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Starmobile UP Prime Unboxing and First Impressions


With the entry of Chinese smartphone brands, local brands are facing great competition in terms of pricing. One Pinoy brand Starmobile has changed its strategy and focused its resources on basic phones and entry level smartphones priced below 5K.

But the company want to give the basic smartphone essentials to a smartphone just below 5k and here comes the Starmobile UP Prime. So let’s unbox it and check it out!

Starmobile UP Prime:

  • Quad Core Mediatek MT6737 processor
  • Mali T720MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch HD TFT display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE (700Mhz LTE band), WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Price: P3,990

What’s inside the box?

  • Starmobile UP Prime unit
  • USB cable
  • Wall charger
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • earphones
  • FREE Smart LTE Prepaid SIM

Before we proceed, let’s talk about the free SIM. The Starmobile UP Prime comes with a free Smart LTE SIM. Once activated, you can get 100MB of free data for the next 12 months. You can load a minimum of P100 and get 500MB of free data more.

There is nothing special on the Starmobile UP Prime when it comes to its design. Everything you see here are just functional and always present in an entry level smartphone.

First, we are happy to see a removable back with a removable battery in a smartphone again. The 3,000 mAh battery should get you through the day of heavy use. But we have to test that first for our full review.

The back looks and feels metal but it is not. Its high quality plastic. Aside from the battery, you will so find the dual micro SIM card slots and microSD card slot. Overall, the Starmobile UP Prime is a pretty solid phone based on our first look.

Ports and buttons:

  • Top – 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bottom – USB charging port
  • Left – nothing
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Back – 8 megapixel camera with flash and speakers
  • Front – 5 megapixel camera, 5-inch display, sensors, three capacitive buttons

On the software side, Starmobile has trimmed down a lot on its customization and we have a pure Android experience. Starmobile used stock Android apps like messages, contacts and even Google Chrome is the default browser.

Its main selling point is the phone’s LTE capabilites with support for 700Mhz LTE band  for faster internet. We will get to test that on our full review.


The Starmobile UP Prime did not disappoint when it comes to its hardware. It is a very solid phone and a nice display. Its overall performance including the camera, battery and daily use will be reserved for our full review. 🙂