Some smartphone companies try to make a mark with high-end flagships, but the entry-level segment is still where most of the action is, and plenty of companies focus only on the low-end. Kult is one such brand, and has been launching a steady stream of such products for a while now. Interestingly, Kult is a brand from Optiemus Group, the same company that is now behind BlackBerry in India. The Kult Gladiator is a recently launched model that is priced at Rs. 6,999 and boasts of some decent specs. Let’s see how it compares to the big names, and whether this is a good budget smartphone to pick.
Kult Gladiator design
One look at the Gladiator and we can say that the device looks quite premium. Kult has used metal in its construction and the phone has a metal backplate between plastic end caps. Sadly, there are variations in the finishes, and the plastic is curved while the metal panel has chamfered edges. The Gladiator is available in black, and while we like the finish, we must say that it picks up fingerprints easily. Hold it in hand and the first thing you notice is the weight of the phone. At 180g, this is among the heavyweights in its price range.
The Gladiator has a 5.5-inch display at the front, with on-screen buttons for navigation. It has an 8-megapixel selfie camera along with a selfie flash. The earpiece is recessed and might pick up pocket lint easily. The power and volume buttons are positioned on the right, and while the power button is easy to hit, the volume buttons require you to stretch your thumb. At the back, there’s a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash and a fingerprint scanner positioned below it. The Micro-USB port and the 3.5mm headphone socket are positioned on the top.