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Starmobile Knight Elite Review

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With a lot of competition on the market, Filipino smartphone makers are stepping up their game in terms of hardware, software and price. The new Starmobile Knight Elite does all of that, with a few new tricks on the side.

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Here’s a recap of the specs of the Starmobile Knight Elite:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit processor (1GHz Quad Core + 1.5GHz Quad Core)
  • Adreno 405 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080) 440 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (front and back)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with BSI sensor, autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with flash
  • Dual SIM (micro + nano) Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • 2,600 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • SRP: P9,990

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN

At first glance, the Knight Elite looks like the lovechild of an iPhone 6 and an Xperia flagship. The phone has a plastic edge that kinds looks like metal from afar, and a beautiful Corning Gorilla Glass front and back. At 6.55 mm, the phone is slim enough to slip into any pocket. The phone allows for a tight grip despite the glass body. One down side to this design is that it’s prone to fingerprints. It would probably be an issue to the black variant, but it’s barely noticeable on our white unit.

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One design touch we appreciated about the Knight Elite is the LED notification on the power button on the phone’s left side. Starmobile is noted for adding a notification light somewhere on the phone, and this iteration adds a touch of class to the unit. It lights up green when it receives regular notifications and red when the phone is charging or about to run out of battery.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

An octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor with 2 GB of RAM powers the Knight Elite. By today’s standards of higher RAMs and crazy processor speeds, the Knight Elite seems like a mid-range phone, but it’s no slouch in terms of day to day use. Multitasking is great, apps open quickly and even graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 perform well. There’s a little stutter here and there, but we think it’s the processor keeping up with the demands of the Knight Elite’s 1080p display.

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DISPLAY

And it’s one gorgeous full-HD display. It’s bright enough under direct sunlight, colors are accurate, and it’s just a joy to watch videos, play games and even do your daily activities with a high-resolution display like this. As expected, event the smallest of text is crisp and readable.

CAMERA

Taking photos with the Knight Elite is fun. Aside from the phone’s 13-MP rear camera, it has StarCamera built-in, a set of camera features developed by Starmobile. It allows you to take photos in 3 modes – ReFocus, ChromaFlash and OptiZoom. ReFocus allows you to change the focus of your photo after taking it. ChromaFlash combines one photo taken with flash and another taken without to produce an optimized image. OptiZoom combines multiple photos to achieve a higher resolution.

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BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

The 2600 mAh battery holds up well for a day’s use. Using it as a personal hotspot does not drain the battery, nor does it make the phone heat-up. I tested the phone with a Smart HSPA+ SIM Card, and even with data on all-day reaching speeds of up to 6Mbps, the phone still has enough juice for a late nightcap. It would have been nice though if fast charging was available.

VERDICT

Decent specs for a decent price, not to mention a beautiful design – all these make the Starmobile Knight Elite a pretty attractive phone to own and show off.

Let us know what you think of this phone! Share them in the comments below!