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Which is Better: Asus Zenfone 5 vs Kata i3s

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We have not done this in a long time! Many have been asking us which is better from one smartphone to the other. In this comparison, we will compare the Asus Zenfone 5 and the Kata i3s. Let’s see which will fit you more.

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Asus Zenfone 5:

  • 1.6GHz Dual Core Intel Atom Z2560 processor with Hyper Threading Technology
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294 ppi
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat with Zen UI
  • SRP: P6,995
  • Status: Available at Asus stores and retailers

Related article – Asus Zenfone 5 Review

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) 294ppi
  • 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: P6,499
  • Status: Available on Kata stores, kiosks and on Lazada

Related article – Kata i3s Review

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

The Asus Zenfone 5 appears to be taller than the Kata i3s because of its thicker bezels on top and bottom. Both phones are manageable to hold with one hand but we have to give to Asus some credit when it comes to ergonomics thanks to its curved back. The Zenfone 5 is also lighter.  Both phones are very well built but we give Kata more points because of its more solid construction of the i3S.

Winner: Asus Zenfone 5

DISPLAY:

Both phones have 5-inch IPS LCD displays with HD resolution. On this round we give plus points to the Kata i3s for having a brighter and more vibrant display especially using it outdoors and under direct sunlight.

Winner: Kata i3S

PERFORMANCE:

This round took us some time to decide. Both phones performed splendidly during our time with them. Both also run Android 4.4 Kitkat. The Asus Zenfone 5 has Zen UI on top of Android which is very smooth, eye candy and simple to use. The Kata i3S, however, uses stock Android UI with a handful of Kata-owned apps pre-installed. We give this round to the Kata i3S because it can run games better. Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 ran smoothly on the Kata i3s.

Winner: Kata i3s

CAMERA:

Please do click the links above to compare photo quality of both phones. On paper, the Kata i3s is a hands down winner with its 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front snapper. Photos are bright, crisp, vivid and alive. Despite having only 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera, the Asus Zenfone 5 produces surprisingly good photos too. Comparing them side by side, you’ll never notice which photos are better. But we give this round to the Kata i3S because when you zoom in photos they still look better.

Winner: Kata i3s

BATTERY:

Having a bigger battery has some advantage. Our Kata i3s lasted longer than the Asus Zenfone 5 during our battery drain tests. We managed to get 5 hours 12 minutes of screen on time compared to the Zenfone’s 4 hours and 26 minutes of screen on time.

Winner: Kata i3s

VERDICT:

You decide which is a better phone for you. The Kata i3s has a better camera, better battery life and better screen plus it is more affordable too at P6,499. The Asus Zenfone 5 is lighter, more comfortable to hold, and has the unique Zen UI that stands out in the crowd. Either phones will last you for a year or so.

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