Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie Review

A huge leap for this blog coming from their Flare 5 down to this Cherry Mobile smartphone review which will be coming soon and one of their #CherryficSelfie phones plus probably one of the most affordable that you can buy with HiFi chip inside. Here's my Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Review



On Cherry OS, in a way coz I already saw this particular UI from another phone, it helped me in a way to navigate this phone in the number of days that I used this as a daily driver. Quite weird that it has two camera apps (standard camera and their very own Cherry Camera) and SMS apps but good thing either of those can be disabled. If there is one good thing on this custom OS, it only consumed less on it's internal storage with over 1 GB which helped me for it's good enough 16 GB internal memory. The freezer app helped me on putting in those apps that I don't usually use but eats a lot of RAM on standby for a faster navigation. If there is one flaw on the OS is when the time you install a new app as it will be visible on both the main page/s of the phone and app drawer. For example, you only want to see that new app only on app drawer it will not be possible as it will also appear on the main page. Once to drag it up, you only have the uninstall option. No removing the app can be found so you have no choice but to create a new folder just to dump your seldom-used apps.




On connectivity, it worked good on calls, texts, mobile data (yes it has 4G only selection for pure LTE experience + the 700 MHz band support) and WiFi. I find that the Bluetooth connection was not that steady especially when I am on a stroll paired with my usual Bluetooth headphones. 


On benchmarks, the Flare S6 Selfie scored over 40k on Antutu and has 7 out of 9 working sensors. The phone supports 5 point multi touch




On battery with it's 2,600 mAh inside, the phone survived for 8 hours and 35 minutes on our video battery rundown test is on average for me. Using is a daily driver, I can use it with 4 hours of screen on time on a 16-hour workday but as I pushed more on the moderate to heavy usage with around 5 hours of screen time and around 14 hours of using it, you might need to top off or bring a small powerbank with you to survive the entire day. You may consider that it they put in Full HD display in here so it can be a good excuse. If there is one savior to the phone as they put in an USB Type C coupled with 5V 1.5A charger, the phone can be from 0 to 100% in little over 2 hours. These usage were on the smart power saving mode.


On gaming, it was good on Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 on high settings with only some few drop frames. Just a warning though that it can easily genrate heat which gives a bit of concern that the box does not have a protective case which I hope will be available once it is already out of the market just to ease the heat in case you will gonna use this as a dedicated gaming device

On audio, the default sound on 3.5 mm. audio jack is quite good for this budget midrange device. Definitely richer sound sound once you turn on the HiFi mode on as long as you can use even a high-quality non-HiFi earphones that I have. It worked only for your sounds saved either on your internal storage or micro SD. The HiFi mode can be heard either on their Music app or even thru MX Player (great for watching concerts) but warning (as normal with other smartphones that I reviewed with HiFi mode on) that battery life will decrease than usual. To give you an idea, from the normal 9+ hours on video battery rundown test, time drops to over 6 hours with HiFi feature enabled. 

On extras, sad to say that the FM radio signal in this one is totally awful (another thing to check if a software update can fix this). Another added bright spot is the capacitive fingerprint reader (which also works as a home button) as the phone can be unlocked from it's sleep. 

As I mentioned earlier, the phone has two camera apps so it will be a better justice to use their own Cherry Camera app for the full experience including Beauty, FaceCute and Bokeh features. For some reason for you to enable the Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie watermark on both cameras, you can only do it on beauty and bokeh modes (putting watermarks on photo mode does not work here, calling for OTA please) You can still use the beauty mode as a normal photo mode pic as long as you put all of the 5 beauty enhancements down to zero. On photo mode, the image processing time took me around 1.5 seconds. Additional second for the beauty mode. As long as you are in a good lighting environment for both cameras, the Flare S6 Selfie looks good except for the low light. I did not figure it out during my first hands-on at the launch but the white imaginary smoke-like circle in bokeh mode helped me a lot in creating more convincing bokeh pics







Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie rear camera samples

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie rear bokeh picture


Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie selfie camera sample from normal to beauty level 2


Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie low light to with flash on comparison

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie FaceCute feature sample

The pros:
More than functional camera app
Excellent sound quality on 3.5 mm audio jack
USB Type C for a budget device
Cherry OS
Average camera output on both cameras for the given price
Full HD display

The cons:
Poor FM radio signal
Could be better battery life
(A bit on) Cherry OS 
Slow image processing time on the camera app

One of the Cherry Mobile officials mentioned that the Cherry Mobile Flare S6 will be available in stores starting October 31. Selfie in a budget plus HiFi was their aim on this phone when they launched it and I think they hit it for it's given price. For me, it's 3.75 out of 5 for Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie

