There is much good things to say about Cherry Mobile and their current array of new devices. In the past months, they have been promoting smartphones that cost less than PhP6,000. Adding to the mix is Cherry Mobile Flash, an Android 6 Marshmallow smartphone, which rocks a 5.5-inch display with 1.3Ghz octacore processor and 2gb RAM.
Cherry Mobile started promoting the new device today via their Facebook page. Its design isn’t extraordinary, I must say, but I’m pretty sure that the home capacitive button sandwiched by menu and back keys looks a little captivating.
Its 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Above it are light sensor, earpiece and 8mp (front-facing) camera. Display bezels are a little thick by my standards, so if you’re not into this, pick the black variant and stay away from the white one.
Its screen reminds me of Flare X’s. It displays colors accurately, and saturation level isn’t too blown off. Response rate is acceptable, and there is virtually no lag while browsing through its UI. We will cover more of this when we post our full review.
Volume keys and sleep/wake button are located on the device’s right side. Its dual sim tray, which is placed on the phone’s left side, doubles as a SIM 1/Micro SD combo.
Meanwhile, its 3.5mm headphone hack can be found at the top of the device, while its microUSB port is located just at the bottom.
The device’s 16mp camera with flash is just at its rear panel. Near it is its fingerprint scanner, which reminds us of Cherry Mobile Flare Selfie’s. It registers fingerprints pretty fast, but a little small for my fingers.
Needless to say, but I felt that this phone is like a subtle sub-variant of Cherry Mobile Flare X, with a different moniker. Most of its innards are the same with what you can find inside the 2nd version of Flare X: SoC, processor, GPU and even its 2gb RAM. Software UI gives a much refined and buttery-smooth experience. Thanks to the pre-installed Marshmallow OS and very minimal third-party skinning. This is probably why Cherry Mobile thought of naming this new device as such – Flash. Its cameras sure are quite fancy and capable (which we will cover more when we review the device), but the superiority we wish to highlight this time is its hardware performance. We will be posting benchmark results and recount our experience with the device, and report everything to you all when we post our review soon.
Our review unit is already at hand, and we’re already developing our unboxing video for your reference. We cannot wait to share with you everything pretty soon. Meanwhile, tell us your thoughts about this new smartphone? Do you think that this is something worth getting based on specs and price of PhP5,999?
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.