In connection with the media event that Samsung held last Wednesday (July 3), the next phone that I'd like to introduce is the Samsung Galaxy Star. This, I believe, is the most significant product that the Korean company announced that day as it is the cheapest Samsung Galaxy smartphone thus far -- and it also happens to be a Dual SIM Dual Standby device.

samsung galaxy star

Obviously, the best thing about Samsung Galaxy Star is its price tag, which is just PhP 3,990. Never has Samsung priced any model in its Galaxy line of smartphones this low -- until now. And the next best thing: It has Dual SIM capabilities. A lot of Filipino mobile phone users maintain more than one prepaid number so this feature should come in handy for them.

samsung galaxy star

Looks-wise, the phone follows the almost traditional Samsung Galaxy design language. We have a small smartphone with plastic shell and faux-metal frame running down its sides, and a screen with a home button below, flanked by two capacitive buttons.

Expect nothing more than entry-level specs. Star comes replete with a 3-inch TFT low resolution screen, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, 512 MB RAM, and a 2 MegaPixel rear camera with no flash nor a complementary front snapper. As for connectivity, the phone supports WiFi and Bluetooth but - oddly enough - not 3G.

This thing runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A5 processor, which is not bad considering that other specs - especially the screen - don't really demand all that much power. Despite its less than stellar innards, I think that Star will deliver a smooth performance and will be able to run games that are not too resource-intensive.

But here's the thing, while I believe that this phone is worth checking out, I'm not sure if it can beat other handsets in its price category in terms of features. For instance, for around Php 4,000, one could already buy a 4-inch Dual Core Dual SIM Android smartphone from local players, including Cherry Mobile, MyPhone, and Starmobile. Nonetheless, what Samsung has in its favor is its brand image, perception of durability (versus local brands, at least), after-sales support, and resale value.

Author: Mon Arguelles always believes that he has purchased the perfect smartphone to suit his needs... Until the next generation model comes out.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Star
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry-Level
Dimensions105 x 58 x 11.9 mm (4.13 x 2.28 x 0.47 in)
Weight 100.5 g
Available Colors Black, White, Blue
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density), 240 x 320 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors
Processor 1 GHz Cortex-A5
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB
Camera 2 MegaPixels, 1600x1200 pixels, no flash, no front-facing camera
Video Capture QVGA@15fps
Audio and Video Playback MP4/WMV/H.264 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0,
GPS No
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery 1,200mAh
Uptime Standby Up to 320 hours Talktime Up to 14 hours
Value-Added Features Dual SIM Dual Standby
Announcement July 2013
Availability July-August 2013
Price PhP 3,990