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Starmobile Knight X Review: Continuing the Knight’s Legacy

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We review the Starmobile Knight X!

Starmobile’s Knight line of smartphones have a knack of being the most advanced smartphones offered by any local brand. The original Knight was our pick for top local smartphone back in 2013. It’s successor, the Knight X was the most innovative, powerful and feature packed when it was announced back in 2014, and today we’ll be seeing if it truly lives up to the reputation of the Knight product line.

Starmobile Knight X specs

  • MediaTek MT6595M octa-core processor with big.LITTLE technology (2.0GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A17, 1.7GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7)
  • PowerVR IMG Rogue G6200 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display panel, scratch resistant glass, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB of storage
  • 13-megapixel rear Sony Exmor RS IMX135 camera, AF, F2.2 aperture
  • 5-megapixel fixed focus front camera
  • Dual SIM (micro and nano SIM),
  • 3G, Dual LTE switching
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB OTG, IR Blaster
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3350mAh battery
  • 152 x 77.7 x 8.9mm

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Simplicity at its best

Most flagships try to win you over by looks and garish desings. The Knight X does the opposite – it’s a rather simple, yet elegant smartphone that nevertheless has a timeless look to its overall design. The back of the phone features a dark grey, non-removable back cover with a nice textured feel that helps you keep your paws on the phone while you’re using it, and has a concave shape near both sides to facilitate this. The Knight X is easy to keep a hold of, even though it sports a rather large 5.5-inch display.

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Since you’re not getting a removable battery, the SIM tray is located on the left side, and requires a pin to pop out. The volume rocker is located on the same side, while the power button is on the right. Up top you’ll find the 3.5mm jack and an IR blaster, while the bottom of the phone is where the USB port resides.

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The front of the smartphone is obviously dominated by the 5.5-inch full HD IPS display that’s protected by scratch resistant glass and comes with a screen protector already laid in on top. And while the bezels aren’t going to match the anorexic proportions of other flagships like the Huawei Mate7 they’re still rather thin. The display quality of the full HD panel is quite good as well, with good color reproduction and viewing angles. There’s also an app included that allows you to tweak the display saturation, contrast, sharpness and temperature.

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Like you saw in our initial unboxing article, the Knight X also has a couple of freebies thrown in including a screen protector and a nifty flip case, though we did notice a delay in the animation of the flip cover while we were using it.

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More than just an octacore phone

The Knight X is a recipient of MediaTek’s MT6595M processor running at 2.0GHz. It’s essentially in the same family as the one in the MX4 uses, though with a few features omitted. The Knight X is also the first (but not only) locally branded smartphone with 3GB of RAM. The plentiful RAM aloows you to keep more apps running in the background, allowing for more multi-tasking. As expected the Knight X’s synthetic benchmark scores are through the roof, and you’re definitely not going to have any kind of issues with apps and games when you’re using the Knight X.

As to prove a point, we fired up Real Racing 3 on the Knight X to see what it’s capable of. Real Racing 3 is a rather harsh game to play on a smartphone, as it gives even Qualcomm Snapdragon chips some trouble if the GPU isn’t good enough. Thankfully, the Knight X managed to run Real Racing 3 without too much trouble, and while some skipped frames are to be expected, it’s not going to affect gaming too much.

As far LTE is concerned, the Knight X delivers. We managed to get around 11mbps average on both SIM slots using the same SIM, so it really doesn’t matter which slot you use. Speaking of the two LTE slots, switching from one network to another is a breeze, which is a god-send if you use LTE SIMs of both telcos for maximum data coverage.

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Like other phones, the Knight X has gesture features built-in. Drawing letters on the display will open the associated app for it, and double tapping on the display will unlock the phone quickly. The NFC capability works as advertised, though the IR blaster is currently disabled despite our attempts to install 3rd party apps that use it from the Google Play store. Starmobile is aware of this and will send out a software patch to fix the issue.

Satisfying camera both front and back

The Knight X uses Sony’s 13-megapixel Exmore RS IMX135 sensor, so you know it’s capable of taking quality photos. This is mostly true – photos were clear and crisp with plenty of detail and good color reproduction. We did notice that photos taken in extraordinarily bright environments had over saturated colors and a slight yellowish hue in the photos.

The Knight X has a 5-megapixel front facing camera that takes decent selfies even if it’s not an autofocus unit, though we really miss the 13-megapixel sensor in the original Knight.

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Decent battery life, but needs improvement

The single biggest issue with the Knight X is battery life. The Knight X is equipped with a 3,350mAh battery that, in theory, should last more than a day on normal use. That’s not the case – our review showed that we managed to eat all of that up in around 12 hours with moderate use with both mobile data and WiFi on. While this is theoretically enough for a whole working day, we were expecting better. There are ways to extend your battery of course, and it’s unrealistic to expect to not drain your battery when you’re using LTE most of the time.

