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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kata i4 Review


Kata has been on a roll lately with their new products like the Katabox and T4 tablet. The i4 is an oldie but goodie having been announced at the beginning of this year and you can get it for a lot cheaper now. Let’s review the i4 and see if it still has the goods.

Specs:

- 5″ HD IPS display (720 x 1280 resolution, 294ppi)
- 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- Mali 450 GPU
- 32GB internal storage
- 16mp rear-facing autofocus camera
- 8mp front camera
- 3.75G/HSPA+
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- Yamaha loudspeakers
- 2,300mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat

Price Php 7,499.00 from Lazada.com

Design:

The last Kata phone I reviewed was the i3 and I remember being impressed with it. The i4 is no different.  In fact, it really has a premium look. Its body is metal with only the back being made of plastic. It is quite heavy for a phone but the tradeoff is that it feels very solid in the hand. Unfortunately, with the nice design comes some compromises. There is no expandable Micro SD storage, no removable battery and it only has a single SIM slot with an iPhone like micro SIM tray. To make up for that, Kata included a generous 32GB onboard memory and OTG support.  The screen, while not full HD is still impressive with very good viewing angles.






Performance:

I’m really glad Kata decided to put an Octa-core chip and paired it with 2GB of RAM. The performance of this device is very fast. Navigating is very fluid and handles multi-tasking between apps very well. Needless to say game performance is also very good. I’ll post some benchmarks and screen shots for you to see. The battery performance was a lot better than I expected. I was able to get through a whole day with about 3 hours on 3G and the rest on WiFi with still plenty power to spare. Naturally, your mileage may vary if you play lots of games and keep 3G on. As for the camera, it’s quite good although basing on the specs, I was hoping for better quality and I found the autofocus to be a bit slow. Still, the average person will be happy with it. The software is still on Kitkat with not much alteration from stock Android and just your usual Kata pre-installed apps. As a bonus, the speakers are loud and clear with not much distortion even at high volume.















Verdict:

When this phone was launched it was almost 10T pesos. But now at 7,499 it is still quite a good buy. Do I wish it had a micro SD slot? Yes. But the 32GB should be more than enough for the average person. Do I wish it had LTE? Yes, but to be honest, HSPA+ is still pretty fast and I had no problems doing my work on this phone. Perhaps the next model will have LTE. The draw of this phone is its look and build quality. You won’t be ashamed to show this off and no one will think you have a budget phone.

The Good:

- Looks and build quality
- Speedy performance
- Screen quality

The bad:

- No micro SD

- Single SIM

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