Well that didn’t take long. Shortly after one of the local phone brands launched the country’s first locally branded HD Android smartphone, another one has popped up to challenge it, this one going by the name Starmobile Diamond. The Starmobile Diamond sports a 5 inch HD IPS panel, giving you the equivalent of an entry level HD LCD TV into something that can fit in the palm of your hands. And it’s no ordinary 5 inch IPS panel as it’s also protected by Dragontrail Glass, a brand of unscratchable glass that we’ve already seen on another of Starmobile’s top Android phones, the Flirt.
To complement that 5 inch HD IPS display, the Starmobile Diamond is powered by a 1GHz dual core processor, 1Gb of RAM, 4Gb of ROM and will run Jelly Bean 4.1 out of the box. On the imaging side of things, you’ll also get a 12mp rear-facing camera and 3mp front-facing camera, both of which will utilize BSI sensors that perform better in low lighting conditions. That way you can take photos that will do that HD screen justice.
From a design aspect, the Starmobile Diamond looks a bit similar to the Starmobile Crystal, although slightly larger. It also looks creepily similar to that other HD phone that was just announced the other week by another local brand. Thanks to YugaTech, we know that it will be priced at Php9,990 but there is still no news as to when it will be released into the market. The announcement of the Starmobile Diamond marks the beginning of a wave of locally branded Android phones with HD screens. It’s only a matter of time until other local brands follow suit.
So how about it? Now that local brands are beginning to churn out phones with high end specs, will you start considering them over more established international brands? Hit us in the comments below and share your thoughts 🙂
Starmobile Diamond Specs
- 5 inch HD IPS display with Dragontrail Glass (1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi)
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1GHz dual core CPU
- 1Gb RAM
- 4Gb ROM, expandable up to 32Gb via micro SD
- Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS
- 12mp primary camera, 3mp front-facing camera (BSI sensors)
- 3G/HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps
- Price: Php9,990