Starmobile Diamond D3 Review: The Best “Selfie” Phone For P7,990

With all the fuzz about the Starmobile Diamond X1, we haven’t noticed that the company has another smartphone, the Starmobile Diamond D3. This is the second smartphone from Starmobile to sport an 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash. Yes folks! There’s an LED flash on the front camera!

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Starmobile Diamond D3 specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch qHD display (960 x 540 pixels), 220 ppi
  • Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass
  • 12 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • HSPA+,  WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual 3G, Dual Standby (both regular SIM slots)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P7,990

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HARDWARE AND BUILD QUALITY:

What’s so unique about this phone is its color, We rarely see smartphone with this color so it definitely stands out among the bunch. The carbon fiber trim is also a nice touch. Looking at the phone, it does have some resemblance on its sibling, the Diamond D1. Overall, build quality is excellent and we give it a two thumbs up!

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DISPLAY:

The phone sports a qHD (960 x 540) display which has a lower resolution compared to HD (1280 x 720) but despite that, it has good color reproduction and has good viewing angles, We are disappointed, however, when using it under direct sunlight.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Just like its siblings that we’ve reviewed, this phone also performed well on our tests. Transitions are smooth, gaming is fluid, and lags are very minimal. Since its a Diamond D series, there are no customizations in the UI as compared to the Diamond S series. Experience almost vanilla Android on this one.

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Antutu Benchmark score – 15,875

CAMERA:

And now, the portion you’ve been waiting for, the camera. We are happy to report that the camera, both front and back takes very good pictures. Photos had the right amount of detail. Of  course we did take pictures from the front facing camera using the flash. You can now take selfies on dark places!

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These are the photos using the front facing 8 megapixel camera.

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INTERNET AND CONNECTIVITY:

Internet using HSPA+ from Globe or Smart is faster thanks to its dual band 3G radio. We normally got 3 to 5Mbps using either Smart or Globe on areas with strong connection. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi works just fine too.

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BATTERY:

We managed to get 10 hours of moderate to heavy usage which is very impressive. You can even stretch it up to 14 hours of light usage.

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VERDICT:

Can’t afford the Starmobile Muse? Then, this is the phone for you! You can get the same 8 megapixel camera with flash found on the Muse at P7,990. Taking selfies will never be the same anymore with the Starmobile Diamond D3!

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114 responses to “Starmobile Diamond D3 Review: The Best “Selfie” Phone For P7,990

  1. hi i’ve been an avid fan of your site & im having a dilemma on what to buy! I dont know if its the diamond d3 or the muse! Please help thanks in advance!

  2. Ask lang po, If ever po na gusto kong palitan yung battery na same size lang sa battery ng d3 pero mas malaking mah, pwede po ba yun? 🙂

    • In terms of camera quality they are just the same. the only advantage of the Diamond D3 is its front facing camera with flash. The Up+ however is newer. It has a newer processor, a bigger internal memory and better screen quality despite having a low resolution of 854 x 480. I suggest that you get the Up+.

  3. I’m planning to buy a phone and my choices are muse , up hd and d3???
    First choice ko ang up hd kaya lang sobrang nagandahan ako sa quality ng photos taken from muse and d3… Kya hndi ako mkapagdecide… Anu ba mas stand out sa kanila in terms of quality and performance??

  4. Kaya lang I also wanted the front facing flash that’s what i really like about the 3 phones… Thanks alot!!!

  5. Just bought a D3..wla pang one month 2x q na bnalik for replacement of a new one…same problem ung wi fi and blue tooth doesnt connect…did the testing but after 2 days gnun n naman ang problem…what seems to be the problem?? Was it really replaced for a new one?? I checked the product code, nag iiba naman..does this really mean that it was really replaced??

  6. Sir basag yung lcd ng diamond d3 ko. My alam po ba kayo kung how much ang LCD and forum for tech people kung pano palitan

  7. Hi. Nabasag screen ng D3 ko. Nahulog na twice, facedown kaya basag yung screen pero okay pa din yung sensor. Di naman sana mababasag agad kung merong case protector kaso ang hrap maghanap. Inikot ko na ung malls sa Mindanao pero wala daw available. Pwede bang magpa order lang nung protector?

  8. May prob po ako sa unit.bakit ganun tuwing nagda-download ako ng any app or games sa app store eh laging cnasabi insufficient space daw eh almost 5gb naman ang available.kaya clear ako ng clear ng cached ko pero wala namang nagyayari.minsan nakaka download naman ako ng smooth sa app store pero madalas lumalabas ang prob nya.saan at ano po ba ang problem??sa frend ko na starmobule user ganun rin.

  9. May prob po ako sa unit.bakit ganun tuwing nagda-download ako ng any app or games sa app store eh laging cnasabi insufficient space daw eh almost 5gb naman ang available.kaya clear ako ng clear ng cached ko pero wala namang nagyayari.minsan nakaka download naman ako ng smooth sa app store pero madalas lumalabas ang prob nya.saan at ano po ba ang problem??sa frend ko na starmobile user ganun rin.muse po ung kanya.

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