[Review] Star S1 -The Beast that tries to unleash,powered by MTK6577

Monday, 14 January 2013

Two years ago,we are looking on android clone since introducing of the MT6515 devices with Android 2.2 which is crappy and honestly i don't really see the point on having on of those.
By the year of 2013,Star Mobile Group Malaysia trying to give a new opportunity to all to own a smartphone that everyone could actually afford with the latest and greatest design with the performance up-to-date.

We reported news about the Star S1 weeks ago and we get our hands on the unboxing and first look video as well.
I have been using it for around 3 days with different test and undergoes real life usage as my primary device and this is the result :)

Specs (Via Official Website)
ModelStar S1
MaterialPlastic with metalic feel side rim
Band2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/2100MHz
SIM LockUnlocked
SIM CardDual Sim Card Dual Standby

CPUMTK6577 Cortex A9 Dual Core 1GHz 
OSAndroid 4.1 
ROM16GB (providing by TF card) 
Size5.3 inch 
Resolution960 x 540 pixels 
TypeQHD, 5 points Capacitive Touch 
Colors1600k colors 
FM radioyes, earphone needed 
StorageTF card, up to 32GB
Supported Format
RingtonesPolyphonic / MP3 
Audio MP3 / WAV / AMR / AWB 
Videos3GP / MP4  
ImagesJPG / BMP / GIF / PNG /  
e-BookTXT / DOC / HTML / CHM 
Front 0.3Mpx 
Rear 5Mpx AF 
support 720p video recording
Gravity Sensoryes 
Multi Touch 5 points 
Language English, Deutch, Espanol, French, Portuguess, Svenska, Turkish, Russian, Hebrew, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Malay 
Phone Book up to 500 
InputHandwritting / Virtual Keyboard 
Diamentions 78 x 148 x 9.7mm
Weight (with battery) 199g 
Standby Timeup to 330 hours 
Battery 2800mAh 
Others WiFi hot spot 
Size215 x 97 x 42mm
Accessories2 x 2800mAh batteries 
1 x charger
1 earphone
1 x USB cable
1 x leather cover


Looks and Feel :

(Make sure you have check on our unboxing and first look video for clearer view :)

 Front Look

The Battery Cover

It grips well on my medium asian palm and i manage to use it with only one handed
The size wasn't too big and it feel premium as well.
Buttons and the touch capacitive are responsive.
The screen screen quality are astonishing well with good viewing angle as well the qHD Resolution
makes the color vivid and clear.Video playback on HD/FullHD are clear and smooth.
Star Mobile did a great job over here even by keeping the cost low but still keeping the qHD as a
choice of display to make display the best all rounder on the price point


The Star S1 Features a Rear Camera (5MP) with flash but it's capable to capture up to 8mp picture and 720p as well as 0.3mp front camera which's useful for video calling
The biggest problem on all this budget devices is the company are trying to reduce the cost and
turning the camera into those crappy camera which's completely useless.Yet Star Mobile
didn't take that move as the Star S1 Camera capture acceptable and moderate quality images from
the rear camera.A sample of untouched image are shown on below ;

The Star S1 Camera App support continuous shot,HDR and Panorama As Basic(+ ETC settings)
I do also recommend to download Camera ICS as an option to stock camera app 

Software & User Interface


Star S1 as mention powered by the latest 4.1.1 Jellybean with overlay of TouchWiz on top the UI
Which provide the latest compability to the latest apps and games as well to the latest android features that offer on the Android Jellybean OS.There's something that i really like is the shortcut on the notification bar which i can turn on/off those setting without needing to navigate to the settings.
Just a simple touch and TA-DA done.
 Most of the device powered by Android OS these day will come with Google Play/Play Store but some of the china powered phone doesn't have Google Play installed instead of third party installation needed.Star S1 comes with Google Play as standard.It's also having full access to all the apps without region lock that apply on some non-certified android devices.
Dialer are also direct and user friend on a dual sim.The virtual buttons are big and clear.


MediaTek powered isn't the underdog anymore.With the latest Cortex A9 they developed the MT6577 to be as powerful as other competitor such as Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson to name some.

On the benchmark,i have used both of the most common benchmarking tools Quadrant and Antutu
Quadrant : S1 beats all the dual core devices on their list.
Antutu : S1 score a decent score on a dual core device which it's not bad considering performance that it manage to offer with the price of the device itself.
Most of the MTK6577 Devices is powered with 512mb which isn't that great by today standard however the Star S1 keep the competitor down with 1gb ram on board making the phone user interface and gaming fluid and smooth without noticeable lags/delays.


If you're looking for decent budget gaming phone with a large display.You are on the right track.The MTK6577 is coupled with PowerVR SGX531 which perform well on rendering 2d&3d.I have been testing the Dead Trigger which play flawlessly and without lag or slowdown.Test on other games such as the Nova 3,Pudding Monster,Temple Run & Etc also show nothing to hold this beast to slow down thanks to the combination of powerful CPU,GPU and 1gb ram.


  Verdict : ?

If you're are looking for a budget device that has the looks of the latest Samsung Device and packed with lots of goodies underneath the case.This is one of the choice you should look on.
The Star S1 has the looks of the Galaxy Note II on the relatively smaller size 5.3" Galaxy Note theoretically fits better on your palm and with the qHD resolution keeps the details on the screen clear without pixelating.The MT6577 with SGX531 keeps all the intensive games as well apps under control and lag free with 1gb ram to back the system up.Dual Sim management are also easy to use by either keeping 1 sim on standby or keeping two available.Star Mobile are also providing 1 year warranty to all buyers from Malaysia and 16gb MicroSD Class 6.

What I Like :
  • The Design & Samsung UI
  • The Size isn't too big and fits well
  • qHD Display 
  • 2x 2800mAh Included
  • Powerful combination of hardware
  • Apps support via google play 
  • Gaming quality are great
  • Battery Life are not bad as well
  • Latest Android Operating System : Jellybean 4.1.1
  • Dual Sim Dual Standby
What I Don't Like :
  •  Front Camera are not clear at low lighting places.
Do make sure to check our unboxing video and subscribe to gizmoasia youtube channel today

How to purchase Star S1 ? :http://www.starmobilegroup.com/checkingout.php
 Star Mobile Group Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/starmobilegroup    


  1. How do u do screen shot using S1??

  2. Hi DroidXDA, if compare Star S1 with HDC H7100-1GB RAM, basically I know that both models have the same processor and RAM, anyway do you have any idea which one offer better performance and reliability?

    Appreciate your comments and advice here, thanks.


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