Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Starmobile Flirt - Camera Centric

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Starmobile's latest offering has a couple of hurdles to jump. The first is the name. Starmobile named its latest offering the Flirt. I do not know who came up with that one. I really think the name might make it harder to sell the phone. But, the Flirt is targeted at a younger audience, with the phone coming in red or blue, who may feel differently about the name.

The second hurdle is price. The Flirt is a 4.5-inch Android phone, with a qHD display (540 x 960), dual SIM support, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot and a 1700 mAh battery but it is priced at Php9,290. That is a fair bit more than one expects to pay for a ODM Android phone. The direct competition of the Flirt is the Cloudfone Thrill 430x priced at Php7,777,  MyPhone a888 Duo priced at Php7,499 and the Cherry Mobile Flame priced at Php6,299.

Justifying the higher price, the phone comes with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean installed, making it more current that its Ice Cream Sandwich powered competitors.

But the main draw of the Flirt are the pretty impressive cameras specifications. The phone comes with a 12 MP primary camera and a 3 MP front camera, both with backside illumination (a.k.a. BSI), which should improve low light performance. I don't have camera samples, but will update this post as soon as I find a link to some. If the phones camera lives up to its specifications, it should be worth the higher asking price.

The flyer for the Flirt announced it as a Limited Edition, so it seems like not too many of these phones may be sold.

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