Starmobile Astra has quite similar specifications as some flagship Android handsets released last year but comes with an entry-level price tag.
For just Php 6,990, you already get a 4.3-inch smartphone that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with a Dual Core CPU, handles multitasking with 512MB of RAM, and comes replete with an 8 MegaPixel camera, an HD video recorder, 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery, and 'WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G' connectivity support. Isn't that super?
But compared to those 2011 dual core flagship handsets, Starmobile Astra is a lot more fun; First, because it has Dual SIM Dual Standby capability, allowing users to stay connected on two networks concurrently (or at the same time). And second, because it features a built-in antenna for Analog TV, which means that - with it - you won't have to miss PBA or UAAP games, news programs, and teleseryes on free TV even when you're on the road, away from an actual television set.
I've yet to play with a Starmobile Astra unit so I can't really say if the handset is any good in the flesh. But, as some of you know, I do own a Starmobile Engage tablet and from my experience with the device, I'm inclined to believe that the company has pretty solid and capable products. I'm actually looking forward to trying out this smartphone; Hopefully, our friends at Starmobile can send us a unit to tinker with real soon.
I have here the complete technical specifications of Starmobile Astra courtesy of Happy Man Philippines; If you will, check it out --
OK, so just to add, the phone runs on an MT6577 chipset, which has a Dual Core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR Series5 SGX GPU. Users also get an IPS display - with crystals that don't twist a full 90 degrees - delivering high contrast and color fidelity.