Recently, the upcoming prices of Cherry Mobile’s newest Flare S7 series surfaced with the Flare S7 Plus having the most “expensive” tag in the family. Let’s take a look at how it fares against the Xiaomi Mi A2, a smartphone with almost the same price. Who will win in this specs comparison? Let’s find out below.
The Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is what I would call a big upgrade from its predecessors. It sports a 6.18-inch 18.5:9 display with 2246 x 1080 resolution, Helio P60 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, 16MP + IR front camera, and 3,050mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging capabilities.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is the company’s second Android One smartphone to date. It comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 12MP + 20MP dual rear cameras, 20MP front camera, 3,010mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
Here are their detailed specs:
|Specification||Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus||Xiaomi Mi A2|
|Display||6.18-inch 18.5:9 LTPS FHD+ TrueView display @ 2246 x 1080 px, ~403ppi||5.99-inch FHD+ LTPS display @ 2160 x 1080px, 403ppi|
|Glass Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CPU||MediaTek Helio P60 2.0GHz octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz Octa-core processor|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP3||Adreno 512|
|MicroSD||expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (uses SIM2)||Non-expandable|
|Rear Camera||16MP + 5MP BSI rear cameras with LED Flash||12 MP (f/1.75,, 1.25µm) Sony IMX 486 + 20 MP (f/1.75, 1.0µm) Sony IMX 376 dual rear cameras with LED Flash|
|Front Camera||16MP + IR front camera with AI Selfie||20 MP (f/1.8, 1.0µm) Sony IMX 376 front camera with HDR|
|SIM||Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)||Dual-SIM|
|LTE||4G VoLTE with Band 28 support, Carrier Aggregation||4G LTE|
|WiFi||Wi-Fi a/b/g/n||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Port||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|OS||Stock Android (Android 8.1 Oreo)||Android One (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery||3,050mAh battery with fast and wireless charging||3,010mAh battery with QC3|
Here are the advantages of each:
Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus
- Slightly larger screen size
- Slightly larger screen aspect ratio
- Slightly larger horizontal resolution
- MicroSD card slot (hybrid)
- Higher main rear camera resolution
- Secondary front camera
- Slightly larger battery capacity
- Wireless charging support
Xiaomi Mi A2
- Gorilla Glass 5
- Higher maximum RAM capacity
- Higher maximum internal storage capacity
- Higher secondary camera resolution
- Higher front camera resolution
- Wi-Fi ac support
- Bluetooth 5.0
For the display, the Flare S7 Plus wins thanks to its larger screen size, aspect ratio, and resolution. I recommend that users who are fond of watching or streaming videos pick this one. Don’t get me wrong though, the Mi A2 has a decent configuration in this aspect but the former is just better overall.
Performance-wise, the Flare S7 Plus comes with the Helio P60 chipset — the same one that the OPPO F7 and F9 have. The Mi A2, on the other hand, has a Snapdragon 660 chipset which has become the standard for mid-range smartphones nowadays.
In our review of the Mi A2, the AnTuTu score that it yielded was lower than the OPPO F7/F9 which means that the latter is better performing than the former. In the case of the Flare S7 Plus, however, we cannot pre-emptively conclude which one wins since we’ve yet to test its performance out ourselves. Although, if we’re basing it via chipset versus chipset, then the Helio P60 has the edge over the Snapdragon 660.
I always emphasize in my comparisons that higher camera resolutions do not always mean better performance. We gave praise to the Mi A2’s camera performance in our review so you’ll know that it’s worth the purchase. The Flare S7 Plus is a big question mark as its quality is yet to be known.
Let’s turn our attention now to the battery. he Flare S7 Plus’ battery capacity is slightly higher than the Mi A2 but it isn’t enough to be a significant difference. We have yet to test the former’s performance so stay tuned. One thing that makes the Flare S7 Plus standout, however, is the support for wireless charging, which is often seen in flagship devices rather than in this price segment.
The Flare S7 Plus is a refreshing pick especially for users who like to watch videos, have more storage (microSD slot), and wireless charging capabilities. As for the Mi A2, it’s good in terms of connectivity (Wi-Fi ac support and Bluetooth 5.0)