Except for their prices, the Starmobile UP Mini and UP Lite don’t come off as cheap. Their build quality is excellent and the phones are very responsive.
I passed the UP Mini around and asked friends and colleagues to feel its finish, check out the device’s responsiveness and guess its price: P15,000 said one, P13,000 said another. The lowest guess was P5,000 with most saying it’s price was higher than P8,000.
The UP Mini actually sells for P3,690 and what a device for such a price. It has a 1.3GHz quad core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU with Android 4.4, a 4GB built-in storage expandable via micro SD, 8MP rear camera with Backside Illumination (BSI) and 1080P at 30FPS video capture. The device is dual SIM with dual 3G standby.
I used the device for two weeks and found it a perfectly capable smartphone. Although its RAM is only 512MB, it was okay as a device to manage email, browse websites, keep up with news and boost productivity through my go-to apps.
UP Mini Specifications
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 1.3GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex-A7
- 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G UMTS/WCDMA: 850/2100Mhz, HSPA+: Download up to 21Mbps
- 4GB ROM
- 512MB RAM, Micro SD expansion
- 133.4 x 66.4 x 9.3mm
- VGA Front Camera plus 8MP with Backside Illumination (BSI) Rear Camera with 1080p @ 30fps
- Wireless Internet and File Transfer, Miracast, FM Radio, GPS + A-GPS, OTA Update
- 1550mAh Li-ion
- Regular + Regular, Dual 3G Standby
The UP Lite, on the other hand, is a speedier alternative. It has the same processor but more RAM, at 1GB, than the Mini. The company describes it as “speedy and stylish.” It delivers on the speedy but I found the Mini more stylish. Maybe it’s just me.
As a phone, the UP Lite is more than a capable device. It handled games – even those with heavier graphics demand – very well. I asked our eldest son to play games with it and he said he was very happy with the performance.
When I used it the UP Lite, I found it responsive enough for my needs. I used it for work for a couple of days – through my regular apps of choice Mailbox, Google Docs, Trello, Slack, Flipboard – and had no complaints. It ran apps well.
The phone comes with an 8MP rear camera with BSI and 1080P at 30FPS capture and a 2MP front camera with BSU and LED flash.
UP Lite Specifications
- 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G UMTS/WCDMA: 850/2100MHz, HSPA+: Download up to 21.1Mbps
- 1.3 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex-A7
- 1GB RAM, Max 32GB Micro SD expansion
- 8GB ROM
- 134 x 65 x 8.2mm
- 2MP with BSI and LED Flash Front Camera and 8MP AF with Backside Illumination (BSI) Rear Camera with 1080p @ 30fps video capture
- Wireless Internet and File Transfer, Mirecast and Chromecast Support, FM Radio, GPS + A-GPS, OTA Update
- 1650mAh Li-ion
- Regular + Micro, Dual 3G Standby
Even the phone chargers of the two devices don’t look cheap. They are actually a stylish white. The devices also come out of the box with a free screen protector and smart cover.
Starmobile is turning out an impressive line of devices at such a low price. At such low prices, the UP devices perform way above their price class. If you’re looking to upgrade to a smartphone or to find a device to give for Christmas, make sure you check out these two models from Starmobile.