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Kata V5 is a budget smartphone you shouldn’t buy

Dead on arrival

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Kata also released a new affordable smartphone dubbed as the Kata V5.

The design of the new phone is very basic. And at first glance, there’s really nothing new here. Digging down deeper, we figured there’s really nothing to see here.

Kata V5 is running on an old version of Android – 5.1 Lollipop to be exact. We’re nearing the launch of Android O but this one is still stuck in the past. Normally, we forgive cheap smartphones but it’s no longer the case here. It’s halfway through 2017, and almost all handsets ship with at least 6.0 Marshmallow now. In fact, there are even cheaper smartphones with Nougat out of the box.

What’s worse is that the Kata V5 looks very identical to its predecessor. It’s not uncommon to see a resemblance between the two, but having the exact same specifications is another story.

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We’re not quite sure but this looks like last year’s Kata V4 slapped with an updated name to V5.

Kata V5 Specs

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS 2.5D Curved Glass Display, 854 x 480 resolution, ~218 ppi
  • 1.3GHz MT6580 quad-core processor
  • Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • expandable via micro SD card up to 32GB
  • 6 ohms loudspeaker
  • WiFi, WiFi hotspot
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, HSPA+
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Special back button
  • Colors: Black, White Gold
  • Dimensions: 135 x 67.5 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • 1,800 mAh battery

And if that’s not enough, Kata also increased the price for the exact same phone (at least on paper) as last year. From Php2,699, it now costs Php600 more at Php3,299.

According to Kata, this handset uses a GFF display panel which has an ‘enhanced touch experience’. Other than that, they admitted that it is exactly the same.

We don’t know what’s happening with the company, but it seems like they’re completely out of touch. A couple of days ago, they also announced a crappy Php7,299 smartphone.

Like other Kata smartphones, the Kata V5 comes with a free screen protector and case included in the package. It’s currently available for pre-order in Kata outlets nationwide.

But to be honest, if you’re in the market for a sub Php3k device – you’re better off spending your money somewhere else.

Source: Kata

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