Our good friends from Starmobile gave us a review unit of the newly released Starmobile Up Mini. The Starmobile Up+, Up Mini, together with the Up Lite and Up Snap (coming soon) are the smartphones that belongs to the Up series. The company formed a new naming system for their phones – Uno for feature phones, Engage for tablets, Play for entry level smartphones, Up for mid range smartphones and Knight for high end flagship devices.
The Starmobile Up Mini belongs to the mid range category but has an entry level price point. Now let’s explore what’s inside the box and our first impressions with it.
Starmobile Up Mini:
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
- Mali 400MP2 graphics
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash
- VGA megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, LED Notification Light, Miracast and Chromecast support
- GPS, A-GPS
- 1,550 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P3,690
- Status: Available on Starmobile stores and kiosks
What’s inside the box? A LOT!
- unit itself
- clear case
- USB cable
- smart view cover
- screen protector
Starmobile never failed to impress us with their phone’s solid build quality and the Starmobile Up Mini is no exception. Attention to detail is also being done here. It is a simple, well built phone through and through. The phone is perfect for one-hand use due to its 4.5-inch screen size which is a best size for the hands of an average Filipino.
Button placements – 3.5mm headset jack and USB charging port at the top, nothing on the left, power button and volume rockers at the right, microphone at the bottom, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash and speaker at the back and the 4.5-inch screen with the VGA front facing camera at the front.
Although not in HD, the 4.5-inch display has an FWVGA resolution which is fairly decent. It also managed to be quite useful under direct sunlight too. On the software department, it runs Android 4.4 Kitkat and it is generally fluid on our first few hours with it.
We will be using this for a week as our daily driver. We inserted our Smart SIM here and will be downloading our favorite apps and games that it can play with its limited 512MB RAM. Please stay tuned for our full review with video next week!