Introduction, Construction, Display, and Image Quality
Starmobile launched the Engage 9i a few months back along with the Diamond X1, the company’s first octa-core smartphone. Like the Diamond X1, the Engage 9i is also a momentous product for Starmobile, as it is the company’s first Intel-powered Android tablet. Starmobile has been releasing several tablet models since it officially entered the Philippine market, but many of these offerings are powered by either an Allwinner or a Rockchip processor. These processors are commonly found inside budget-friendly tablets.
For a tablet that comes with a processor from a well-respected industry leader like Intel, Starmobile has made the build quality of the Engage 9i respectable too. Starmobile obviously eliminated the cheap feel of plastic from the Engage 9i’s chassis, resulting in a tablet that is seemingly layered with glass panels on the front and on the rear side, and bordered with a metallic frame. This frame hosts the tablet’s power switch and volume rocker, terminals like micro-USB, 3.5mm audio port, and microSD slot, and speaker grilles. The Engage 9i is relatively heavier (441.7g) than a plastic-clad tablet, but it is still convenient to carry around and keep inside a backpack or a handbag.
Display and Image Quality
The Engage 9i flaunts an 8.9-inch IPS LCD with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. With Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS running on it, the tablet’s display is very responsive. It is clear and brilliant under normal lighting conditions, and renders content with pleasing color saturation. On the imaging front, the Engage 9i comes with a 5-megapixel main camera without flash. Under daylight, images captured with the Engage 9i manifest good colors with mild softness in terms of sharpness. Images captured under low light conditions tend to become less clear and grainy, yet much of the details remain conspicuous. Panorama photos and HD videos (1280 x 720) captured with the Engage 9i tend to appear a bit pixelated.
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