|Latest Kata VENUS 3 is powered by MT6572 1.2 GHz dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS on 4.0" 5 point Multi-touchscreen display boosting 5MP/1.2MP dual cameras at introductory price of P3,999.|
Kata Digital Philippines launched its latest and affordable dual core Android phone - the VENUS 3 last December 7, 2013 at newly opened Kata Store at Robinson's Forum at Edsa Corner Pioneer St. Mandaluyong City.
I got 1 unit for P3,999 (SRP of P4,999) with FREE screen protector and Mobile cleaner with 50% discount on 8 GB memory card and what's my first impression? its a quite bulky, quite heavy and solid, good for masculine people or men (from my point of view) and a bar type smartphone aesthetically design (it's like a Sony Xperia smartphone).
I'm not sure why it is called VENUS but from mythology, she is Roman goddess of love, beauty and prosperity. Here is my unboxing and hands on review and let's see the beauty of VENUS 3 inside and out.
What's in the Box?
1. Kata VENUS 3 Handset
2. 1600 mAh Li-ion battery
3. USB Charger and micro-USB cable
6. FREE Screen protector and Mobile cleaner
Kata VENUS 3 Price, Features and Full Specs
Price: P3,699 (introductory price, SRP of P4,999)
Features: Dual SIM, Quad Band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), Dual Band 3G (900/2100), FM Radio, Fish market App, Hot spot capable and 7.8 +-15% ohms speaker
Physical Design: 3 soft capacitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back), 114 grams and 11 mm slim
CPU: 1.2 GHz MT6572 Dual core processor
GPU: MALI 400 MP
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - JB
Screen: 4.0" WVGA 5 point Multi-Touchscreen Display
Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel per Inch: 233 ppi
RAM: 512 MB
Internal Memory: 4 GB expandable up to 32 GB via microSD
Camera: Sports a dual camera with 5 MP rear autofocus with Flash and 1.2 MP front
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Earphone jack and 3G/HSPA+ capable
AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 10,970 ver 4
Battery: Li-ion 1600 mAh
Availability/Released Date: Already in the market
Kata VENUS 3 Unboxing and Hands On Review
|Kata VENUS 3 Unboxing - includes VENUS 3 handset, Headset, 1600 mah battery, USB charger, microUSB cable, manual and Free screen protector already in-place on the unit and FREE mobile cleaner|
1. Price: 4.7/5
Dubbed as "Value at its Best", let's see what Kata VENUS 3 has to offer for Pinoy consumers at a price of P3,999 (SRP of P4,999). I hope it will be fixed at introductory price. See how VENUS 3 ranks on affordable dual core Android phones in the Philippines.
2. Physical Design: 4.5/5
|Kata VENUS 3 front view with 3 soft capacitive buttons (menu, home and back), 4.0" screen (it's not IPS), sensor, 1.2 MP front camera, receiver and microphone and at the back with 5MP rear camera, flash, Kata logo and speaker.|
|What's inside the Kata VENUS 3? It houses for 2 regular SIM with 3G/HSPA+ capability (for testing if both are capable), microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB, 5MP rear camera with flash, fueled by 1600 mAh battery and 7.8 ohms speaker.|
3. Display: 4.5/5
|VENUS 3 display is 4.0 inch 5 point multi-touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution and 233 pixel per inch density (ppi). It is not IPS comparing it with MyPhone A848i DUO IPS screen and testing it sideways for different angles.|
Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels
Pixel per Inch: 233 ppi
Dead Pixel: None
Display Technology: When I bought the unit, the store said that it is OGS (One Glass Solution)
4. Performance and Benchmark Scores: 4.8/5
|Kata VENUS 3 AnTuTu Benchmark scored at 10,970|
Also, VENUS 3 is powered by latest MediaTek MT6572 power efficient processor, 512 MB RAM and MALI 400 MP GPU, AnTuTu benchmark scored at 10,970. I'm testing it for quadrant and other benchmark tools.
Power ON time: ~30 seconds
Shutdown: ~5 seconds
AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 10,970
Quadrant Score: 3,370
Compatible Apps: Avast Mobile Antivirus, Facebook and Instagram
5. Camera: 4.0/5
|Pictures taken by Kata VENUS 3 5MP lens with HDR enabled producing two different exposures of bright (left) and dark (right).|
|Kata VENUS 3 5MP camera macro shot set on Night Mode. Rear camera lens are sometimes hard to make a clear autofocus and sensitive to movement so, with proper lighting and little hardwork and talent, a perfect shot is made.|
Rear Camera: 5 MP, Autofocus with LED Flash capable of continuous 40 and 99 shots. It also features HDR (High Dynamic Range), 360 Panorama and Auto Capture when smile is detected.
