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Kata i3S Hands On and First Impressions

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Christmas is getting near and we think many of you are now doing your shopping list. During this season, gadgets are normally on the top of the Christmas shopping list. Kata Digital, in preparation for the holidays, is gearing to release another smartphone within this month. We have here the Kata i3S and here’s our unboxing and first impressions.

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Kata i3S:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch Super HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • Yamaha bass speakers
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • Quad Band GSM, Triband 3G
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,250 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: To be announced
  • Availability: Coming soon, Available in  Dark Grey, Dark Blue, and Violet Blue

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UNBOXING:

Here’s what’s in the box:

  • unit itself
  • charger
  • adapter
  • headset

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The first time we took out the Kata i3S out of the box, the first thing we noticed the metal on both sides of the device. Yes, that’s real metal! The screws found on the metal sides makes the phone really solid to hold. It feels like it can stand a drop. And then we inserted our Globe SIM (our everyday work line) and as we turned on the display, we were greeted by a nice, sharp 5-inch display. Comparing it with the Kata M2 we’ve reviewed a few months back, the Kata i3S screen is sharper (obviously, a smaller display with same resolution is sharper) and the auto brightness works better too.

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We have never encountered any lags and stutters during our first 24 hours with it. We will also reserve our camera, benchmark scores and gaming tests on our full review next week. Right now, we are using this as our main daily driver. As heavy smartphone users, we also want to know how far the stamina of the 2,250 mAh battery will last.

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Our first impressions are really good. We are impressed with the build quality of the phone. It just feels so expensive but you’ll be surprised when Kata formally announce its price. Trust us, you can add this phone to your Christmas gadget shopping list. 🙂

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