Kata Philippines latest affordable smartphone, the Kata F2, will be available starting tomorrow. This is a perfect time to release a review. We have been using the Kata F2 as a daily driver for a week now. Should you buy the successor to the Kata F1s? Here’s our review.
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
- Mali 400 MP graphics
- 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
- 1,850 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P3,999
- Status: Available in Kata stores, kiosks and Lazada
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
Between the Kata F1s and the F2 there’s not much difference when it comes to the design department. But we noticed that the F2 has little more weight probably because of the bigger battery. Gone are those patterned design at the back from the F1s and opted to use a clean matte finish for the F2. We have the white here and we love it!
Audio quality coming from the rear speakers are decent and loud enough to hear incoming calls from your pocket. The 3.5 mm headset jack is CTIA compliant which means you can use your 3rd part earphones.
One improvement we noticed on this device is it has better display than its predecessor. Yes, they may have the same screen size and resolution but we noticed that the display is more vivid and brighter even under direct sunglight. Viewing angles are good too.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
Under the hood, the F2 has the proven and tested Mediatek MT6582 quad core processor. It runs well on everyday use and lags are very rare. The device can handle heavy multi tasking and can run Clash of Clans smoothly with no hiccups.
The 8 megapixel rear facing camera takes really good photos as long as there’s ambient light. In low light situations, just turn on the HDR and you’ll get better shots. In dark places, the flash is your solution Check our sample photos below.
Both SIM 1 and SIM 2 slots are 3G capable. We usually get HSPA+speeds on our Smart SIM around 3 to 6Mbps. Calls are clear on both ends of the line. WiFi and Bluetooth worked fine with no issues.
The F2 has a bigger 1,850 mah battery compared to the previous model. Endurance of the battery is much, much better. On regular use, we managed to get around a day and a half of battery juice. With our heavy use, we recorded 7 hours and 12 minutes before it turned red. That’s playing 4 hours of teleserye marathon and an hour of You Tube and more than an hour of Clash of Clans and Sky Force. We also had our usual social networks. That is with WiFi or 3G on at auto brightness.
Kata F1 and F1s users may need to upgrade. With good battery life, bright display and smooth performance, even users from other brands with the same price point can switch to the Kata F2.