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Kata M1 Hands On and First Impressions

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Filipino Tech Addict was invited by Kata Digital for its Blogger’s Night Out recently to introduce the Kata M1, the company’s first phablet offering. They were kind enough to lend us a review unit. For this article we will be sharing our first day with it. We will use it as our daily driver for the next two weeks. We will reserve the unboxing for our full review.

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Kata M1 specs

  • 1.5GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6589 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.7-inch True HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, WiFi hotspot
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby – SIM 1 Regular SIM, SIM 2 Micro SIM
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P11,999 (P9,999┬ápre-order price)

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

This is one big device. We compared the phone side by side with the Starmobile Diamond X1, a 6-inch phablet and they almost have the same size. Bezels on top and bottom are thicker than the Diamond X1. According to Kata officials, the thicker bezels are for better gaming experience when on landscape mode. We also find the phone a little heavy at 205 grams.

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The Kata M1 (right) and the Starmobile Diamond X1 (left)
The Kata M1 comes in white and just like the Kata i3 that comes only in blue, the M1 will only come in white. However, we are not fans of the shiny white back plate. The display is stunning! We think that Kata is just being modest for its True HD display but its actually a Full HD display. On the software side, the phone is running stock Android with few customizations and pre-installed Kata apps.

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Overall, Kata made another one rock solid phone. We had high praises for the Kata i3 and with the M1, we had good first impressions with it. Solid build quality, good full HD display, and stock Android UI. We would like to note that the phone has a huge 4,000 mAh battery. On our full review, we will be testing the phone’s battery, gaming performance, connectivity and of course the camera.

We will be flying to Iloilo City tomorrow for vacation and we will be taking the Kata M1 for a spin there. Full review will be up  this coming Friday or Saturday.