There’s no denying that feature phones still have a place in the Philippine market. There’s actually a substantial market share in this type of devices, so local brands are still making them.
Starmobile, one of the local smartphone vendors, is trying to add some spice in the feature phone category by introducing beyond-the-usual designs. With the new Starmobile Uno F301, the company is bringing the nostalgic clamshell design in their portfolio.
This isn’t the first time that some brand tried to rejuvenate the immortal feature phone market. Last year, Alcatel announced the Go Flip which is also a dumb phone that has the same clamshell design.
HMD Global also revived the Nokia 8110 4G — the Banana phone from the late-90’snow with a more appropriate color and 4G LTE connectivity.
However, unlike those devices, the Starmobile Uno F301 has a proper dumbphone price tag. This handset retails for a price of only Php899 — almost four times cheaper than the new Nokia 8110 4G.
The Starmobile F301 has a 1.8-inch colored screen located right inside the main body on top of the keypad. The top flop only works like a cover, with a transparent window so you can glance at the screen behind it — perfect if you want to check the time or see if you have notifications.
It also comes with a VGA camera with flash that allows you to take pictures or shoot videos. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t have an SD card and an MP3 player, so you’d solely rely on its FM Radio capability to listen to music.
Starmobile wants to provide a reliable device for basic texting and calling, so they equipped the Starmobile Uno F301 with AllConnect Quad-Band GSM.
The Starmobile Uno F301 is available in Black and White color variants. In case you want one, you can get it at Starmobile concept stores and kiosks nationwide for Php899. It’s also available online on their official website.