Friday, February 22, 2013

Cherry Mobile THUNDER/FLARE vs MyPhone A848i Price and Specs Comparison

The 3 Cheapest Dual-Core Android Phones in the Philippines. Cherry Mobile THUNDER (upper left), FLARE (bottom) and MyPhone A848i DUO. Due to their affordability, they are dubbed as the DUAL CORE ng BAYAN.

As Android technology are getting cheaper and cheaper for smartphones , lets take a look at the 3 cheapest dual-core Android phones currently selling in the Philippine market from Cherry Mobile and MyPhone namely THUNDER, FLARE and A848i DUO.

For the record, the cheapest dual-core powered Android is Cherry Mobile FLARE selling at P3,999 or $100. No doubt we can call them "Dual-Core ng BAYAN".

To give you a little background, all of them are powered by dual-core processor and features a dual SIM, sports a dual camera and 3G capable at a price range of P4-6K.

For those Filipinos looking for affordable dual-core powered Android phone, you will never go wrong with Cherry Mobile FLARE/THUNDER and MyPhone A848i DUO.

So, lets compare THUNDER/FLARE and A848i DUO and I hope it can help you to decide which one suits your needs, lifestyle and limited budget.

Cherry Mobile THUNDER/FLARE vs MyPhone A848i DUO Price, Features and Specs Comparison

Comparing the thickness and design of Cherry Mobile THUNDER (top), FLARE (bottom) and MyPhone A848i DUO (middle), THUNDER is the slimmest of them all at 9.9mm.

Price: Cherry Mobile FLARE is selling at P3,999, THUNDER at P4,999 and MyPhone A848i DUO at P5,999. They are on increment of P1,000, so better pick which one suit your budget range.

Features: All are Dual SIM, Dual Standby, FM Radio and GPS capable. TV out for A848i DUO

Thickness: 9.9mm (THUNDER), 11.8mm (FLARE) and ~11mm for A848i DUO

Physical Design: 4 Capacitive buttons (FLARE), 3 Capacitive Buttons (THUNDER and A848i DUO)

CPU: THUNDER and A848i DUO are powered by MediaTek MT6577 dual-core processor that boost up to 40% apps and browser performance compared to single core processor.

MT6577 is based on ARM Cortex-A9 processor, it is power efficient and high performance choice for low power cost sensitive devices. It offers performance enhancement of well above 50% compared to ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

On the other hand, Cherry Mobile FLARE is powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor.

MSM8225 is based on ARM Cortex-A5 processor which is the smallest Cortex-A processor, it is low cost and energy efficient - which means longer battery life and less heat dissipation on mobile application. It is compatible with Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15 processors.

GPU: Integrated PowerVR SGX531 (THUNDER and A848i DUO), Adreno 203 (FLARE)

OS: All runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

RAM: All 512 MB

Screen: 4.0" IPS WVGA Capacitive Touchscreen (FLARE and A848i DUO), 4.5" FWVGA Capacitive Touchscreen (THUNDER)

Multitouch: 5 point Multi-Touchscreen (THUNDER and A848i DUO)

Resolution: 800 x 400 pixels (FLARE and A848i DUO) and 854 x 480 pixels (THUNDER)

Pixel per Inch: 233 ppi (FLARE and A848i), 218 ppi (THUNDER)

Internal Memory: All 4GB expandable to 32 GB via microSD card

Camera: All sports a dual camera. 5MP rear, autofocus, with LED Flash and VGA front camera. Note: THUNDER has no LED Flash.

Connectivity: All are WiFi, Bluetooth, micro-USB and 3G capable

Sensors: All have Accelerometer and Proximity

AnTuTu Benchmark: 5654 v2.9.4 (FLARE), 6805 v3.1.3 (THUNDER) and 6807 v3.0.3 (A848i DUO)

Battery: 1500 mAh (FLARE), 1700 mAh (THUNDER) and 1600 mAh for A848i DUO. According to TipidCP members, THUNDER rated battery is 1700 mAh not 1800 mAh.

Availability: All of them are already on the market

In summary, all of them are ICS Android phones, both THUNDER and A848i DUO runs on MediaTek dual core processor while FLARE on Qualcomm S4 Play.

Cherry Mobile THUNDER is the slimmest, with largest 4.5" screen and highest rated battery capacity but with absence of LED Flash compared to other two.

If CM FLARE is Cherry Mobile's cheapest dual-core powered Android, A848i DUO is MyPhone's cheapest dual core Android phone and here is my hands on and full review.

So, which one of the 3 dual-core power droids will capture your heart? Is it the price, processor or the brand?

Cherry Mobile FLARE Full SpecsCherry Mobile Facebook
Unbox THUNDER ReviewUnbox FLARE Hands On
Cortex-A5 processor, Cortex-A9 processor

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Anonymous said...

cherry mobile phones are cheaper as to price as well as quality... madali masira. better choose myphone instead.. :)

Anonymous said...

happy ako sa THUNDER..khit FLARE yung first choice ko.. :)

Anonymous said...

How's your thunder bro? I'm planning to buy one, is 5k peso worth it?

Nald said...

I want Thunder or Flare kaso ubos na dito.. haist!

Anonymous said...

the best thunder kung sa paglalaro ng games at pag gamit ng apps,,patagalan ng battery ,,, lalamunin sila ng thunder ,, wala nga lang flash ang camera ng thunder pero sa peformance the best mabilis

android mobile phones said...

Very supportive article.I understand every point in this blog about good topic.

Anonymous said...

I already bought a Myphone a848i yesterday and I'm satisfied with it since it is on sale now at P3,990 until July 15 I think. Then my friend bought Cherry Mobile Thunder today.
Thank you for this review. :D

GbSb said...

Thanks for the feedback.

Monica Loyloy said...

. . .im happy with my myphone A848i duo. . .thanks. . . ^_^

Anonymous said...

For me, tested and proven all option is MyPhone848i Duo......for screen, Thunder is best......price, Flare.......overall, MyPhone A848i Duo is more durable....i tried dropping the 3 phones but after 5drops, MyPhone phone is much more durable than Cherry....

GbSb said...

Thanks for quality feedback about the 3 affordable Android phones

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