Cubot have released more than a few new smartphones over the last 6 months and that’s why we’ve created this ‘Top 5 – Cubot Guide‘. To help you decide if there’s a Cubot phone out there with your name on it.
Nobody wants to purchase a new smartphone only to find out it’s already a year old, or even worse a slow, buggy nightmare of a mobile.
Since you’ve found this page, then you’re most likely looking to grab yourself a Smartphone bargain. You’re also probably a savvy mobile consumer who wants to reap the benefits of going for a lesser-known mobile brand.
But can we trust the smaller mobile brands?
Is a question I often here, as well as “are Cubot phones reliable?” and “Surely you can’t get a decent mobile phone at that price!?“.
Well, the simple answer is, Yes. Yes you can.
Cubot has been working hard over the last 12 months to overhaul and improve their smartphone range. While we were a little underwhelmed in 2017, they’ve now made the jump to Android 8 Oreo for all their new releases.
While Cubot phones don’t come with the latest designs, the thinnest bodies or flagship performance… they do get it right when it comes to reliability. While some manufacturers push out phones with buggy software and poor build quality, Cubot have always offered the finished product at fantastic prices.
How easy is it to get my hands-on a Cubot smartphone?
In the past, you had to crawl eBay to bag yourself a Cubot mobile. Now you can find them on your local Amazon at a premium and also on almost every popular tech e-commerce store. It’s up to you whether you want to save big time by importing a smartphone or go for the convenience & speed of Amazon.
So let’s get to it, here are The Best Cubot Smartphones Available in 2018. You can also see a side-by-side comparison at the end of the Top 5.
This page is regularly updated with the latest and greatest Cubot phones available, but if you think I’ve missed your favourite off the list? then leave a comment below.
Cubot X18 Plus – The Flagship
While the Cubot X18 Plus might be tearing away from what Cubot do best, budget smartphones, it’s right on track to be their best smartphone yet.
Featuring an impressive 4000mAh battery, a large 6″ Full HD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB’s of storage… it’s got a lot in common with some of my favourite smartphones of 2018!
This is all crammed into a sleek 8.5mm body that weighs in at only 177 grams. Compared to the X18 released around 3 months earlier, the X18 Plus dominates in every way.
The screen bezels are slim, its screen edges are curved and it colours are vibrant. You can grab the X18 Plus online now for around £120-130 ($170 | 150 EUR) which is a steal.
For more info & specs; Check out The Cubot X18 Plus – Overview
Cubot Note Plus – Best Value & Pocket-friendly
Now onto the best value Cubot smartphone available, the Cubot Note Plus. At 5.2 inches it bucks the trend of huge pocket-filling smartphones and opts for a more civilised size.
It won’t be winning any awards for performance, but where it does shine is in its bright 5.2 inch display. At this price-range (£90 | $120 | 100 EUR), we don’t often see smartphones rocking a full 1920×1080 pixel resolution either.
While battery size is on the smaller side at only 2800mAh, this is somewhat offset by the smaller screen as it draws less power. Even so, it’s going to need charging regularly.
In terms of design, we get a smooth rounded iPhone like body that’s becoming very popular with budget devices. Looking at performance, we get 3GB’s of RAM, 32GB’s of storage plus a quad-core MediaTek processor.
If you’re looking for a well designed smartphone with an excellent display, then look no further than the Cubot Note Plus.
Cubot Nova – Best Budget
One of Cubot’s latest smartphones is the Cubot Nova. Set to be released later this year, it uses one of MediaTek’s latest power-efficient quad-core processors.
You can think of the Nova as a lite version of the Cubot X18 Plus. It comes with the same high screen-body-ratio and design but tones down the hardware, which brings down the price.
One of the biggest selling points of the Cubot Nova over the Cubot Note Plus is that the Nova comes with the latest Android 8.1 operating system. This gives it the latest security and software features from Google.
There’s still an argument to be made for the Note Plus though. As it comes with that excellent Full HD display.
Back to the Nova and we see 16GB’s of onboard storage and you’ll be happy to know that it comes with a dedicated Micro-SD card slot. This means you can have 2 SIMs and a memory card all active at once.
