Starmobile has focused more on its entry level offerings throughout the year and so far it has been doing good. The company has released two new entry level smartphones with fingerprint scanner, the Starmobile UP Rave and UP Sense. We have the UP Sense for review and we’ve used it for a couple of weeks. Should you buy this sub-5k smartphone? Let’s find out.
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
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The Starmobile UP Sense has a familiar design when looking it at the front. The curved edges, the curved glass and that circular home button looks very very familiar. Because it is familiar to a popular smartphone, you event brag your friends that you own one. Flipping it at the back and that resemblance disappears. We do love this criss cross pattern at the back as it gives added grip. The phone is made of plastic which means you can remove the back that will reveal the dual SIM card trays and microSD card.
We don’t have any problems with the hardware as it very well built. Starmobile is known for making good quality smartphones. Our only gripe though is the small 8GB internal storage. Since it is on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, apps can’t be transferred to microSD and if you have so many app that you use, 8GB will be a little small for you.
We never had problems with the display quality and brightness output as long as you are indoors. Take it outside the display is barely usable. We wish Starmobile could crank up the brightness a bit for good outdoor use.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Mediatek’s MT6580 has been proven to be a good chipset for casual or moderate use. Social media, light games and casual use of the camera, you won’t get any problems with the Starmobile UP Sense. Please don’t push it too hard has it has only 1GB of RAM. As long as you it is used casually or moderately this phone won’t disappoint.
Normally, entry level smartphones have crappy cameras. So we were surprised that the UP Sense actually has a good 8 megapixel shooter. Photos are bright and sharp, Though dynamic range and color reproduction is a bit lacking. But we can’t complain since it is an entry level smartphone.
No LTE here guys but 3G connectiion has been stable. Using Globe or Smart SIM here, 3G speeds are within normal range. Calls are also good without any problems of distortions. The fingerprint scanner works surprisingly well. You can even unlock using your using at any directions.
Battery is life actually decent as long as you use it casually. On our video loop test, the Starmobile UP Sense managed to get around 4 hours and 23 minutes of screen on time. That is two movies with WiFi on at auto brightness. Not bad!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
- Budget conscious – It doesn’t mean that you can only buy an entry level smartphone is you will get a crappy smartphone that you will throw after six months. That is not the case with the UP Sense. We had actually for a month we did not notice anything wrong with it.
- Good camera on budget – This is indeed a surprise feature. Camera is really good. Promise
- Hand friendly phone – For only P4,290 you will get an Apple-like smartphone with good build quality. It is very pocket friendly plus enjoyable to hold with one hand.