Cubot has released more than a few new smartphones over the last 6 months and that’s why we’ve created this ‘Top 5 – Cubot Phone Guide‘. Why? To help you decide if there’s a Cubot phone out there with your name on it.
Nobody wants to buy a new smartphone only to find out it’s already a year old. Or worse, that it’s slow, it’s poorly built and quite frankly, a junk phone.
And since you’ve found this page, I know that you’re looking to grab yourself a new phone. And that you’re also a savvy buyer who wants to gain the benefit of a smaller mobile maker like Cubot.
But can we trust the smaller mobile brands like Cubot?
Is a question I hear a lot, 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 couple of years to overhaul and improve its smartphone range. While they’ve always reliable, their 2017 smartphones lacked style compared to brands like UMiDigi.
The 2019 range below, features better displays, improved designs and best of all… keeps those wallet-friendly Cubot prices.
How do I get my hands-on a Cubot smartphone?
In the past, you had to crawl eBay or shop overseas to buy a Cubot mobile. Now you can find them at your local Amazon, delivered in 24 hours.
Top Tip: The best deals still come from the import market, where they often have sales of up to 50%. You just have to have the patience to wait for the longer delivery times.
So let’s get to it, here are The Best Cubot Smartphones Available in 2019.
Best Cubot Phones – Side-by-side Comparison
After this quick side-by-side comparison, we’ll cover each Cubot phone in detail, to help you decide if there’s a Cubot phone with your name on it!
|Model||Cubot Power||Cubot X19|| Cubot R19|| Cubot Max 2||Cubot P20|
|5.99″ Full HD+||5.93″ Full HD+||5.71″ HD+||6.8″ HD+||6.18″ Full HD+|
MediaTek Helio P23 (2.5GHz)
|8-cores MediaTek Helio P23 (2.5GHz)||4-cores MediaTek Helio A22 (2GHz)||8-cores MediaTek Helio P22 (2GHz)||8-cores|
MediaTek MT6750T (1.5GHz)
|RAM + Storage||6GB + 128GB||4GB + 64GB||3GB + 32GB||4GB + 64GB||4GB + 64GB|
|Price from:||£139.99 | $169.99||£99.99 | $119.99||TBC||£119.99 | $144.99||£99.99 | $119.99|
Cubot Power – The Beast (Performance + Battery Life)
Relegating the Cubot H1, H2 & H3 to smartphone graveyard is the Cubot Power. Inside we find an enormous 6000mAh battery that will easily last you for 2-3 days charge-free. You can even charge your other gadgets via the inbuilt OTG feature.
Although the Cubot Power is a battery-life focussed smartphone, it has managed to stay slim at only 10mm’s thick. And it doesn’t skimp when it comes to performance either. Featuring the excellent Helio P23 processor, coupled with 6GB’s of RAM and 128GB’s of storage, you could say it’s Power-house.
If the Power sounds like a good fit for you, first check out our full Cubot Power hands-on review.
Finally, the Cubot Power offers a bright, vibrant and crisp full-HD display. Viewing angles are excellent and build quality is spot on. Originally on selling at the time of release for around the £249.99 mark, you can now pick one up for half that.
Cubot X19 – The All-Rounder
Available in a stunning twilight gradient or a high gloss black, the Cubot X19 encapsulates what you’d want from a low-cost smartphone. It’s Stylish, Lightweight, Speedy & Cheap.
The Helio P23 Octa-core mobile CPU offers excellent performance which is backed up by a healthy 4GB’s of RAM. Storage-wise, the 64GB’s on offer is more than enough space, but if needed, you do have the option to add a micro-SD card (Max 128GB).
The display is super crisp thanks to Full HD resolution and also offers punchy colours, excellent brightness and slim bezels.
The final big positive you’re getting with the Cubot X19 is a large 4000mAh battery. No need to worry about running out of juice halfway through the day with the X19.
Other key features include: an RGB notification LED, USB Type-C and a bloatware-free version of Android 9.
Cubot R19 – The Budget Beauty (Coming Soon)
The R19 is Cubot’s latest all-display budget smartphone. With a tiny camera cutout at the top, the HD display becomes the design wow-factor.
If you find most modern smartphones too big, then the modest 5.71″ display will be a big bonus. Another benefit of the smaller display (1520×720 resolution) is that it scores an impressively crisp retina PPI of 295.
Taking a look at the R19’s performance and we see that it’s powered by one of MediaTek’s newer A-range Helio CPU’s. These chips are designed to achieve the optimal balance between entry-level battery life and smooth Android 9 performance.
And that’s good news as the Cubot R19 has a modest 2800mAh lithium-ion cell. Backing up the A22 CPU is a generous 3GB’s of RAM and 32GB’s of onboard storage (expandable up to 128GB Micro-SD). It’s a true Dual-SIM device, with dedicated ports for 2x Nano-SIM and 1x SD Card.
Summing up, the R19 offers a decent entry-level display packed into a small form factor phone. While the fastest Cubot phone, the performance is solid and also features Cubot’s signature bloatware-free version of Android 9.
Cubot P20 – Still Excellent Value
Update: The Cubot P20 was one of our favourite 2018 smartphones. I’ve left it in this list as even in 2019, it still has a lot to offer, but now at an even lower price-point.
The P20 was Cubot’s first smartphone to feature a top notch. Love it or hate it, it’s a vital step on the way to truly bezel-less smartphones.
If you want to know everything there is to know about this phone? Check out our full: Cubot P20 Hands-on Review
The huge 6.18″ display is again Full HD offering great viewing angles and colours that pop. While not one of MediaTek’s Helio range, the 8-core MT6750T (1.5GHz) processor is more than capable of running Android smoothly. It features a big.LITTLE architecture which in simple terms means; you get improved battery life.
