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Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie Unboxing and First Impressions

After being quiet in recent months, Cherry Mobile has finally launched their new line of phones and this is a review of the selfie-centric Flare S6 Selfie!
FHD screen!
FHD screen!

Aside from the standard Flare S6, Cherry Mobile announced this phone and is marketed as the selfie centric bigger brother. One of the highlighting features is the new Cherry OS and the 16MP Samsung S5K3P3 f/2.0 cameras on both sides and the high fidelity DAC inside.

So we are excited to take this phone out!

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie Specs

Display: 5.2-inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 424 ppi
CPU: 1.5GHz 64-bit MT6750T octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-T860
ROM: 16GB expandable via micro SD card slot expandable up to 128 GB
Back Camera: 16MP Samsung S5K3P3 f/2.0 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP Samsung S5K3P3 f/2.0 w/ LED flash
Battery: 2,600mAh
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat w/ Cherry OS
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, 700 MHz LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, ES9118C HiFi DAC
Dimensions: 153.6 x 74.6 x 8.5 mm
Price: PHP 7,999

Disclaimer: This unit was borrowed from Cherry Mobile Philippines for our honest review.

Unboxing / Accessories

Everything inside
Everything inside

The trend of Cherry Mobile improving their packaging is reflected here. It even has this red ribbon tab that adds a layer of premiumness when you unbox your phone.

Inside are the phone, a 1.5A USB wall charger, USB to USB-C cable, IEM earphones, SIM ejector tool, and the documentation.

Build Quality / Design

iPhone inspired back design
iPhone inspired back design

Cherry Mobile clearly drew inspiration from the iPhone 6S for the outer shell design of the Flare S6 Selfie as it has the curved textured metal back with antenna lines on top and at the bottom.

It feels solid and the texture helps prevent the phone from slipping!

The unibody design is mostly made of metal chamfered edges where the metal meets the glass panel. The 2.5D 5.2-inch FHD IPS display is not certified by corning gorilla glass.
3.5 mm jack on top
3.5 mm jack on top
Single speaker and micro USB port below
Single speaker and micro USB port below
SIM tray at left
SIM tray at left
Power button and volume rocker at right
Power button and volume rocker at right

The bezels are okay for its price! It doesn't distract too much and it's too demanding to want 18:9 displays at this price point. This is as good as it can get.

Safe design for 2017 at this price point!

I like how the subtle texture prevents slipping. It's not the prettiest back out there but there isn't much competition to this design.

The back curves and although the edges on the both side are rounded it does feel a little sharp when grasping the phone tightly. Otherwise we like how solid and lightweight it feels! 

Good Job Cherry Mobile!

Initial Findings

Samsung main camera
Samsung main camera

1. Build is quite premium for the price. The display is 5 point multitouch 5.2-inch FHD with good colors, resolution and refresh rates.
2. The camera and the battery are the ones to suffer from the pre-production software as it still needs fine tuning. The battery would last for 5 to 6 hours from full charge to zero.
3. Pre-production software is 90% good to go. Cherry OS is beautiful pretty but they could give us an option to have the standard grid for the app drawer and the alphabetical option. Cloning Apps is a god send for when you want to use the same app with two different accounts like for family and for work with apps like Uber.
4. The camera tends to easily overexpose highlights. It was mentioned that the day one version of the OS would have fixed these. It also adds Pro Mode. It has flash at the back and in front.
5. It has OTG, gyroscope, light sensor, and LED for notification.

As of the moment

Currently, the pre-production software of Cherry OS on the Flare S6 selfie is the only thing holding this phone back. If Cherry Mobile does polish all these things out by release then this phone could be a wild card at the price of PHP 7,999.

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