Our local smartphone market has been fiercely competitive. Every month, there are local and international brands have been releasing new smartphones at rock bottom prices. The problem though sometimes, when you look for cheap smartphones, it comes with cheap looks and build quality. So Kata Philippines tends to change that with the Kata C1 by bringing good looks and build quality to the entry level front. So how was it on day to day use? Read on.
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6580 processor
- Mali 400 graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- SRP: P3,699
- Status: Available for pre-order (as of this writing)
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Kata has been proven to make phones with good build quality. Our Kata M2L unit which is now 5 months old has been accidentally dropped twice and has sustained some dings and scratches but the phone works fine. The Kata C1 looks so good in black. Holding it feels so expensive and elegant because of its soft touch faux leather back and slim profile. We do love those brushed metal trim on the sides.
Audio quality from the rear speakers are loud enough to hear calls and notifications. Using our third part earphones, audio is ok with good balance of details.
The 5.5-inch display is extremely capable even under direct sunlight. It is bright and vivid however, the glass on top of the display is quite reflective.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Just like its siblings, the Kata M2L and Kata i3L, the app drawer has been taken away. So all your apps are all scattered on the home screen. Good thing the Kata C1 is powered by Mediatek more efficient MT6580 chipset. So far the Kata C1 performs smoothly.
With its limited 1GB RAM, we don’t recommend you download graphic intense games here. But if you are into Clash of Clans or Clash Royale, both games will run smoothly here.
We are surprised with the Kata C1’s camera. We took the Kata C1 on our vacation to Cebu and we took some photos there. So far we are very happy with the photos.
One downside we have on the Kata C1 is the lack of LTE connectivity. But HSPA+ will do fine. So far, we are happy with 3G connectivity whether using Globe or Smart SIMs. Calls are clear with no issues as well.
Having a low power processor and lack of LTE connectivity has its benefits. It means longer battery life! We managed to squeeze in around 11 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use with around 4 hours and 15 minutes of screen on time.
Being cheap doesn’t mean cheap in build quality and meager looks. Kata has set a standard with the Kata C1. Good build quality, slim profile, breezy performance, and decent camera. That is what you get for your P3,699 these days. 🙂