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Kata i3L Unboxing and First Impressions


LTE smartphones are becoming more and more appealing to many smartphone buyers. That’s why Kata Philippines has joined the trend and has just recently announced the Kata i3L (or Kata i3 LTE), the second LTE smartphone offering. Compared to the Kata M2L we’ve reviewed recently, the Kata i3L LTE is smaller with a 5-inch display but similar internals. Our folks from Kata Philippines has sent us a review unit. Let’s unbox it!


Kata i3L:

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735 processor
  • Mali T720 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 5-inch Super HD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop


What’s inside the box?

  • Kata i3L unit
  • USB cable
  • earphones
  • wall adapter


Kata has improved a lot when it comes to design. Their products get more and more good looking every time the company releases a new product. So far, the Kata M2L is still our favorite Kata product when it comes to look. Well, the Kata i3L looks good too. It feels like the M2L only smaller. The moment we took it out of the box, we were surprised how light and thin the phone is.

Buttons check:

  • Left – nothing
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Top – USB charging port and 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bottom – Microphone
  • Back – 13 megapixel camera with flash and speaker grill
  • Front – 5-inch display, sensors and 5 megapixel front camera

As of this writing, we have the Kata i3L for more than 12 hours already. We are very impressed as it is much snappier than the M2L. It responds very well to any tasks. We never experienced any lags or slowdowns yet though we’ve download the usual apps – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Viber, Facebook Messenger and Spotify.

The Kata M2L (left) and Kata i3L (right)
The Kata M2L (left) and Kata i3L (right)

We will doing more tests as we compare it with our Kata M2L especially the endurance of that small 2,100 mAh battery. To our surprise, it barely sips battery even on standby. But we will do more stressful battery test on our full review.