Starmobile Engage 7 TV: 7 Inch Tablet with Analog and Digital Mobile TV
By Daniel Gubalane on May 10, 2013
Starmobile Engage 7 TV Official Specs and Features
Starmobile released a version of its successful Engage 7 tablet with a mobile TV. This is awesome for many Filipinos who don’t want to miss their favorite TV shows like Showtime or Got to Believe.
Starmobile Engage 7 TV is powered by a 1.2 GHz single core processor and 1 GB of RAM and runs using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Don’t worry about the single core processor because the high amount of RAM will make up for it. There is also a 4 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card.
|Starmobile Engage 7 TV showing Showtime and NBA. Photo Credit: Happyman by Starmobile|
Engage 7 TV displays TV shows in a 7 inch capacitive display with 800 x 480 resolution. Its graphics is handled by an ARM Mali-400 GPU and takes pictures using a 3MP rear camera but without LED flash and a VGA front camera.
Starmobile Engage 7 TV’s Connectivity Features (Internet Connection and Sensors)
Just like most tablets, Engage 7 TV supports the use of broadband sticks like Smartbro, Tatoo or Sun Broadband using a microUSB to USB adaptor cord. This feature is called USB OTG or USB on the Go.
Don’t worry if you are not comfortable with a broadband stick dangling with your Starmobile Engage 7 TV because it also supports WiFi connectivity. It can easily connect to WiFi networks so that you can access the internet or even create your own WiFi hotspot.
Engage 7 TV also has several sensors including a Gyro sensor and Ambient light sensor. It also has a GPS radio which can support A-GPS.
A Closer Look at Starmobile Engage 7 TV’s Mobile TV
The mobile TV is the biggest feature of the Engage 7 TV. It’s the main selling point of this tablet.
According to Adrian Patrick Gemora of Ilongo Tech Blog, Engage 7 TV contains two TV hardwares – an analog TV receiver and an ISDBT Digital TV receiver.
Analog TV has been the most common mobile TV used in mobile phones in the market. We know that it is doesn’t have a very good reception. Sometimes it is clear ,most of the times it isn’t.
However, Engage 7 TV’s use of the ISDBT Digital TV receiver is promising since TV networks are currently upgrading their hardwares to digital transmission. Digital TV is clearer than analog ones because there is no gradual loss in the signal.
Engage 7 TV: Battery, Aesthetics and Price
Finally, we come to the final point of this review. Starmobile Engage 7 TV is looking good with its 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery that should make it last long enough. However, this battery cannot be removed from the tablet and be replaced.
Engage 7 TV has a dark brush metal finish which looks cool. However, it’s a little thick at 11 mm.
The price tag for the Starmobile Engage 7 TV shows a friendly price at ₱5,290.00 only. It includes a charger, microUSB to USB adaptor cord and earphones. Watch out for promos because Starmobile is fond of giving away freebies together with its smartphones and tablets.