Yesterday, at SM North EDSA, local electronics brand Starmobile unveiled 11 new devices as part of its 2013 Android line-up. I graced the event, which coincided with the opening of their flagship store in Manila, and this new mega phablet instantly captured my fancy.
Equipped with a 5.7 inch HD display protected by scratch-resistant Dragontrail Glass, the slick Starmobile Diamond V7 is the largest smartphone that the company has come up with thus far. And according to Mr. Michael Chen, Starmobile’s President, its primary goal is to push the boundaries of what a phablet can deliver.
I’ve seen a handful of smartphone-tablet hybrids over the past few months but what I particularly like about Starmobile Diamond V7 is that if offers a very attractive combination of svelte design, considerable power, and affordable price.
The handset sports an 18 MegaPixel main camera with LED flash and a secondary 8 MegaPixel snapper in front both with BSI or Backside Illuminated sensor. Such high resolution front-facing camera is unprecedented in the local smartphone scene and I think this shows that Starmobile is in tune with what a lot of young consumers love to do with their phones these days — and that’s taking selfies for social networking sites especially Instagram.
Starmobile Diamond V7 is powered by a rather large 2,600 mAh battery pack, which – I think – is just right considering the phone’s massive display size and internal specifications.
The exterior of the handset – replete with metallic accents and eye-catching display – looks great and it is perfectly complemented by Starmobile Diamond V7′s powerhouse innards. The phablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system with a Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7-based MediaTek MTK6589 chipset – similar to the one powering MyPhone A919i Duo – and handles multitasking with 1 GB of RAM. Yesterday, I ran Antutu Benchmark Test on the device and it got a more than decent score of 13,042.
So when it be out and how much will it cost? Our friends at Starmobile told me during the event that this mega phablet should become available at all Starmobile stores and partner retailers across the country by early July this year. As for the price, they disclosed that Starmobile Diamond V7 will be in the area of Php 10,000 to Php 12,000, which is not bad at all especially when you think about everything that it offers.