October 28, 2012

Cherry Mobile Flare vs. Starmobile Astra: Specs Fight!

The Starmobile Astra is the biggest and the first Android smartphone from Starmobile that features a mobile TV and a 1GHz dual-core processor, while the Cherry Mobile Flare is the first ever dual-core Android ICS smartphone in the market with an unbelievably low price of Php3,999 only. The CM Flare was launched during Cherry Mobile's Flare Up event at One Esplanade last week. With that a lot of people are asking which is better between the two? So, Aside from their looks, can you really tell the difference between the two? If not, let’s look at their specs side-by-side after the jump.

Cherry Mobile Flare vs. Starmobile Astra
Cherry Mobile Flare Starmobile Astra
Qualcomm MSM8625 Snapdragon S4
1.2GHz dual-core processor, ARMv7
MediaTek MT6577
1GHz dual-core processor, ARMv7
Adreno 203 GPU PowerVR SGX531 GPU
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
4.0-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels)
IPS Capacitive touchscreen
4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels)
IPS Capacitive touchscreen
4GB of internal storage 4GB of internal storage
microSD up to 32GB microSD up to 32GB
5MP auto-focus camera
with LED flash
8MP auto-focus camera
with LED flash

VGA camera
VGA camera
480p Video Recording 720p HD Video Recording
Dual Sim / Dual Standby Dual SIM / Dual Standby
Bluetooth / USB / WiFi Bluetooth / USB / WiFi
GSM 900/1800/1900 (Tri-band) GSM 900/1800/1900 (Tri-band)
3G network support 3G network support
GPS with A-GPS support GPS with A-GPS support
None Mobile TV
Google Play Store (Google Market) Google Play Store (Google Market)
Li-ion 1,500 mAh battery Li-Ion 1,500 mAh battery
Php3,999 (SRP) Php6,990 (SRP)

If you can see both the Cherry Mobile Flare and the Starmobile Astra have the same RAM, internal storage, both have GPU's that can play Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, Temple Run and is compatible with Adobe Flash, but the Starmobile Astra edges the Cherry Mobile Flare with its 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 MT6577 processor, PowerVR SGX531 GPU, 8MP camera (5MP for the CM Flare), 720p HD video recording and its analog TV tuner (the Flare has none), while the Cherry Mobile Flare only edges the Starmobile Astra with its unbelievably low price of Php3,999 only!

Note: The MediaTek MT6577 is faster than the Qualcomm MSM8625 S4. The MT6577 is a dual-core Cortex A9 while the MSM8625 S4 is a dual-core Cortex A5. The A5 is more efficient, but peak performance the A9 beats it handily. However, it the speed difference is pretty negligible for general usage. It'll only be apparent in benchmarks and games. Thanks AnaIvanovic2!

Now, which phone wins the fight?

If you own one of this phone, please share some of your experiences and opinions about this phone, so that others may be aware of it. Thanks!

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ricochet said...

Madali ma lo-bat astra. At saka kabibili ko lang after 3 days nagloko na. Nag self- scrolling na. After 7 days na pinalitan ng bagong unit ng dealer, gano'n na naman nag self-touchscreen o self- scrolling na. Kaya after this 2nd unit na palit, surrender unit na to the astra mobile- maghihintay ka na ng service warranty. Hintay daw ako after 2-3wks para maayos phone. Kaya kung bibili kayo ng astra, maghanda na kayo sa ganitong problema.

Adrian said...

Thank you for sharing your experience :)

rai said...

A-GPS lng ang Astra unlike Flare fully supported ang GPS w/ A-GPS

jhigz said...

pag ginawa pang 4-4.5K ang Astra panalo na tlga sya.. hehehe.. di nmn daw totoong IPS ang display ng Flare..

Rankin Extra Aliermo said...

Thanks sa review hinihintay ko lng ilabas nila ung white version hehe :)

Adrian said...

Wla pa po white yung Astra, coffee color lng yung available..

Rankin Extra Aliermo said...

any leaks on starmobile phablet? :))

Adrian said...

Wala pa po..

greson orbon said...

i purchased astra last monday, so far ok sya, pro yng fm station biglang di nag wowork... dmi ko ng reset na ginawa pro ayaw pa din... i email starmobile and still waiting for the resolution. i also try contract killer pro humihinto sya... pro ok naman yung ibang features, camera and video, though may mga video na di nya nababasa... but style wise, money wise, ok naman ang astra as of the moment... sna lang may update din ang software, kc yung bat medyo madaling mag lowbat...

Athena Jeunnesse Mae Tria said...

nakita ko sa sulit, parang dealer ata siya or what, brand new, 6390 lang sa kanya

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Athena Jeunnesse Mae Tria said...

thanks. magkano na to sa mismong starmobile?

Athena Jeunnesse Mae Tria said...

dual sim ba to?

Athena Jeunnesse Mae Tria said...

dual sim pala

Adrian said...

Available na po yung Starmobile Astra ito po yung initial stores nila http://www.ilonggotechblog.com/2012/11/starmobile-astra-bright-now-available.html at available na din po ito online via Widget City for only Php6,850, http://www.widgetcity.com.ph/product/mobile-phone/star-mobile/starmobile-astra

Athena Jeunnesse Mae Tria said...

wala pa din ba ung astra? hehe

Hermie Valencia III said...

fan po ako ng starmobile at last year naka bili ako ng Starmobile T601i at nong december 19, 2012 naka bili ako ng starmobile astra ok na sana kaya lng after mga 2 weeks kong gamit ng astra nagloloko ung touchscreen nya gumagalaw na xa mag isa i mean nag tatouch na xa mag isa..nag try ako restore or format ng cp ala parin nangyari nag inquire ako sa kanila sabi daw papic.up daw ung phone pa ayos daw e wala nmn..

傢俱 said...

sana me ilabas ung astra ng khit 2000 mAh na battery.. pra man lng tumagal kc bilis ma low bat.. pro n general.. astra is the best for me.. with Go Launcher EX na launcher.. kaya astig..

Anne vitales said...

Got my white Astramobile last week. :) It's working great pero mabilis talaga siya ma-low bat. Downloading battery saver will help pero mabilis parin madrain ang battery. Over all, ang ganda ng specs niya. The best talaga. :) ♥

Adrian said...

Php6,999 pa rin po yung SRP

Dennice Cuico said...

mahal... myphone nalang kaya A919 Duo

Dennice Cuico said...

1,000 nalang kulang sa Astra makakabili kana ng dalawang Flare... hehehehe next time try to compare two phones with almost the same price and then let's us see..

Junfe Al Mark said...

for practical users flare can deliver, i mean 3k difference between the 2 is huge! pero ang question ay ang quality nalng! but for me astra.... or flare... dipende na siguro kung ano ang mauna.. at kung sino ang may magandang review (pero ang astra may review na.. and its really a good review via unbox!!)

Jefferson Romulo said...

Exactly.. the battery of my astra gets easily depleted despite of regular usage. Tv is great. Camera is amazing though it is like china camera phones when you capture a pic in dim light. Overall it is a good phone to invest with.

JP Garmay said...


Jhamzy Stratfield said...

flare or astra? ewan ko ah!!!

AdanMiguel said...

are you sure it's php 3,999?

Adrian said...

Sure po, just look at the photo below

Janz Eclarinal said...

Sabog na sabog ang cm flare. xD Astra labas na kasi!!!

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