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Starmobile Up Hands On and First Impressions

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Sub-5k smartphone are hot items lately. It was MyPhone who draw first blood with the Rio and followed by Cherry Mobile’s Omega Spectrum and Cloudfone’s Excite 502q. Last week, Starmobile has announced the Starmobile Up, the company’s sub 5k smartphone.

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We’ve been roaming around some malls lately – SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, SM Mall of Asia and Glorietta  but most stores, including Starmobile stores and kiosks, have no stock of the Up. Until last night, we finally bought one at Adi Telecom in Glorietta. We’ll reserve the unboxing on our full review.

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Starmobile Up specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels) 196 ppi
  • Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera with BSI
  • Dual SIM (Regular + Micro SIM), Dual Standby, Dual 3G
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless Display, USB OTG (On-The Go)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P4,990
  • Status: Available on Starmobile stores, kiosks and retailers

Before anything else here’s a tip – we spotted stocks of the Starmobile Up on Hello store in SM Makati and Adi Telecom in Glorietta 2. There is no display unit, posters or flyers in Adi Telecom. Just ask the sales lady if they have stocks. Starmobile said they are trying to replenish their stocks as they too were surprised by the overwhelming demand for the phone.

When we saw the device for the first time, it looks like any other Android smartphones we’ve seen. It has a typical form factor with curved edges. But just like the other Starmobile smartphones we’ve tested, it is solidly built and it looks it can take a beating. We do love the back plate  as it doesn’t attract fingerprints and smudges.

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Turning on the phone, we were greeted with its bright and colorful 5-inch FWVGA IPS display. The lack of HD resolution may turn you off but we think Starmobile has a good reason for not putting one. Although, we do wish it could be on qHD resolution. Despite having only an 854 x 480 resolution, tilt the phone sidewards and the screen remains vivid.

We did our first Antutu Benchmark test and here’s the score we got – 17,890.

That’s all for now folks! We will have a detailed review of the Starmobile Up soon but first we will be using this as our daily driver to further test its capabilities.