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Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Mini is one of the upcoming smartphones featured from the popular CM marketing material that has made its way online. This smaller sibling of the famous Flare S3 will sport a 4-inch IPS display and will run on 1.2-gigahertz quad-core processor. Once it'll be released in the market, the Flare S3 Mini will be instantly pitted against the MyPhone Rio 2 LTE in the local market. Check out our comparison post right after the fold.


Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Mini vs MyPhone Rio 2 Lite

Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Mini vs MyPhone Rio 2 Lite

Currently, there's no mention of the Flare S3 Mini's RAM yet; but the fact that it was not highlighted by the company means that we could only expect a 512MB of RAM. Nevertheless, looking into the Flare S3 mini's specs sheet, it could pose a serious competition with the MyPhone Rio 2 Lite.




To be specific, the Flare S3 Mini will have a built-in memory of 4GB which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD. On the other hand, the Rio 2 Lite may have a bigger 4.7-inch display but it has the same 3G connectivity and 2MP front cameras as the Flare S3 Mini. It's also worth noting that the Rio 2 Lite utilizes an 8MP Samsung Sensor on its main camera with Blue glass.


Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Mini vs MyPhone Rio 2 Lite
MyPhone Rio 2 Lite
The Rio 2 Lite made buzz earlier when it was launched alongside its bigger brother, the Rio 2. It also has a lot of similarities in terms of specs to the Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Mini. So, how would each of them fare when pitted against each other? These are the points:
  • The Flare S3 Mini is short in terms of screen size while the Rio 2 Lite sports a bigger screen real estate at 4.7-inch.
  • Both have quad-core processors in their gut but Flare S3 Mini runs slightly slower at 1.2-gigahertz speed compared to 1.3-gigahertz speed of the Rio 2 Lite.
  • Although Flare S3 Mini's RAM has not been confirmed yet, it could have a lower RAM than 1GB. Thus, it gives the Rio 2 Lite an edge in this department.
  • S3 Mini's built-in memory is also short by 4GB compared to the 8GB of the Rio 2 Lite. Nonetheless, both have expandable storage of up to 64GB via microSD.
  • The Cherry Mobile runner, has a one-generation old Android OS (KitKat) while the Rio 2 Lite runs on the newest Android Lollipop OS out-of-the-box.
  • Battery is also not disclosed yet for the CM Flare S3 Mini but considering our experience with other Flare models, this may have a lower battery rating than the MyPhone Rio 2 Lite's 2120 mAh.        
  • Lastly, the Flare S3 Mini's price is almost 50% lower than the competitor’s device. 
Conclusion

There's more beef to the MyPhone Rio 2 Lite's specs sheet which is why it has a higher price than the Flare S3 Mini. However, the latter is still one of the better offerings when we're talking about the sub-Php3K division. If you are to choose between the two, I think the major deciding factor would be the price. Is the price difference more than enough to justify the lower specs? Tell us what you think of this by writing your thoughts in the comments' section below.

CM Flare S3 Mini
 MyPhone Rio 2 Lite
 4-inch IPS display
 4.7-inch IPS display
 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
 1.3GHz quad-core CPU
 RAM TBA
 1GB
 4GB of ROM
 8GB of ROM
 MicroSD, up to 64GB
 MicroSD, up to 64GB
 8MP rear camera with LED flash
 8MP rear camera with Samsung Sensor, LED flash
 2MP front camera
 2MP front camera
 Dual-SIM/Dual-Standby
 Dual-SIM/Dual-Standby
 3G/HSPA+
 3G/HSPA+
 WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
 WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
 Android 4.4 KitKat
 Android v 5.0 (Lollipop)
 Battery TBA
 2120mAh battery
 PhP2,499
 PhP4,599
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