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Cherry Mobile Flare J7 Unboxing And First Impressions - Phablet Size, Huge Battery, Budget Price!

As of this writing, the Cherry Mobile Flare J7 ranks among the more interesting sub PHP 5K smartphone in country for its 3 major features: big screen, long battery life, and speedy internet connection.
Meet the HUGE Cherry Mobile Flare J7!
Meet the HUGE Cherry Mobile Flare J7!

To be more precise, the Cherry Mobile Flare J7 boast a large 6 inch HD IPS screen, "real" 4,900 mAh of battery capacity to ensure long battery life, and the 700 MHz LTE compatibility for faster wireless internet on mobile.

Disclaimer: We just borrowed this unit from Cherry Mobile for this quick impressions article. We do not have our personal unit yet to thoroughly test it.

Cherry Mobile Flare J7 Specs

Display: 6 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 245 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6737 quad core processor
GPU: Mali T720
RAM: 2 GB
ROM: 16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 8 MP f/2.0 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 2 MP f/2.8
Battery: 4,900 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, 700 MHz LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, OTG, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (micro)
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, light
Price: PHP 4,999

Unboxing / Accessories

What's inside the box?
What's inside the box?

The Flare J7 comes in their usual package. But, we slightly liked it better this time. Why? While it may seem ordinary looking, Cherry Mobile included a faster charging 2A wall charger in its package which isn't that common on this price point. It'll be helpful to charge the large 4,900 mAh of battery of this phone faster. Then there's the regular USB to micro USB cable and in-ear monitors with microphone for calls.

An inclusion of a soft jelly case and screen protector would have made this package better though.

Build Quality / Design

View at the back
View at the back

The handset comes in a familiar yet enlarged design. The body of this handset is equipped with mostly plastic construction which feels just fine. The side has glossy metallic finish and the back cover matte like paint finish. Then its screen is made out of the usual layer of glass.
The battery is non-removable
The battery is non-removable
With proper care and use, this handset might last.
However, on hard drops and improper use expect dents or even cracks.
Headphone jack and charging port on top!
Headphone jack and charging port on top!
Single microphone below
Single microphone below
Power button and volume rocker at left
Power button and volume rocker at left

Aesthetically, this handset isn't the most beautiful at this price, but it has a safe and clean looking design. It has nice metallic finish finish, the curves are just fine, and we liked that it isn't that thick even if it has large battery inside.

Ergonomically, the phone is heavy but generally feels good in the hands. It's not the best around this range, but at least it doesn't have annoying sharp edges and has good button placements. Only its "at the back" speaker placement is our concern. It would have been better to see it below or in front to enjoy louder tunes.

Initial findings

1. We liked the colors coming from its large 6 inch screen. Then even at just HD resolution, pixels aren't visible on naked eye.
2. Materials used are decent, but could be better. It has a close to "premium" appeal from afar.
3. Cherry's promise of "real" 4,900 mAh battery capacity is interesting. If its rating legit, expect 1-2 days of long battery life. The rest of the specs looks decent for casual daily use on paper.
4. The 8 MP f/2.0 camera is bright and capable. It is not interpolated as well. We'll test its 2 MP selfie camera on the full review.
5. OTG works w/ reverse charging (powerbank mode), 700 MHz 4G LTE compatibility will be useful in the future, and there's LED notification.

Camera teaser

Camera sample 1
Camera sample 1
Camera sample 2
Camera sample 2

As of the moment

There's a good chance that this Cherry Mobile Flare J7 would do great for its purpose. We generally liked its huge screen and the promise of long lasting battery life at this low asking price.

That's it for now! We hope to do a full review of this promising device soon.
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