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Kata i4 Hands On Review

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Smartphone, nowadays, has been becoming more good looking. We observed how smartphone makers have paid attention to details when it comes to smartphone design and aesthetics. Obviously, local and Chinese brands have also improved in terms of design as well, just like Kata’s newest smartphone, the Kata i4. We’ve been using the Kata i4 for almost two weeks now and here’s our review.

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Kata i4

  • 1.7GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6592 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 5-inch Super HD LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • Yamaha Audio speakers
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Single SIM (Micro)
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P9,799
  • Status: Now available in Kata stores, kiosks and in Lazada.com.ph

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Related article – Kata i4 Unboxing and Hands On

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

The Kata i4 is a really, really beautiful smartphone. Made of metal and premium polycarbonate, Kata has beautifully combined both materials into a one premium-looking smartphone that is pleasing to the eye. Because it is made of metal, the phone is quite hefty and thick but it is lovely to hold. We do love flaunting it in “sosyal” places. All buttons are very protruding and easy to click. We just hope the next flagship would have a notification light for incoming messages and missed calls.

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DISPLAY:

Disappointed only having 720p resolution? Don’t be. The 5-inch HD IPS LCD display is absolutely gorgeous and very bright. We love using it outdoors and under direct sunlight too. The display has a cool tone so it is easy on the eyes.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Inside that beautiful chassis is a beastly 1.7 Octa Core processor. The Kata i4 is blazing fast and fluid. You’ll feel its power when playing games and multitasking. Playing heavy graphic games like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 is not a problem. Antutu Benchmark scores are also impressive.  Another reason why it is fast is that Kata opted to keep its stock vanilla Android look and feel with very minimal customizations.

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Dead Trigger 2 on the Kata i4
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Clash of Clans on the Kata i4

CAMERA:

Kata has been always known for having smartphone with good cameras. The Kata i4’s 16 megapixel camera takes impressive pictures on good lighting conditions. Low light shots are quite noisy due to the lack of BSI and it can be improved if you turn on the HDR. The 8 megapixel front facing camera is also impressive.

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with flash
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outdoors
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indoors, good lighting
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Selfie using the 8 megapixel front facing camera

CONNECTIVITY:

By the way, the Kata i4 has no dual SIM capabilities. It only has one SIM card slot found on the top of the device. HSPA+ speeds are on the normal speed using either Globe or Smart SIMs. WiFi reception is great as well.

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Speed test conducted at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Pasig City using Smart’s HSPA+ network

BATTERY:

We found the 2,300 mAh battery quite impressive. On our battery drain tests, the Kata i4 lasted about 9 hours of heavy usage with 4 hours of screen on time. Our test includes an hour of You Tube and iWantv, 2 hours of gaming, and an hour of calls and Viber, FB Messenger chat at auto brightness, WiFi and 3G on.

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VERDICT:

What best describes the Kata i4? A Beauty and The Beast! It is a beautiful, good looking smartphone but at the same time, it is powerful and fast like a beast. A combination of both is usually found in flagship and expensive smartphone but thanks to Kata, having a beautiful smartphone with beastly performance need not to be expensive.

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