These two are the most affordable members of Cherry Mobile's current roster of Dual SIM Dual Standby Android smartphones.

One costs only Php 3,999 but already comes replete with a Dual Core chip, 4-inch IPS display, and a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash. Upon announcement last Yuletide, Cherry Mobile Flare was instantly deemed 'so sulit' by bargain-hunting Android fans, which greatly helped its sales, enough to make it (unofficially) Cherry Mobile's best-selling full-blown smartphone to date.

Php 4,499 Cherry Mobile Cruize, on the other hand, features a far-larger 5.3-inch TFT display - complemented by a bigger battery pack - and the same 5 MegaPixel camera but only has a 1 GHz Single Core chip, which greatly disappointed some CM fans. Unbeknownst to most users, though, Cruize's MediaTek MTK6575 chipset implements the ARM Cortex A9 processor, which is supposedly more capable than the ARM Cortex A5 processor found in the 1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 chipset powering Flare. (Smartphone geeks, feel free to share your thoughts about these chipsets in this post's comments section.)

Anyway, if you're already at wits' end trying to choose between these two or if you're wondering if Cruize would be a great buy in lieu of Flare, which is becoming increasingly harder to acquire these days, then you might want to study our complete technical specifications comparison table of the two popular CM handsets:

TP Specs Comparison Table: Cherry Mobile Cruize vs. Cherry Mobile Flare
Detail/Feature Cherry Mobile Cruize Cherry Mobile Flare
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Availability and Price in Philippines Out Now
Price upon release --
Php 4,499
Out Now
Price upon release --
Php 3,999
Dimensions/
Weight
149.5 x 83 x 10.9 mm
211 g
131 x 68.2 x 11.3 mm
152 g
Screen/
Features
5.3 inches 480 x 800 pixels,
TFT capacitive touchscreen
4 inches, 480 x 800 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Dual SIM Dual Standby Yes Yes
Operating System Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU1 GHz Single Core, Broadcom GPU, MediaTek MTK6575 (Cortex A9 based) Chipset1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4, Adreno 203 GPU, MSM8225 (Cortex A5 based) Chipset
RAM 512MB 512MB
Internal Storage 4GB 4GB
MicroSD Card Slot Yes, supports up to 32GB Yes, supports up to 32GB
Camera Still (main): 5 MegaPixel with autofocus and LED flash
Video capture: 720p (TBC), LED video light, geo-tagging
Secondary camera: VGA
Still (main): 5 MegaPixel with autofocus and LED flash
Video capture: 720p (TBC), LED video light, geo-tagging
Secondary camera: VGA
Wifi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
3G Yes, HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Yes, HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 Yes. v2.1
Built-in MicroUSB Port Yes, 2.0 Yes, 2.0
Audio Jack Yes, 3.5mm Yes, 3.5mm
HDMI Port No No
Stereo FM Radio Yes Yes
Games and Apps Yes, via Google Play Store Yes, via Google Play Store
Battery Type Li-Ion 2500mAh Li-Po 1600mAh

So have you made your decision? Which of these two smartphones do you prefer? (*whispers* I would advise you, however, to give both phones a test run before making a purchase; Compare the touch response and actual speed of each handset. The proof is in the pudding, so they say. Oh, and all things considered - especially after learning more about their chipsets, I think I'd go with Cruize. But that's just me.)

Do you think Cruize offers a great alternative to Flare? Do you think it has a chance of becoming another major best-seller for Cherry Mobile?