We received the StarMobile Diamond over the week-end and tried it out to see if it is worth all the buzz it has been generating in the past couple of weeks.
Announced around the last week of March, the Starmobile Diamond is the company’s newest and biggest flagship handset.
It comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD screen at 720p resolution. That puts the pixel density of the Diamond at 293ppi which is already very good (beating the Galaxy Grand at 87ppi). Add to that the fact that it uses an IPS panel, the display is noticeably clear and crisp.
The body feels a bit bulky and, if you looks at the photo above, you would have noticed the thick bezel. Even the bottom corner where the soft buttons are situated, the area there seems to be under-utilized. The glass that lines the entire front panel feels very solid and thick, probably the result of employing Dragon Trail Glass from Asahi.
The rest of the chassis feels very solid as well, though it seems a bit bulky already. The silver trimming around the white polycarbonate shell gives a slight relief from the monotone color.
The power button is on top along with the 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port. At the back is the 12MP camera with LED flash as well as the speaker grills.
To give you an idea how the bezels ate up a lot of space, we placed the Starmobile Diamond beside the Galaxy S4 with both having 5-inch display.
The paint job on the Starmobile Diamond looks a bit more on the off-white spectrum (shown below the back side of the Diamond and the S4).
The handset has a respectable hardware configuration, starting with a dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jellybean.
Starmobile Diamond specs:
5.0-inch IPS LCD display @ 720×1280 pixel
Dragontrail Glass display
1.0GHz dual-core processor
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via miroSD card (8GB included free)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS w/ aGPS
12MP rear camera, BSI
3MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 2,000mAh battery
Android 4.1 Jellybean
Our only concern would be the rated battery capacity so that’s something we will look into closely when we do the full review.
The Starmobile Diamond is already available in stores and has a suggested retail price of Php9,990.