Has Cubot jumped on the bezel-less bandwagon with the Cubot X18? … Nope …

When I first reviewed the Cubot X17 back in 2015, I was amazed that you could get great features and good build-quality from a full-HD slimline budget smartphone. Well… times have moved on and in the last two years, since the X17’s release, the market has flooded with mobile manufacturers. So the question is… can Cubot still reign as King of the Budget Devices?

Two years later… and we’ve got ourselves the next generation Cubot (Budget) Flagship, the Cubot X18 which comes with an 18:9 display aspect ratio and measures 5.7″ across.

Looking a bit closer we find that the display resolution is only 1440×720, it only has 3GB of RAM and is using a low-end (albeit capable) MediaTek chip combined with basic Mali GPU graphics.

… After 2 years the Cubot X18 has arrived …

It’s not sounding very budget flagship to me… So maybe it’s got the ‘X’ in the name but Cubot are offering a budget alternative to the new displays on the LG’s G6 and the Galaxy S8.

Update: there’s going to be an improved X18 Plus coming soon.

So let’s take a closer look at the Cubot X18 and see what it has to offer…

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The Good

  • 18:9 Curved Edge Display
  • Dedicated SD Card slot
  • 13MP Samsung Selfie Cam
  • Selfie Softlight Flash
  • High screen-to-body ratio

The Bad

  • Not Full-HD Display
  • Low-end performance
  • Still has big bezels

Cubot X18 Smartphone Gold

Design & Display

I like that smaller manufacturers like Cubot have jumped on the 18:9 aspect ratio for smartphone displays. Our hands aren’t getting any bigger so having a slimline phone makes sense with most of the content we consume being vertical.

What’s not so great is that the X18 display isn’t full-HD, it’s a vertically stretched 720×1280 resolution display and at 5.7″ we’re going to be seeing pixels. If you can get a good Cubot X18 deal then seeing those pixels might just be worth it.

In terms of design, the X18 looks much better in their advertising material than in real-life. The top and bottom areas are bigger and the bezel-less effect they’ve used is almost non-existent in real life. A little disappointing as the rest of the hardware isn’t much to write home about. It uses on-screen buttons and due to the high-screen ratio the circular fingerprint reader is on the back.

It’s not slim or fat and sits in the middle at 8.5mm thick. Also, the battery cover has a curve giving the X18 a smooth ergonomic grip shape.

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

Colours Available: Blue & Gold

Cubot X18 Performance and software

Performance, Gaming & Software

I feel a little let down by the specs on the Cubot X18. I would have liked to have seen one of MediaTek’s Helio CPU’s and a mid-high range ARM Mali GPU.

It’s a hardware setup that wouldn’t have looked out of place two years ago. Being fair, it’ll still be a capable device but it won’t see blazing fast UI speeds that we expect from new smartphones.

I like that while other mobile manufacturers are adding their own custom ROMs and APP stores recently that Cubot are sticking to as close to stock Android as they can. This will please a lot of people who know the hassles of phone bloatware.

CPU: MediaTek MT6737T
GPU: ARM Mali-T720
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Expandable: Yes (dedicated slot up to 128GB)

Cubot X18 Cameras

Cameras

While the hardware on the X18 may be a bit lacking, they’ve put more effort into the camera setup. The front lens is made by Sony and snaps at 16MP with an f/2.2 aperture that’ll take good high-lit photos.

The selfie camera hasn’t been left out either with a 13MP Samsung lens that included a selfie soft light flash.

Rear Camera:

  • Sony 16MP Lens
  • f/2.2
  • Sony Blue Glass ICR
  • Single LED Flash

Front Camera (Selfie time):

  • 13MP Lens
  • Front-facing soft flash
  • Samsung Sensor

Battery Life

Battery life on the Cubot X18 doesn’t look good. Having a whopping 5.7″ screen combined with a smallish 3200mAh battery means that you’ll be needing to top this phone quite regularly.

Cubot X18 Body

Final thoughts on the Cubot X18

I expected the next ‘X’ range phone from Cubot to have better hardware specifications. I like that they’ve followed in the footsteps of Samsung and started using an 18:9 ratio display but I want it to be full-HD.

If you can grab this phone in a good deal then I think it’ll be a steal. But, it might be worth waiting for the X18 Plus to release first before committing.

Let me know your thoughts on the Cubot X18 in the comments below : )

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Tech Specs & Connectivity

I’ve listed all the technical specifications for the Cubot X18 smartphone below.

UK Network Coverage? The Cubot X18 comes with full UK Support for 3G & 4G. For more information read our article on – Will an imported smartphone work in the UK?

Cubot X18 Blue
 Smartphone Cubot X18
Screen Size 5.7 inch
Pixel Density 282
Screen Resolution 1440×1280
Screen To Body Ratio  83%
Screen technology LCD IPS, Curved Edges, 2.5D
Thickness  8.5mm
Weight  170 grams
Material
Colors Available Dark Blue / Gold
Storage 32GB
Processor (CPU) MediaTek MT6737T – Quad-core 1.5GHz
Graphics (GPU) Mali-T720 MP2
RAM 3GB
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 (removable)
Fast Charging  NO

Cubot X18 - First Impressions

by James Gil