Kata Digital wants everything to be covered. The company has a flagship offering (Kata i3) and a low end offering (Kata Venus 3). In August 2013, Kata unveiled their lastest tablet offering, the Kata Fishtab 3. But the company was still low key that time. So when the company came out in the open this month, we requested for review units of Kata’s other products. We used the Kata Fishtab 3 as our main computer for a few days and here’s is our review.
Kata Fishtab 3 specs:
- 1.8GHz Quad Core Rockchip 3188 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 7.9-inch LG IPS LCD display (1028 x 768 pixels)
- 5 megapixel rear facing camera
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G via 3G dongle, USB (On-The-Go) OTG capable
- GPS, A-GPS
- 4,400 mAh Li-Po battery
- Android 4.2 Jellybean
- SRP: P7,699
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
We would like to commend Kata for building such a beautiful and solid tablet! We really can’t deny that the Fishtab 3 looks a lot like the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and its main competitor, the Starmobile Engage 8 Quad. The tablet is made of aluminum making the phone elegant and solidly built. We even fooled half of the people in the office that we actually own an iPad Mini.
Just like the Starmobile Engage 8 Quad, it also has the same screen size (7.9 inch screen) with a low resolution of 1028 x 768 pixels. It may not be HD but the display produces adequate colors. Watching videos and playing games remains to be enjoyable.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
One big difference of this tablet to other competing brands is the processor. While the Starmobile Engage 8 Quad sports a 1GHz quad core AllWinner A31 processor, the Kata Fishtab 3 sports a faster 1.8GHz quad core Rockchip 3188 processor. You may not have heard about these chipsets since we are all used to see chipsets from Mediatek, Qualcomm and Intel. Based on our day to day use, we were impressed on how fluid and smooth the device performed. We experience minimal to zero lags on our usual browsing, gaming and work. Based on Antutu Benchmarks the Kata Fishtab 3 scored an impressive 19,575 points.
We really do not recommend using the camera from a tablet because it just so awkward. But still we tried the tablet’s camera and here are our sample photos.
The only downside we experienced is the battery. Based on our battery drain tests, the battery lasted for about 6 hours of intense video streaming, GPS and WiFi on, and 100% brightness. Kata could have opted to bump up the battery to 5,000 mAh battery.
The Kata Fishtab 3 is one good looking tablet. You can really fool someone for an iPad Mini when you show this to your friends. Not just good looking, it is well built too. The tablet’s smooth performance impressed us and you can get this for only P7,699. Sulit diba? We will recommend this tablet!
We could only wish that Kata would release a 3G version with improved battery.