|Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression|
Kata Digital is one of the regional players in the crowded local mobile market, they may not be as aggressive as their competitors, but they usually have something good to offer. Their latest offering is a 5.7-inch full HD phablet - the Kata M1.
The Kata M1 was announced last April 5, but it will only be available to the consumers this coming May 10. It sports a 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589T processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The internal storage is 16GB with micro SD card expansion slot up to 32GB. It runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and powered by a massive 4000mAh removable battery.
The retail package consists of the unit itself, 4000mAh battery, charger, USB cable, headset and manual. The review unit was loaned by Kata, it comes with a flip cover and screen protector (I am not sure whether these two items are part of the package/freebies or not).
The front is mainly occupied by the 5.7-inch screen, the bezels are just about the right size. At the bottom of the display are the usual capacitive keys while above the screen you will find hidden sensors, the LED notification, earpiece grill and the secondary camera.
|Camera and Loudspeaker|
|Battery, Micro SD and SIM Slots|
Removing the back cover will reveal the 4000mAh battery, the micro SD, regular and micro SIM slots. None of them is hot-swappable since you need to take out the battery first to access them.
On the left side you will find the volume rocker while the power/lock button is located at the left side.
The top holds the 3.5mm audio jack and the micro USB port while at the bottom all you can find is the microphone pin hole.
The Kata M1 is a typical bar phone with round and smooth edges. It is not really thin at 10mm, but the curved sides make it a lot easier to grip. At 205 grams, it has some heft on it, some could find it bothersome, but for a phablet this size and a gigantic battery it should be expected.
The overall build quality is very solid, the back cover is properly and tightly fitted. You also won't hear any creaks or similar sound when using the phone.
As mentioned, our review unit comes with a flip cover. The cover is a sticky-type one, you need to bind it with the backplate. The above photos show how the phone looks like with the flip cover installed.
The Kata M1 has one of the most stunning displays I have seen so far, it has a wide viewing angles and color reproductions are very accurate plus the 1080p resolution really gives a vibrant output.
Aside from the usual accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, this Kata phablet also have Magnetic and Gyroscope sensors, all of them are working fine when put under test using CPU-Z or Android Sensor Box.
|Antutu - 15276|
|Quadrant - 5696|
|Nenamark2 - 34.2fps|
|Vellamo HTML - 1437 & Metal - 569|
The benchmark scores are as expected from a device with the MT6589T chipset and FHD screen, these scores are still pretty decent for quad-core smartphones.
The Kata M1 is one solid phablet, it has a good display, nice quality build and fairly decent innards. In my opinion, this is the best device Kata has ever produced so far.
- Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triple band HSPA+
- 5.7-inch IPS capacitive Full HD (1920x1080) touchscreen display
- Dimensions: 165.1mm x 81.6mm x 10mm
- Weight: 205g
- Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
- 1.5GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, 357MHz PowerVR SGX544MP GPU, MediaTek MT6589 chipset
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
- 13MP auto focus main camera with LED flash,
- 5MP secondary camera
- 1080p video recording
- Multimedia player
- FM Radio
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- GPS with A-GPS support
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, light, gyro, magnetic
- LED notification light
- 4000mAh removable battery
- Price: Php9,999