Cubot Power – Best Battery Life
Relegating the Cubot H1, H2 & H3 to smartphone graveyard is the Cubot Power. If that name sounds familiar? It’s because Ulefone has been using it for their huge battery smartphone range with the Ulefone Power, Power 2, Power 3 & Power 3S.
Further Reading: Smartphones With Excellent Battery Life
Although primarily a battery-life focussed smartphone, the Cubot Power also isn’t shy when it comes to performance. It features the excellent Helio P23 processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
So why isn’t the Cubot Power listed as the Flagship in this review?
The first reason is that, for me anyway, a flagship smartphone should be a symbol of the best a brand can produce. The Cubot Power will be a bit too chunky and heavy for most people. It’s more of a niche battery life smartphone.
The second reason is that this is Cubot’s first attempt to enter the mid-range. All their smartphones up until now have been firmly in the budget. The Cubot X18 Plus, however, is tried and tested what Cubot do best.
So while the Cubot Power is very exciting, if the current pre-order price of nearly £250 ($300 | 255 EUR) holds, there are better options available.
A more budget-friendly Cubot battery-life option is the Cubot H3. While it doesn’t make it into this Top 5, (as it was released in 2017 and looks like it’s from 2016), you can find it below the Tech Specs Comparison table below.
Cubot King Kong – Tough & Rugged
Cubot has recently jumped into the Tough & Rugged Smartphones market with their own 5-inch option, the Cubot King Kong. Measuring a whopping 15mm in thickness, the King Kong certainly earns its name as a smartphone beast.
Further Reading: Smartphones That’ll Survive The Apocalypse (Tough & Rugged)
In terms of hardware, you’re looking at a budget setup with a Quad-Core MediaTek CPU, 2GB of RAM & 16GB’s of onboard storage. It also has a budget display at 720P with huge rugged bezels to match.
What you do get though is dual-SIM functionality with a dedicated micro-SD card slot to expand the onboard 16GB further. The King Kong also comes with an IP68 rating meaning that it is 100% sealed against dust and waterproof. Submersion time and depth are unconfirmed.
And finally, you get a 4400mAh battery that should keep the King Kong going well into your second day of usage.
How does the idea of keeping King Kong in your pocket all day sound?
Cubot R11 – 3G Super-Budget
The last Cubot phone in our Top 5 is the Cubot R11. At around £75, it’s the cheapest smartphone that Cubot make but still manages to share many of the same features as the upcoming Cubot Nova.
Two of the key selling points for the R11 are the price-tag and the fact that it runs Android 8 straight out of the box. Performance wise, it’s firmly in the super-budget and won’t be impressing anyone with speed or multi-tasking.
That being said, not everyone needs a performance heavy smartphone and if you’re only looking to use messaging apps and your web browser, (a light user), then the R11 is more than enough.
The display is bright, the bezels are slim and it comes with a healthy 720P (1440×720) resolution. Overall, it’s a nice looking smartphone that’ll save you a few pennies if you don’t need 4G or the extra performance that the X18 Plus offers.
Cubot Side-by-side Comparison
You can see below a side-by-side comparison of the current top 5 Cubot phones available.
|Cubot X18 Plus||Cubot Note Plus||Cubot Nova||Cubot Power||Cubot R11|
|Screen Size||5.99 inch||5.2 inch||5.5 inch||5.99 inch||5.5 inch|
|Android Version||Android 8 Oreo||Android 7 Nougat||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8 Oreo|
|Processor (CPU)||MediaTek MT6750T (Octa-Core, 4x 1GHz + 4x 1.5GHz)||MediaTek MT6737T (Quad-core, 1.5GHz)||MT6739, (Quad-core 1.5GHz)||MT6763T (Octa-core 4x 2GHz + 4x 1.5GHz)||MTK6580 (Quad-Core 64bit, 1.3GHz|
|Storage||64GB||32GB||16GB||64GB / 128GB||16GB|
|SD Card Slot||Micro SD (+256GB)||Micro SD (+128GB)||Micro SD (+128GB)||Micro SD||Micro SD (+64GB)|
|Graphics (GPU)||ARM Mali-T880 MP2||ARM Mali-T720 MP2||PowerVR GE8100||ARM Mali-G71 MP2||ARM Mali-T400|
|Rear Camera||16MP Samsung / 20IP + 2MP (Dual)||13MP / 16IP||13MP||Samsung 20MP||13MP + 2MP|
|Selfie Camera||8MP (IP13)||13MP (16IP)||8MP||13MP||8MP|
|Battery Size||4000 mAh||2800 mAh (removable)||2800mAh (removable)||6000mAh||2800mAh|
|Quick Charge||YES||5V/2A (Type-C)||YES|
Below you can find some of the older Cubot phones that still deserve a mention.
