It appears that Starmobile has altogether decided to adopt Samsung's way of marketing its Android smartphones -- and that is to release as many devices as possible in various price echelons.
Come the latter part of June or early July, Starmobile will have two flagship smartphones having almost the same 'more than Php 10,000' price tag. The Starmobile Diamond V7, which has been featured earlier on TechPinas, will be the company's top-of-the-line phablet while Starmobile Knight, shown in these photos, is set to be its 2013 flagship smartphone superseding Starmobile Diamond.
The first time I saw Starmobile Knight, I immediately thought that it looks like a larger Apple iPhone 5 -- albeit lacking a metal shell. The two phones flaunt a similar tall rectangular form factor with curved corners and a slightly protruding glass touchscreen. Even the off-center, upper left corner placement of the camera at the back is reminiscent of that Apple's flagship handset.
This is merely a prototype of this handset model. Obviously, branding on the back case of the final release will be far more attractive.
Knight sure looks nice - in fact, according to Starmobile, it is currently the lightest and thinnest Dual SIM Quad Core smartphone out in the market - but its specifications are just as attractive. You get a ultra-clear 4.7-inch HD IPS display with 315 ppi pixel density protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen, 1.2 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 based MediaTek MT6589 chipset running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 1 GB of RAM, 18 MegaPixel autofocus main camera with dual LED flash and BSI sensor plus a staggering 8 MegaPixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor, which is great for taking selfies, and a non-removable 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery pack. As for connectivity, the handset supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G HSPA+.
During Starmobile's big event at SM North EDSA several days back, our friends from the local electronics company told me that Starmobile Knight will hit store shelves either late June or early July. They didn't disclose the official SRP but I believe that it should don a price tag within the range of Php 10,000 to Php 12,000. Stay tuned for our hands-on and demo video and initial impressions post.
Update: Starmobile Knight's official SRP is Php 11,290 and it will be released within the second week of July.