Today, we all need a smartphone that can help us conquer life’s many challenges. After all, a smartphone should definitely help you not only keep up but level up in life. Last week, we had the chance to take Starmobile’s UP Neo for a spin. We had a busy week and the UP Neo was more than up for the challenge. Read on for the review.
Starmobile UP Neo
- 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M Octa-core Chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB internal memory, with expandable memory (Micro SD)
- 5.3-inch HD IPS LCD Multi-Touch Capacitive Screen (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13MP Rear Camera with Triple LED Flash
- 5MP Front Camera with Flash
- Dual 3G Standby SIM
- 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 / 3G UMTS/SCDMA: 850/1200 / HSPA+
- GPS + A-GPS, OTA Update, Infrared (IR) Remote Sensor
- 2500mAh Li-Ion Battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- SRP: Php 6,490.00
HARDWARE and DESIGN
One of the first things you notice about the UP Neo is that it fits comfortably in one hand despite the 5.3” screen size and is good for one hand use. The power button and volume controls rest comfortably on the right side of the phone and easily accessible by your pointer finger. Aesthetically, we really like the nice gold finish on this unit. If you’re not the gold type, it is also available in black. The back cover sports a crisscross design that is pleasant to the touch. It’s slim and light weight and definitely something you’d like carrying around.
DISPLAY and SOUND:
The display on the UP Neo is clear, bright and you won’t be having any problems under direct sunlight. The phone’s speakers are found at the bottom part of the phone and pack a punch. There’s a little fuzziness though when you turn the volume all the way up, especially with heavy bass songs. If you keep it two notches down from full, you’re all good.
SOFTWARE and PERFORMANCE:
The UP Neo runs on Android Kitkat 4.4 but sports some Lollipop finishes on the icons. It definitely runs smoothly and is highly responsive. There weren’t any lags even while playing games or streaming Youtube videos. We suggest sticking to casual android gaming (COC, Angry Birds 2) as the phone does get a little hot after the 10 minute mark.
The best part of this phone is that it has Aligned wakeup and CPU power saving mode that actually delivers. We never had to worry about the battery dying on us since it manages the power usage when we weren’t using the phone. Starmobile tells us this phone has up until 18hours talk time. Though we didn’t try that, we had the phone on for a full 21.5 hours with the usual social media checks, calls and messaging plus 4 hours gaming, 1.5 hours video streaming and about 8 hours on Spotify (on headphones). Moreover, we kept the following on the entire time: Bluetooth, WIFI, Location Services/GPS and on vibration with sound.
We tested it out with Globe on 3G and it got pretty good results. Calls all came in clear. Since, this phone has expandable memory, you also don’t need to worry about running out of space for all those notes, links and photos you want to work on for later.
Another awesome thing this phone can do is process photos really quickly. You can pull up the camera from the lock screen and you get greeted by a Horizontal Camera Meter to help you level your photos. It’s a very good offering coming from this phone as that cuts down on sometime trying to fix your photos afterwards. We applaud the lowlight capabilities of the UP Neo. Also, for providing users the option to light it up the scene if we do need more light with the TRIPLE LED Flash at the Rear Camera (13MP) and the flash for the Front Camera (5MP) as well. Dark under eye selfies, be gone.
The Starmobile delivers what it promised. Not only is it dependable but it covers all your needs in style. At the and SRP of Php 6,490.00, this phone is well worth the buy. Definitely time to level up with the Starmobile UP Neo.