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Starmobile UP Sense Unboxing and First Impressions


More and more unique features from flagship level smartphones are being present in entry level ones. Starmobile, in their case, they have a fingerprint scanner on an entry level smartphone. Meet the Starmobile UP Sense. Let’s unbox it!


Starmobile UP Sense

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6580 processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) with 2.5D arc curved glass
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P4,290
  • Status: Available at Starmobile stores and kiosks



What’s inside the box?

  • Starmobile UP sense unit
  • Wall adapter
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Clear cover case
  • Screen protector (not shown in photo)

Upon taking it out of the box, the Starmobile UP Sense has very familiar design. From the 2.5D curved glass to the circular home button which also serves the fingerprint scanner, there’s no denying that Starmobile took some inspiration from Apple’s current iPhone. Flipping it at the back and all of Apple inspiration disappears. We love the criss cross design at the back and the unique camera layout and design. We cannot distinguish if the sides are metal or plastic but if it is plastic, this must be really good.

Ports and buttons placement:

  • Top – USB charging port and 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bottom – speaker
  • Right – Power button and volume rockers
  • Left – Nothing
  • Back – 8 megapixel camera with triple LED flash
  • From – home button with fingerprint scanner, 5-inch display, sensors and 5 megapixel camera

Peeling off the back will reveal the dual micro SIM card slots and a micrSD card slot. Battery is removable too. Going to the software, Starmobile has made very few tweaks with the software so it looks very stock Android. Only two apps are pre-installed – Starmobile Care and Starmobile App store. Software updates will go through the Starmobile Care app so watch for any updates

As of this writing, we have not tried the fingerprint scanner nor installed the apps we use. We will be using the Starmobile UP Sense as our daily driver for the next two weeks. If you can’t wait for our review, go ahead and buy one now! Hardware is very good and software has very less bloatware. 🙂