By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Monday, January 11, 2016 - 17:30
Kult 10 is a nice little handset with a sandstone finish back panel.
Offers 3 GB RAM
Sandstone finishing is attractive
Plenty of storage space
Offers 4G connectivity
Accelerometer isn't working properly, so racing games are out of question
Average battery back-up
Hybrid SIM2 slot
Not all new smartphone brands get the instant recognition as the Kult has got in recent days. The reason for that is its debut device, Kult 10, which at Rs 7,999 looks irresistible thanks to the features it offers. This includes 3 GB RAM. Yes, you heard it right. The Kult 10 comes with 3 GB RAM along with a 1.3 GHz quad core processor, 5 inch HD display, 16 GB internal memory and 4G connectivity - all for just Rs 7,999.
(For detailed specs click the icon located on the left-hand side.)
But do not yet jump to any conclusion. Read this review to know more about the device.
The Kult 10 is a nice little handset with a sandstone finish back panel. The back panel also covers the side panels as well; so in Kult 10 you have sandstone finish side covers too. This helps in griping the phone better. Being a 5-inch device, it is also of the right size that can be easily operated by most users.
The device is available in black and white colour. Thankfully there is no loud (read cheap) design statement. The brand logo of Kult is also an interesting one and is engraved at the bottom of the back panel.
The power and volume keys are made of plastic and look like they can last rigorous day to day usages. There are two speaker grills at the bottom panel of Kult 10 and offer decent output. A 3.5 mm audio jack is at the top so you can use any of your headset/earphone with 3.5 mm outlet to enjoy music and videos on Kult 10. To charge and transfer files, there is a micro USB port at the bottom panel of the phone as well
A big design flaw in the Kult 10 is the treatment of its soft-touch buttons which are located below the display. These three buttons are almost invisible as they are not marked properly nor there in any lighting system to illuminate these in dark areas. So to use these three, you need some practice initially.
The Kult 10 has got a 5 inch display that has got ASAHI Dragontrail Glass protection but it does not fully protect the screen from getting scratched. During our review, it got several fine scratches but it's not a deal breaker. Almost all affordable phones have this problem. So better use a screen protector in Kult 10.
The Kult 10's screen though has got high definition resolution (1280x720 pixels) and is quite pleasing. Touch response is decent as is the brightness.
The highlight of Kult 10 is undoubtedly its chipset which has a 1.3 GHz quad core processor and huge 3 GB RAM which is still a rarity under Rs 10,000. The smartphone also comes with the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and is said to be upgradable to Android Marshmallow in the future but no exact timeline is known right now. Not to forget that it has 16 GB of internal storage and has a micro SD card that can further add 128 GB.
Simply saying, it is quite impressive on paper; But everything is not that great in reality. To start with, its accelerometer does not work properly as a result the phone wasn't able to play racing games which require tilting the phone regularly. However, it has no problem in handling other high-end games like Dead Trigger 2, nor does it falter while multitasking.
The 2350 mAh Li-Ion battery of Kult 10 however, wasn't able to offer sufficient power back up with two SIMs, I never used to get more than 7-8 hours of back up even with normal usage.
The phone has a 13 megapixel rear camera with auto focus, F2.2 aperture, phase detection auto focus, 4x digital zoom, HDR, panorama, anti shake, burst mode, manual focus and exposure controls and a LED flash light. There is a 5 megapixel camera in its front.
The front camera offers poor output. Pictures clicked through the 5 MP camera were too grainy and even the Face Beauty option doesn't help much. The rear camera is decent and manages to capture colours quite nicely. It has no issues in capturing moving objects but in low light, its was found wanting.
The Kult 10 at Rs 7,999 offers plenty. But in all departments, it leaves something to desire for. Hopefully, post Android Marshmallow its camera and battery back up will improve but till then, I think you should wait.
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