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Starmobile Engage 8 Quad Short Hands On and Initial Review

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Just like smartphones, tablets are also becoming popular these days. Apple, just like the iPhone, was the first to revolutionize tablets. It was not that long when Google started selling Android tablets too. During those days, tablets are still quite pricey. Last year, there were so many affordable tablets came to the scene and most of them are from local brands. Before 2013 ends, Starmobile released new tablets and we were able to play around the Starmobile Engage 8 Quad.

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Starmobile Engage 8 Quad specs:

  • 1GHz Quad Core AllWinner A31 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 7.85-inch XGA IPS LCD display (1024 x 768) 163 ppi
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
  • 2 megapixel front facing battery
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G via OTG dongle
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P6,990

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Initial Review

  • Many of you are not familiar with the chipset inside the Engage 8 Quad. Allwinner A31 is a chipset made by Allwinner Technology, a Chinese semiconductor company. It competes with Mediatek, Intel, Broadcom and Qualcomm in the chipset market but has relatively smaller market share.
  • During our time with the device, everything ran smoothly. If we get a chance to review this unit fully, we would like to test the processor’s capabilities.
  • Display is bright but of course its not sharp and pixels are very evident. We do understand that it only has XGA resolution.
  • Great build quality! The tablet is made from metal. No kidding!
  • We consider this as a compliment. The device really looks like the iPad Mini.
  • Affordable at P6,990.

Initial Verdict:

If you have doubts with regards to its processor, then your best alternative is the Starmobile Engage 8 3G. It runs on a 1,2GHz quad core Mediatek MT6589 processor, has HSPA+ connection and a larger 5,000 mAh battery. But this tablet costs P3,000 more.

Honestly, we don’t know much about the tablet’s processor so we cannot say anything good or bad about the performance. We will try to get a unit for review.