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Thursday, April 16, 2015

review: KATA Digital unleashed a new monster–Kata i4 1.7Ghz Octa Core smartphone with 5-inch Super HD screen, Dragon trail glass and NFC (SRP PHP9,799)

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Its been a long long long time since I posted a review, feature and unboxing of a Kata Digital smartphone, I already forgot about it because I super enjoyed using their new smartphone model – the Kata i4. It’s a new model that surpasses the other models of Kata smartphones. I’m very happy with the new features, add ons and the quality of the entire smartphone body. I thought that my Kata M1 will remain as my Kata champion, but I just can’t believe that I enjoyed using the Kata i4 more and not the Kata M1.. why?


Because, the Kata i4 got a brand new specs that we are waiting for.. a 1.7ghz Octa Core processor engine!!! finally! Thanks to Kata Digital for listening to their user’s request, I’m sure that Kata Digital will embed more great features in the next coming model, but for the Kata i4’s new spec, I am so sold and I am very satisfied with it.

Octa Cores are a big thing since last last year, and many smartphone brands shifts to this processor because it performs better and faster for gaming, multi tasking and also mobile internet.

Today, Kata i4 is now being sold at a SRP of PHP 9,799 and it comes with a FREE power bank.
visit this page to view the store locations around the metro -- http://www.katadigital.com.ph/store-location/

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

SPECS:

Size: height 144.5 mm, width 71.5 mm, depth 6.5 mm, weight 161 0g
Processor: MTK 6592 Octa Core 1.7 ghz
Screen: 5.0 inches Super HD Display 1280*720 / Gorilla glass corning
OS: Android 4.4 Kitkat
RAM: 2 GB
Storage:  32 GB
Camera: Front - 8 mega pixel, rear - 16 mega pixel with AF with 3 light bulb flash
Battery: built in 2300 mAh / standby time 350 hrs, talk time 5 hours
Connectivity: Wifi 802.1.1 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
Speaker: 8 ohm
Body: Black only
more specs here http://www.katadigital.com/mobile/i4/

NEW FEATURES:
KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES
Metallic alloy body

The best evolution for Kata is that they finally solve the bend problems of a smartphone, plus they made a very durable metallic alloy body for the Kata i4 to protect the smartphone’s parts, battery and also to survive any accidental falls and dents.

I’m sure that the Kata i4 can take a lot of beating before you can break it.

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Screen with Dragon Trail Glass

The screen is now under the protection of a Dragon Trail Glass..isn’t that awesome!!! No worries for scratches, breaks and even disfiguration of the screen. Thanks to the metallic alloy body to add more durability of the Kata i4 smartphone

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Gorilla glass corning for the camera cover

For maximum protection of the camera lens with 16MP


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

NFC connectivity

Yes!! NFC, that’s Near Field Communication, a feature that can communicate with another device by tapping the phone to it. Its like scanning or tapping your MRT card to the MRT machine.

As of now, I’m not sure how I can use this because not all of my friends are using a smartphone with NFC. I will have to research and see how I can benefit from this NFC.


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Micro Sim tray

Ohh that’s very familiar. My iPhone4s got that feature too!!! When I saw this feature, I know that Kata i4 want to make sure there’s a way to insert the sim on a non removable body cover of a smartphone. With this sim tray feature, the sim will be protected and secured.


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Black anti smudge and smooth back body cover

I’m glad that Kata Digital no longer uses those rough edges and funky design for the cover. Like in Kata M2, It was so rough and also tough, that it can damage the surface of other smartphones when you insert them both inside your pocket. We don’t want that feature, but for the Kata i4, they now use a smooth black plastic-like cover, I call it anti smudge because it doesn’t capture any finger print whenever I use it.




UNBOXING

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

The box

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

the box

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Kata i4 revealed!!!


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Inside the box
(sorry guys, I forgot to include the power charger)

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Now it comes with a warranty card on a PVC ID card

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

I’m sure you won’t misplace this, just keep it in your wallet or keep it inside the box.


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

The sim tray pin
You use this to open the sim tray

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

sleek look and design

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

its weird that some of my friends thought that I’m using an LG, Sony or Asus phone.
I told them…it’s a Kata phone


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Its light weight…and for me, the 5 inches screen is quite perfect for people with small hands like me


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Front

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Left side is the volume buttons


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Bottom part is the USB slot for charging and data transfer

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Right side is the Power button

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Top part is the earplug and the sim tray


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Black body cover


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

16MP rear camera with 2 flash bulbs

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

It’s a bit weird that the camera is now on the left front side of the Kata i4.
Most Kata units place their front camera at the middle.
I’m not sure what is the factor of having a front camera located at the side of the phone.


KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Hands on….

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KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES



Here’s my every day life with the KATA i4

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SAMPLE PHOTOS FROM THE CAMERA

Front camera

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Rear camera

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REVIEW

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

I like to congratulate Kata Digital for finally leveling up and join the Octa Core trend. I noticed that they are studying on how to use the best specs and features for the phone on an optimized level. Because you cannot have the best specs if you will let the battery suffer. For a 2300 mAh built in battery, I tried wifi-ing my way around for the whole day and I noticed that it survived til 12am ( I went out of my home at around 2pm and used the phone to the maxxx)

As for the Dragon Trail screen and metallic alloy body, It already survived a nasty fall few days ago and I was worried that the screen might be broken or the body might get some scratches, but I’m glad that it can be a smartphone of steel with this new feature for the Kata i4.

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

Screen for browsing and activating the apps is just fine. Keyboard positioning is okay for a 5 inches screen.

KATA i4 - octacore, NFC, 35gb, gorilla glass, smartphone from KATA DIGITAL PHILIPPINES

I also tried playing some games and watching some HD videos, the screen performs well based on its specs. The camera works fine on outdoor with daylight conditions, just make sure you wipe out the smudge from the camera before taking pic in order to prevent blur photos.

Some users complain that the old Kata phones heats up during heavy usage, I noticed that the Kata i4 didn’t have that heat problems. I’m not sure if the battery stays on a location away from the processor. But if you play some games in a non stop situation, expect the back of the phone to heat up. For wifi, its ok and there’s no heat problems.

I'm not sure if its the 1st time for Kata to have a smartphone with a non removable body cover, with this feature, you can no longer add more memory space to your phone. Plus its a single Sim phone only. But I'm ok with it if they will sacrifice the dual sim feature and the expandable memory feature, but rest assured that the phone is sleek, durable and doesn't look cheap.


Kata i4 is the new monster of Kata Digital, I call it that way because they created a better model that is ready to face to the future.

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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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