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Starmobile Knight Luxe Unboxing: Form Over Function?

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We unbox Starmobile’s Knight Luxe!

Today we’ll be unboxing Starmobile’s newest phone, the Knight Luxe. The Knight Luxe was launched earlier this month, and now we have our unit to unbox and test. But before that, let’s take a look at the Knight Luxe’s specs:

Starmobile Knight Luxe specs

  • 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5-inch HD AMOLED display, scratch resistant glass, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 13-megapixel rear Samsung ISOCELL sensor
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, HSPA+
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, USB-OTG
  • 2050mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat


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Packaging and contents:

We’ve been very pleased with the way Starmobile packages their products. Few local brands take the presentation of their phones seriously, and Starmobile has consistently come out with nice looking boxes that make their products feel like offerings of international brands. After you take the phone and all the accessories out of the box, you’ll see a quick troubleshooting guide on the bottom to help you figure out what ails your phone if something’s amiss.

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Easy to follow troubleshooting instructions when something goes wrong with your phone

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Speaking of accessories and freebies, the Knight Luxe comes with a USB charger, long, flat USB cable, a pair of headphones, two screen protectors and a clear case to protect the product when you’re using it.

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Initial Impressions: looks and feels great, though price might be an issue

When Starmobile showed us the Knight Luxe three weeks ago, we immediately asked them if the phone had LTE on board. “No LTE,” Elijah Mendoza, Starmobile’s product marketing manager told us pointedly. The Luxe is being aimed at people who value design over features. Simply put, it’s a phone for fashionistas.

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And it’s not hard to see why: the Knight Luxe is a real looker. It sports an aluminum frame and is only 6.85mm thick. The aluminum frame of the phone has been chamfered at the edges to give it a visual punch when the lighting is just right.

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While most aluminum framed phones use sealed backs, the Knight Luxe uses a detachable plastic back that gives users access to the dual SIM slots and microSD expansion slot. We’re impressed at how the cover fits so well to the back – when we first saw the Knight Luxe we assumed that it had a unibody construction. Ony a small cutout on the lower left side of the phone clues you in that you can remove the cover of the phone.

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The volume rocker and power button of the Knight Luxe are located on the right, and the phone does away with physical Android navigation keys in favor of on-screen ones. Don’t be fooled though – while the Knight Luxe uses the same style navigation keys as Android 5.0 equipped phones do, it’s not yet on Lollipop and is still on KitKat.

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The Knight Luxe also follows the recent trend of putting the speakers on the bottom of the phone, not the back, a design change that we wholeheartedly appreciate.

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The Knight Luxe uses a 5-inch HD AMOLED display, much like its local rival, the Infinity 2. The AMOLED display is bright though it has the same oversaturation issues that other AMOLED displays have. Despite this, color reproduction is good, and the display is nice a crisp.

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As far as processing power goes the Knight Luxe uses the same old 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M processor that we’ve seen before, paired with 2GB of RAM. As such we weren’t surprised with the benchmark results at all – it’s typical of what you’d see on a phone such as this.

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Starmobile is aware that the pricing of the Knight Luxe isn’t ideal, especially when put up against other bang for the buck devices that’s in the same price range. But the company isn’t targeting the same crowd with the Knight Luxe – it’s going after stylish techies that puts a premium on looks and not performance. We’re not sure if that approach is the right one, but in the end consumers will be the ones to vote with their wallet.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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15 Comments

    1. Mag sale man to malamang 500 lang bawas at 2 years na di pa nauubos. Gaya ng mga flagship nila 13k tapos babawasan ng 3 k Mahal pa rin kumpara sa CM at same price range (pre Meizu M1 Note and Alcatel Flash plus Era.)

  1. 1.4GHz octa-core + 2050mAh + No LTE = Dead on arrival. Are we still living in 2012?

    Seriously though, technology should have a rule to never manufacture an octa-core smartphone that last less than 3000 mAh.

  2. Battery capacity lang ang big turn off sa akin. Sa ugly backing, may remedy naman kung maglalabas sila ng ibang plain back design options. Very limited din ang protective case ng starmobile kaya dapat damihan din nila yun. Considering that they’re using amoled displat at samsung camera sensor, pwede na ang presyo kesa sa cherry mobile at makipag-agawan ako lagi sa lazada sa flash sales. Di rin naman pwedeng baratin lagi dahil kailangan din naman ng konting profit.

  3. apple has only the right to overprice their smartphones by prioritizing design over specs. sa starmobile na isang local brand lang, lang hiya ang kapal ng mukha niyo, akala niyo cguro anh tatanga ng mga pinoy. porket advertiser niyo si vice ganda wala parin kayong karapatan mag overprice. kalevel niyo lanng ang cherry mobile. sirain pa yung mga units niyo. gumising na kayo sa katotohanan. yun ngan mga global brands they realized how important it is to study, design and make a good strategy in pricing their products. smh

  4. There is a BUG. SMS are saved directly to SIM, this can be disabled through the default SMS App. But when using third party application (Like GoSMS) It is saved on SIM and there is no option of saving to phone. Also SMS WILL FAIL if sending SMS via third party application. Also when the device is hot (Playing games, 3g and etc) the Digitizer FAILS on some part of the screen.

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