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Starmobile Up: A Worthy Contender to the Php5k Price War

The original MyPhone Rio set a new bar for what you could get at Php5k. It featured a 5 inch screen, quad core processor, and decent specs that were almost unheard of at that price point. Fast forward a few months and other local players have started outing their own challengers to the Rio, with the Starmobile Up being the most interesting one so far.

The Starmobile Up features a 5 inch screen and 1.3GHz quad core MT6582 processor by MediaTek. While it shares the same processor and screen size as the Rio, the Starmobile Up’s screen actually has a lower FWVGA (480 x 854) resolution versus the Rio’s HD (720 x 1280) screen. However, the Up has a scratch-resistant display versus the Rio, which only has your typical tempered glass.

The Starmobile Up also has an 8mp BSI rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash coupled with a 2mp BSI front camera. You also get the typical 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM configuration that’s common among entry to midrange smartphones these days.

If there’s an advantage that’s worth noting, it’s that the SM Up already runs KitKat 4.4 out of the box whereas the MyPhone Rio comes with Jelly Bean 4.2. KitKat has been around for the longest time now and it’s about time that Android smartphones came with out of the box. The extra functionality may be lost on most casual users, but more tech-savvy users will definitely appreciate it.

Starmobile Up Specs

  • 5″ FWVGA IPS display (480 x 854 resolution, 196ppi)
  • 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek MT6582 processor
  • Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB ROM
  • 8mp rear-facing BSI autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 2mp BSI front camera
  • 3.75G/HSPA+
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • Price: Php4,990

The Starmobile Up sells for an SRP of Php4,990. Right now, there aren’t too many phones with the same specs at the same price point. Still, the MyPhone Rio does have a headstart, and it is soon to be joined by other price-competitive phones that offer the same features and performance.

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