It’s been a while coming but here’s our full review on the Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE. It is the company’s entry-level phone under the company’s iconic phone series, the Flare series.

Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE
Display Size 6.2-inch HD+
Resolution 720×1520
Processor Quad-core 1.5GHz Mediatek MT6739WW
GPU IMG Power VR GE8100
Storage 8GB internal storage
Expandable storage microSD up to 32GB
Rear camera 13MP LED Flash
Front camera 5MP
Battery 2,800mAh
OS Android Go 8.1 Oreo
Connectivity 4G LTE
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Price PHP 4,299


Entry-level glass-like beauty

The Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE has a very stylish finish. Its use of glass-looking plastic gives the phone a higher-end feel, plus a little heft, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The downside is that the glossy finish, makes the rear of the phone a fingerprint magnet.cherry mobile flare y7 lte 3

What’s unique to the phone are its ports (micro-USB and 3.5mm audio jack) and the buttons (volume rockers and power button).

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Yes, that’s the top of the phone.

The ports of the Flare Y7 LTE are uniquely found on the top of the phone with the speaker grille at the bottom. The volume rocker and power button are positioned on the left side of the phone, while on the right is a hybrid SIM tray.

cherry mobile flare y7 lte 2cherry mobile flare y7 lte 7At the rear is a 13MP shooter.  Its counterpart 5MP front camera is hidden away in the notch of its 6.2-inch HD+ display.

Decent but grainy camera

The rear camera can take decent photos in brighter environments. It isn’t the best, of course, but it is good enough for social media use. However, where it struggles is in the evening and when there are bright lights indoors.

One upside to it is the HDR mode which delivers better photos but also requires a bit more time to shoot than a normal photo.

The front camera, on the other hand, delivers even grainier photos. Selfies look better when taken in a brighter environment.

Overall performance

With 1GB of RAM, we definitely could feel the sluggishness of the phone but Android Go definitely helped a bit. It comes with very little bloatware and comes with Go versions of the usual Google apps like YouTube.

cherry mobile flare y7 lte review screenshots 1The Flare Y7 LTE will definitely require a microSD card if you want to have a few games and media files in there, as it only has 8GB of storage out-of-the-box.

One downside to the phone is its battery. At 2800mAh, heavy users, especially those who set their mobile data ON for most of the time, will find themselves re-charging a few times in a day.

Gaming and media experience

What’s a review without testing out its gaming capabilities and what it’s like to consume media on it?

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Not quite a game or a video, but here’s the entire phone in all its glory

We tested Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and PUBG Lite but the latter was hardly playable on the phone. Mobile Legends, however, was a decent experience. There were some slowdowns here and there even at the lowest setting but it can hold up its own.

Because of the build of the phone which is a bit boxier than rounded, it was easy to grip. The chin on the bottom also gave a pretty hand resting spot for our thumb when watching or gaming.

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Here it is again before we close out the review

Our struggle was with the speaker grill, which can be easily blocked when using the phone in landscape mode.

Photos of the phone courtesy of Rianne Ronquillo

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Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE Review: Beautiful Entry Level
Our Verdict
While it does feel like its price, the Cherry Mobile Flare Y7 LTE is still a gorgeous looking phone despite the entry-level price point. While it can handle Mobile Legends and other simpler games, 8GB of internal storage is simply not enough by today's standards. For PHP 4,299, we think there could be other options with a better overall experience. But if your budget is sub PHP 5,000 and you want a premium looking phone, then this is for you.  
Battery Life
What's Good
Premium look
No Bloatware, Android Go
LTE connectivity
What's Not
Battery capacity is too low
Small storage out of the box
Camera performance, Inconsistent photo quality

Ram Ronquillo eats puns for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.