Kata I3s – Unboxing and Initial Impressions of the new version

If you loved the Kata I3 before, you will love the newer version the Kata I3s. The I3s basically still runs with the specifications as before.

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It still uses a quadcore MTK 6582 Quad Core 1.3GHz with 16 gig internal memory expandable to 32 gig micro sd.. Most of the changes I see upon unboxing is cosmetic.

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As you can see, the body has been reinforced with metal or aluminum sidings much like the design of the M2.

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The placement of all the buttons are largely the same as before. Well, that is until you take off the back cover… just a reminder.. you need to have firm yet careful fingers when you take off the back cover or you might break it.

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Once uncovered, you will see the 1st major change they did with the I3s – removable battery. The battery capacity is still at 2250 mAh..but having a removable battery makes it so much easier to replace and fix.

The next change you will see in the placement of the sim cards and the micro sd card.

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The arrangement of the sim and the micro sd is almost the same as the other new models that Kata has released. The major difference here is that Kata has adopted the 1 micro and 1 regular sim compared to the I3 which had 2 micro sims.

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The box comes with the standard earphones, and usb charger ( which I noticed has a new design compared to the old models)

Another thing that is changed I think is the frequency this model operates on..


QuadBand GSM 850/900/1800/1900

TriBand 3G 850/1900/2100

Besides the fact that this unit is already operating at Kitkat 4.4

Here is a rundown of the specifications:

1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor
16GB internal memory, expandable with MicroSD up to 32GB
5-inch Super HD  display, 1280 x 720 pixels
13-megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
5-megapixel front facing camera
Dual SIM, dual standby
2,250 mAh battery

I personally like the way the Kata I3s looks now, having had the chance to use the I3 also..I wish I still had the I3 so I could compare the size since from the website it seems there’s a slight size increase.

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Height: 152.8 mm Height: 5.65 inches (143.6 mm)
Width: 79.0 mm Width: 2.84 inches (72.2 mm)
Depth: 8.5mm Depth: 0.32 inches (8.3 mm)
Weight: 168.9g (with battery) Weight: 0.34 pounds (153.2g)
All in all, I LIKEY!! The body is sleek and stylish, the finish is not slippery and the colors are COOL! Dark Grey, Dark Blue and Violet Blue.


Based on the pricing of the other units that Kata Digital has released, I would assume the Kata I3s would be in the price range of 6,000 to 7,500.. Not bad considering the I3 made its debut at 8,499.


Well, lets wait and see for the pricing once its officially launched.. and keep on coming back to catch the full review..



Ron is a happily married man for more than 10 years, the father of 3 boys. Loves to write about places that he visits. And works in the BPO industry.