Cherry Mobile is joining the dual camera bandwagon with the released of their Flare P1 series which includes the Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Lite, Flare P1 and Flare P1 Plus with a price range from Php1,999 up to Ph5,999 only.
The Flare P1 series is their first smartphone that features a dual rear camera. Cherry Mobile was kind enough to lend us the Flare P1 Flare P1 which is entry-level smartphone priced at Php3,999 for the hands-on review.
Here’s our Quick Unboxing of the Cherry Mobile Flare P1
Design and Screen
Flare P1 is a 5-inch device if sports 5-inch HD IPS panel with 1280 x 720 resolution at 294 ppi. The screen has decent quality but colors are not entirely accurate, using this outdoor on direct sunlight might be challenging because of the reflective glass.
Just keep in mind that this is an entry level smartphone so do not expert premium material on it. It comes in unibody design with all plastic material at the front you got the 5-inch display, above are the 5-megapixel front camera with LED light and earpiece speaker. Down below the screen is the capacitive buttons.
The back of the Flare P1 has plastic look and feel and it can get easily smudges, the 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port can be found at the top, and at the bottom are speakers, it looks like it has a pair of stereo speakers but we found out that sound is only coming out from the left side, but still it gives it additional good looks.
The main feature of the Flare P1 is the dual rear camera, its placed at the top leftmost corner with 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors with the LED Flash configuration.
The Flare P1 features is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 CPU with Mali-400 GPU and paired with only 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. With this configuration, we experience lag perfornce using it.
Out of the box its running Android 7.0 Nougat which is great since its pure Android experience, but we notice that boot-up takes a bit long and performance is not that really smooth and fluid, even simple swiping left or right and even opening an app or the settings take more than 1 second to process. We’ve also encountered some app crashes when there are a lot of apps running in the background, we’re not able to play some of our favorite games but Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble and Jetpack Joyride play nicely.
In terms of benchmarks, the Flare P1 scored 23352 on AnTuTu Benchmark, 2654 on PCMark and 1546 3DMark benchmark tests.
Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Specs
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 5 -inch HD IPS display (1280 x 720) resolution at 295 ppi
- 1.3 GHz MT6580 Quad-core processor
- Mail 400 GPU
- 1GB RAM \ 16GB storage
- Expandable via micro SD card slot up to 64GB capacity
- Dual 13MP + 2MP Rear camera w/ AF and LED flash
- 5MP Selfie camera
- Dual SIM
- WiFi a/b/g/n
- 2350mAh battery
This device support only 3G data connectivity only in its Dual SIM (Micro). It also has WiFi b/g/n for wireless connection specially of you are in Malls and MRT areas where FREE WiFi is available. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 good for connecting other devices such as wireless speakers, and headphones. Data connectivity is good, call and SMS functions work just fine. On a side note, we’re now a fan of the default keyboard so we usually use SwiftKey Keyboard as our main keyboard.
The Flare P1 is one of the first budget friendly smartphone with a dual rear camera. It packs 13-megapixel Dual BSI sensor with secondary 2-megapixel sensor configuration and 5-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash.
Just like any other smartphone with a dual camera, the Flare P1 secondary sensor is used for depth of field of an image for that ‘bokeh” effect. Below are some of the sample camera pictures taken using the Flare P1 dual rear camera.
Camera sample with good light
Cherry Mobile still uses the generic camera apps that come with Android system and it doe not really offer any special features and little customization. The rear camera can take decent images when used with daylight and not so good when used in dim light areas. For the “bokeh” effect it offers little effect, the shutter button seems a bit slow in responding to taps. Overall most of the images taken using the Flare P1 is a bit disappointing.
Equipped with just 2350mAh non-removable battery the Flare P1 has a decent battery life. We’re able to get around 7 to 8 hours of normal use but when used as a media device to watch YouTube, iFlix and play some casual games we’re able to get 5 hours of battery life. It does not support fast charging so it takes a while to charge it using the included charger.
Let me first give credit to Cherry Mobile for releasing affordable dual camera Android smartphone, sure the camera on the FLare P1 is not as good as with those like OPPO and Vivo but hey it’s priced at only Php3,999 at least it has a good design with decent battery life and it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat which is the latest Android Operating Systems. Cherry Mobile should really invest in developing their own camera app since now they are releasing devices with good camera specs.
- Good price
- Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box
- Good Battery Life
- Not so good camera performance
- boring design
- No 4G LTE support