Front Camera: 1.2 MP, both cameras are on going testing for more pictures and video.
6. Multimedia and Games 4.3/5
|Enjoying the smooth gameplay of Undead Slayer with Kata VENUS 3 at level 78.|
Music: .mp4 and .mp3 files are playable
Games: Undead Slayer, Inotia 4, Temple Run 2, Plants vs Zombies 2, Zombie Tsunami and Candy Crush are working without lags, I'm also testing other games.
Audio: Speaker produces loud sound, clear and crisp. Good for music lovers and gamers.
Video/Movies: Supports .mp4, .avi and 1080p video
7. Connectivity and Functionality: 4.8/5
|Kata VENUS 3 Quadrant benchmark scored at 3,370 and testing GPS if working.|
Dual SIM: Both regular SIM, 3G/HSPA+ is working on both SIM 1 and SIM 2.
Texting: working good
Call: working very clear
Videocall: for testing
LED Notification: None for incoming SMS and charging
Bluetooth: it's working
WiFi: working very fast
Hotspot: it's working fine
3G/HSPA+: Using globe broadband SIM, at first, internet is not working (authentication via the proxy server was unsuccessful). I change the APN to www.globe.com.ph and it is now working (speed depends on time on my location, blazing fast during 12 midnight - 6am).
GPS: working fine
FM Radio: working with nice reception
Micro-USB: I already transfer photos and videos on PC
MicroSD card slot: working fine with 8 GB
USB OTG (On the Go): not supported
Sensors: Gyro sensor is working fine, according to AnTuTu benchmark tool, it supports Proximity, Light, Distance, G-sensor and E-compass.
How to Screenshot/Printscreen: Simultaneously press Power and Volume(-) button for 2 seconds until you hear the shutter sound.
8. Accessories: 4.8/5
Headset: working fine
USB Charger: it's working
MicroUSB cable: working good
MicroSD card: Not included, with 50% discount
Screen Protector: FREE and free installation
Mobile Cleaner: FREE
9. Battery: 4.5/5
Charging Time: ~2.5 hours with handset turned ON and almost the same time when handset is turned OFF (~less 10 minutes). You can use the unit while charging without any problem on the screen.
Input: AC 100-240V, 0.15A
Output: DC 5V, 1A
10. Durability: 4.5/5
With solid and compact build and FREE screen protector and mobile cleaner, I think the unit I got will last for years for normal use (texting, calling, games and internet). I hope it will survive the daily bumps, micro-scratches and accidental drops of everyday lives.
Updates: (as of April 30, 2014)
After more than 4 months or 143 days of texting, calling and casual gaming, VENUS 3 is performing very good and stable. There is no problem encountered so far.
11. Defects/Bugs/Improvements: 3.8/5
Pressing home button to see all your recent apps is not working properly or responsive (sometimes it's working, sometimes it's not). I'm not sure if it is a bug on Android JB OS or a defect. I have to contact Kata's technical team (Updates: Kata already replied to my feedback).
One improvement that I suggest is use of light materials and slimmer design with LED notification, I hope to see it in Kata VENUS 4 (Android KitKat) for 2014.
12. Verdict/Final Rating Score: 4.47/5
|With a few days of VENUS 3 testing, this is my initial score. I gave high scores to Price, Performance and Connectivity (HSPA+ internet capability, I can download a 40MB games in Google Play store in a few minutes). The lowest score is camera (comparing it to MyPhone A848i DUO 5MP/VGA - I will use this camera for benchmark/comparison with future reviews).|
Kata VENUS 3 is almost a perfect and versatile affordable smartphone for budget conscious Pinoys.
With solid and compact design, 4.0" multi-touchscreen powered by latest dual core power efficient processor, 512 MB RAM, Android 4.2.2 JB OS, a must have for gamers.
With WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G/HSPA+ connectivity, good for Pinoys who like social networking and always on the GO.
In addition, VENUS 3 boost 5MP/1.2MP cameras and a loud and crisp audio that suit for movie and music lovers.
It is also fueled by 1600 mAh battery that can last for a day to do all the entertainment, games and internet connectivity for a single charging.
I'll post an updates from time to time so, stay tuned.
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