Starmobile Octa Features and Price Explained

Why is it so expensive?

When Starmobile announced that Starmobile Octa costs ₱16,990, I was shocked!

Local gadget brands aren't supposed to be on this price level. They are supposed to offer affordable smartphones and tablets.

Then I checked the features and specs of Starmobile Octa. That’s when I said to myself, “kaya naman pala”.

Starmobile Octa Official Photo
Starmobile Octa rocks the local smartphone market with its price and features.

Wireless Charging

Starmobile Octa Wireless Charging
Starmobile Octa Wireless Charging
Starmobile Octa is the first locally branded smartphone to feature wireless charging. Only international brands like Nokia and Samsung offer this technology.

There’s a free wireless charger that comes with the unit. You just put the smartphone on top of the charger to re-charge it.

Wireless charging makes it more convenient to re-charge your phone. Starmobile even goes further by making the wireless charger function as a Bluetooth speaker too!

Wireless Display and MHL or Micro USB to HDMI Display

Starmobile Octa Wirless Display
Starmobile Octa with a 2-in-1 flash drive. Photo by Joey Uy.

Wireless Display using Miracast technology is already common with most flagship devices from the local brands. MyPhone already sells wireless display dongles for this purpose.

However, displaying what’s on your phone to your TV monitor using MHL hasn’t been offered yet. MHL is the technology that connects the micro USB port on your phone to the HDMI port of your TV.

Using NFC for PaymentNFC

Near Field Communication (NFC) is one of the most underused technologies in smartphones. It allows faster (near instant) file sharing without much hassle, one tap payment, wireless multimedia connection among others.

Hopefully, Starmobile Octa can convince people to use NFC more often if it is available. Most Samsung phones have NFC and use it for S-Beam.

Monster Specs

As a premium octa core smartphone, Starmobile Octa packs an awesome lineup of specs. It runs Android Jelly Bean on a 1.7GHz octa core processor, 2GB of RAM and Mali-450MP graphics processor.

It’s full HD 5 inch IPS OGS display is protected by a layer of Asahi scratch resistant glass but Starmobile still includes a screen protector attached to each unit.

The cameras are 18MP and 8MP for the rear and front respectively with both having BSI sensors and LED flash.

Starmobile Octa Pricing

If we consult the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) device of Starmbile Octa – the i-mobile IQX Octo, we’ll find out that Starmobile Octa is actually cheaper. i-mobile IQX Octo costs ₱17,485 in Thailand.

Of course, Starmobile makes it easier for you to own a Starmobile Octa. If you buy one at their concept store in SM North EDSA, you can avail of the zero interest rate installment plan. You need a VISA or Mastercard credit card where you’ll be billed ₱1,415.83 per month for 12 months.

OR, you can also order it online from Lazada.

Daniel Gubalane Written by Daniel Gubalane - tech blogger, freelance web developer and former Physics teacher. Connect with me on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Published on 3/23/2014 01:06:00 AM.


  1. Pero sobrang mahal pa rin

  2. wireless charging is actuall less useful than wired charging,as the phone needs to stay in contact with the charging pad at all times, so you wouldnt be able to use your phone (vs. a well-length charging cable) while mhl-usb out existed waaay before wireless display and was actually available on older myphone models (pre-a888). as for nfc, it would be a useful feature is nfc-enabled devices and accessories were more widespread (soon i hope).

    1. Oo nga... parang wala namang advantage yung mga specs

  3. Kaya nga may bluetooth para madala mo ang unit malayo sa charging pad but still nag.charge pa rin

  4. Sobra highend ng mga specs ah, kamusta naman battery life? Sa battery life nagkaka talo yan. Maganda nga, 30 mins mo pa lang ginagamit yung feature, low batt na. Or ilang selfie pa lang or flash pa lang, drain na. In all the reviews about Octa, lahat walang mention ng battery life.

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