Christmas hell week is finally over! I went through countless all-nighters, but I guess the hard work paid off :) now I’m able to have a breather by writing again on this blog that’s been postless for about a week now. I apologize to those who visited in the past days yet failed to see new content.
So, what’s new? For starters, I got this new Android phone called the Kata i1. What the hell man, you just got a new phone six months ago! is what I bet you’re thinking. True, but once you see the specs of this monster, hopefully you’ll understand how I felt being the techno geek that I am. It’s quite the huge leap from last six month’s technology and price ratio- that said, the next generation China phones have arrived!
By the way, I’ll be giving away my Lenovo A60 in a raffle soon, so that’s good news!
In the comment section of my previous phone’s review, the Lenovo A60, I mentioned that me and my friends were planning on importing very afforda-cheap Android phones with monster specs from China via the trusted http://fastcardtech.com. We were eying the NEO NO2-M: a 1.2Ghz dual core ICS 4.0.4 Android phone with 4.5″ HD screen, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, dual-sim dual-standby, 3G, 1.3MP front camera and 8MP back camera, and up to 32GB memory via micro SD card- all for a measly 6,600 PHP! Not bad, huh?
Can’t understand geek-lingo? Think Samsung Galaxy S2 for only 7-8k PHP. The specs are real- the hardware and Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 software live up to their names. No kidding.
Being literally one click away from buying three NEO NO2-Ms via credit card, my sister and her boyfriend messaged me that they saw this Kata i1 and yet another similar one called the Cloudfone Thrill 430x in a local mall. Looking them up, I found that they quite have the same specs with the NEO NO2-M, only 1.5k more expensive. But the advantage to that would be no waiting time for the shipping (supposed to be 1 month max) and service centers are very accessible- almost every SM Cyberzone has a Kata/Owtel store in it.
Kata i1 Unboxing
Now we go to the main event!
KATA i1 FULL SPECIFICATIONS:
Dual SIM / Dual Standby
4.5-inch qHD (960×540) IPS display (245ppi)
with 5-point multi-touch feature
1GHz Dual-Core MT6577 Processor
Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
PowerVR SGX531 GPU
1GB of RAM
4GB of internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
8.0MP autofocus camera with LED Flash
720p HD video recording
1.3MP front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
GPS with A-GPS support
Quad-Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Tri-Band 3G WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz
microUSB 2.0 / 3.5mm headset jack
Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
Li-ion 1600mAh battery (removable)
Talk time up 5 hours
Standby time up 500 hours
132 x 67 x 10.25mm (dimension)
Color: Black and White
Price: 8,499 PHP (Official SRP)
Availability/ Release Date: Now available at any KATA and OWTEL booth/kiosk/shop nationwide!
Side view. 10.25mm thin FTW!
So far, so good. Ah, remember the time when China phones were considered taboo and shouldn’t be bought at all unless you’re super desperate and mega cheap? You know, because quality is crap and all that. Not anymore. Those yellow bastards finally got their shit together and made their technology on par to that of the latest in the world. How, you ask? Beats me. Not sure if copycat or not, but I don’t really care at this point in time.
I’ve been all plus about the i1, but there are a little iffy things I have to mention about this phone. I’ll save it for the next post. Overall, this phone is beast! The 1Ghz dual core processor, 1GB RAM and 16M HD screen were what made me buy the Kata i1. With those specs, it’s going to run smooth as hell. I just have to get used to its 4.5″ screen and 10.25mm thinness- somewhat unergonomic, it’s kinda hard to text while side-viewed in bed.
I’m loving the 16M Colors QHD screen ;)
Here are sample photos I took using the said phone:
8.0MP Camera w/ decent light
8.0MP Camera in pitch black area using flash
Anyway, If you have questions, inquiries or whatever about the Kata i1, don’t be shy and hit me up in the comment section! ;)