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Kult Beyond review: A smartphone with unique design and a complementing battery backup
Kult debuted in India by the end of 2015 and has launched another budget smartphone in the sub10K price segment that has specifications better than most of its competitors.
Kult is an Indian smartphone manufacturer that has yet to celebrate its second anniversary in the country. The brand showed up in the last quarter of 2015 withKult 10, an Android handset in the sub10K price segment. The smartphone did offer specifications that were not very common in 2015.
- Fresh design
- well optimized battery backup
- Below average performance
- outdated camera
Kult Beyond is yet another venture to attract consumers with best in class specifications that are better than most of the smartphones in the price segment.
The device has been priced at Rs. 6,999 in India and is exclusively available on Amazon.in.
So let's go ahead with the review.
Specifications: Unusual for a device in the price segment!
Kult Beyond offers 1.25GHz Quad-Core 64-Bit Processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The device has a 32GB of inbuilt storage along with microSD card support. The device fits in two SIMs and supports 4G LTE bandwidth.
The device has a 13MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash. The front camera is also a 13MP snapper with dual LED flash. The device sports 5.2-inch HD IPS display with 1280x720 pixels of resolution and a 3,000 mAh battery. The device weighs an average 128 grams.
Design: Unique elements!
Kult Beyond has a unique design. The device has a body very similar to Micromax Canvas Infinity in terms of overall look and feel. However, it's the individual elements of the smartphone that have been incorporated with an entirely different approach.
The front panel of the device is glossy and has a substantial amount of bezel both on top and bottom of the display. However, with the display lights turned off the bezel blends in with the screen. The front camera is placed on top, in the center where rest of the smartphones usually have the microphone.
The microphone and dual LED flash are on either side of the camera in a vertical capsular form. The rear panel has the primary camera and dual tone LED flash embedded into a single circular structure almost similar to the camera design of Motorola Moto Z Play. The fingerprint sensor is right below the camera and flash assembly.
The speakers are not covered by any grill and in fact, there is a cavity in the rear panel that exposes the speaker. Every element on the smartphone looks pretty intriguing.
Also, the rear panel is removable and so is the battery on the device. The volume rockers and the power toggle is on the right side edge f the device while micro USB 2.0 port and 3.5mm audio jack are on the top edge.
The design of the device is interesting enough and the smartphone feels good in hands. It also looks better than most of its competition in the price segment.
Camera and picture quality: Outdated and simple!
The rear 13MP camera with dual tone LED flash is capable of clicking pictures with decent quality. The camera on the device is nothing out of the ordinary and seems rather outdated. The camera app seems to be a simple redesign of that found on earlier Android versions.
The front camera is also a 13MP snapper, however, the picture quality is questionable for the sort of camera sensor Kult boasts so much about. It has a camera very similar to Intex devices in the same price range.
The camera is not one of the features you would want to buy this smartphone for.
Performance: Fails to impress!
The1.25GHz quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM promises a performance more than it can deliver. It is pretty handy and convenient to use the handset for simple tasks. However, heavy apps and games take a toll on the performance of the device.
It runs light games pretty smoothly but don't expect it to pull you through extensive and vast games. The normal functionality of the smartphone is overall smooth and quick.
Display and speakers: Above average!
The display of the smartphone has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and pixel density is not an issue on the device. There was no over saturation noticed nor there was any lag while playing high definition videos. The 5.2-inch display is perfect for enjoying videos. The performance of the display during bright daylight is poor.
Speakers on the device are pretty crisp and do not miss a lot of beats. The maximum volume limit is mediocre but Kult has not compromised with the quality which is commendable.
Battery: Impressive battery backup!
The 3,000 mAh battery on the device is sufficient enough to last 20 hours or more. Watching videos and playing mediocre games does drain the battery which is the case with every smartphone but Kult Beyond offers a stable performance. You can rely on the device for more than 15 hours of battery life even with extensive usage.
Under normal usage you can easily get 20 hours of battery backup which Kult promises.
Fingerprint sensor: Sensor accuracy with a lag!
The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear panel and is easily spotted by fingers. The sensor is pretty accurate although the persistent problem while unlocking the device was a lag in response time from the display.
Conclusion: Smartphone with a fresh design but mediocre performance
It is clearly conclusive that the device has mediocre overall performance. Gamers certainly explore smartphones in the range of Rs. 10,000 and above hence Kult has played safe with a device by offering 3GB of RAM for quick day to day tasks.
The camera performance is not at all extraordinary however it is tad bit better than what Indian counterparts to Kult offer in the same price segment.
Consumers who are looking for a great looking device will certainly stick with the handset.