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June 28, 2016

Starmobile’s Knight Elite: Is It Worth Buying?

There are other brands in the market that can challenge the status quo. One such example is Starmobile, a Filipino smartphone and tablet manufacturer based in Pasig City. It was established by Star Telecom Alliance Resources, Inc. in 2011.

The company entered the mobile sector in the Philippines under the presidency of Michael Chen

The company entered the mobile sector in the Philippines under the presidency of Michael Chen

A few months ago, Starmobile launched its Knight Elite, their latest entry in their high end Knight lineup. I believe the Knight Elite is Starmobile’s answer to the market’s need for a smart and cost efficient phone that can compete with today’s famous brands.

At P9,990, it’s already one of the company’s most expensive smartphones. The question is: does the Knight Elite’s performance live up to its price point?

Nico Garcia, Starmobile Knight Elite 1, Dec8

Here are the specifications of the Starmobile Knight Elite:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 5-inch full HD IPS JDI display, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with AF, flash and BSI, re-focus capability
  • 5-megapixel front focus
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2600mAh battery
  • It has a design that’s pretty sleek and competitive.
  • and it comes in Black or White.

The Knight Elite is simple yet elegant. Its solid body is made of plastic and metal parts. It’s a bit light and not all slippery to the touch. The front and back are covered by Gorilla Glass, which is pretty tough to boot. My only fear is to put it in my back pocket. The phone would most likely bend, given its thin width.

The power button and volume controls are located at the left side of the phone. The light turns green when upon pressing the power button, then turns red when there is an incoming text message. I just wish it has a Home button like other phones so it’s easier to navigate.   

At the back of the phone is the 13-megapixel rear camera on the upper left corner of the device, along with the LED flash. Starmobile’s logo is displayed prominently at the middle. I am happy that the Elite uses a bottom speaker layout.

The overall display quality of the 5-inch HD is quite good. Though the keys have smaller than average bezels, the JDI panel produced nice, bright, and punchy colors. Viewing angles are good and the phone isn’t fazed by bright light. It’s even easy to read even under the noon or afternoon sun.

Nico Garcia, Starmobile Knight Elite 7, Dec8

The Knight Elite uses a hybrid dual-SIM layout which allows the user to use either an extra SIM or a microSD card to boost its 16GB storage. It performs well but when the cache memory and all the other junk memory piles up, the phone slows down terribly. I had to constantly delete the bloatware that piles up the trash and cache memory. I heard that this is common with the brand so I hope that they will be able to address this issue because it’s really annoying.

On the other hand, the Knight Elite is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Although this hardware combo is typical for most mid-range smartphones, for its price, I consider it a good deal.

Nico Garcia, Starmobile Knight Elite 10, Dec8

I also wish that it had an infrared feature for the smart remote app. That way, I can control television, air-conditioning unit, or anything that has an infrared receiver.

Unfortunately, the signal in my area is not so good. Outside my area, the signal works just fine.

I think the best feature of the Knight Elite is its 13-megapixel BSI camera with AF and LED flash. Even under artificial light, it is capable of producing photos with excellent detail and color reproduction. I just couldn’t figure out or utilize the much flaunted re-focus shooting feature.

Nico Garcia, Starmobile Knight Elite 8, Dec8

Battery Life
It has a decent battery life. After a full charge, it had 75% after two days. Turn off the wifi and it will surely last longer.

My Verdict
Despite some of the issues, I am very happy with this phone. It’s reasonably priced, fast if maintained, and has a decent camera to boot. You can download fast and play all the high graphics mobile phone games without any hitches. And, of course, it’s made by Filipinos.

Honestly, I am quite excited to see how far the Elite line will go. The Knight Elite is one of the best phones Starmobile released this year because of its great overall design and performance.

Nico Garcia, Starmobile Knight Elite 2, Dec8

I know that the best is yet to come so congratulations Starmobile! Keep it up!


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One Comment on “Starmobile’s Knight Elite: Is It Worth Buying?”

  • Roberto P. Castro says July 26, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I bought Starmobile Knight Elite, last September 10, 2016 at Presnet in Robinson’s Place, Los Baños. After 1 week, my Starmobile Knight Elite do not turn on and don’t charge. I bring it back to Presnet, after a couple of minutes they fix the problem, but after a couple of weeks, it’s no longer turn on and don’t charge again. So I decided to bring it back again to Presnet, but they can’t do anything to turn it on again. That suggest that they will send it to Starmobile Service Center, but after a couple of months. Instead that my phone have fix, it have scratches on the side and the signal become unstable and sometimes, there’s no signal at all, I bring the issue to the DTI, they suggest to bring it back to their service center. But instead of doing the right repair, they only reset the phone to it’s factory settings. So I lost all my contact numbers and my pictures. Until now my phone can’t connect to Internet if I’m inside the, I have to go outside look for good signal. Unlike when it was first one week, even I’m laying in my bed. I have a full signal. Moral lesson, don’t buy china made phone.



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