It is rare to find a beautiful, sexy but poweful smartphone at an affordable price these days. It came as a surprise when Starmobile introduced the Starmobile Knight Luxe. We took our review unit for a spin for the past week and here’s our review.
Starmobile Knight Luxe:
- 1.4GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6592M processor
- Mali 450 MP4 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Internal Memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5 inch HD AMOLED display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing Samsung ISOCELL camera
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM (Regular + Micro), Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2.050 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P7,690
- Status: Available in Starmobile stores and kiosks
Related article – Starmobile Knight Luxe Unboxing and Hands On
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
We’ve mentioned everything on our unboxing article how we love the design of the Knight Luxe. Aside from being beautiful, the phone is also lightweight and easily pocketable. One small gripe though, the diamond cut metal edges makes it quite painful to hold for long periods of time. Good thing Starmobile has a free cover case.
Starmobile opted to use AMOLED as a choice for the display on this device. We all know Samsung uses AMOLED on their smartphones so expect high levels of saturation on the screen. Color tone is on the warmer side resulting to reds are too red for our taste. Brightness output is outstanding even on harsh outdoor sunlight.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
The Knight Luxe is powered by Mediatek’s 1.4GHz Octa Core processor. Everyday regular use is buttery smooth with no hiccups and lags. Loading games such as Dead Trigger 2 and Sky Force is quick. We also love the Android Lollipop-ish look of the UI with its three capacitive buttons integrated on the screen. Even Google Keyboard is pre-installed.
The 13 megapixel rear facing camera is one of the phone’s main selling point. It rear is a Samsung ISOCELL sensor so expect photos would be great. Indeed, photos look really great! But autofocus takes time to focus. Once you set the focus on your subject, photos will look great, bright and vivid. It also has a BSI sensor so low light shots are good too.
Take a look on our sample shots below:
We would appreciate it if the Knight Luxe is LTE capable but sadly it is not. 3G/HSPA+ works fine on both Smart and Globe networks. Both SIM slots are also 3G capable so switching connections is a breeze. Calls are clear on both ends of the line.
On paper, the 2,050 mAh battery might be a bit underwhelming but Starmobile acted like a boy scout here. When you go to Settings then Battery, make sure Aligned wake-up and CPU Power Saving Mode is turned on. If your battery is running low and you can’t charge just yet, you can turn on Super Power saving mode found on the drop down notification panel.
We managed to get around a day on regular use. On heavy usage, we managed to get around 4 hours of screen on time. Battery drain test includes watching NBA finals for two hours live via IWantv app, playing Sky Force, Dead Trigger 2 and Clash of Clans for an hour and watching You Tube and checking social networks and email. We decided to turn of the Aligned wake up off during the battery drain test.
Overall, the battery is just average.
It not hard to recommend the Starmobile Knight Luxe especially if you are after the looks and sexiness of a smartphone. This is perfect for those who always flaunt their smartphone in expensive restaurants, lounge or coffee shops without breaking the bank. Do not worry about performance, the Octa Core processor can handle any difficult tasks you throw at it. It is indeed one of the most good-looking mid range local smartphone we’ve reviewed.