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Starmobile Up Lite Hands On Review

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Love taking selfies and groupfies? Of course you do! This season, you have to capture the moment during Christmas parties and family reunions. But what if you have limited budget?  Entry level smartphone have front facing cameras too but the problem is it is only in VGA resolution. Starmobile solution – the Starmobile Up Lite! This has a 2 megapixel front facing camera with back side illumination and front flash. We have the Up Lite for a week now and here’s our review.

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Starmobile Up Lite:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • Mali 400MP2 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB 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 autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera with BSI and LED flash
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, Miracast and Chromecast support
  • GPS, A-GPS
  •  1,650 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P4,890 [Update – now P4,590 as of March 2015]
  • Status: Available on Starmobile stores and kiosks
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What’s inside the box? More freebies!

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Compared to its more affordable sibling the Starmobile Up Mini, the Up Lite has a more rounded design. It is quite comfortable to hold and very light. Since it only has a 4.5-inch display, the device is manageable to hold with one hand. Everything is reachable even the other end of the screen. Typing with one hand is very easy too. We do love the phone’s machine drilled speakers.

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Outdoor visibility at 100% brightness

DISPLAY:

The device has the same FWVGA resolution as the Up Mini. The screen is bright and vivid at 100% brightness. Outdoor visibility is generally ok as long as you manually set the brightness at maximum. Playing games in a 4.5-inch display is still enjoyable but we still prefer larger phones for gaming. It is also a 5-point multi touch display which means it is perfect for intense games and fast typing.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

One advantage of the Up Lite over the Up Mini is the bigger 1GB RAM. It can run more intense games like Asphalt 8 smoothly and it can handle more demanding tasks better too. It also runs on almost stock Android experience so expect lags to be rare. It warms up a little when we play games longer than usual but that will not bother you much.

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CAMERA:

Both cameras work splendidly. The 8 megapixel rear facing camera takes good pictures in low light thanks to its back side illuminated lens. We are also happy to report that the front facing 2 megapixel camera works well too. Selfies on good lighting are in good detail and vibrancy. Selfies is low light is better thanks to its front facing flash. Now, taking selfies in a bar is no longer a problem. Just make sure the front flash is turned on.

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Seflie on the 2 megapixel front camera, no flash
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Selfie using the 2 megapixel front facing camera with flash

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CONNECTIVITY:

We used both Smart and Globe SIMs and HSPA+ connectivity on both networks are fast on the places they have good internet connection. Calls are clear on both ends of the line. Both Bluetooth and WiFi works fine too.

BATTERY:

The Up Lite has a slightly bigger battery than the Up Mini. At 1,650 mAh battery, we managed to get around 5 hours of on screen time and that includes an hour of gaming, 2 hours of video streaming and You Tube, email, social networks, calls and texts.

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VERDICT:

The Starmobile Up Lite is your perfect selfie companion. The 2 megapixel front camera performs extremely well on both good lighting and dark places thanks to its front facing flash. Performance isn’t a slouch either thanks to its 1GB RAM and quad core processor. So if you are out for a new smartphone with good selfie camera but on a tight budget, we strongly recommend you take a look at the Starmobile Up Lite.

If you already own this smartphone, please do share you experience with us. 🙂

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