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October 26, 2017

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie Review

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A huge leap for this blog coming from their Flare 5 down to this Cherry Mobile smartphone review which will be coming soon and one of their #CherryficSelfie phones plus probably one of the most affordable that you can buy with HiFi chip inside. Here's my Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Review



On Cherry OS, in a way coz I already saw this particular UI from another phone, it helped me in a way to navigate this phone in the number of days that I used this as a daily driver. Quite weird that it has two camera apps (standard camera and their very own Cherry Camera) and SMS apps but good thing either of those can be disabled. If there is one good thing on this custom OS, it only consumed less on it's internal storage with over 1 GB which helped me for it's good enough 16 GB internal memory. The freezer app helped me on putting in those apps that I don't usually use but eats a lot of RAM on standby for a faster navigation. If there is one flaw on the OS is when the time you install a new app as it will be visible on both the main page/s of the phone and app drawer. For example, you only want to see that new app only on app drawer it will not be possible as it will also appear on the main page. Once to drag it up, you only have the uninstall option. No removing the app can be found so you have no choice but to create a new folder just to dump your seldom-used apps.




On connectivity, it worked good on calls, texts, mobile data (yes it has 4G only selection for pure LTE experience + the 700 MHz band support) and WiFi. I find that the Bluetooth connection was not that steady especially when I am on a stroll paired with my usual Bluetooth headphones. 


On benchmarks, the Flare S6 Selfie scored over 40k on Antutu and has 7 out of 9 working sensors. The phone supports 5 point multi touch




On battery with it's 2,600 mAh inside, the phone survived for 8 hours and 35 minutes on our video battery rundown test is on average for me. Using is a daily driver, I can use it with 4 hours of screen on time on a 16-hour workday but as I pushed more on the moderate to heavy usage with around 5 hours of screen time and around 14 hours of using it, you might need to top off or bring a small powerbank with you to survive the entire day. You may consider that it they put in Full HD display in here so it can be a good excuse. If there is one savior to the phone as they put in an USB Type C coupled with 5V 1.5A charger, the phone can be from 0 to 100% in little over 2 hours. These usage were on the smart power saving mode.


On gaming, it was good on Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 on high settings with only some few drop frames. Just a warning though that it can easily genrate heat which gives a bit of concern that the box does not have a protective case which I hope will be available once it is already out of the market just to ease the heat in case you will gonna use this as a dedicated gaming device

On audio, the default sound on 3.5 mm. audio jack is quite good for this budget midrange device. Definitely richer sound sound once you turn on the HiFi mode on as long as you can use even a high-quality non-HiFi earphones that I have. It worked only for your sounds saved either on your internal storage or micro SD. The HiFi mode can be heard either on their Music app or even thru MX Player (great for watching concerts) but warning (as normal with other smartphones that I reviewed with HiFi mode on) that battery life will decrease than usual. To give you an idea, from the normal 9+ hours on video battery rundown test, time drops to over 6 hours with HiFi feature enabled. 

On extras, sad to say that the FM radio signal in this one is totally awful (another thing to check if a software update can fix this). Another added bright spot is the capacitive fingerprint reader (which also works as a home button) as the phone can be unlocked from it's sleep. 

As I mentioned earlier, the phone has two camera apps so it will be a better justice to use their own Cherry Camera app for the full experience including Beauty, FaceCute and Bokeh features. For some reason for you to enable the Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie watermark on both cameras, you can only do it on beauty and bokeh modes (putting watermarks on photo mode does not work here, calling for OTA please) You can still use the beauty mode as a normal photo mode pic as long as you put all of the 5 beauty enhancements down to zero. On photo mode, the image processing time took me around 1.5 seconds. Additional second for the beauty mode. As long as you are in a good lighting environment for both cameras, the Flare S6 Selfie looks good except for the low light. I did not figure it out during my first hands-on at the launch but the white imaginary smoke-like circle in bokeh mode helped me a lot in creating more convincing bokeh pics







Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie rear camera samples

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie rear bokeh picture


Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie selfie camera sample from normal to beauty level 2


Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie low light to with flash on comparison

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie FaceCute feature sample

The pros:
More than functional camera app
Excellent sound quality on 3.5 mm audio jack
USB Type C for a budget device
Cherry OS
Average camera output on both cameras for the given price
Full HD display

The cons:
Poor FM radio signal
Could be better battery life
(A bit on) Cherry OS 
Slow image processing time on the camera app

One of the Cherry Mobile officials mentioned that the Cherry Mobile Flare S6 will be available in stores starting October 31. Selfie in a budget plus HiFi was their aim on this phone when they launched it and I think they hit it for it's given price. For me, it's 3.75 out of 5 for Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie

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