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Starmobile Crystal vs. Starmobile Astra: Specs Fight!

Starmobile has finally launched its newest Android Phone with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display and an 8MP BSI camera called Starmobile Crystal, while the Starmobile Astra is the first Android smartphone from Starmobile that features a mobile TV and a 1GHz dual-core processor. With that a lot of people are asking which is better between the two? So, aside from their looks, can you really tell the difference between the two? If not, let’s look at their specs side-by-side after the jump.

Starmobile Crystal vs. Starmobile Astra
Starmobile Crystal Starmobile Astra
MediaTek MT6577
1GHz dual-core processor, ARMv7
MediaTek MT6577
1GHz dual-core processor, ARMv7
PowerVR SGX531 GPU PowerVR SGX531 GPU
Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
4.5-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels)
IPS Capacitive touchscreen
5-point multi-touch feature
4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixels)
IPS Capacitive touchscreen
5-point multi-touch feature
4GB of internal storage 4GB of internal storage
microSD up to 32GB microSD up to 32GB
8MP auto-focus BSI camera
with LED flash
8MP auto-focus camera
with dual LED flash
2MP camera
VGA Camera
720p HD video recording 720p HD video recording
Dual Sim / Dual Standby Dual SIM / Dual Standby
Bluetooth / WiFi / WiFi hotspot Bluetooth / WiFi / WiFi hotspot
microUSB 2.0 / 3.5mm audio jack microUSB 2.0 / 3.5mm audio jack
GSM 900/1800 (Dual-band) GSM 900/1800/1900 (Tri-band)
3G network support
(HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
3G network support
(HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
GPS with A-GPS support GPS with A-GPS support
None Mobile TV
Google Play Store (Google Market) Google Play Store (Google Market)
Li-Pol 1,700 mAh battery Li-ion 1,500 mAh battery
Talk time up 7 hours Talk time up 4.5 hours
Standby time up 250 hours Standby time up 200 hours
136 × 68 × 9.1mm
130.5 x 66.5 x 10.9mm
Php7,990 (SRP)
FREE Jelly case
& Screen protector
Php6,990 (SRP)
FREE Screen protector
& 8GB memory card

If you can see both the Starmobile Crystal and the Starmobile Astra have the same processor, RAM, internal storage and both have GPU's that can play Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, Temple Run and is compatible with Adobe Flash, but the Starmobile Crystal edges the Starmobile Astra with its superior 8MP backside illumination (BSI) camera, 2MP front camera, 4.5-inch qHD IPS display and a bigger battery capacity, while the Starmobile Astra only edges the Starmobile Crystal with its analog TV tuner (mobile TV), Tri-band GSM connectivity and its price!

Now, which phone wins the fight?

A back-illuminated sensor (BSI), is a type of digital image sensor that uses a novel arrangement of the imaging elements to increase the amount of light captured and thereby improve low-light performance. The technique was used for some time in specialized roles like low-light security cameras and astronomy sensors, but was complex to build and required further refinement to become widely used.

If you own one of this phone, please share some of your experiences and opinions about this phone, so that others may be aware of it. Thanks!

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  1. same here kaka experience ko lang kanina... and I'm planning to return it tomorrow sa memo express sa sm marikina for warranty. kakabili ko pa lang siya last week.

  2. I'm very happy with my Astra. The only problems I have are the camera
    performance during night-time or indoor, and the battery. The built-in
    LED flash is virtually useless. Maganda lang ito kumuha ng pictures
    kapag maliwanag ang paligid. Tsaka kapag adik sa games, kailangang
    mag-charge agad. But the graphics are awesome! Regarding the apps
    opening on its own, na-experience ko rin ito, pero I blame it on the
    responsive capacitive touchscreen, kaya careful na ako sa paghawak,
    Kahit kasi hindi pa sumayad finger ko nagrerespond na. That's how bongga
    the touch screen is. I went to the service center sa kapitolyo to
    recalibrate the analog TV kasi hindi maka-pick up ng channel. At nakuha
    ko naman agad-agad. May nakasabay pa akong nagpa-service ng Engage niya,
    mukhang happy naman siya...hindi ko nakausap pero naka-smile naman siya
    when he left. I found the Astra super-super sulit, over-over sa
    expectations given the price niya. Kaya dedma na ako sa two problems I
    mentioned earlier. Super mura na nga eh, gusto ko pa ng perfect na
    phone? Hehe. I got way more than my money's worth sa Astra. My brother
    and some friends are planning to get Astra na rin when they saw mine and
    tried it.

  3. good thing that starmobile have improved their camera.. i hope the image quality of that camera can be comparable with other high end devices with 8MP cams :)
    well, we can be contented with its overall build and specs perhaps, if there's a jelly bean update..

  4. Ksi po cmos camera lang gmit nila, compared to sony same 8mp exmor mjo iba tlga ung difference. Low light condition mejo madaming itim itim na dots ung sa 8mp camera nang localbrands.

  5. I bought a starmobile astra last DEcember 10, 2012, now the unit is experiencing unresponsive touch screen, like it has a world of its own, opening apps without me touching it. I am not a heavy user, hanggang text and call lang ako, mobile internet at hindi ako masyado hilig sa games. Medyo I have regrets bakit pa ako bumili ng starmobile, meron naman ibang Philippine made diyan na proven and tested na. I have availed the warranty for the unit and right now im still waiting for them to return the product in good condition.

  6. ahh kaya pala... ang exmor r sensor kc nila ay cmos camera rin pero with more noise reduction..


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