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Verdict: Worthy new flagship of Starmobile

The Knight X proves that it lives to the legacy of the original Knight. With a powerful processor, LTE and 3GB RAM, the Starmobile Knight X is one of the most powerful locally available Android devices out in the market today. Of course, people will always point out that its price is too high, but it all comes down to what you’re willing to pay for to get an awesome phone.

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22 Comments

  1. Expensive, unreliable, questionable updates, horrid aftersales service, outdated chipset. There are cheaper alternatives from international brands that is on par, performance wise. One thing is for sure, Starmobile products is NOT WORTH YOUR MONEY!

    1. Expensive yes.. One plus one 15k+,
      Xperia z ultra 13k+, Nexus 5 15k+,
      Xperia Z1 16k.. Mas mura p nga lenovo vibe x2 at meizu mx4 na same chipset dn.

  2. I have to agree above, with no promise of at least a YEAR WORTH OF UPDATES, this is not worth it, especially the sony sensor is already 2 years old, and what’s worst for them, Android One is coming this March! Starmobile, you got a nice phone but it’s pointless if you don’t even protect us from hackers already breaking through Kitkat as we speak, JellyBean isn’t safe anymore!

  3. Positive comment here! The Phone has powerful specs, sure it has its flaws now and then, but what phone doesn’t though I don’t have one(pricey yes) I still feel a bit proud knowing local brands can step up like that when they have to.

    I don’t think they are going to have much after sales service since everyone seems to hate the phone. Its not there yet though its getting pretty close. Out of all the local brands Starmobile wins me over with Aesthetics or “Style”.

    Though this is a “sponsored” review lel, I still think the Knight X is a step towards the right direction, now if the phone suddenly drops price and snags an official Lolipop Update, then I’d go for a buy for sure. Branded was and is still better and will continue to be that way if people continue to be highschool level butthurt by negative things about local brands. Good night Fanboys!

      1. It was a joke in poor taste sir, as with most of the Starmobile topics and praises for the Knight X, which I agree with; however most would assume otherwise thus the bad joke. Smile 🙂

  4. Severely undercut by Cherry Mobile’s Cosmos One Plus (ZP999). Both handsets, based on reviews I have read including this one, have subpar battery life for the capacity. I assume it may be due to poor optimization by both SM and CM of their stock kitkat builds for the MT6595M.

    interestingly, the Meizu MX4 runs on the faster MT6595 and has been shown by GSMArena to have fantastic battery life.

    that being said, this is a long shot to purchase at this price, with the OnePlus One now available for orders without an invite every Tuesdays. The 64GB model is around 15k before shipping. Lazada also carries it for 18k. 2k more than this and you get a OnePlus One.

    Another alternative is the aforementioned Meizu MX4. Slightly cheaper, with a non-stock build of Android, but with better OEM software support (Meizu is allegedly working on Lollipop for Flyme).

    Lastly, you can get an LG G2 for 15k nowadays, and the Snapdragon 800 in that one still smokes the MT6595M in graphics and single-thread performance, though both are fairly equal in multicore prowess. Availing for the couple promo of LG at a certain shop will allow you to snag a G2 for as low as 12.5k brand new. A steal at that price, and if you factor in the wide developer support for the G2… the Knight X is quite a hard sell. The same applies to CM’s Cosmos One Plus, actually.

    not to mention that Novo7Tech will be bringing in the M1 Note for as little as 8k next month for the base model.

    The Knight X is still quite good, but looking at the competition, it’s honestly a pretty hard sell at this point.

    1. A certain online store sells LG G3 for a price range of 15-18k lol I will definitely not go for this given so many possibly better options out there

  5. patience they say is a virtue, if youll wait for a summer promos of different brands soon the knight x might also go on sale if starmobile will consider what they are competing to in that price range.. i think starmobile is more trusted by other stores atleast here in our town.. its the only local brand they sell aside from their known brands like samsung,lenovo,lg etc.

  6. Im a proud user of knight x. IR works just perfectly fine using ZazaRemote app. The best secondary phone i had so far !!!

  7. Having problems with LTE. Cant get LTE signal on both sim. The smallest sim only gets edge signal and the bigger one can only get 3G. I dont know why.

    Also the wifi is weak. about 8 feet away and the signal becomes unstable.

  8. I used Starmobile Octa in Qatar for a year. I was very much satisfied with its performance especially on the camera and the video. Other OFW’s thought I was using a branded smartphone; they were surprised to know that mine was a Pinoy-branded phone. I was just disappointed because of the very abysmal” price drop from PhP 16,995 to PhP 10,995. For me, my Octa became a “cheapipay”of a phone. I decided to buy a branded phone.

  9. kakabili ko lang ng knight x ko ang bilis uminit tapos nag lalag sya then nag rereboot. bakit po ganun? gusto ko pa naman sya. medyo disappointed ako. help me baka may maitutulong po kayo. thankie

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