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Kata F1s Review

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Kata Digital released  3 new smartphones months ago. One of which is the Kata F1, the most affordable among the bunch is priced for only P4,499. Months after that, the company decided give the F1 an upgrade and announced the Kata F1s with the same specs only with a bigger 1GB RAM and a bigger 1,550 mAh battery. Should current Kata F1 owners get pissed? Let’s find out with the review.

 

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Kata F1s specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS LCD display (960 x 540 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,550 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P4,499
  • Status: Available via Ensogo on October 20

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Related article – Kata F1s Hands On and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

The difference between the Kata F1 and F1s is very minimal. We love the improved Kata branding the back plus a Kata logo proudly placed at the top the 4.5-inch display. Everything else is the same as its predecessor. We only had a few minutes with the F1 months ago in Smart’s Gadget Expo. With the F1s, we must say that build quality is extremely solid. The patterned design at the back is similar to the Kata M2 which makes the phone very BlackBerry-ish.

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outdoor visibility and usability is good
DISPLAY:

What we love about Kata’s display on its smartphones is their bright display. The 4.5-inch IPS LCD display is extremely bright and vibrant just like the Kata M2 we previously reviewed. Although only having a low resolution qHD (960 x 540 pixels), we think it fits just fine the screen size. Outdoor visibility is decent but we think the glass protecting the screen is quite reflective. The only problem we encountered is the screen having a hard to dim down when auto brightness is turned on. For those who may ask, this is a 2-point multitouch display only.

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PERFORMANCE:

Kata has opted to use a stock Android experience on their smartphones. But the company had their own apps pre-installed like the Kata Cloud and Fish Market. Over experience was smooth even on demanding tasks. Playing games is enjoyable especially with my new favorite game, Riptide GP2. It’s a paid game that can be downloaded on the Google Play Store. Playing Dead Trigger 2, graphic intense game is also smooth. Probably, the bigger 1GB RAM played a key role on running the game with almost no hiccups.

Antutu Benchmark score – 18,562

CAMERA:

The 8 megapixel rear camera takes pretty decent photos on different light conditions. Same good performance is found on the 5 megapixel front camera.

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outdoor
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macro shot
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using the 5 megapixel front camera

CONNECTIVITY:

Bluetooth and WiFi works extremely well on this device. HSPA+ on both Smart and Globe are on their decent speeds. Remember, internet speeds vary on location and not on the phone. Calls are clear on both ends of the line too.

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BATTERY:

Improvement on the battery is also pretty obvious. We get around 7 hours of moderate to heavy use with data connection turned on and brightness at 100%. Heavy use includes – 1 hour of watching You Tube and I Want TV, 1 hour of playing Riptide GP2 and Dead Trigger 2, a number of calls and texts and social networks.

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VERDICT:

Current Kata F1 owners need not to upgrade unless you are a gamer. The Kata F1s is a solid performer. It run games smoothly, takes decent pictures, it has a nice display to stare at and best of all, it has the same pricetag as the F1 – P4,499. As of this writing, the Kata F1s will be only available via online store Ensogo on October 20.

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