If you don’t mind the dated design of the Cubot H3 and you’re looking for a smartphone with excellent battery life, then you’re in luck.
The price has dropped considerably over the last year meaning you can now pick up the H3 for less than a £100. Featuring a HD (720×1280) display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and the monster 6000mAh battery you’re getting a good deal.
It’s 4G ready, features dual rear cameras and also has a fingerprint reader easily reachable on the back. Available in Black & Gold, the H3 will probably be available for another 3-6 months before the stock runs out.
2017’s – Best Cubot Smartphones (Left in for fun)
We’ve kept these in as you can often you can find the older smartphones discounted highly on sites like eBay.
Cubot Cheetah 2
Taking the ‘Best-all-rounder’ award away from the Cubot X17, the new Cubot Cheetah 2 smartphone ticks all the right boxes featuring a fast 8-Core CPU, Full HD 5.5″ screen, 32GB of storage & 3GB of RAM to keep your phone fast and responsive.
What sets it apart from the older X series Cubot phone is that the Cheetah 2 comes with USB Type-C, a front facing fingerprint sensor and a newer version of Android (6.0) mobile software which improves battery life and security.
If you’re looking for a budget phone that packs some serious hardware then you should definitely check out the Cubot Cheetah 2. If you don’t need all the specs, but want a lightweight and stylish Cubot phone then check out my Cubot X17 review which you can now grab for a bargain.
New onto our Cubot Top 5 list the mighty Cubot Max. Featuring a 6″ screen this Android phone is firmly in the phablet region, a cross between a phone & tablet, making it perfect for watching videos.
Cubot hasn’t been frugal on the battery life either, including a hefty 4100mAh battery that puts the modern flagships to shame. Couple this with the 3GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU and 32GB of storage as standard and we have ourselves an impressive set of specs.
What helps separate the Cubot Max from the competition is it’s dedicated Dual-SIM functionality. You can have two SIMs inside the phone at once as well as an SD card up to 128GB in size. You don’t have to pick and choose with the Cubot Max.
Colours Available: Silver, Black & Gold
It also comes unlocked with full UK network support for both 3G and 4G. You can check out the latest prices below.
Cubot Note S
One of Cubot’s latest phone releases the 5.5″ Note S gets our ‘Best Value Cubot Phone’ award with its beautiful & vibrant 720×1280 pixel HD screen. It’s not often you’ll find a phone featuring 2GB of RAM, a quad-core CPU & great battery life all for a little over £50.
It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of more expensive smartphones with the most obvious con’s being the cheap camera and lack of 4G support. Bearing in mind that Cubot had to cut back somewhere to keep the price so low, the camera performance trade-off for the vivid and responsive 5.5″ screen seems well worth it.
This is the perfect phone for someone looking to dive in and purchase their first smartphone. Don’t forget to check out our Cubot Note S – Full Hands-on Review.
The Cubot R9 steals the prize for the ‘Most Stylist Cubot Smartphone’, knocking the older X9 off the top spot! The R9 claims this award for its super slimline 7.85mm depth, 5″ form factor and rear metal cover.
It may not be packing the latest performance mobile chip, be 4G or have a full HD display, but it makes up for all of this with style! The polished bevel around the rear fingerprint sensor and attention to detail around the camera come together to create beautiful symmetry.
The R9 should be on your radar if you’re looking for a lightweight, small form factor budget phone that oozes premium style well above its low price-tag.
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