Using a slimmer screen design than the Cubot Power, the P20 comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio. This means that even at 6.18″ it’s still easily held in one hand.
Related: The Cubot P20 made it into the Budget Section of the Best Bezel-less Smartphones. Check out the competition.
Cubot has also managed to keep the P20 slim with a thickness of only 8.5mm. All while squeezing in an impressive 4000mAh battery that’s fast charge-ready. And wait there’s more. It’s impressively light at just 156 grams.
Other key features include Full UK 4G Support, 20MP Samsung camera, 13MP Selfie, 128GB expandable memory card slot and a bloatware-free version of Android 8.
Get your Cubot P20 while it’s hot!
Cubot Max 2 – Your Netflix Companion
The bigger the better right? Well, how does a 6.8″ smartphone sound?
That’s exactly what you get with the Cubot Max 2. Competing against the likes of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, the Max 2 hits the sweet spot with mid-level performance and a massive 5000mAh battery.
Related: Smartphones with EPIC Battery Life
It’s disappointing to not see a Full HD at this size display. With a resolution of 1352×640 stretched across 6.8 inches, we see a fairly low pixel density of 219. This doesn’t affect videos too much, but up close, text lacks sharpness. On the plus side, the display is bright with vibrant colours.
Performance-wise, the Cubot Max 2 uses the capable Helio P22 chipset combined with 4GB’s of RAM. This allows the Android 9 OS to run smoothly even with lots of apps open at once.
The onboard storage is 64GB’s, and once again, it’s expandable by up to 128GB. Although you will have to sacrifice the 2nd SIM slot in favour of a Micro-SD Card.
The Cubot Max 2 is a good alternative if you’re budget won’t stretch to the Full HD Xiaomi Mi Max 3.
Cubot Quest – The Tough Phone
It’s good news this year though, as the Cubot Quest made it into our list of the Best Tough & Rugged Smartphones – 2019 Edition.
The quest takes a different approach to its tough phone aiming itself firmly at the budget end of the market. You can think of the Quest as a smaller version of the Cubot X19 above. Performance-wise the two phones are very similar.
However, the Cubot Quest offers: NFC, an IP68 Waterproof rating and protection against extreme weather conditions and drops.
Best Cubot Smartphones – 2018
Some of the 2018’s Cubot smartphones can be picked up at bargain prices! While not the latest & greatest, they are still worth checking out.
Cubot X18 Plus – Performance Meets Style
While the Cubot X18 Plus isn’t their latest smartphone (released on March 18), it still deserves a place in this Top 5 Cubot Smartphones article.
Featuring an impressive 4000mAh battery, a large 6″ Full HD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB’s of storage… it has a lot in common with the Cubot P20 above. It also stays slim at 8.5mm and weighs in at only 177 grams. Compared to the X18 released around 3 months earlier, the X18 Plus dominates in every way.
For more information on the X18 Plus: Check out ‘The Cubot X18 Plus – Overview
Cubot Nova – Budget Budget All-Rounder
One of Cubot’s most affordable smartphones is the Cubot Nova. Available now, it uses one of MediaTek’s power-efficient quad-core processors.
You can think of the Nova as a ‘lite’ version of the Cubot X18 Plus above. It comes with the same high screen-body-ratio and slim design, but is aimed at light users with less RAM and a slower CPU.
Check out our full Cubot Nova review for more details: Hands-on Review of the Cubot Nova
Featuring Android 8.1 straight of the box with recent security updates, the Nova is a great choice. We see 16GB’s of onboard storage which can be expanded via the dedicated Micro-SD card port. This allows you to have 2 SIMs and a memory card, all active at the same time.
Cubot J3 & J3 Pro (4G)
The Cubot J3 & J3 Pro are both examples of what Cubot do best… Create super-budget smartphones!
Don’t be put off straight away by the 1GB of RAM & 16GB’s of storage. Cubot has a trick up its sleeve. Both the J3 & J3 Pro run on Android Oreo – Go Edition. The Go Edition is Android’s super-lean version of Android created specifically for low powered phones. Even with 1GB, the J3 Pro offers a smooth Android experience.
The Cubot Power J3 ‘Pro’ costs a little more but comes with 4G, a larger 5.5″ display, is slightly faster and has a larger 2800mAh battery.
Now onto the best bit: the price. Importing the Cubot J3 will cost less than £50 and the Cubot J3 Pro less than £70. Bargain!
Cubot King Kong 3
While the original Cubot King Kong was more of a Kid Kong; with its budget hardware and small battery. The Cubot King Kong 3 means business!
The battery has been upgraded to 6000mAh, and we now get 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable up to 128GB). It arrives pre-installed with Android 8.1 and recent security updates from Google.
For more information check out our Cubot King Kong 3 – Review.
The Helio P23 8-Core chip is more than enough to play the latest games and run multiple apps at once; stutter free. And to top it all off, we now have USB Type-C fast charging, dual-band WiFi and NFC for Android Payments.
So what’s the catch?
It’s missing a full HD display, opting instead for a 1440×720 Gorilla Glass 3 protected panel. With lots of rugged Full HD phones available, the Cubot King Kong 3 is facing tough competition.
Best Cubot Smartphones – 2017
Some of the 2017’s Cubot smartphones can be picked up at bargain prices! These smartphones, while not the latest, are worth checking out.
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 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)
Update: The Cubot King Kong 3 has now been announced. It’s the Cubot Rugged smartphone we’ve been waiting for. Check out the Cubot King Kong 3 – First Look Review.
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.
Below you can find some of the older Cubot phones that still deserve a mention.
Cubot H3 – Best Budget Battery Life
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.
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.
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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