At last, we finally reviewed the Starmobile Diamond X1. This is the company’s first octa core offering which was announced way back in February. How does it hold up to your everyday smartphone use? Let’s find out.
Starmobile Diamond X1 specs:
- 1.7GHz Octa-Core Mediatek MT6592 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 6-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels) 245ppi
- Scratch resistant glass
- 18 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, Back Side Illumination and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera with Back Side Illumination
- HSPA+, Dual Band WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- GPS, A-GPS
- Android 4.2 Jellybean
- SRP: P13,999
- Status: Available on Starmobile stores, kiosks, and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
Again and again, we will never stop praising Starmobile for its excellent build quality and the Diamond X1 is no exception. In fact, the X1 has even better build than its siblings due to its aluminum back cover. Although it made the phone premium looking, it is prone to scratches too. We do suggest that you buy a flip cover or jellycase. They are readily available to Starmobile stores and kiosks. We do admit that the phone is huge. It would be impossible to use it with hand but holding it with hand is ok thanks to its slim and sexy profile.
You won’t be getting a full HD display here but the X1 sports a 720p HD display. It is not as sharp as the Starmobile Octa but it is as vivid and bright as its flagship sibling. Viewing angles are good and it is manageable under direct sunlight.
We do notice that the Diamond X1 is faster than the THL T100s Monkey King 2, another Octa core device, when playing games and doing heavy or multiple tasks. This is probably due to its lower res display of 1280 x 720 pixels. Playing Dead Trigger is so much fun! We used the X1 as our main gaming companion for a few days.
One of Starmobile’s strengths is the camera. The 18 megapixel rear facing camera and the 8 megapixel front facing camera takes better pictures in low light thanks to its Back Side Illumination feature.
We are so happy to report that the X1’s WiFi reception is outstanding. It gets better WiFi than our own LG G2. HSPA+ connection using Globe or Smart is also good as long as you are within the network’s range.
The battery? It falls a little short on our battery tests. On our extreme heavy usage (hours of games, video calls, voice calls, videos, etc), the battery lasted only 6 hours with 12% remaining juice. On moderate use, we managed to get 8 to 9 hours with 15% remaining power.
The Starmobile Diamond X1 is your perfect multimedia companion. If you are the type of watching livestream videos, You Tube, and playing games with no hiccups, this is your best choice. But of course, you must understand that if kinda falls short on battery life so if you can charge it at least twice a day, then there’s no problem getting the Starmobile Diamond X1.
Here are some camera samples: