Kata Box Hands-On and Initial Review

We recently acquired an Android top box from local electronics company Kata, and while both the concept and the technology isn't new (another local brand brought it last year to some avail), it's definitely a welcome addition to the brand, especially that they almost always usually provide updates to their products. The device, aptly called the Kata Box, simply put, brings smartphone technology in an encased form and delivers it to a TV. This is plenty helpful if you want to use Android apps on a wide screen but aren't able to do so because you don't have Miracast or MHL.

Kata Box Hands-On and Initial Review

Kata Box Hands-On and Initial Review

The Kata Box comes in black and looks well-built design-wise. It's basic knowledge that good looks and raw performance comes hand in hand, and the device passes this in flying colors (accessories that come with the device also come in black). Additionally, while there's nothing unique with the form factor, the shape is among the most functional. After all, you're going to put this near where your TV is anyway.

Performance-wise, the Kata Box stands up to expectations - primarily in multimedia, because it doesn't have too much of a hard time performing moderately heavy tasks in browsing, streaming videos, and gaming. You can play Dead Trigger 2, Riptide GP2, or even Clash of Clans, at the comfort of your TV - though admittedly, the device suffers from choking on more graphics-intensive games, such as Modern Combat 5: Blackout. Suffice to say it's more enjoyable to play these games and more on a wide screen. You can connect to the internet in two ways: One via WiFi, and another one via direct LAN.

Kata Box Hands-On and Initial Review

On another note, and just to have it mentioned, my Kata Box already received three major updates since the day I received it. Kata is well known for providing OTA support even after a few months of product release, so I won't worry too much regarding updates here.

The Kata Box comes with its own power supply and remote control, which makes it operate like any other ordinary multimedia console, the only major difference being you get to enjoy the full Android experience with this device. It comes with 2 USB ports, an HDMI v1.4 port, a LAN slot, and a TF card slot.

We'll release our full review once we get our hands on the Kata gamepad to fully experience the set's gaming capability.

Kata Box Specifications

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
Processor: Amlogic S805 1.5GHz quad-core processor
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage
Connectivity: WiFI 802.11 b/g/n; USB Type A x2, HDMI 1.4 x1, RJ45 x1, DC-IN Jack x1, AV Output x1, TF Card Slot x1
Dimensions: 107mm x 107mm x 25mm
Color: Black
Price: P2,999 (pre-order SRP)

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