Kata has recently introduced the new Kata M3s and we were lucky to get a hands on. Nearly a month after our hands on, we managed to get this full review done including the unboxing of the Kata M3s. Let’s get it on with the review.
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6737 processor
- Mali T720 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD
- 5.5-inch Super HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera with flash
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, OTG, Fingerprint Scanner
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,500 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P7,399
- Status: Available at Kata stores and kiosks
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What’s inside the box?
- Kata M3s unit
- USB cable
- Wall adapter
HARDWARE AND PERFORMANCE
We’ve been seeing a big sea of metal smartphones out there and it is quite refreshing to see a phone with removable plastic back and removable battery. It may seem so cheap because of the materials chosen but there are certain advantages of a plastic chassis.
Bezels are quite big making it quite wide when holding it. Thanks to its curved back, it compensates on the wide screen. It is also lightweight because plastic is lighter than metal.
Ever since, Kata has pretty good LCD displays and the Kata M3s is no exception. Despite having only a 720p display, the screen is bright and vivid. Auto brightness also works fine. The display is also good for light gaming and fast typing thanks to its 5-point multi touch screen.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Kata has not changed anything with its custom software. Its kinda old and we’ve seen this UI on many Kata smartphones. If you hate it, you can always download our much recommended Nova Launcher and make it more Android.
Overall performance was solid and we never experienced any lags. Playing Ever Wing is hassle free though playing NBA 2k17 might a bit of a challenge. The 2GB RAM might not be enough for high intensity games.
We consider the 13 megapixel rear facing camera to be decent but it struggles on low light. The 8 megapixel front camera was a bit disappointing in low light though it is fairly decent in good light. It may not be the best camera on this price range but it delivers. We urge Kata to improve its camera tech especially on its software for their future phones.
Fingerprint scanner, 4G/LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth are standard on this phone. Internet speeds are within normal range but we noticed some signal drops using our Smart SIM though Globe has been fine all along. Calls are clear with no issues. Fingerprint scanner works fine here.
The battery has been a problem on some Kata smartphones in the past like certain inconsistencies with its durability. A removable battery means you can exchange it with a new one if you ran out of juice. It is a feature very rare on smartphone these days. In the case of the Kata M3s, we were able to get around 10 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use.
The Kata M3s is decent, has nice camera, good display and alright battery life. But it is not a perfect phone. The 2GB RAM may not be enough for intense gaming but it the removable back and battery makes up for the let down.
Are you getting one? Please let us know your experience with the Kata M4s if you bought one.