Flagship smartphones from local brands are getting better and better but getting more expensive too. People are asking, “Is it worth our money?” It is a question we hardly answer. For me, it would really depend on your needs. We have here the Starmobile Octa, a gorgeous phone with amazing specs. Let’s find out if it is worth your hard earned money.
When I picked up the review unit at the Starmobile HQ, I went to my favorite coffee shop, Coffee Bean, and immediately unboxed it. Two of my friends who work in Makati saw the phone and suddenly asked questions about it. I told them its a good phone it lacks LTE. They said its not their primary concern since they have a reliable WiFi connection at the office and at home plus Globe’s HSPA+ network is generally fast according to them. I asked them to give me a few days to review the unit and will inform them of my take as soon as I’m done with it.
Related article – Starmobile Octa Unboxing and First Impressions.
- 1.7GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor
- Mali 450MP4 quad core graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with One Glass Solution
- Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass
- 18 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera with BSI and LED flash
- Dual Micro SIM, Dual Standby, Dual 3G
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,300 Li-Po battery
- Android 4.2 Jellybean
- SRP: P16,990 (comes with free wireless charger + bluetooth speaker)
- Status: Available on Starmobile store, kiosks and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
This is probably one of the most good looking flagship devices from a local brand I’ve ever seen. Starmobile has indeed payed attention to details from the curves, the sides and the angles. Girls would definitely love this red Octa that we have here. It may be red but it looks like hot pink to my eyes. The phone is still made of plastic with a nice aluminum finish that makes the phone look and feel like metal. The only metal on the phone is front panel surrounding the screen.
No doubt, the Octa has one gorgeous 5-inch Full HD display. The One Glass Solution has helped the display to look even more gorgeous when tilting the display sideways. If you want your phone to have a superb display, then, this is your phone to get.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
The Octa has same Octa Core processor with the THL T100s and Starmobile Diamond X1 that we reviewed in the past. Of course it is definitely fast, almost lag free on all tasks. Gaming is a fun fun experience too! We’ve been playing Dead Trigger 2 for periods of time with no lag or stutter. Smooth performance is also seen on Antutu Benchmarks as well.
Camera has been Starmobile strong forte ever since. The 18 megapixel rear facing camera takes the best photos on different lighting conditions. Even the 8 megapixel front facing camera can take great selfies. Aside from being a great camera, focusing and taking snapshots are faster than any local branded smartphones we’ve tested. So, if you need to take that shot, you’ll catch that moment with the Octa.
Both SIM slots only require Micro SIMs so better have your regular SIM cut. Both SIM slots have HSPA+ connection too. Both my Globe and Smart SIMs work well on the Octa. HSPA+ connection of both networks are fast depending on the coverage. WiFi is also good. 🙂
Among the three Octa Core smartphones we’ve reviewed, the Octa has the smallest battery. At first, I thought the battery won’t last a full day of heavy usage but I was wrong. The battery lasted 8 hours of heavy usage with 14% remaining power. Of course not all of you are heavy smartphone users. On the days of moderate use, I was able to stretch the battery to 10 hours with 10% remaining power. Not bad, Starmobile!
I find the conventional charging better than the wireless charger that comes with the package. Wireless charging takes roughly 3 to 4 hours before it reaches 100% while USB charging takes only an hour and half.
Now, going back to my friends who have been asking about the Octa. I told them to buy the Octa despite its P16,990 price tag. No doubt it is the best looking local branded smartphone out there. Starmobile’s excellent after sales and customer service is big bonus too. My other friend asked, “17k is way expensive for me and I don’t need wireless charging. What phone should I get?”. I told him that the Diamond X1 is a better choice. And now, my friend has recently bought the Octa and the other is the Diamond X1. They are now happy Starmobile owners. 🙂