Starmobile Knight Elite Price is Php 9,990, Specs, In the Flesh Photos, Star Cam Features Explained!

Proudly Pinoy handset maker Starmobile has a new midrange Android smartphone that doesn't only look mighty fine but is also quite a powerhouse and is one of the best cameraphones they've ever churned out!

Starmobile Knight Elite

The first thing that made me fall in love with the Starmobile Knight Elite as soon as our friends from the company showed it to me a few weeks ago was how gorgeous it is.

Starmobile Knight Elite

As you can see, the handset flaunts a glass-sandwich design language greatly reminiscent of midrange and flagship level Sony Xperia smartphones that's a pure joy to hold and behold.

Starmobile Knight Elite

Both the front and back panels of the Knight Elite are protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 sheets, giving the phone an air of both corporate sophistication and durability.

Starmobile Knight Elite
The device is equipped with a 5-inch JDI IPS display panel that looks great regardless of the viewing angle. This Japanese display technology really delivers clear and crisp details as well as bright and brilliant colors, perfect for viewing content, and enjoying games and applications.

Starmobile Knight Elite
The phone's frame is made of polycarbonate with metallic gleam. This is one of the ways that Starmobile was able to keep the price of the Knight Elite at arm's reach of consumers. I mean, considering the other materials used on its shell as well as its stellar set of internal hardware, I'm impressed that the handset only costs Php 9,990.

Starmobile Knight Elite

At its heart, Starmobile Knight Elite runs its slightly-customized Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset, handles multitasking with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of ROM that you can easily augment using the phone's hybrid nanoSIM slot that doubles as a microSD card memory expansion slot. Given the phone's SRP, this set is already a real treat.

Starmobile Knight Elite

Now, the real highlight of this model are its top-notch imaging capabilities -- and it's more than just the hardware.

The Knight Elite sports a 13 MegaPixel camera at the back with LED flash and BSI sensor and that's complemented by a 5 MegaPixel selfie shooter in front also with BSI sensor and Soft LED flash letting you take self-photos even in low to zero lighting conditions.

Starmobile Knight Elite

Starmobile mobile crafted its own camera application for this release, giving users complete control over how they want to snap photos via manual mode.

Starmobile Knight Elite

There's also the new Star Cam plug-in with ReFocus, Chroma Flash, and Opti Zoom functions, which allow you to take your everyday mobile photography to the next level.

ReFocus lets you to choose the focal point of a photo after you've taken the photo. Star Cam takes 5 simultaneous shots with varying lengths and combines all of these into single file. You can then select which subject or part of the shot to focus on just by clicking on the area.

Chroma Flash, on the other hand, greatly enhances low light flash photography. Star Cam takes 2 images in rapid succession without you even noticing it (almost) – first with flash then with no flash – and combines the shots to produce a single image with more natural looking colors. No more washed-out photos! "It's a lot like HDR with flash," I told our friends from Starmobile.

And finally, Opti Zoom gives the camera's digital zoom feature a boost. By taking multiple shots when you snap a photo, Opti Zoom gathers enough data to increase the clarity and brilliance of images even when zooming in.

Starmobile Knight Elite

4G LTE enabled Starmobile Knight Elite is now available at all Starmobile Concept Stores, kiosks, and authorized retail partners across the country. Again, it sells for only Php 9,990 and it comes in two colors: White with Gold Frame and Slate Grey with Dark Blue Frame.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Starmobile Knight Elite
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Upper Midrange
Dimensions142 x 70.5 x 6.85 mm
Weight 125 grams
Available Colors Gold (White), Slate Gray (Dark Blue)
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Display 5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~440 ppi pixel density), JDI In-Cell IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Scratch-Resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor 64-Bit Octa Core = Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core 1 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB ROM, expandable via nanoSIM-microSD card hybrid slot, supports up to 32 GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Exmor RS, HDR
Front: 5 MegaPixels with soft LED flash
Video Capture Main: Full HD 1080p 30fps
Front: 720p
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, MP3, eAAC+, WAV, Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC, ANT+, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 300 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS, Beidou, and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 (TBC)
SIM Card Type Dual SIM = MicroSIM + Hybrid Nano SIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2,600 mAh battery
Uptime Up to 440 Hours of Standby, 9 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Star Camera, Gorilla Glass Front and Back Panels, Sleek Design
Announcement September 2015
Availability September 2015
Price Official SRP: Php 9,990

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