Starmobile Up Max Price Php 7,490, Specs, Features, In the Flesh Photos

Starmobile may not be churning out as many smartphone models as its main rivals in the local handset game but all of their releases - especially this year - have solid main selling points that make them very attractive to particular segments in the market.

Starmobile Up Max

Take, for instance, Starmobile Up Max. This Php 7,490 Android phone has five key features that you won't find in too many other phones in its price echelon:

First, it has a 13 MegaPixel autofocus main cam with Sony IMX135 Exmor RS sensor complemented by a 5 MegaPixel autofocus selfie shooter -- the combination of which makes the Up Snap one of the best budget cameraphones in the market.

Second, the device has ISDB-T Digital TV feature that lets you watch 10 free, clear DTV channels here in the Philippines including ABS-CBN, GMA7, and TV5.

Third, it has a massive, removable (believe it!) 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery that delivers up to a whopping 24 hours of talk time and almost 42 days of standby time. This is the biggest pack you can get from any brand in this category currently.

Fourth, it has a sizable 16GB of ROM that you can even beef up using the phone's microSD card slot. Record your favorite DTV shows and watch them at a later time; Up Snap has more enough internal storage for that.

And finally, it already runs Android 5.0 Lollipop! Enjoy the latest version of Google's mobile OS.

Starmobile Up Max
You'd have to connect this antenna to the phone's 3.5mm audio jack to get DTV capability.

Apart from those features, the other specs of the phone are more or less standard for a 2015 handset donning such a price tag. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6582M SoC that incorporates four ARM Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz as well as a 500 MHz Mali-400 MP2 GPU, has 1 GB of RAM, supports 3G HSPA+ connectivity, and comes with Dual SIM Dual Standby capability. The chipset and the RAM won't particularly make you go 'Wow!' but given all the stuff that's unique and special about this model, I still think the Up Max gives great value for money and is one of the best in this price point.

Starmobile Up Max
Oh, and it also has a 5-inch HD IPS display that's protected by scratch-resistant Dragontrail Glass. As you can see in this photo, the screen looks crisp and brilliant. In terms of aesthetics, Up Snap exudes an air of elegance with its no-non-sense design identity, highlighted by a thick and sleek metallic accent framing the device.

Is this the right smartphone for you? If you're looking for a rather affordable Android smartphone and all of the five key features of the Up Max that I mentioned above greatly appeal to you, why not check it out? I think this model is ideal for users who love traveling and taking photos using their handsets. Turn on DTV while you're in the bus and snap images as soon as you reach your destination. The phone's 5,000 mAh battery pack will give you peace of mind, knowing that it won't run out of juice before the day ends -- or storage space even after taking hundreds of shots.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Starmobile Up Max
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions137 x 68 x 8.1 mm
Weight 137 grams
Available Colors Gold, Black, White
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Display 5-inch 1280 x 720 pixels HD, IPS Multi-Touch Capacitive Screen, Dragontrail Glass
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7, 500 MHz Mali-400 MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6582M chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 32GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels AutoFocus, Sony Exmor RS IMX135 sensor
Front: 5 MegaPixels AutoFocus
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, Full HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass (TBC), Proximity
Network 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: 850 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual SIM = Regular Mini SIM + microSIM
Battery Removable 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime 24 Hours of Talk Time, 990 Hours of Standby Time
Value-Added Features ISDB-T Digital TV, Extra Large Battery
Announcement July 2015
Availability July 2015
Price Official: Php 7,490