The official specs of the Starmobile Astra is out!
We do not have an actual unit here to play with, so were just here to share our evaluation of this newest Android phone from Starmobile, the Starmobile Astra based on its announced specifications. This phone was set to officially hit the market on the first week of November with a price of Php6,990.
Starmobile Astra Specifications and Features:
- Dual SIM / Dual Standby
- 4.3″ WVGA (480×800) IPS Capacitive display
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1GHz Dual Core Processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage / microSD up to 32GB
- 8MP Autofocus Camera w/ LED Flash (Main) / VGA Camera (Front) / 720p HD Video Recording
- Bluetooth / 3G / WiFi Hotspot / GPS with A-GPS support
- JAVA / EDGE / WAP / GPRS / SMS / MMS
- MP3 / Multimedia Player / FM Radio / Mobile TV
- 3.5mm Headset Jack / 2.0 Micro USB
- Motion Sensor / Proximity Sensor
- Triband GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz / HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps
- 1500mAh Li-on Battery / Standby time: up to 200 hours / Talk time: up to 4.5 hours
- 130.5 x 66.5 x 10.9mm (dimension)
- Price: Php6,990
- Availabilty: Set to be released first week of November!
Time to evaluate all those things about the Starmobile Astra, mentioned above.
Dual SIM / Dual Standby – most of the Android phone that has China OEM supports dual SIM so this isnt a surprise. Its a good thing and saves you from needing an extra phone in case you are using more than 1 SIM regularly. I find this feature very useful as in my case, I have a separate SIM that I use only for my mobile internet connectivity.
4.3″ WVGA (480×800) IPS Capacitive display – the days of cheap 3.5-inch Android phones is now over, I guess. This is kind of good, as the size of 4.3″ is really not too big or too small until you get used to it. Its the same size as my ZOPO ZP100 phone but the pixels resolution is lower, mine uses a qHD screen at 540×960 pixels. The screen of the Starmobile Astra obviously have less denser screen, so dont expect much on the display quality if you have really good eyes. I think it will be unnoticeable for those who arent used to mobile screens with high dpi’s or those with not really good eyes to notice the difference. While on the other hand, if it uses IPS technology at least we can expect better viewing angles.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – you know its on the high-end category if it can support the Android 4.0 ICS operating system. ICS is good enough, and even without JellyBean your Android experience will be more pleasurable compared to just having a Gingerbread OS.
1GHz Dual Core Processor – the Starmobile Astra has this dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, which I can say that its a MT6577 CPU from MediaTek. It is always paired with a PowerVR GPU and I already know that this system is powerful enough that it can play HD and 3D games smoothly and with no problems at all.
512MB of RAM – the 512MB RAM is a standard for every ICS device, and this is sufficient enough to have seamless multi-tasking capabilities.
4GB of internal storage / microSD up to 32GB – I will tell you, you wont have a 4GB of usable internal storage memory but something like 2 or 2.5GB only. Im saying this based on my experience with my ZP100. But if you have an SD card with large capacity, you will hardly use up all these internal memory you got here. Meanwhile, this 4GB (2.5GB usable) ROM or internal memory that the Starmobile Astra is a advantage over the other Android phones from myPhone as they have really low internal memory built.
8MP Autofocus Camera w/ LED Flash (Main) / VGA Camera (Front) / 720p HD Video Recording – high pixels count on the camera doesnt always means a clearer photo. One thing is just sure, higher pixels = higher size. Its a good thing though that this Starmobile Astra have LED flash on its main snapper. The MT6577 chipset makes it able to record 720p videos. Not sure though if its able to shoot clear night photos.
Bluetooth / 3G / WiFi Hotspot / GPS with A-GPS support – normal thing. I think that the wifi here supports n as the MT6575 which is a predecessor of the MT6577 only supports b/g so this Starmobile Astra might be on the n now. Good to know that there is 3G and GPS capabilities as well.
JAVA / EDGE / WAP / GPRS / SMS / MMS – all are normal package of an Android device but, JAVA? Seriously? I doubt.
MP3 / Multimedia Player / FM Radio / Mobile TV – all are normal package of an Android device. Mobile TV? So where’s the antenna? I doubt it refers to the common analog TV we have seen at low-end China phones. This TV might just refers to the internet TVs we are able to watch by using TV applications that are downloadable from the market.
Triband GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz / HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps – why does this just have a tri-band set of frequencies? I only know about quad-band being the standards, no 2100MHz here which is the frequency for 3G of any networks here in our country. This needs a confirmation.
1500mAh Li-on Battery / Standby time: up to 200 hours / Talk time: up to 4.5 hours – if there is a wrong thing that Starmobile did, it is saying the mAh capacity rating of this phone. 1500mAh? Really? That is too low! An ICS Android phone is a real battery drainer, saying this based from my experience; I got a 1650mAh battery capacity on my ICS phone and it rarely lasts a day for a single charge. Its a real downer for this phone, as the battery capacity is always a consideration of buyers nowadays. As for me, I am more willing to add Php500 for this phone just to have a 2000mAh battery out of the box rather than to buy an extra battery or power bank.
130.5 x 66.5 x 10.9mm (dimension) – we dont have a unit, but judging from online photos, it doesnt looks too thin or too bulk, but just right. We cannot say more about its physical composition as we havent get the chance to actually hands-on a unit yet.
Price: Php6,990 – the price is just like the myPhone A878‘s as of now but it has a better set of specs, so this one is obviously a better choice. However, the price of the A878 might change in line with the release of the myPhone A898, which is an update of the A878 and has seemingly similar specs to the Starmobile Astra. We’ll see.
That’s pretty much it. I hope we have an actual unit so I can tell you more about this Starmobile Astra and show you its actual pictures. Sadly we don’t, but I hope you guys managed to get a bunch of information about this phone.
Well then, there’s a lot of dual core releases here in our country by that season. Just to share this with you guys, 2013 will be the year of quad-core Chinese Android phones.
Here’s a video showcasing this Starmobile Astra, video posted by starmobileph on YT.