The Cubot X18 Plus is Double Trouble with Dual Front & Rear Cameras…

With the specs on the Cubot X18 being leaning towards super-budget I feared for the worst… but all is not lost as Cubot is releasing the X18 Plus. Is this the saviour and heir to the X17 I admired so much?

Well at first glance, the Cubot X18 Plus comes with a much faster 8-core CPU, extra RAM and double the storage. Let’s not forget that it features a double dual lens setup…

But… in all the low-end smartphones I’ve recently tested that featured dual-lens setups they actually performed worse than single lens camera in the price bracket.

… Double Dual-lens Camera Setup …

So the X18 Plus might be in for double trouble indeed!

I won’t judge until I’ve had some hands-on time with the X18 Plus’ dual rear and dual-front cameras. It’d be unfair to lump it in with all the other cruddy dual-lens setups I’ve tested…

So let’s check out what the Cubot X18 Plus has to offer!

The Good

  • 18:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 8-Core MediaTek CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage

The Bad

  • Not Full-HD
  • Bigger bezels than advertised

Cubot X18 Plus Design and Display

Design & Display

The full specification for the Cubot X18 Plus has been released and it’s identical to the Cubot X18. It’s still not a full HD display but it will feature the 18:9 display aspect ratio at 1440×720 resolution. At 5.7″ this gives it a PPI (pixels per inch) of well below 300 at 282.

What does this mean? That images and text won’t be super crisp and you’ll be able to see slightly jagged edges. Will this bother you? it depends whether you’re a pixel snob like me. A lot of people are perfectly happy with 720P screens and would rather save money on this aspect.

Design-wise the X18 Plus has a full metal unibody with an antenna band across the top and bottom very similar to iPhones. It’ll come in either a matt black or gold variation and has the fingerprint reader just below the rear dual-lens cameras.

Screen Tech Specs: 5.7 inch 18:9 Display, 1440×720 resolution, 282 PPI, 2.5D

Colours Available: Black & Gold

Performance, Gaming & Software

The X18 Plus gets a boost up from the quad-core seen in the X18 to an 8-Core MediaTek chip. It still runs at the same 1.5GHz speed so single core application won’t see any speed improvements but in multi-core applications, the 8-cores will be much faster.

There’s also a boost in RAM going up to 4GB and the storage has also doubled to 64GB.

The improved CPU also comes with improved graphics in the form of the ARM Mali-T860 MP2 which is a much more capable chip than the T720 we see in the X18.

What does this mean for you? the X18 Plus will be a much more capable device that runs more smoothly, open and closes apps quicker and feel more responsive.

CPU: MediaTek MT6750T @ 1.5GHz x 8 Cores
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Expandable: Yes (2nd SIM slot up to 128GB)

Cubot X18 Plus Dual Cameras

Cameras

I’m going to hold my judgement on the X18 Plus’ double trouble camera setup until I’ve taken it into the wild. Let’s hope it can buck the trend of poor performance budget dual-lens cameras.

Rear Camera:

  • Dual Camera Setup
  • 20MP + 5MP
  • Dual Flash

Front Camera (Selfie time):

  • Dual Camera Setup
  • 20MP + 5MP
  • Selfie Flash

Final thoughts on the Cubot X18 Plus

I was disappointed when I saw the specs sheet for the Cubot X18, luckily, the Cubot X18 Plus fixes all those worries bar one.

The X18 Plus is a capable device… although it’s not pushing any boundaries in terms of performance, it is offering an 18:9 screen aspect ratio combined with an all metal body. It also has a usable surface area of 83% (screen-to-body-ratio)… I just wish that the screen was full HD.

Still, if you can live with the lower resolution screen I think the X18 Plus will be a big budget hit… if the price is right.

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Tech Specs & Connectivity

I’ve listed all the known specifications for the Cubot X18 Plus below.

UK Network Coverage? Currently not confirmed. All previous Cubot phones has come with full UK network support.

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 Smartphone Cubot X18 Plus
Screen Size 5.7 inch
Pixel Density 294
Screen Resolution 1440×720
Screen To Body Ratio 83%
Screen technology LCD IPS, 18:9 Aspect Ratio, 2.5D
Thickness 8.5mm
Weight 170 grams
Material Metal
Colors Available Gold & Black
Storage 64GB
Processor (CPU) MediaTek MT6750T – 8-core
Graphics (GPU) Mali-T860T
RAM 4GB
Android Version 7 Nougat
IP Rating (Water, dust) NO
Micro-SD Card Tray Yes – dedicated
Notification LED
Finger Print Sensor YES (rear)
Infrared NO
USB Type Micro-USB
4G Bands B1 (2100MHz) / B3 (1800MHz) / B7 (2600MHz) / B8 / B20 (800MHz)
3G Bands 900 MHz / 2100 MHz
2G Bands 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz
SIM Support Dual SIM – Micro + Micro
WiFi 802. 11 b/g/n
GPS Tech GPS, A-GPS
Bluetooth Version 4.0
NFC NO
Sensors Light, Accelerometer, Distance
OTG YES
Battery Size 3200 mAh
Fast Charging NO

Cubot X18 Plus - First Impressions

by James Gil