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Kata i5 Review: A Worthy Upgrade


Kata Philippines is currently enjoying the limelight with its newly released smartphones. Just in time for the holidays, the company released four new smartphone for different kinds of price points. Luckily we have all of them – the Kata C2, i5, Selfie and M4. We have been using the Kata i5 for quite some time now and we are ready to share our review. Here’s a bit of a teaser – it is our favorite Kata smartphone today. To find out, let’s read on.

Kata i5:

  • 1.3GHz octa core Mediatek MT6753 processor
  • Mali T720 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB intermal memory expandable via MicroSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P7,999
  • Status: Available at Kata stores and kiosks

Related article – Kata i5 Hands On and First Impressions


Anyone here who still remember the Kata i4? That phone was Kata’s best selling device ever. It a beautiful piece of hardware. Metal sides, durable plastic back, good camera, great phone overall. But that phone was released January 2015, nearly two years ago. So when we saw the Kata i5 for the first time, it shouts “upgrade time”! The i5 is encased in a beautiful, silky smooth sheet of metal with a unibody design. We love this particular gunmetal gray color. It is also available in gold with a white face. All we can say is, “hampogi!!!

Audio coming out of the rear firing speakers are just ok though we hear distortions at max volume. We wish that speaker could be better at the bottom but its ok. πŸ™‚ Plugging in our third party earphones and audio is much better. It not outstanding but quality is acceptable for Spotify.


The 5-inch display is only at HD (compared to the Kata M4’s Full HD) but we think that the resolution is just right for its size. It consumes less power too. The screen is on the warmer and on the yellowish side. It has good viewing angles and it is viewable under direct sunlight but color is not that accurate. For us it is just fine but for those who have a Β sharp eye on colors will notice that.


The i5 powered by a Mediatek MT6753 chipset which maybe old but still reliable. On the gaming front, it can play normal games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale or classics like Candy Crush. Surpringly, graphic intense games like Dead Trigger ran well here. The reason is its meaty 3GB of RAM which handles multitasking very well. But this chipset can only do so much. NBA 2kk17 will run but frame rates are bit slow.

A casual smartphone user such as ourselves will love the Kata i5. It is fast and does not lag despite so many apps are open. Kata opted to put a custom skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This UI eliminates the app tray but retains the Android look and feel. If you don’t like this, you can always download a third party launcher.


The 13 megapixel rear camera performs well on our photos. Pictures taken are generally good on well-lit situations. It focuses and snaps really fast. Take the light away and the camera slows down on focus and snapping. The trick here is to turn on the HDR mode. It makes photos livelier with punchier colors. But you need to have a steady hand for a second or two to capture a good photo in low light. The 5 megapixel camera takes good selfies too. It has face detection and neat features like V sign to take a photo.


Calls are clear with no issues. LTE connectivity has been normal and internet speeds are within normal range. This is the first time Kata has incorporated a fingerprint scanner in a phone. So far the sensor works fine. It is blazing fast like Huawei’s smartphones but definitely not slow.


So far battery performance has been average on our heavy use. With 4G/LTE, WiFi and GPS turned on, such activities like I Want TV, You Tube, social media, games, email, Viber calls and Skype video calls, the battery lasted 9 and a half hours with 3 hours and 50 minutes of screen on time. Not bad. πŸ™‚


Clearly, the Kata i5 is a worthy upgrade if you have an ageing Kata smartphone. Good build quality, decent camera and solid performance. Get this phone if you are the following:

  • Never tried a Kata smartphone before – If you want something different and when you raise your phone to your ear and friends ask you “What’s is your phone with a fish logo on it?” you answer, “Its Kata, baby.” πŸ™‚
  • A Kata i4 owner – Please. Retire your i4 and get the Kata i5.
  • Premium look without the premium price – You want something metal and premium but without the premium price, well, the Kata i5 is only P7,999.

Do you have a Kata i5? Please do share your experience at the comments section. πŸ™‚