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Kata i1 - New Kid on the Block
By Katrina Canlas - 5 Apr 2013
Launch SRP: PhP8499

Introduction and Physique

Something New, Something Big

Kata is a Hong Kong-based software applications research and hardware device company that entered the Philippine scene in 2011. Relatively new in the local scene, Kata is still overshadowed by gigantic electronic brands and local mobile technology brands, but it aims to change this and push the boundaries of innovation by providing high-quality electronic devices. One of its latest devices is a smartphone in the form of the Kata i1. Let’s take a closer look at this device in this review.

The Kata i1 has a very familiar look for a not so familiar brand as it exudes the solid and minimalistic appeal similar to other smartphones. It shows off a 4.5-inch multi-touch screen that offers a wide view of its vivid display. It has sleek and lightweight body that permits comfortable handling of this candy bar handset. Though it’s nothing too flashy from the outside, its simplistic look is something notable on this device.

Kata i1 comes in two tones - black in front and white on the back.

 Just below the 4.5-inch screen, a strip of buttons for Menu, Home, and Back can be found. These buttons allow for quick and easy navigation on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

On top, the Kata i1 sports a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and near it is the speaker grille.

Turning the Kata i1 over shows a plain white back cover. Holding it feels quite plasticky but the finish on the back cover guarantees a smudge-free surface. Its white case remains fingerprint-free even when you hold the handset frequently and for a long time. Its neat and clean look is a definite plus for this handset.

The back of the handset shows the 8-megapixel shooter with its built-in flash and the speaker grille at the bottom. The brand "Kata" can also be seen with an icon of a fish above the label.

The 8-megapixel rear shooter bulges from the device, which can be a little bothersome. When you lay the phone flat on its back, the rear camera sticks out, which makes the device uneven on a flat surface.

Two slits at the bottom reveals the phone's rear speakers.

The side profiles of the Kata i1 are quite plain too. The top side has the power button and headset jack while the left side holds the volume rocker and USB connector port. The two other sides are completely devoid of buttons, jacks, or ports.

The top side of the smartphone holds the power button and the 3.5mm audio jack.

This side of the handset is occupied by the volume rocker and the Micro USB connector.

With the back cover open, the device exposes the dual-SIM slots and the memory card slot. The Kata i1 has 4GB internal memory and this can be expanded further up to 32GB via the memory card slot. It packs a 1600mAh lithium-ion battery.

Removing the back cover of the smartphone, we can see here that the Kata i1 is a dual-SIM device. Adjacent to the SIM slots is the microSD slot.


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