If you think Starmobile Flirt is already cool, I wonder what you'll say when you see the gorgeous and powerful Starmobile Diamond in the flesh.


Last Saturday, our friends from HappyMan sent me a unit to unbox and play with. And as I soon as I saw the svelte black box - with that shiny metallic 'Diamond' font on almost all its panels - I just knew that this is a release that Starmobile is particularly proud about.


Donning an official suggested retail price of Php 9,990, Dual SIM Dual Standby Starmobile Diamond has officially superseded the Php 9,290 Starmobile Flirt as the most expensive member of its current roster of Android devices. But whereas their price difference is quite little, the former is far superior to the latter in almost all departments. In fact, looking at Starmobile Diamond's design and specs sheet, it's clear that it is the best handset that the company has churned out thus far - bar none.


Powered by a 1 GHz Dual Core MediaTek MTK6577H processor for enhanced graphics and playback and 1 GB of RAM for more efficient multitasking, this 'premium masterpiece by Starmobile' (as the company calls it) aims to make your mobile experience even more immersive and impressive.


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The device flaunts a massive 5-inch high-definition 720 x 1280 pixels resolution IPS display panel protected by Dragontrail glass. If it's your first time to hear about it, Dragontrail is tested to be six times stronger than soda lime glass often used in mobile phones, which makes it extremely resistant to scratches. For the everyday user, this means that you won't have to worry about getting scratches on your Starmobile Diamond's screen even if you put your handset in a bag or pocket with coins and keys.


Despite having an usually large display, this smartphone only measures 9.2 millimeters at its thickest point making it one of the thinner phablets you can get these days. So yes, it does have a large footprint but it's far from being bulky. Also, if you're wondering, that's real metal accent lining the sides of the device. Nope, not painted nor chrome-plated plastic -- so you can have peace of mind in knowing it won't fade with regular use over time. Isn't that nice?


But aside from Starmobile Diamond's awesome name, beautiful exterior, stellar innards, and arresting display, the coolest thing about this release are its powerful dual cameras, which both have a back-illuminated sensor for improved low light performance! The main camera is a monstrous 12 MegaPixel snapper with autofocus lens and Dual LED flash. The one in front, on the other hand, is 3 MegaPixel, which is - again - a real treat considering that more expensive Android handsets by other brands only have around 1.2 to 2 MegaPixel front-facing cameras. Having a BSI sensor means that Starmobile Diamond's dual snappers can take bright, crisp, and vibrant images even in not so well-lit conditions.

TP Friends, like what I always do here every time we get a brand new phone from our partners, here's my quick unboxing, demo, and 'accessories check' video of Starmobile Diamond:


Now, I know what you're thinking. I bet you're wondering how Starmobile Diamond fares against its main rival, Cherry Mobile Omega HD. I've played with both handsets and to tell you honestly, they're almost the same; The feel in the hand is comparable, users get the same AOSP interface, and the phablets mirror each other's touch response. However, I think Starmobile Diamond is a tad better in some areas, specifically in terms of build and design (because it has real metal accents, which is always good in my book), the front-facing camera, as well as the enhanced processor. Note, however, that Cherry Mobile Omega HD is around Php 2,000 cheaper and comes with an ever slightly bigger 2,100 mAh battery versus the 2,000 mAh on Starmobile Diamond. So which of the two is the right one for you? Let me know thoughts by sharing your comment below.

Starmobile Diamond is now officially out (since Saturday, April 13, actually) at all authorized Starmobile retail outlets and kiosks nationwide. Again, its official price is only Php 9,990 and it's available in two colors: Black and White. *whispers* Just between us: I usually like Black. But in this case, I think White looks a bit more elegant.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Starmobile Diamond
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Android Smartphone with Dual SIM Dual Standby Capability
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions148 x 74.5 x 9.2 mm
Weight TBD
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Display 5-inch, HD 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Dragontrail Glass Touchscreen
Processor 1 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9, Enhanced IMG SGX 521 GPU, MediaTek MTK6577H chipset
RAM 1 GB RAM
Internal Storage 4GB, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 32 GB
Camera Main: 12 MegaPixels, autofocus, dual LED flash, with BSI sensor, Front-facing: 3 MegaPixels with back-illuminated sensor
Video Capture 720p HD
Audio and Video Playback MP4/H.264/MP3/WAV/MIDI/AAC/3GPP/WMV
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Regular SIM (Mini SIM)
Battery Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery
Uptime 200 hours of Standby, 4 hours of Talktime
Announcement April 2013
Availability April 13, 2013
Price Official SRP: Php 9,990