Cherry Mobile Flare Mate Unboxing And First Impressions! Bigger And Better?
Enter Cherry Mobile Flare Mate, their first 6 inch legit phablet of the decorated Flare series. First leaked last October of 2015, the Flare Mate was finally released few weeks ago. Is it worth all the hype, price and wait? Let's all find out.
Cherry Mobile Flare Mate Specs
Unboxing / Accessories
Build Quality / Design
|There's slight protrution in the camera and fingerprint sensor part|
So be careful not place it on rough surfaces to avoid scratches
To my surprise, even without using a case for the past few days. I haven't noticed any hairline scratches on both the plastic back and the glass front. Another thing that I liked it isn't that heavy, but has enough heft that gives you more confidence in its build.
The plastic back cover of my device appears to have some air inside that could be felt when you press it on purpose. Fortunately, that's just nitpicking on my part and it's not really a deal breaker.
|On top there's a 3.5 mm jack and IR blaster|
|Below a there's another microphone|
|On the left you'll find the removable hybrid SIM / micro SD card tray|
|Power button and volume rocker on the right|
In terms of design, Cherry Mobile clearly borrowed from Huawei's playbook, the Mate 7 in particular. The results are good for us as we were able to experience its great sleekness and craftsmanship on a sub 10K device. Aside from that Cherry Mobile also improved on that device a little by adding a 2.5D curved arc screen that adds more elegance.
Cherry was also able to maximize the body of this one as the black bezels even looks slimmer even when compared against my Huawei G8. Even on a 6 inch screen, it feels like a 5.7 note phone or at best an older 5.5 inch phone. As a result, even if it's hard to wield with one hand, it's still not that big compared to other phablets.
Lastly, ports and button placements were ergonomically placed all over the device that makes things easier. In particular, we're always like the "at the back" fingerprint scanner placement.
|Rear camera sample|
|Selfie camera test|
Specs and features analysisGiven the above mentioned specs, this phone appears to be a decent midranger even this 2016. The 6 inch screen comes with full HD resolution to give you sharp and vibrant images, and there's also no noticable gap between in its panel to made us assume at it's using an OGS tech at least.
The 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6735 octa core processor paired with Mali T720 GPU graphics should be great enough as it handle most of the modern task and even some heavy games.
However, even 2 GB of RAM is enough for most of us, some may criticize Cherry for not putting 3 GB RAM here compared with their other midrange phones. Amidst, that criticism, we hardly felt it's impact yet in the casual things that we do with the handset. Maybe Cherry improved on their software optimization as we hardly felt lag even when switching and opening multiple apps.
The inclusion of a big 4,000 mAh battery that should be good for a full day of use even on heavy usage. As a matter of fact, I used this phone as my main camera for two days and I still have some juice left after.
For me one of the main highlight of the Flare Mate is its camera. It has a large 16 MP f/2.0 Omnivision camera Pure Cell sensor with a larger than usual 1/3.06 inch size. It also has PDAF (phase detection auto focus), EIS (for stabilization) and LED flash.
In front you'll enjoy a 5 MP wide angled selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture, BSI and an good type of LED flash.
Lastly, there's a dual microphone setup that makes your recordings better.