Kata C1 Unboxing And First Impressions - Gorgeous Design, Budget Price!

Kata is one of the better known makers midrange worthy phones that has great style and affordability. That's why it caught us off guard to when we found out that they'll release a seemingly bang per buck phone in the entry level category. Something that's quite rare for a Kata handset.
Kata C1 unboxing and first impressions
Kata C1 unboxing and first impressions

Related: Kata C1 Announced, 5.5 Inch Quad Core Phone With 13 MP Cam!

Dubbed as the Kata C1, it is the first 5.5 inch phone w/ HD resolution by the company in the sub 4K Pesos price range. Not only that, it's one of the most stylish and slimmest looking budget phone we've seen in a while

Fortunately, we were able to secure a unit yesterday to share with you guys what we think of it. Let's start.

Disclaimer: This review unit was seeded by Kata Philippines for an honest review

Kata C1 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz MT6580 quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
RAM: 1 GB
ROM: 8 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 13 MP w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP
Battery: 2,600 mAh
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, Bluetooth, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (regular and micro)
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, light 
Price: 3,699 Pesos

Unboxing / Accessories

The box of the phone
The box of the phone

In terms of packaging, the Kata C1 presents itself in the standard Kata way. It maintains the clean looking box emphasizing the big image of the C1.
Inclusions inside
Inclusions inside

Upon opening the box, you'll see the usual accessories like the 1A wall charger / adapter, micro USB / data charging cables, 1 set of in ear monitors with mic and some paper documentations.

However, we have a problem with the charger included here as it is is the international version that's not compatible with local sockets.

Build Quality / Design

Removable battery, dual SIM and micro SD slots at the back
Removable battery, dual SIM and micro SD slots at the back

After holding the device for quite a while, the Kata C1 impressed us with the way it presented itself. It's made out of an metal chrome painted plastic frame w/ slightly sharp edges, glass in front and surprisingly the plastic back cover has some faux leather coating.
Micro USB port and 3.5 mm jack on top
Micro USB port and 3.5 mm jack on top
There's also a single mic below
There's also a single mic below
Volume rocker on the left
Volume rocker on the left

In terms of the design, I'm glad to say that the Kata C1 is gorgeous in person. It's a big thing as there are very few phones that looks this good under 4K. First, you'll definitely notice on how well the faux leather back cover presented itself as it's has a feel of a real leather similar to the ZenFone Zoom. While it has some protrusion at the back, we like that it isn't that prominent compared to other phones we saw. The C1 is also ranks among the slimmest phones we've seen in this price category. 

Ergonomically, the slight curved at the back and the faux leather texture adds better grip and hold of this device. However, some people may find the edges a little sharper than the norm once you tighten up your grip.

Overall, you won't have much of the problem with the way this phone showcased itself, making the Kata C1 ranks among the best in terms of style for the price.

Specs and features analysis

Power button located on the left
Power button located on the left
Kata C1 in front
Kata C1 in front

The Kata C1 features a 5.5 inch HD IPS screen, the newer 1.3 GHz MT6580 quad core chip, Mali 400 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB expandable ROM and 2,600 mAh of battery capacity. That configuration is the norm today for its price that's designed to make your basic to moderate experience better.

There's also a pretty large, 13 MP camera w/ AF and LED flash at the back and 5 MP selfie cam in front that should be good enough for your basic photography needs. It also has HSPA+ connectivity and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Kata UI that has no app drawer on top.

In general, this would be great for those in a budget that wants a big screened phone that looks stylish too.

As of the moment

From what we initially saw, we love the change of direction for Kata here. We think that this Kata C1 has the potential to be great handset for individuals that's particular when it comes to style. Not only that, this device has decent configuration for a budget phone with big screen.

For our review: Kata C1 Review - The Budget Kata Phone To Get?
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