellar on M1 note and everyone know that it’s not all about the display brightness and there is saturation, Greyscale accurancy etc. I do really think that the cherry mobile flare x is the more bang for the buck phone than the M1 note the pictures looks vibrant but seems like the saturation in increased on the level of the likes of Xiaomi phones and you could probably mention that the M1 note have an IGZO display and PSR tech, seems that the article is a bit bias, who knows. Flare X won this comparison but on the display department I think M1 note got the better display.

  9. Too bad for Meizu. Novotech 7 is the distributor. Terrible aftersales. if you don’t believe me, bring your broken Meizu to them see what happens.

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