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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Unboxing: Kata F1s qHD display and 1.3Ghz quad core smartphone (SRP PHP 4499)

I have on hand the brand new Kata F1s smartphone from Kata Digital, this new smartphone is the newest line of dual sim and quad core smartphone with 4.5” qHD display. From the size of the Kata F1s, you can really tell that this is for the small hand people who are not fit to hold a bigger screen phones.

Few months back Kata Digital unveiled their phablet series - Kata M1 and M2, its their large screen series with a monster battery life and fast quad core processor. Perfect for gaming, browsing and net surfing for the entire day.

But this time, the new Kata F1s was built in thin and small scale with a quad core system,but it still embeds the tech requirement we always wanted for better speed, HD display, connectivity, touch sensitivity and good plastic casing.

so let’s unbox this and see what’s inside and throw up my first impression about the Kata F1s.
(I’m testing this for almost a week already)


Here’ s the Kata F1s, you can purchase this at SRP PHP 4499 this October 20 in Kata Digital kiosk stores. For list of stores, visit: http://www.katadigital.com.ph/stores.html
If you buy this at a Kata Digital store, you’ll get a free 10GB KataCloud storage

For the unit release announcements, I suggest you check and follow : https://www.facebook.com/katadigitalcom


Opening the box cover. I call it the coffin box.


Inside the Kata F1s box:
- Kata F1s unit
- 1550mAh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- earphone with mic
- micro USB cable
- power plug
- manual
here are its specs:
- body case colors: black, yellow and white
- 5.3 inches in height
- 0.29 pounds in weight
- it runs with MTK 6572 Dual Core 1.3GHz CPU
- display: 4.5” LCD Display (qHD 540*960)
- Android 4.4 KitKat OS
- RAM: 1 GB
- Storage: 4GB
- 5 MP front camera, 8 MP rear camera with LED flash
- 1550mAh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- micro sd card slot ( can support up to 32GB)
- speaker: 8 ohm
- Wifi 802.1.1/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
more tech specs here at http://www.katadigital.com.ph/index.php?route=mobilephone/f1spec


Opening the back case is very simple and easy, just look for the space ling at the right corner and just open it with your nail and finger.


The battery.


Dual sim card slot and the micro SD card slot.


Inserting the battery.


Kata F1s is ready to launch.


Kata F1s with a slim body size


Its easy to hold and it won’t slip from your hands.


The grid back cover helps for more grip power when you hold the Kata F1s.


The front camera
- I observed that the front camera is way better than the rear camera of this unit.
Also, I noticed that its better than the M1 and M2 front camera.


On top of the phone is the earphone slot and the microUSB charging and data transfer slot, I noticed that the microUSB slot is not so friendly haha.


I’m glad that they didn’t follow the Kata M2 buttons, this time the volume button is back to the left side and the power button at the right side.


Powering up…. and see here the Kata Digital logo.


The Kata fish is back again.


My apps and the good performance of the qHD display. Its small but the details for graphics is great.


Surfing around the Kata F1s “about the phone info”


The keyboard screen
- for me it’s a bit smaller, because I have big hands. I think this phone is design for people who have smaller hands. I think its perfect for the ladies. For big guys like me, Raffy, Ron and Enzo, expect lots of typos when we use this unit hahaha. I think its better to activate the spell checker and spell predictions.


The rear camera performance is great too! although that the 8MP quality for rear camera are always the standard MP, but the greatness here is that the Android OS powers it to have better quality, check out the spot focusing and the ISO custom setting, those features can help you shoot better photos in different lighting conditions.


1st camera test….indoors


2nd camera test… close up shots.

For my early test and first impressions, I can tell that all of the tech specs are fine, but my worry here is the battery life, because the quad core processor can eat a lot of battery juice when it start to get busy via an app.

I observe that this unit eats more power when you use it always, so I suggest that you have to carry your power bank and your pocket wifi with you, because with the battery 1550mAh, it is not enough to power this unit for the entire day if you are a heavy user of smartphones for gaming, 3G internet and Facebook.
Once again, watch out for the public release of Kata F1s this Oct 20 in all Kata Digital Stores.

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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