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Our 48-Hour Hands On With The Kata M3

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A few days ago, Kata Philippines posted on their official Facebook page that the Kata M3 is coming really soon. And then, we got a call from our friends from Kata. We were given an opportunity to try out the Kata M3 itself. We had the phone for about 2 days and this is our hands on experience.

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Kata M3

  • 1.7GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6592 processor
  • Mali 450 MP graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch HD LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and Corning Gorilla Glass cover lens
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Yamaha Professional Bass speakers
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WIFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

Note: As of this writing, the Kata M3 is not yet available in the market and Kata Philippines has not released any pricing for this phone. We had this phone for two days so this not a full review just yet.

Related story – Kata M3 Pre-order starts April 4

UPDATE (as of April 8, 2014) – Kata’s SRP for the M3 is P10,990.

UPDATE (as of May 14, 2014) – Kata’s SRP for the M3 is P9,499.

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The Kata M3 is a big phone. With a 5.5-inch display and a large 3,300 mAh battery, the phone will be quite a challenge carrying around if you have small hands. Despite its large size, the chassis is not slippery and will give you a reassuring grip when holding it. People with large hands like ours will truly appreciate the device. In fact we love holding it. 🙂

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Look! No app drawer!
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The camera lens is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

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One big improvement from last year’s Kata M2 was the processor and the camera. The 1.7GHz Octa Core processor performs extremely well on light and heavy tasks. This processor is already proven to be very powerful and it is also the same chipset found on the Kata i4. We’ve only downloaded one game, our new favorite, Sky Force 2014 ran extremely well here. Kata also ditched the app tray so all apps are on the home screen but still with a vanilla Android feel because the company opted the use of stock Android icons.

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Antutu Benchmark score
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Speed test at Glorietta Mall in Makati using Smart’s HSPA+ network.

Camera performance is also good. The 16 megapixel camera performs well on good lighting. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance taking pictures on dark places. Taking selfies is also a delight with the 8 megapixel front facing camera.

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Selfie from the 8 megapixel front facing camera

One of Kata’s best feature on all of their devices is the display. The 5.5-inch display is just stunning and has excellent outdoor and sunlight legibility.  It only had trouble dimming down whenever we are on dark places like the cinema. Battery was amazing! On our 2-day duration with the device, we only charged the phone once despite our heavy usage.

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We were definitely impressed with the Kata M3’s overall performance. Once we get our review unit we will cover the things we failed to review like more of the camera, gaming perfomance, connectivity and of course, more details about the battery. This phone must be on your shopping list this graduation season. 🙂

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