The follow-up to last year’s Dual-Core ng Bayan has finally arrived Gadget Pilipinas Headquarters. And as usual, we hurriedly grabbed our camera, tripod and unboxed it like we’ve never unboxed a device before. This is our unboxing and first impressions of the Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0.

Unboxing Photos

The retail box of the Flare 2.0 contains standard contents:

  • Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0
  • 1,550 mAh Battery
  • Micro USB cable
  • Charger
  • User Manual
  • Warranty
#ThrowbackPhoto: Flare 1.0 Unboxing
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Flare 2.0 Unboxing

First Impressions

We unboxed, reviewed and owned a Flare 1.0 before so we can’t help but compare it to the latest Flare.

Flare vs Flare 2.0

Flare vs Flare 2.0

Flare 1.0 and Flare 2.0 have notable hardware and software differences. Flare 2.0 is a little bigger than its predecessor. The newer Flare looks and feels much better as well. Cherry Mobile retained the screen size of Flare – 4.0″ IPS capacitive display with 480 x 800 display resolution. It isn’t Dragontrail so I highly recommend that you take good care of its screen.

Flare 2.0 Screen

Flare 2.0 has a bigger battery capacity – a bump of 50 more mAh. The latest Qualcomm processor (MSM8225Q) installed on Flare 2.0 is optimized to consume less energy. Thus, it’s very possible that the additional juice on Flare 2.0’s battery is enough to get the phone going for a day at regular usage.

Flare 2.0 Unboxing 6

The latest flare has a dual LED flash, which is powerful enough to assist you in producing better photos in less lighted rooms or places. Still, taking photos using natural light is better, but  Flare 2.0’s non-BSI 5mp camera isn’t good enough during our initial tests. We shall test this extensively on our full review after a couple of weeks.

Flare 2.0 camera

Perhaps, one of the best things that Flare 2.0 has is its operating system. It is installed with Android 4.1.2 Jellybean, preloaded with some Cherry Mobile applications and customized icons (just like Flare 1.0). It performed good (fast and lag free), thanks to the synergy of its Qualcomm processor and Jellybean’s Project Butter. This is something that we expected highly when Cherry Mobile launched this device last September 20.

We have gather all the information that you may need if you wish to look at the specs of Flare 1.0 and Flare 2.0. Check out the tablet below for your reference.

Be sure to wait for our full review of Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0. And if you have any questions or requests when we review this device, be sure to hit the comments below.


Cherry Mobile and Gadget Pilipinas would like to thank you for the support. Recently, we hit 10,000 likes on Facebook at you shared our invitation-to-share post more than 50 times! We give you all respect and gratitude for staying with us through the years. As our show of love to all of you, we are going to raffle off a Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 to one (1) Gadget Pilipinas fan.

Contest starts 09/28/2013 at 7:00PM to 10/19/2013 at 10:00PM and the prize will be raffled off  10/20/2013 at 10:00PM  right afterwards.

Winner will be announced on our official Facebook page. Winner will be messaged via Twitter and via Facebook. Winner must be a resident of the Philippines.

Congratulations to Kristian Rod Manuel Islanan for winning the Flare 2.0. He won for liking Cherry Mobile’s Facebook page.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of, 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.