There are still many Pinoys looking for a decent smartphone below 5k. They do not care about the specs as long as it is decent enough to run social media apps and light games. And we think the Kata C2 is the best pick. Priced at P3,999, it has all the bells and whistles for a Pinoy looking for a decent smartphone on a small budget. We’ve been using the phone for quite some time now and here’s our review.
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6580A processor
- Mali 400MP graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P3,999
- Status: Available at Kata stores and kiosks
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The phone’s hardware is its main selling point. Its metal on the sides with a plastic back. It is removable that reveals a removable battery, two SIM card trays and a microSD card. The device has its premium feel making it look more expensive than its original price tag. We just notice that it is quite hefty and a bit bulky when putting it on a pocket. Those chamfered sides are quite painful to hold for a long time. Other than that, the phone looks really great.
The circular thing at the back is not a fingerprint scanner but a physical button which is also found on the Kata V4 we reviewed months back. You can assign it to launch an app, the camera, etc.
Its nice to see an affordable smartphone with HD display. The 5.5-inch display looks great to look at. It is color accurate and has good viewing angles. However, it struggles under direct sunlight even on max brightness. It is quite understandable since it a budget phone.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Casual smartphone users who use their phones mainly social media, chatting, network calls will never have a problem with the Kata C2. It will perform very well. It can also play light games like Candy Crush.
The phone, however, has its limitations, the 1GB RAM can only do so much. You can’t play heavy games here as its limited RAM allocation won’t allow it. It also falls short on internal storage. the 8GB RAM is roomy enough for your much needed apps but if you have so many apps you want to install, you need a phone with a bigger ROM allocation. Android 6.0 Marshmallow disallows transfer of apps to microSD card. If you don’t mind these and your much needed apps are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Photo Grid, Candy Crush, Grab, Uber, Viber and Skype then this phone is for you. 🙂
The 13 megapixel rear camera performs well on well-lit situations. Low lights are bit blurry and it has a hard time focusing, Turning on the HDR does solve the problem. But you need steady hands while taking a photo.
3G/HSPA+ connectivity is standard on the Kata C2. Internet speeds are within normal speeds . Calls are clear without any issues though it tends to get warm on long phone calls.
The 2,600 mAh battery is more than enough to power the Kata C2 throughout the day. On casual use we managed to get around 11 hours with 3G and WiFi turned on with 4 hours and 20 minutes of screen on time.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
The Kata C2 is clearly a winner for budget smartphone buyers. But it has its limits so take a quick who is this phone for.
- Casual/Light user – If you use your phone only for social media and light games then the phone is for you.
- Good looking phone on a budget – It is indeed a handsome/pretty piece of hardware. Flaunting it won’t be shame.
- Strict budget – Do you have 5k? You get 1k change when you a Kata C2 🙂