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Kata M2 Review

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This is the year of the phablets. Aside from wearables like smartwatches, phablets remain to be a hot gadget this year. Local and Chinese brands have been releasing endlessly a large selection of smartphones more than 5 inches. The latest phablet to released, the Kata M2 has a 5.5-inch screen. Will stand out into the a crowd full of phablets? Let’s find out with our full review.

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Kata M2 specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • Mali 400 MP2 grahics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch Super HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM (Micro + Regular), Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P6,999 (Update as of September 4, 2014)

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

This is by far the sexiest and classiest phablet from a Chinese/local brand we’ve reviewed. Despite its huge 5.5-inch screen plus thick top and buttom bezels, the phone is very slim at 7.98mm thick. We do love the phone’s edgy design as it looks like Sony’s Xperia line of smartphones. Adding to its sophisticated look it the patterned matte finish design at the back that reminds us of the Oppo Find 7a. The downside though is the weight. It weighs around 215 grams. We felt the weight because we are used to putting our main driver on our pockets all the time.

DISPLAY:

The display is just mouth-watering! It is so gorgeous, so vibrant and so vivid! We think Kata got the right formula on the display here. It may only have a 720p display, but, hey, the screen is still beautiful. Playing HD games and watching HD videos from You Tube is so enjoyable with that big, bright screen. But we think Kata should fix its auto brightness feature. There are times, even in a dark room, the screen is so bright it looks like there’s a flashlight pointing at us. One time inside the cinema, we turned the auto brightness off to dim it down manually when we check our emails and text messages.

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Playing Dead Trigger 2 on the Kata M2
PERFORMANCE:

The phone is powered by Mediatek’s quad core MT6582 processor which is the preferred chipset of most local and Chinese brands. Thanks to its vanilla Android UI, no lags were encountered when using the phone on basic to multitasking. Playing our favorite zombie game, Dead Trigger 2 was smooth and very enjoyable thanks to its beautiful screen. We did another Antutu Benchmark test and here’s our score – 17,878

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CAMERA:

Photos taken from the 13 megapixel rear camera is also the best we’ve seen in its price range. All photos we’ve taken with good lighting have good amount of colors, sharpness and vibrancy. Here are some camera samples:

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Selfie the Kata M2’s 5 megapixel front camera

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CONNECTIVITY:

Long hours of calls using the Kata M2 can be a little bit tiring due to its hefty weight but quality of calls are good. HSPA+ connection using our Globe SIM is also good considering it is a Triband 3G handset. You can also bring the Kata M2 with you when travelling abroad because it is a Quad Band GSM device. WiFi and Bluetooth works fine as well.

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BATTERY:

We managed to get around 7 hours of heavy use with the phone’s 2,300 mAh battery. Here’s what we do when say “heavy usage” – 2 to 3 hours of watching You Tube and/or watching live stream from the iWantv app, an hour or two of playing Dead Trigger 2, emails, texts, calls, social media.

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VERDICT:

The Kata M2 is the most sophisticated looking phablet we’ve reviewed. At P7,999, it seems you are getting more from what you’ve payed for – HD (beautiful and stunning) display, quad core processor, a good 13 megapixel camera, and a sophisticated design. You can fool everyone that you bought this phone for more than P15,000. If you are looking for a good looking phablet with decent specs, then look no further.

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