Starmobile Quest Price Php 6,590, Complete Specs, Key Features, Release Date

Competition among local handset companies is currently very tight in the midrange category. MyPhone had a runaway winner with Php 4,999 MyPhone Agua Rio last month - and it remains to be one of the best-selling handsets in Pinas as of today - while Php 5,999 Cherry Mobile Omega Aeon is slowly climbing the charts in terms of sales.

Starmobile Quest, Starmobile Smartphone

I'm sure Happy Man Philippines - maker of Starmobile smartphones - is hoping that its freshly announced Starmobile Quest mid-level release would experience the same level of success as its main competitors. It won't be easy but if you ask me, considering its gamut of additional selling points, I really think this phone could very well become another winner for the brand.

Starmobile Quest, Starmobile Smartphone
With Quest's Noise Cancellation technology, callers will hear you clearly even if you're in the middle of a party or while you're on a noisy sidewalk waiting for a jeepney. No need to shout!

Priced at Php 6,590 and sporting a 4.5-inch qHD 540 x 960 pixels IPS OGS display panel, Starmobile Quest runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system sans custom skin with a very capable Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 and Adreno 302 based Qualcomm MSM8212 Snapdragon 200 chipset. The handset - powered by a 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery pack - handles multitasking with 1 GB of RAM and has 4 GB of ROM that you can beef up using the microSD card slot. And if you wondering, yes, you can easily transfer apps to the SD card without having to root the device.

Starmobile Quest, Starmobile Smartphone
Premium audio enhancement on the Starmobile Quest is possible with Snapdragon Audio+. Play around with a 5-band equalizer with 10 presets, Bass Boost and 3D Effects for a truly unique listening experience.

Admittedly, Starmobile Quest is a tad more expensive than some devices out in the market with similar technical specifications like Cherry Mobile Omega Aeon. For me, though, the price difference is acceptable if only because of Quest's enhanced imaging capabilities headlined by its 5 MegaPixel front cam with Toshiba Sensor for selfies and the 13 MegaPixel camera with LED flash, Sony Sensor, and large f2.0 aperture, which boosts its indoor and low-light performance.

If you love taking photos - both of yourself and of other subjects - using a phone with a clear and crisp display and a rather powerful chipset, then I would suggest that you check out this release and give it a test run in a Starmobile Concept Store near you. Starmobile Quest is out now nationwide and it's available in three colors, namely, White, Black, and Red.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Starmobile Quest
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions137 x 66.3 x 9.8 mm
Weight 127 grams
Available Colors White, Red, Black
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Display 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density), qHD 540 x 960 pixels, IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Adreno 302 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8212 Snapdragon 200 chipset
Internal Storage 4 GB ROM, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 32 GB
Camera Main: 12 MegaPixels, autofocus, Sony Sensor, BSI, f2.0 aperture
Front: 5 MegaPixels, Toshiba Sensor
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, HD for front camera (to be confirmed)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+/Flac (TBC)
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, 3G HSPA+
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Light, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM, Dual 3G Standby
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2,000 mAh battery
Uptime 200 Hours of Standby Time
9 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Noise Cancellation, Qualcomm Snapdragon Audio+ and Battery Guru, Starmobile Sync, f2.0 aperture, Sony and Toshiba Sensors
Announcement June 12, 2014
Availability June 12, 2014
Price Official SRP - Php 6,590