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Kata C2 Unboxing And First Impressions - Metal Clad Design For An Affordable Price

Kata Philippines has made a lot of noise in the last quarter of 2016 by releasing a trio of smartphones namely: the Kata Selfie, Kata i5 and the Kata C2. Let's find out more on the most affordable handset in the bunch, the Kata C2.
Kata C2, nice to meet you!
Kata C2, nice to meet you!

While this handset does not resemble its predecessor, the Kata C1, in exterior build and design, the handset does follow the footsteps in providing a gorgeous phone in the entry level price range.

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

Kata C2 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz MT6580A quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
ROM: 8 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
Main Camera: 13 MP f/2.8 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP f/2.8 w/ LED flash
Battery: 2,600 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity
Others: Camera and Wake-up Button, Colors: black, white
Dimensions: 155 x 77.8 x 9.2 mm
Weight: 185 g
Price: PHP 3,999

Unboxing / Accessories

Kata box w/ charger and cable
Kata box w/ charger and cable

As far as packaging is concerned, the Kata C2 follows suite of the Kata standard box displaying  an actual size image of the handset. Other than the handset, the box contains the mirco USB data/charging cable for the phone.

Build Quality / Design

Back panel removed shows the battery, SIM slots, and micro SD card slot
Back panel removed shows the battery, SIM slots, and micro SD card slot

The handset is bolstered up aesthetically with a longer, and thicker body compared to the Kata C1. Though the metal chrome painted frame of the C2 adds a bit of a bulk to the handset's exterior, it does however gives the phone a top-of-the-line like look and feel. Glass covers the front panel of the handset and the back panel made of thin plastic.
The metal framed body gives the phone higher-end look and feel
The back panel is composed of the 13 MP camera, LED light, and a camera button. the camera button is primarily used for shooting. However, it can also be used to increase the volume and wake-up the phone. The panel can be removed to reveal the dual SIM slot, the micro SD card slots, and the removable battery compartment. 
There's a 3.5 mm jack on top
There's a 3.5 mm jack on top
Single speaker, micro USB port, and microphone located below
Single speaker, micro USB port, and microphone located below
13 MP camera, LED flash, and camera / wake up button at the back panel

Overall, the build generally has a superb design and build for its price. It's also ergonomically great which feels great to hold.

The only drop-off from the great exterior design is that the camera button can easily be mistaken for a fingerprint scanner. Fortunately, it proves to be a useful addition once you're used with it.

Specs and features analysis

1. The Kata C1 features a 5.5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi, an 1.3 GHz MT6580 quad core chip, Mali 400 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB expandable ROM and 2,600 mAh of battery capacity. This is the usual components the build up handsets configured to meet basic to moderate requirements, but not the highest configuration in this price point.
2. In the camera department, the 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and the 5 MP selfie cam w/ flash too does provide ample functionalities to meet basic photography needs. 
3. This phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow under the Kata build in OS. 
4. For those who are looking for a handset that is primarily for watching videos or looking at HD images on a budget, this phone would be a decent choice for you.

Camera Teasers

Daylight test 1
Daylight test 1
Daylight test 2

As of the moment

From an initial assessment, the Kata C2 does not fall far from it's predecessor, the Kata C1, but is has several upgrades. It has bigger screen, runs on a newer OS and is equipped metallic exterior does give more style points in our perspective.

However, it doesn't have the highest specs for the price. So, will its style, build, and features be enough to justify its value for money?

For our review: Kata C2 Review - The Budget Kata Phone With Attitude
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