Starmobile Diamond D2 Initial Review: 6.8-inches of Awesome?

Starmobile Diamond D2 Initial Review: 6.8-inches of Awesome?


Meet the Starmobile Diamond D2

The Starmobile Diamond D2 literally stands out among all the new phones offered by Starmobile. We say this not because of what’s under the hood, but because of how massive it is! The Starmobile Diamond D2 is the country’s first local branded 6.8-inch phablet. Yes folks, 0.2-inches short of the usual 7.0-inch tablet form factor, lol. We’re not really sure anymore why they even bothered calling this a phone if this is clearly more like a tablet, hehe.

Here are the specifications of the Starmobile Diamond D2 for your perusal:

Starmobile Diamond D2 Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz MediaTek Dual-core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, expandable via MicroSD Card
  • 6.8-inches LCD qHD Display, 960 x 540 pixels, 162 pixels per inch
  • 5.0-megapixels primary camera with LED Flash
  • VGA secondary camera
  • Dual 3G SIM, dual Standby
  • 3G, HSPA+, WiFI, GPS, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • Li-Ion 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: Php7,990

The Diamond D2 is HUGE

The Starmobile Diamond D2 is a behemoth of a smartphone. At 6.8-inches it should seriously be considered a tablet with telephony capabilities instead of a “big smartphone”. Just so you guys a better idea of how big it is here’s a photo of Unbox co-host Eason De Guzman holding up the gargantuan Diamond D2.

Starmobile Diamond D2 Very Big

At 6.8-inches it dwarfs the Galaxy Mega 6.3, Sony Xperia Ultra Z, and the Huawei Ascend Mate. All of those devices look like the smaller brothers of the Diamond D2, lol.

Anyway, it’s good to note though that despite the 6.8-inch form factor, Starmobile was able to keep it a relatively thin phablet. We don’t have the exact measurement of the thickness but it comfortably slipped into our pocket or bag without adding too much bulk (thickness wise, it’s still very long, hehe). It’s also nice that majority of the chassis is made from aluminum. This adds a level of prestige to the Diamond D2.

Starmobile Diamond D2 Review

One point of concern is the resolution since qHD for a 6.8-inch screen isn’t really ideal. Despite our limited time with the device we noticed the pixelation, especially when we started looking at some photos. That said though it’s still acceptable especially if you’re the type that doesn’t watch HD content too much.

When it came to performance, the Diamond D2 gave an okay Android experience. We didn’t have time to actually download and test apps but based on the spec sheet, this should be able to handle casual games and usual apps fairly well. It will probably bog down though once we fire up Dead Trigger 2 in Ultra settings, hehe.

Ideal for People Who Always Want their Content with Them

Starmobile Diamond D2 Wow lolz

The Starmobile Diamond D2 is ideally for people who always want their content (videos, music, photos) with them. Other than that the most practical use for it would be web browsing, reading, social networking, and messaging. Light gaming is possible but it will definitely not pass the standards of hardcore gamers. That’s as far as well go based on our initial time with the device. Hopefully we can get our hands on one for an extended period of time so we can give it a more comprehensive review.

The Starmobile Diamond D2 will be available starting next week with an SRP of Php7,990.

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