The Gladiator brings a powerful battery and decent specs under Rs 7k!

The new startup Kult recently launched another smartphone in the Indian market, the Kult Gladiator. It’s available at a similar price as the previous smartphone from the company, the Beyond – 6999 INR. The smartphone houses a bigger screen and battery than the Beyond. Let’s check out how the smartphone performs and if it’s a worthy buy.

Design

The design is almost similar to the Kult Beyond, the only difference is the camera bump at the back and curved edges. The built is a bit heavy but sturdy, which might be because of the 4,000mAh battery.

The rear panel has a big bulge for the main camera at the top and a logo at the bottom. The 3.5mm audio jack is at the top while the charging port is at the bottom. The volume rocker keys and the power button is on the right side.

The rear panel is removable and holds two SIM card slot and a microSD card slot inside it. Overall, the design of the Kult Gladiator is good and handy. Although, the smartphone is quite big and users may find it a bit difficult to use with a single hand.

Display

The Kult Gladiator features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels.The display is good but the brightness and colour tone seems bit low. The sunlight readability is average and one can find it difficult to see it under the direct sunlight.

Specifications

The Kult Gladiator is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6737 processor with 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GLONASS and 4G VoLTE.

The smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The UI is simple, elegant and clean. There is hardly any bloatware inside the smartphone. It offers good customization options and usability.

Performance

The Kult Gladiator runs smoothly with the provided SoC and RAM. The multitasking is smooth and the apps can be switched easily. There was no lag in the usage and apps were running with great ease.

The simple games like Candy Crush and Subway Surfers run smoothly. High-end games like Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 take some time to open but the gameplay is lag-free. There is very minimal heating issue with the phone that can be neglected.

The benchmark performance is good as well. It scores 27379 in AnTuTu and 15820 in Quadrant Standard. The benchmark score is not that great but as the performance is good, one doesn’t need to worry about the low scores.

The 4G VoLTE works fine along with the video and music playback. The fingerprint sensor works fine and unlocks the smartphone quickly.

Camera

At the rear, the Kult Gladiator offers a 13MP sensor with LED flash. The camera shoots decent images in daylight. All the captured images have a good amount of in-depth details and has good colour reproduction as well. The low light performance is slightly weak when compared to other budget smartphones.

The front camera is of 8MP which shoots great selfies. The captured images have good and natural colour tone. Overall, the camera quality is good and acceptable.

Battery

The 4000mAh battery offers more than a day’s worth of battery life with minimal usage. The standby time is of almost 3 days which is great. In my moderate usage, it lasts for 12 hours which is good and enough. The charging time is about 3 hours which is a bit longer as the Gladiator doesn’t support fast charging technology.

Verdict

The Kult Gladiator is a great VFM smartphone at this price range. It offers good build quality and performance. If your budget is too tight, you can surely go for it, although you should also check out other devices in this price such as the Xiaomi Redmi 4.