Cherry Mobile is well known for offering cheap smartphones with high quality. The Cherry Mobile Flare S8 once again proves that. In this review, I will discuss the Cherry Mobile Flare S8 specs and price Philippines, which is the most affordable model in the series. Let’s start with the price of this phone.
Cherry Mobile Flare S8 specs and price Philippines 2021
The Cherry Mobile Flare S8 price Philippines 2021 starts at PHP 3,999 for the entry-level 32GB storage variant.
Flare S8 review: Design and Display
The handset has a glossy polycarbonate back with a gradient effect. You can see that when the phone is angled, there is a reflected light that shows a ray-like pattern, making the aesthetic even more appealing. On the front, the device gets a water-drop notch that accommodates a 13MP selfie camera.
The device looks sleek, but its back is prone to fingerprints and smudges that will be a bit annoying to get rid of. That could easily be solved by the free jelly case included in the box.
On the front, the Flare S8 features a 6.26 display with HD+ resolution. While I would prefer having a Full-HD+ display, it is pretty much impossible to pack that inside a budget smartphone like the Flare S8. Obviously, the viewing experience isn’t as good as other smartphones with FHD+ resolution. The sharpness and color accuracy of the display seem a bit off. The phone is still usable under direct sunlight but you will have to max out the brightness level.
Flare S8 review: Performance
The handset is powered by a Helio P23 chipset, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Yes, 32GB storage isn’t much for a smartphone in 2021, but you can still use a microSD card to further expand it (up to 128GB). However, since the phone only has a hybrid SIM card, you won’t be able to use two SIM cards if you want to expand the storage with a microSD card.
The Helio P23 and 3GB RAM are sufficient for day-to-day tasks like consuming media, surfing social media, and websites. However, I did notice some lags when running heavier apps or multitasking. The speaker of this phone is loud, but the quality is pretty bad. Therefore, I would recommend using your headphones for better audio quality.
As for gaming performance, I tried several games on this phone, including Call of Duty: Mobile, Ragnarok M, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The handset handled low to medium games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang pretty well, but not Call of Duty: Mobile. I got quite a lot of frame drops even on low settings during the game.
The device runs on Android 9-based Cherry OS V2.0, which is pretty straightforward and easy to use. The device has a built-in Game Boost, which helps users to avoid distractions and focus on the game. Other notable apps include Hi Weather, Google apps, Power Manager, and Property System.
Flare S8 review: Cameras
Moving to the camera capabilities of the Flare S8. The camera app of the phone has regular settings and menus. You can choose between multiple shooting modes from the main menu, Photo, Video, Beauty, Face Cute, and Bokeh. Additional camera modes are GIF, Panorama, Beauty Video, Time-lapse, Pro, among others. Users can access those modes by tapping on the four-square icon at the upper left corner.
So, how well do the Flare S8’s cameras perform? It is acceptable. The camera setup at the back includes a 13MP main sensor and a 2MP secondary shooter. They deliver decent photos in daylight for the PHP 3,000 price tag. The photos have a good amount of details and fairly accurate colors, but not too vivid. One downside is that the cameras took a bit longer to focus, 2 to 3 seconds to be more specific. So you will have to hold a bit longer to get the phone to lock on a subject.
For video recording, the rear cameras perform pretty well. You can record videos at up to 1080p resolution and 30fps. Sadly, the same slow focusing issue also happens when recording videos. You can see the video pulsating a few times when trying to lock focus on a moving object or when something is moving in the frame. There is also no stabilization feature, which is expected for such an affordable smartphone.
On the front, the 13MP selfie camera is a bit more disappointing than the rear ones. Selfie shots lack detail and the colours are quite under-saturated even when taken in daylight. Bokeh photos taken by the selfie camera usually appear unnatural. As a result, the front shooter fails miserably when taking photos in low-light conditions.
Flare S8 review: Battery life
The Flare S8’s battery has a pretty small size of 2,800 mAh. Therefore, unless you use the phone for basic tasks, expect to charge the device for once or twice a day.
Cherry Mobile Flare S8 specs and price Philippines 2021: Verdict
The Cherry Mobile Flare S8 specs and price Philippines is PHP 3,999, which is pretty much the most affordable a smartphone can get to. It is a good deal going by the Cherry Mobile S8 specs and price Philippines as you will have a 6” display, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB storage. The overall performance is too bad for day-to-day tasks, but it isn’t a good option for multitasking or just navigating throughout the phone.
If you can stretch your budget a little bit, the Redmi 7 or the Realme C2 could be much better options. By paying around PHP 2,000 more for either of those two smartphones, you will have a much better performance in pretty much every aspect. You can check out our Realme C2 review here. There are plenty more detailed smartphone reviews on our Review section.