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Kata M4s Unboxing And First Impressions

Kata Philippines has just announced the M4s, it's company's latest top of the line offering and the upgrade of the metal clad and stylish M4 last year.
Kata M4s Unboxing And First Impressions
Meet Kata M4s

If you can recall, the Kata M4, while it is aesthetically great, but it failed to provide the great value for money experience that was expected from it.

As a result, Kata went back to the drawing board and created the M4s, a higher-end offering that aims to aims to provide better build, specs, features, and overall value for money compared with its predecessor.

As a matter of fact, the Kata M4 even boasts a much improved glass and metal sanwiched design, whopping 4,000 mAh of battery capacity, USB Type C connection, and the newer Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

Now, its time to check the M4s. Can Kata win our hearts again? Let's see.

Kata M4s Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.5 GHz 64 Bit MT6750 octa core processor
GPU: Mali T860
RAM: 3 GB
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 18 MP f/2.0 w/ AF w/ LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/2.0 w/ FF
Battery: 4,350 mAh
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, OTG, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Others: Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, 8 Ohms speaker
Sensors: Gravity, proximity, light, gyroscope, magnetic
Dimensions: 153. 5 x 76.5 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 181 g
Price: PHP 11,999 (Estimate price)

Disclaimer: This is a seeded unit from Kata Philippines for our honest review.

Unboxing / Accessories

What's inside?

Our unit didn't come with the actual Kata box, but the accessories are complete. It includes a 2A USB wall charger, USB Type C data / charging cables, in-ear monitors with mic, SIM ejector tool, and TPU clear jelly case. You'll also find pre-installed screen protectors both front and back.

Build Quality / Design

2.5D glass behind!
2.5D glass behind!

Kata stepped it up in terms of materials used. The Kata M4 boasts a solid metal frame with chamfered edges. It also has a Galaxy S8-like curved glass material behind. All of the metal buttons feels premium as well. On top, there's a beautiful 2.5D curved glass.

Easily, this is the most premium Kata smartphone yet.

There's no mention of Gorilla Glass or Dragontrail glass for protection, but based on our accidental table high drop test, the glass behind proved to be sturdy enough.
3.5 mm headphone jack slot on top
3.5 mm headphone jack slot on top
Microphone, USB Type C slot, and speaker grill below
Microphone, USB Type C slot, and speaker grill below
Hybrid slot at left
Hybrid slot at left
Power button and volume rocker located at right
The Kata M4s is very stylish, the chamfered edges looks nice, and we like the overall curves of the phone. It isn't also that thick considering that it's equipped with a large 4,350 mAh of battery capacity.

Design-wise, the handset reminds us of the OPPO F3 in front and the Galaxy S8 series curved glass behind!

The handset also has all the standard placement of ports and buttons found on a 5.5 inch device. The power button and volume rocker is at right, eject-able hybrid dual SIM tray at left, 3.5 mm jack on top, and USB Type C / mic / speakers below.

As a whole, this is a very well made phone and it generally feels great to hold. Surprisingly, it isn't slippery as well.

Initial findings

1. The design is GREAT. The best of Kata yet. Build feels also very sturdy. The HD screen is also forgivable as it is equipped with a capable AMOLED panel. Light sensor is a bit erratic though.
2. Specs is fine for the expected price. It even has 32 GB of expandable storage and LARGE 4,350 mAh of battery. Let's see.
3. This is one of the few phones to boot Android 7.0 Nougat OS. However, the UI is still not mature. Users can customize it to their preference though.
4. Behind, there's an 18 MP f/2.0 main camera with very quick auto focus and can produce decent shots. In front, it has an 8 MP f/2.0 lens, but it has no AF and LED flash. 
5. This handset also has USB Type C port, physical Android keys with light, and gyroscope sensor. The fingerprint scanner is also highly accurate and even has swipe gestures. However, there's no LED light indicator.

Related: Kata M4s: First Camera Samples


As of the moment

THIS IS THE BEST of Kata yet. Build is outstanding and specs is decent for the expected price tag. We also like the fact that this handset comes with bigger 4,000 mAh of battery capacity and boots with the newer Android 7.0 Nougat.

So far, this is a promising phone. Let's just hope that Kata will really price this in the sub PHP 12K range.
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