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Kata T5 Hands On and First Impressions

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Its been a while since we reviewed a tablet. With the evolution of laptops becoming slimmer, smaller and more portable, tablets has become irrelevant for the past year. However, there is still a market especially for hardcore multimedia users. The problem though, tablets can be expensive or very cheap and we when we say cheap, it means low quality.

So Kata introduced the Kata T5 recently and we are taking a dive with this new tablet.

Kata T5 specs:

  • 1,3GHz quad core Mediatek MT8163B processor
  • Mali 400 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD
  • 7.85-inch Super HD display (1024 x 768 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 3,800 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 137.8mm x 201.3mm  x 8.2mm
  • Price: P4,999
  • Status: Available at Kata stores and kiosks

HARDWARE

We should commend Kata for the overall solidness of the Kata T5. The device is encased in a hard and sturdy metal in a unibody design. It shouts premium with the mere sturdiness of it.

Ports and buttons:

  • Top – 3.5mm headset and USB charging port
  • Left – microSD card
  • Right – power button and volume rockers with microphone
  • Bottom – speakers
  • Back – 8 megapixel camera
  • Front – sensors, 7.85-inch display, 5 megapixel camera

The Kata T5 does not any cellular features so it does not have LTE, SMS and calls is not available here. So far WiFi has been very stable and Bluetooth works well. We love pairing with our JBL Clip 2 speakers. We prefer using our headphones or third party speakers because the T5’s bottom firing speakers are bit distorted on high volumes.

DISPLAY

One of Kata’s strengths on their products is still the display. Though the 1024 x 768 resolution is a bit low but colors are quite accurate and sharp. Outdoor use is also bearable.

PERFORMANCE

The tablet’s 1GB RAM may be small for many but there are features like cellular and 4G/LTE are not present here. You will really rely on WiFi only. We used the tablet mainly for media consumption – Netlix, iflix, I Want TV and You Tube. We did not have any interruptions during our video streaming. As for gaming, we have not tried games yet. We will get into that on our full review.

CAMERA

We said it many times, we do not recommend taking photos using a tablet.We believe the rear and front cameras are perfect for Skype and Facebook video calls. As for photos, well, they are fairly decent in good lighting but a bit grainy in low light.

BATTERY

We consider the 3,800 mAh battery just average. If you do mostly video streaming, you watch maximum of two full length movies with about 20 to 25% juice left to spare.

vERDICT

For us the Kata T5 gets our seal of recommendation if you are looking for a value for money tablet with a touch of premium into it. This tablet is meant for long video calls and video streaming which many Pinoys do nowadays. We could only wish for software optimizations for the battery so we could squeeze in one more full length movie to watch. 🙂