Starmobile Knight Review: Hands On

Over the weekend, I was doing my regular gadget hunting activity in SM Gensan when I finally got a chance to do a hands on review with the Starmobile Knight, the newest and by far the best local branded Android smartphone to date. Thanks to the friendliness and generosity of the Starmobile personnels there, I was able to play around the device for a while without actually buying it.

Below is my Starmobile Knight review, my thoughts and experience with this pretty impressive quad-core local smartphone. If you happen to own this device, feel free to share your thoughts too by leaving a comment below.

You might also want to read: Starmobile Price List 2013: Android Phones

starmobile knight review

What’s in the box

* Starmobile Knight unit
* Standard earphones
* Charging / Syncing cable
* Charging adapter
* 1 front screen protector
* 1 transparent hardshell case

The Knight’s Design

One very impressive thing that I really liked about the Starmobile Knight is its overall design. From the moment I lay my hands on it, I was immediately astounded by its ultra slim form factor  comparable to the iPhone 5. It’s even thinner by 0.1 mm (7.5mm) than the 7.6mm iPhone. In terms of weight, the Knight only weighs 120 grams making it almost feather-like comparing to my current iPhone 4s. Unlike other smartphones, this one is undisturbingly large and just fits on my hand upon gripping.

At a quick glance, you might thought of it as the iPhone 5 too but only taller at 4.7 inches. It has a 1280 x 720 HD screen resolution at an almost retina-like 315 pixels per inch (ppi). With Corning Gorilla glass technology covering its main IPS screen, this device will surely endure unintentional scratches acquired during daily usage. Still on the front, you will see the 8 megapixels autofocus camera that is perfect for video conferencing and selfie shots plus three (3) capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom.
starmobile knight back
As for the back portion of the Knight, it is covered by a removable matte finish plastic case with a few decals for the logo and camera resolution. At the top left corner is the whopping 18 megapixels rear-facing autofocus camera (with dual LED flash & BSI) and the built-in speakers at the bottom center of the device. Other standard buttons and ports (power/sleep, volume rocker, microUSB, microphones, headphone jack) can only be found on different sides of the device.

Impressive Hardware Specs

starmobile knights specsFor a locally branded phone, I consider the internal hardware specs of the Knight to be quite rare and impressive. Powering up the whole device is a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a hefty PowerVR SGX544MP GPU for optimal graphic performance. This same GPU chip is also used by other high-end and branded smartphones like the Alcatel One Touch Scribe HDLenovo K900, and Samsung Galaxy Premier.

Speaking of storage, it has a standard 4 GB of internal storage with which is still expandable up to 32 GB via its microSD slot found at the back. Not to mention also that the package comes with a free 8 GB microSD card upon purchasing the Knight. Not bad right?

The Starmobile Knight is also a dual SIM, dual 3G smartphone (with both regular and microSIM card slots) capable of reaching network speeds of up to 42 Mbps. In normal conditions, this will make video streaming and downloading faster than other usual local phones in the market. Other standard hardware specs are also included like Wifi, Wifi Hotspot, Bluetooth, and GPS w/ aGPS.

Click this link for the detailed Starmobile Knight specs.

The Knight’s Performance

Generally, the overall performance of the Knight is very impressive too. Upon powering up the device, I did some quick screen navigations as well as opening some built-in application on the handset and didn’t noticed any lags or problems with transitions, animations, whatsoever. It’s actually a very fluid device running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS. For mobile geeks out there, the Starmobile Knight has scored an average of 13k in Antutu benchmark.

starmobile knight settingsGames & Multimedia

Speaking of gaming performance, the Knight is very capable too of playing both average and highly graphic-intensive mobile games. I tried playing Temple Run 2, Plants vs Zombies, and Fruit Ninja on the test unit and so far they are loading as expected thanks to its quad core processor and fancy GPU. I would say that it can actually be a very good gaming device (for hard gamers out there) because of its wide and bright HD screen plus its very light on the hands so will not bee too exhausted after playing for a long period.

Watching full HD movies is not a problem also with the Knight since it can playback 1080P videos at 30 frames per second (fps). Not to mention also that it supports a variety of audio & video formats.


Being one of the strongest points about this device, both the front and rear facing cameras never failed to amaze me. The 18 MP autofocus back camera is so good that every photo looks very clear and crisp. Believe me, the image quality is even comparable (or much better) than what I have with my iPhone 4S. It’s got a dual LED flash plus BSI (backside illumination) technology which enhance the camera performance even in dark/low-light places and make them brighter.

