Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie vs ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite: Camera shootout



Selfie-centric phones are everywhere! It’s a given that flagship handsets have high-quality cameras — both on the front and back. These so-called selfie phones give priority to their front-facing shooter (or sometimes shooters). The midrange segment currently enjoys the privilege of having the best selfie cameras, but the budget phones also have a couple of these.

The Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie and ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite are both under PhP 8,000 or US$ 155. Which phone captures better images? Let’s find out.

Front camera

To start, the Flare S6 Selfie has a 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera while the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite has a 13-megapixel f/2.0 shooter. With both cameras having the same aperture, it’ll be interesting to see how crisp photos will turn out.

In this selfie, I was under a shade along a tree-lined walking path. It was extremely bright because this was around noon time, giving the sensor plenty of light to process. The Flare S6 Selfie seems to absorb too much light which resulted in an overblown background with a greenish tint, while the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite keeps things natural.

The next photo was shot under direct sunlight. The ruins of what used to be a temple city don’t exactly have shady trees to protect you from the sun. Again, the Flare S6 Selfie gives off a greenish tint to what could have been a nice and sharp selfie. The ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite, on the other hand, has better skin tones and overall white balance.

At night, it was a different story. While the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite produced a brighter image, it’s dull. The Flare S6 Selfie managed to shoot a sharp selfie even though the noise level is quite high. The green tint is still present; I guess it’ll always be there.

Turning on the beauty mode on both handsets reveals a number of tools and filters you can play with. I set the Flare S6 Selfie midway to level 3 and the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite simply on auto. There are a lot of tweaks to apply depending on your preference, so I’ll stick to what the phones think are best. Cherry Mobile prioritizes sharpness over color, while ASUS captures a more natural yet smudgy picture.

Rear camera

Moving on to the rear, we still have the same number of megapixels since both manufacturers kept the sensors identical.

If you read my hands-on of the Flare S6 Selfie, you’ve already seen this photo. And since even the Flare S6 Selfie’s rear sensor loves the color green, this is a perfect scene to showcase its colors. The shot of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite looks pale in comparison, but it’s not a bad photo overall.

When shooting blue skies, don’t expect the Flare S6 Selfie to get the best shot. As you can see below, there seems to be a green haze clouding the image. Due to this, the shot of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite looks miles better with punchier colors and sharp details.

Low-light photography is really not the ASUS’ phone specialty as it struggles again at night, wherein Cherry’s candidate tries its best to keep the image sharp and detailed in exchange for digital noise. Still, we’d rather see in the dark than have a smudgy picture.

Let’s wrap things up

It’s obvious that the Flare S6 Selfie’s photos always have a greenish tint — may it be with the front or back camera. If you do some post-processing, you can easily fix this, but you’ll have to use filters to cover it up. The Flare S6 Selfie shines in the dark with its noisy yet detailed captures, unlike the murky outputs of the ZenFone. Props to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite, though, for its better colors and lively pictures. The saturation levels may not please everyone, but for a budget selfie phone, it’ll pass.

SEE ALSO: 5 best dual-camera selfie smartphones below $500

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

Unpacked it for you



The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help



Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.

This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip



Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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