Monday, May 5, 2014

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

INTRODUCTION:

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.

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression CPU-Z Info
CPU-Z Info

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.


UNBOXING:

Unboxing Video

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Retail Package
Retail Package

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).


HARDWARE:

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Front
Front

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.

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Back
Back
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Camera and Loudspeaker
Camera and Loudspeaker

The back is made of glossy plastic with protective film covering most of it. While most of the loudspeaker grill from other phones are located at the bottom part, the one in the M1 is located in the upper portion near the main camera.

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Battery, Micro SD and SIM Slots
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.

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Left
Left
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Right
Right

On the left side you will find the volume rocker while the power/lock button is located at the left side.

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Top
Top
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Bottom
Bottom

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.

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Flip Cover
Flip Cover
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Front Cover
Front Cover
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Back Cover
Back Cover

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.


DISPLAY:

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression 5-point touch
5-point touch

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.


SENSORS:

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Sensors
Sensors

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.


BENCHMARKS:

Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Antutu - 15276
Antutu - 15276
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Quadrant - 5696
Quadrant - 5696
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Nenamark2 - 34.2fps
Nenamark2 - 34.2fps
Kata Digital M1, Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Vellamo HTML-1437 & Metal-569
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.


INITIAL VERDICT:

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.

Specifications:

  • 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

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