The 8 MP front facing camera will also give the best quality selfie shot! It’s Super duper clear that can capture even the smallest skin impurities on your face. (haha). Not to mention too that it also has both autofocus and BSI features similar to the back camera. Very awesome.

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Sample outdoor photo taken using Starmobile Knight’s 18 MP rear camera by Earl

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Starmobile Knight’s BSI performance at low-light environment by Mon

Internet Browsing & Battery Life

Accompanying the Knight is a non-removable, 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery capable enough to last the whole working day of calls, texts, 3G/Wifi internet browsing and occasional mobile gaming. Though I haven’t able to test it out for the whole day, generally user feedbacks suggest that they are getting an average of about 9 hours of moderate to heavy usage and around 15 hours of light to standby usage.

starmobile knight hands on

Overall Verdict

Given the short time I played around with the Starmobile Knight, I instantly feel in love with it. I mean who wouldn’t love this device given its high-end specs and a low price point of Php 11,290? This is by far the best local Android smartphone to date that I’ve seen and I would highly recommend this for aspiring iPhone 5 users who are on a tight budget as of the moment.

Tell me what you think about the Starmobile’s latest flagship device by leaving a comment below.

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37 Responses to Starmobile Knight Review: Hands On

  1. Bryze Bloom July 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM #

    GOT MINE! SO AWESOME PHONE! I REALLY LIKE IT! GOOD PERFORMANCE YET need a Class 10 Micro SD card. included one is class 4 and that is low write and read performance.

  2. Roy Richmond Dela Cerna July 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM #

    got mine. 3 days old.. love it

  3. Edwin Nacino Jr. July 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM #

    Just got one a while ago hehe I am loving it! I would like to make it as my primary phone to replace my iphone5 and s4 loo :)) impressive indeed

    • miggy December 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM #

      wow pre..sayang naman ang iphone5 at s4 mo mga high end phones yan tapos papalitan mo ng starmobile..astig ah! :)))

  4. Happyme July 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    My worry about this device was the battery…. Is it replaceable? How? Since it is fixed …

    • Jeffrey Diana July 26, 2013 at 7:11 AM #

      To make the device thinner, they intentionally made the battery as part of the device’s design, hence they are non-removable. It’s one down side of the knight though.

      • daryll August 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

        pwede ba monthly payment dito? kagaya ng sa myphone iceberg? salamat

  5. Olibert Portillo July 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM #

    how do I set the camera to 18MP? I can’t seem to find that option. the maximum I can set is 6MP for the rear camera. please help.

    • miggy December 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM #

      open mo ang camera app nya,tapos open mo ung settings din makikita mo na yan..good luck :)))

  6. Xpd Seven August 2, 2013 at 6:14 AM #

    NOW AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE as of Aug 1. (except for other parts of the country like cagayan de oro)

    The product Starmobile Knight is an excellent product. The only thing that’s bad about it is:

    1. Started with a press leak/ rumor 3 months ago
    2. Created a 3 month frenzy of hype
    3. Built so much hype that 3month waiting was an agony
    4. 3Weeks after “nationwide” release,still no stocks in cagyan de oro
    5. Hype buildup was so strong that the facebook group of Starmobile knight became from closed to secret after the launching of the Cherry Mobile Cosmos.
    6. Nationwide Release is not simultaneous. Selected stores lang pala.
    7. 3 months from product launching to release is so long. They should’ve had a product launching this September para sure na available in all stores nationwide.

    By the time magka stocks sa cdo, sold out na ang Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

    Good things come to those who wait.
    Cherry mobile launch the Cosmos lineup, 3 days after released na ang Cosmos X. Instant Product IMPACT

    • Justine Dreco August 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

      Visited their shop at SM North Edsa – ayaw magpa demo unit!
      Alangan naman derecho bili agad ng hindi ko pa nahahawakan kung gusto ko nga. Yung mga promodizers, tamad pa mag entertain ng inquiries, mas gusto pa magdaldalan sa mga kapwa promodizers na walang ginagawa.

      Walked over to the Myphone kiosk – daming tao! Friendly and enthusiastic kasi ang mga promodizers, and madaming demo units.

    • Zoey Yuriko August 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM #

      My internal memory is just 1.5? How come nakalagay sa specs 4gb? Shall I report this? Please help me.

