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Starmobile Play Neo Unboxing and First Impressions


Filipino smartphone brand, Starmobile has made ties with Smart Communications Inc. to provide a unique offer to customers. When you buy the newly announced Starmobile Play Neo, it will come a Smart SIM “Super Pack” that gives users 700MB worth of data monthly for a year. By the way, the Play Neo is already available in stores.

During the media event a few days ago, our good friends from Starmobile gave us a review unit with the same package found in stores. So, let’s unbox it!


Starmobile Play Neo:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Spreadtrum 7731G processor
  • Mali 400 MP4 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI sensor and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • SRP: P2,999
  • Status: Available on Starmobile stores and kiosks


Upon opening the package, we are pleased to share what we found inside the box.

  • Starmobile Play Neo unit
  • USB cable
  • wall charger
  • Smart “Super Pack” SIM
  • clear case
  • two screen protectors



We have the gold variant here and it looks really good. It is quite nice to hold with one hand with the help of curved edges at the back. The device may have an entry level price but it doesn’t feel and look entry level. It looks more expensive than its official price.

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Let’s check button placements – volume rockers on the left, power button on the right, 3.5mm headset jack on the top, USB charging port at the bottom and the 5 megapixel rear facing camera and speaker at the back.

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The 5-inch display has a low resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Based on our experience, having a low res display has its advantages and disadvantages. More on that on our full review. You can also pop out cover at the back revealing the battery and the dual SIM slots plus the microSD slot.


Overall first impressions has been really positive and we are excited to try this phone out using the included Smart Super Pack SIM. Full review will follow soon.