With the gradual launch of 4G services by telecom operators across the country, now the impetus of device makers seem to be to bring 4G-enabled handsets as quickly as possible in the market. However, in this rush, the affordable smartphone segment is also witnessing some good things: The battery life is improving, 3 GB RAM is becoming a norm and camera quality is steadily rising. Recently, home-grown Hope Televentures launched its first 4G-enabled smartphone with 3 GB RAM under the brand name—Kult. Priced at Rs 7,999, the Kult 10 offers smooth performance, decent camera quality and battery life. To know more, let us look into the device.
The first thing you notice about the device is its simple design, which gives it a premium and stylish look. Something similar to Phicomm’s Passion 660 in terms of design but it is not as slim as Passion 660. The front is dominated by a 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and it offers deep black and good viewing angles. The display is protected with Asahi Dragontrail Glass. The front is also home to front camera on the top, while three capacitive touch keys are placed in the bottom. The keys are unlit, so a user may have to spend some time with the device to get familiar with the keys.
The detachable rear panel which is made of plastic is home to Kult branding along with rear camera and LED flash in the back. The power button and volume rocker keys are placed at the right edge while left edge is completely free from any distraction. The top edge houses a 3.5 mm headset jack. One good thing that Kult has done is that despite the phone body being slim with the frame size of 7.6 mm and weight of about 128 grams, the camera is non-protruding—it sits flush with the body.
The Kult 10 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and its entrails are powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and it comes with 3 GB of RAM. Also, it is packed with 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD card. During the review period, the device worked without any hiccup. While doing multitasking, there was no serious lag to write about. In fact, the device handled some of the graphics intensive games quite smoothly.
On the camera front, Kult 10 comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Both the cameras offer average quality. Some of the test pictures that I clicked, the camera could capture fine details in regular light but same could not be repeated in low light condition and also when you view the pictures at full resolution, you could easily spot the high hue in the image.
The device is packed with a replaceable 2,350mAh battery. The overall performance of the battery has been at par with any other Android device in this price range. It offers decent standby time and could last between 5-7 hours. The device supports 2G, 3G, 4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
Overall, Kult 10 is a good 4G enabled entry level smartphone with a simple but an attracting design.
Display: 5 inch (1280 x 720 pixels)
Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad core processor
Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Memory & storage: 3 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage
Camera: 5 MP (front); 13 MP rear
SIM type: Dual SIM
Battery: 2350mAh, replaceable
Estimated street price: Rs 7,999