Back when the Starmobile Diamond X1 was released, I was a bit curious that they’d go with a 6 incher instead of a 5 inch smartphone that was more manageable for Pinoy-sized hands. After all, they had a great advantage with being first to market with an octa core phone, so why not make sure it appealed to as many folks as possible? Fast forward to today and Starmobile has finally decided to release an all new octa core phone, this time sporting a 5 inch screen. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Starmobile Octa!
The Starmobile Octa features a more mainstream-sized 5 inch Full HD IPS OGS screen with a pixel density of 441ppi. It’s driven by the increasingly popular 1.7GHz octa core MediaTek MT6592 SoC coupled with a quad core Mali 450MP4 GPU for some serious performance and gaming action. You’re also getting 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage and USB OTG support.
As for the imaging department, the Starmobile Octa packs an 18mp autofocus rear-facing camera with BSI sensor and LED flash, while the front camera packs an 8mp BSI sensor and also comes with its own LED flash.
Connectivity-wise, you’re getting the typical 3.75G/HSPA+ support, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. However, you’re also getting NFC, which is a feature you wouldn’t expect on a local phone.
The Starmobile Octa runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and is powered by a 2,300mAh battery. The battery capacity is a little disappointing, but the Mediatek MT6592 chip is said to be much more power efficient over the MT6589, although it remains to be seen how well it will do in an actual battery life test.
The Starmobile Octa will retail for Php16,999 and is due for release next week. While it’s a little expensive, it manages to come with 32GB of storage and pack NFC connectivity. It’s a pretty awesome phone, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people shopping in that price range might prioritize looking at international brands instead.
Starmobile Octa Specs
- 5″ Full HD OGS IPS display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 441ppi)
- 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
- Mali 450MP4 GPU
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage, non-expandable
- 18mp BSI autofocus rear-facing camera with LED flash
- 8mp BSI front camera with LED flash
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- USB OTG
- Dual micro SIM support
- Price: Php16,990