Starmobile Up Sense Unboxing, Hands-On, and In-Depth Demo Video

"How does Starmobile design smartphones or what's the company's philosophy in crafting devices?" I asked our good friend Mr. Ryan Joeyson Uy - the company's Head of Digital - when I visited their HQ several days ago.

He answered, "[Mark, we design devices that can offer consumers an uplifting lifestyle. We craft smartphones for discerning buyers who want to get the best product for their money; Something they'll be proud to own.]"

Unlike its main competitors in the local handset industry, Starmobile opts not to exert all that much effort into winning the price war.

If you notice, the company doesn't really try to drop the prices of the smartphones as much as other Pinoy brands. Instead, I believe Team Starmobile does its best to give their devices more innate value with the amount that a buyer pays for a unit.

The freshly released Starmobile Up Sense is yet another testament to the brand's noble philosophy.

With a front design reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 7 and a textured backplate that reminds me of the best-selling Starmobile Knight Luxe, this model is truly a joy to hold and behold.

Frankly, just from looking at it, it's hard to believe that it costs only Php 4,290. But it's true.

For me, the stunning design language of this release greatly reflects the amount of care that Starmobile puts into crafting devices for Filipinos. The truth is, you'll have a hard time looking a phone as gorgeous as this in the Php 4,000 to Php 5,000 price bracket.

But it doesn't end there. Starmobile Up Sense is also wonder in terms of technical specifications given its price point.

As I've written in previous TechPinas Post, this model sports a 5-inch HD IPS display protected by 2.5D Curved glass panel, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus main camera with Triple LED flash for even better illumination in low light conditions, 2 MegaPixel front cam for selfies, Full HD video recorder, Dual SIM Dual 3G switching capability, and a fairly sizable 2,500 mAh Li--Po battery pack that can deliver up to 13 days of standby and 12.5 hours of talk time.

At its heart, Up Sense runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 and Mali 400MP GPU based MediaTek MT6580 processor, has 1GB of RAM, and comes with 8GB of internal storage that can easily be augmented using the dedicated microSD card expansion slot.

But the one thing that - I think - the company is particularly proud of in this model is the Fingerprint Scanner that's embedded on its 'clickable' home button.

With this neat feature, which offers a higher level of security, the user can unlock the device and control access to apps and private files with but a touch of his or her finger.

Watch my exclusive interview video with Mr. Ryan Uy below where he gave an unboxing of the Starmobile Up Sense as well as an impressive and in-depth demo of the handset's Fingerprint Scanner.

Let me know what you think about this smartphone via our comments section below.

Starmobile Up Sense is now available at all Starmobile Concept Stores, kiosks, and authorized retail outlets across the country. This stellar smartphone is out in three elegant colors, namely, Space Grey, Champagne Gold, and Rose Gold.

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