Saturday, December 1, 2012

StarMobile CRYSTAL vs ASTRA Price and Specs Comparison - Which is Better?

Latest StarMobile CRYSTAL (on the right) - An upgraded ASTRA with better display, crystal clear 8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera and improved battery capacity.

StarMobile send another dual-core Android phone into orbit and it's coming this December 2012, maybe before Christmas day.

After the successful launch of ASTRA and BRIGHT, next is CRYSTAL which is named based on alphabetical order. Honestly, StarMobile will launch a series of Android phones and probably Filipinos will expect it by next year.

Price and full specs of StarMobile CRYSTAL below is not official. I think it is an upgrade of ASTRA with large and better display, better front camera and improved battery capacity. Mobile TV was removed so, I really prefer this one.

If it is only an upgrade of ASTRA, how will it compete with dual-core Android phones of Myphone A848i, A898 and A919 DUO, Cherry Mobile SkyFire and FLAME, Cloudfone Thrill 430x and upcoming DTC GT5?

StarMobile CRYSTAL vs ASTRA Price, Features and Full Specs Comparison

StarMobile CRYSTAL featuring superior 8MP+2MP camera with Backside Illumination (BSI) technique.

Price: P7,990 (CRYSTAL), P6,990 (ASTRA). CRYSTAL is little expensive mainly because of high resolution display and 2 MP front camera.

Features: Dual SIM and Dual Standby. CRYSTAL features a backside illumination sensor (BSI) for it's camera, this is a type of digital image sensor that increased the amount of light captured thus, enhancing low light performance. High end smartphones HTC Evo 4G and Apple iPhone 4 uses BSI on their rear camera. Sony Exmor R sensor are based on this technique.

CPU: Same 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577 dual-core processor

GPU: Integrated PowerVR SGX531

RAM: Same 512 MB

OS: Both runs on Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich

Screen: 4.5" qHD (CRYSTAL), 4.3" WVGA (ASTRA). Both are IPS Capacitive Touchscreen

Resolution: 960x540 pixels (CRYSTAL), 800x480 pixels (ASTRA)

Pixel per inch: 245 ppi (CRYSTAL), 217 ppi (ASTRA)

Camera: Both have Dual Camera with 8 MP rear. 2MP front camera for CRYSTAL while VGA front for ASTRA.

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB and 3G capable

Internal Memory: 4 GB expandable to 32 GB via microSD

Battery: CRYSTAL is rated 1700 mAh while 1500 mAh for ASTRA

If they are running on the same Dual-core MT6577 processor and 512 MB , I think performance will be just the same. So, instead of having TV, you can enjoy better screen resolution for videos, games and video calls with it's 2MP front camera.

Will this upcoming StarMobile CRYSTAL worth waiting for and be the brightest star this Christmas? Does BSI 8MP + 2MP front camera will have mass appeal to Filipinos?

You decide.

StarMobile ASTRA Full Specs
StarMobile Facebook
Wikipedia BSI

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arnel ramirez said...

sure na ba yang specs ng Crystal? ang baba pa din ng 1700mAh dapat ginawa na nilang 2000mAh ung capacity ng battery.

Anonymous said...

p8,000 tlga? sigurado n ba yan? kelan available sa market?

Anonymous said...

sir hopefully you can increase the battery of astra its a overall awsome phone only the battery issues brilliant product please give importance to the sugestions you have the great smartphone only the battery of astra drains fast hope you can make it 2000mah instead of 1500mah. your product is a superb one good job for the starmobile astra :)

GbSb said...

High capacity battery is large and heavy affecting the dimension and design of your smartphone.

I think making it 2000 mAh will benefit consumers but will incurred extra cost for new design of ASTRA or they will pass the burden to us.

We should buy an extra battery, I think that's the best option.

Anonymous said...

ilabas na ang Crystal bibile na ako nyan !!

Aliyah said...

Mababa pa rin ang battery nito dapat more than 2000Mah..

Anonymous said...

ang tagal naman ng release nyan! na kaka inip na kaka buysit! gusto ko bilin to for my birthday, gift ko nalang sa sarili to :)

Anonymous said...

dec 24 daw release...

GbSb said...

Perfect gift for Christmas but rival MyPhone A888 DUO was already in the market for P7,499, same 4.5" qHD display and dual-core Android Phone.

Anonymous said...

Guys star mobile crystal released na at priced 7,999php sm north meron na!!

angelfire09 said...

I hope Star mobile will release a bigger and better batteries for their android phones. i don't have complaints in terms of the specs, but if you want to be competitive in the local market with other brands Do something about it so consumers like us can really enjoy your products.

Anonymous said...

I have one Crystal and it's really good... it's performance is almost like SIII but still not but for the price of 8k pwede na fights na! I really recommend this phone... one of my friend is planning to buy one SIII unit and after seeing this Crystal she changed her mind and buy Crystal instead

GbSb said...

Enjoy with your new CRYSTAL.

I think they had really improved camera (8MP with BSI +2M front) for this smartphone when I tried it for a minute.

Anonymous said...

cloudfone has better battery life w/ 4160mAh

Anonymous said...

tsk,,, ipon ipon din para makabili ng CRYSTAL,, waaa.. sana mayaman na lang ako.. -_- maganda daw kasi talaga ung phone.. tsk..

seven dela cruz said...

maganda ung phone pero sabi ng technician sa starmobile bumili na daw ako ng bago battery at mahina ang battery, kabibili ko lang nung phone na astra nung jan 4 at binalik ko sa kanila nung feb..

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