      • miggy December 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM #

        oo ganyan talaga yan..4gb ang nka lagay but roughly 1gb lang ang magagamit ng user kasi may mga pre installed apps na ang unit..and sadly hindi naman magagamit ung iba and hindi mo pa ma delete.. :)))

  7. Betina Santos August 5, 2013 at 5:26 AM #

    di maganda yang starmobile knight na yan, 2 times n ko nagpapalit ng unit, the first one eh kung uminit parang plantsa grabe, the second time eh nag off sya bigla at di na nag open, hay grabe ang local brand nga naman wala tibay na maaasahan, pag kau nang gaya pati quality gayahin nyo

    • polpol August 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM #

      parang plantsa talaga. buti nahawakan mo pa. kung mag comment akala mo meron talaga sya.

    • Faith Love Joy August 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM #

      hi betina, I experienced the same thing right now.. nag power off and ayaw na mag on..It was actually working well then.. I have no idea what happened now

  8. Betina Santos August 5, 2013 at 5:28 AM #

    base on my experience starmobile knight is disgusting!!!!!

  9. Darwin August 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM #

    How much would be the prize if I’m gonna purchase it through installment process good for 12months???

  10. Xpd Seven August 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM #

    Finally, may stocks na rin ng Starmobile knight sa cagayan de oro. Only 2 units arrived last August 2. Congratulations to StarMobile for selling 1 unit today. Despite the Cosmos X2 with limited stocks which arrived last saturday eh a sold out today..

    • tey August 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

      bro san may knight sa cdo?

  11. andee August 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM #

    how about the durability?..he signal strength?..can i use it overseas?..

  12. Jerico Valencia Jaramillo August 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

    I just got mine too so amazing

    • Zoey Yuriko August 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM #

      Is the internal memory of yours is 4gb? mine is only 1.5 rom. please help.

      • Jeffrey Diana August 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

        Hi Zoey! Actually it’s 4GB kaso may reserved kasi na space for the OS plus other system related memory. So ang 1.5 GB is now your remaining free space. Hope this helps.

  13. Zoey Yuriko August 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

    My internal memory is just 1.5? How come nakalagay sa specs 4gb? Shall I report this?

  14. hypnos69 August 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    bakit nga ba nagiinit un unit? kaya ba my butas un sa tabi ng cam parang exhaust? almost 2 days pa lng un unit sa akin.. nun kinuha ko un unit sa ilalim ng unan parang mainit.. s sm north ko nabili, bayad muna bago bukas..

  15. daryll August 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

    pwede ba monthly payment dito kagaya ng sa myphone iceberg?

    • Jeffrey Diana August 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

      As far as i know, wala silang 0% installment terms like the Myphone Iceberg. Ang alam ko lang pwede 3 months credit card but with interest. You can visit your nearest Starmobile outlet just to verify.

      • daryll August 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM #

        ok maraming salamat. :))

  16. August 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

    Cool! I love it, really simple design and attractive! Really good blog at the same time! I like it a lot!

    Keep up the good work!

  17. Artanis Cua Lee August 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

    Ok namn ang phone.ang problema lng.minsan pangit ang kuha pag gabi and nag eerror yung images sa gallery.

  18. kristine August 29, 2013 at 4:22 AM #

    just got mine yesterday…the problem is why i can’t connect on the internet?
    what i mean is nag unlisurf ako and naka on naman data connection ko pero sobrang bagal d ako makapag sister has tab 2 at pareho lng gamit namin na network,walang problema pag sya ang nag da-download. bakit ganon?

    • mags August 29, 2013 at 9:05 PM #

      Ako din a yaw mag connect same network

      • kristine August 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM #

        ano network gamit mo?try mo smart pwede cia pero ung globe ayaw tlagah ..nasayang lang ang load!

        • mags August 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM #

          Oh thanks same info sis hays nagload pa nman ako ng super surf worth 50 at globe gusto ko huhuhu so wala name pag ASA to sa globe? At may print screen din back to sis?

          • kristine September 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM #

            parang wala ng pagasa sa globe tu sis …nag ask na dn ako sa star mobile at hindi rin nila alam bakit ganun pag sa globe..marami rin complain sakanila about d2..pang smart lng atah ang 3G ng star mobile…ano ba yan!!?

  19. Jesse Ahl Roperos-lapad February 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM #

    how to delete messages and edit names from contacts using this model?thanks

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