|Kata T4 Review, Entertainment Hormone|
Around last quarter of 2015, Kata has been very serious in getting the biggest chunk of local market share, unveiling several devices in succession, one of which is the Kata T4.
The Kata T4 is a 7.85-inch tablet with dual SIM slots, phone functionality and 3G connectivity. Under the hood is a MediaTek quad core chip clocked at 1.3GHz each, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It is also equipped with an 8MP shooter on the back and for taking selfies, you have a 5MP camera in the front.
Kata T4 Unboxing and Hands-on Video
The retail package consists of the unit, charger, USB cable and user manual. The tablet has a similar footprint with the Apple iPad Mini, they have lots of physical similarities and it can even fit in the latter's flip cover case. To know more about how the device looks, its ports and controls, please kindly check the video above.
The Kata T4 sports a 7.85-inch touchscreen display with XGA resolution, giving it a pixel density of about 163 PPI. In real life usage, although, the images produced are on the average side, it still provides good viewing experience, thanks to the IPS technology. In terms of color rendition, the display appears to be on the soft side, or shall I say slightly washed out.
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The Kata T4 is equipped with the basic sensors, namely accelerometer, proximity and ambient light, all of which are functioning properly both on app testing and in actual applications.
This tablet is powered by MediaTek MT8382 chipset, which has four Cortex-A7 CPU cores clocked at 1.3GHz each and ARM Mali-400MP as its graphics processing unit. This particular chip has been in the market for quite some time now, it has the same architecture, components and capabilities with its sibling, the MT6582. Basically, the MT8382 is made specifically for tablets while the MT6582 is for smartphones. That being said, it has similar performance with the Kata i3s and Kata M2. In Antutu it scored 16857, in Quadrant it got 6878, 41.1fps in NenaMark2, 1648 in PC Mark and 1047, 1089 & 590 in Vellamo Browser, Multicore & Metal respectively.
The Kata T4 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, it is the same version with the already more that a year old Kata M2 and Kata i3s, the only difference is that it has no app drawer, all the applications are placed in the home screen. To learn more about the Kata interface, you can check Kata Digital M2 Review: M for Mammoth or Kata i3s Unboxing and Review, It Is Incredibly Sleek
CAMERA and VIDEO:
|Camera and Video Interface|
The camera and video share the same interface and are practically identical to other Kata devices that are also running on Android KitKat. The settings icon is placed on the lower left corner, the thumbnail of the last item taken is on the lower right corner while the shutter buttons are located in between them. Meanwhile, the shooting modes, namely Panorama, Beauty and Normal, can be found in the upper part of the UI.
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The main camera can capture images up to 8MP in resolution, there is no flash to assist it during night time or in low-light condition, therefore it is only useful when there is at least adequate lighting. In terms of output, it is able to provide good images with the right balance of colors, dynamics and details. Close-up or macro photography is possible too, as it is able to focus and take shots at around 4 inches. One minor issue is when using HDR, there is no question it makes the subject better in the picture, however, the user must have a steady hand in order to do so, slight movement will result in a blur image.
|CraneBalls Over Kill 3|
|Gameloft Modern Combat 5|
The basic or casual games with the likes of Candy Crush, Criminal Case and Clash of Clans work just fine with the Kata T4. Meanwhile, fast moving games like Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers are OK too, however, it is not as smooth when compared to other devices with better/higher chipset. On the other hand, HD or resources-hungry games are also playable, we tried Despicable Me 2, Over Kill 3 and Modern Combat 5, however, there are times that you would experience lags and feel the chokes.
Connectivity wise, the basics are covered, it has WiFi, Bluetooth, OTG capable micro USB port and dual SIM, dual standby with high speed data connection via 3G.
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Apart from the usual productivity and organizing tools, namely Calculator, Clock, Calendar, To Do, File Manager and Sound Recorder, WPS Office and EverNote are also pre-installed. The Kata Cloud is there as well, giving the users free 10GB of cloud storage upon sign-up.
|Location and GPS|
With location mode set to high accuracy, the Kata T4 managed to get a satellite lock in almost an instant. It constantly able to detect 12 satellites, 10 of which are in use to get an accurate position of just 10 feet.
|Mega VPN and TV Apss|
One of the main highlights of this device is the pre-installed Mega VPN and TV apps. The Mega VPN allows you to have a virtual connection located somewhere else, which in turn lets you have access to any region-restricted video-on-demand applications, such as Crackle, CBS and even Netflix before it officially arrives in the country. On a side note, if you want to have access to all US shows on Netflix, better use Mega VPN.
On standby mode without any SIM card installed, it managed to last for almost 9 days. Meanwhile, on standby mode with two SIM cards inserted, that rating is reduced to half or around 4 days and 14 hours.
The Kata T4 is one of the best tablets you can buy in the market today, it supports dual SIM card with full phone functionality, great build quality, good camera performance and feature-packed for an affordable price tag of Php5,999. It may not be as speedy and powerful compared to other high-end devices, but it can get the job done.
Kata T4 Specifications:
- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G: 1900/2100
- Dual micro SIM, dual standby
- 7.85-inch IPS capacitive XGA (1024x768) touchscreen display
- Dimensions: 200mm x 134.6mm x 7.7mm
- Weight: 400 grams
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 1.3GHz quad core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, MediaTek MT8382 chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD card
- 8MP auto focus main camera without LED flash
- 5MP fixed focus secondary camera
- Multimedia player
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Yamaha speaker
- GPS with A-GPS
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity
- 3000mAh non-removable battery
- Price: Php5,999