Astral Projection - Starmobile Showcases Mobile Phone Lineup
The New Competition
Cova Tapas y Sangria in Makati City was jam-packed yesterday during the press event of new Filipino mobile phone player, Starmobile. Led by its president Michael Chen, the company showcased its current slew of mobile phone models, including the Neptune B302 and the Jupiter B305 which we featured a couple of days ago. In addition, Starmobile hinted at some upcoming products like an Android-powered smartphone and a tablet that will challenge existing local mobile device manufacturers such as Cherry Mobile, MyIPhone, and Torque. Using a formula composed of affordable mobile devices, extensive distribution and reseller channels, and charm of popular TV personality Vice Ganda as product endorser, Starmobile attempts to captivate the attention of the budget-conscious Filipino masses.
Since we already featured the B302 and the B305, let us take a quick look at some of the ‘stars’ that we spotted at Starmobile’s bash yesterday.
Taking in a QWERTY keypad, the Q501i caters to those who are active in instant messaging and social networking platforms like Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger, and Twitter. It packs a 3.2-megapixel camera and has built-in TV, FM radio, and multimedia player. Dual-SIM and with wireless connectivity options like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Q501i sells for the price of PhP 3,290.
Among Starmobile's cheapest handset models, the B101 comes with a color LCD screen, built-in FM radio, flashlight, and multimedia player for the price of PhP 799. Related models are the B201, B202, and the B203.
The B501 is a candybar mobile phone that integrates popular features like mobile TV, FM radio, multimedia player, and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. This dual-SIM handset with a built-in camera is priced at PhP 1,790.
It's been a while since the last time we saw a phone with a clamshell form factor like the F202. Starmobile boasts of its lengthy standby time of 100 hours, apart from its nice feature set composed of a built-in camera, FM radio, multimedia player, and Bluetooth connectivity. A dual-SIM handset, the F202 costs PhP 1,690.
Living up to the promise of its lineup, the B303 targets fashionable and female consumers. The phone is being offered with a changeable back cover in addition to the other features that are inherent among Starmobile handsets. The price for the B303 is PhP 1,990.
Considerably the most feminine among the Venus-labeled mobile phones, the SQ301 looks like a face powder casing embellished with pinkish accents. It a dual-SIM phone with a sliding QWERTY keypad, 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and built-in FM radio and multimedia player for entertainment.
The T601i is unique among the pack, a model that combines the functionalities of a feature phone and a smartphone. With a hybrid character, the dual-SIm T601i flaunts a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with mobile TV, multimedia player, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Running on a software environment that takes a leaf from Google's Android book, the T601i comes with Opera Mobile browser and can run applications from its own application market. Another FeatureSmart handset that we spotted was the T501i.
During the event, guests also got a chance to have a glimpse of Starmobile's upcoming tablet, the Engage. The 7-incher slate device runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is expected to come out sometime in August at a very affordable price point, along side with a dual-core smartphone.