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Starmobile UP Selfie Review: Affordable Selfie Phone For Everyone

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How about a selfie centric smartphone with a very compelling price tag? This is the Starmobile UP Selfie! For over a month, we took this smartphone for a spin and here’s our full review.

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Starmobile UP Selfie specs:

  • 3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6737 processor
  • Mali T720MP graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 13 (wide angle) + 13 megapixel front facing cameras with flash
  • Dual SIM (micro + micro), Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, FM Radio
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Price: P6,990
  • Status: Available at Starnobile stores, Argomall and Lazada

Related article – Starmobile UP Selfie Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

made out of good quality plastic. the phone’s over build quality could take an accidental fall. Good thing Starnobile bundled a free case and a screen protector so worry not about protection.

Since it is also plastic, expect it to be lightweight and easy to hold with one hand.

DISPLAY

The  5.2-inch display has a decent resolution of 720p. Sunlight legibility struggled a bit but overall outdoor legibility is acceptable. But we do recommend to turn off the adaptive brightness when outdoors.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Based on the the  benchmarks, it clearly shows that the Starmobile UP Selfie is an entry level smartphone. It may be entry level but it does not show any sluggishness during the duration of our review.

Light games will run here but we don’t recommend downloading heavy games here. The Mediatek chip can only do so much.

CAMERA

The phone truly lives up on its name as a selfie centric smartphone.n Equipped with dual 13 megapixel selfie shooters being one lens is wide angle, groupfies are achievable. See for yourself and check out our sample photos.

CONNECTIVITY

4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Fingerprint Scanner comes standard. The phone is also equipped  with 700Mhz LTE band in which you get faster internet speeds. calls are clear though occasional distortions are evident when when there is sudden change of signal quality.

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BATTERY

Overall battery performance is average. The 2,900 mAh battery  can last up to 9 hours of moderate to heavy use with about 3 hours of screen on time. Battery drains a bit faster when 4G/LTE is turned on all the time.

VERDICT

Good quality hardware, decent selfie cameras and smooth performance, the Starmobile UP Selfie won’t disappoint you. It is not ideal for gaming and battery will not last longer than expected, nut these are minor gripes. The Starmobile UP Selfie is now available for P6,999