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Kata Drive Unboxing and First Impressions

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Technology gets better every year. Sometimes, tech brands surprise us with gadgets that are surprisingly useful like smartwatches and fitness bands. Take for example Kata Philippines with the Kata Box, it does bring a unique Android experience for the family with the help of your TV sets. Now the company wants to give another unique experience this time while driving. We have the Kata Drive!

The Kata Drive is a 7-inch tablet that is meant for drivers. It is actually a useful tool to navigate the congested streets of Metro Manila on a bigger screen. Let’s unbox it, shall we?

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Kata Drive

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT8321 processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM/8GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM/16GB internal storage
  • Expandable via microSD
  • 6.95-inch IPS LCD display (1280 x 800 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Price: P4,699 for the 2GB RAM/16GB ROM variant and P3,999 for the 1GB RAM/8GB ROM variant

What’s inside the box?

  • USB cable
  • Wall adapter
  • Kata Drive unit

Upon taking it out of the box, we gazed upon a beautiful piece of hardware. The Kata Drive has a metal chassis adding a touch premium to it. But the metal build has purpose. We’ll discuss that on our full review. Anyway, the Kata Drive has a 6.95-inch display to be exact. Too large for a phone but a little small for a tablet. But the device falls under the tablet category. The upper portion at the back is actually plastic. It can be peeled off and this will reveal the dual SIM card slots and a microSD card slot.

Buttons and ports check:

  • Top – 3.5mm headset jack and USB charging port
  • Bottom – nothing
  • Left – nothing
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Back – 8 megapixel camera with flash and speaker grill
  • Front 6.95-inch display, sensors and 5 megapixel front camera

 

On the software side, Kata has made a heavily skinned version of Android called Driver Launcher. it has Windows 10-like look and feel with its tiles . On the top side of the display is the Drive app in which you can place your preferred navigation app whether Google Maps or Waze. One touch of the app and it will launch the app you placed there. As we’ve said earlier, this tablet is for drivers and that’s the reason why Kata designed a unique launcher for it. If you intend to use the Kata Drive as a regular tablet, you can to go to Settings then Home then select Android Launcher or Launcher 3.

We will be exploring the Kata Drive in the following days. Our focus for our review is its multimedia capabilities, battery, performance and its use while driving. If you can’t wait for our review and if you are wondering if it is worth to buy, then go ahead and get one. If you are an Uber or Grab driver and you need a reliable gadget you can use for Waze and navigation, the Kata Drive is the best device for it.