If someone asked me to pick a budget smartphone brand (here budget I mean much cheaper than iPhone or Samsung), the first name came out in my head was CUBOT. So far CUBOT has released many smartphone modes such as X11, X17, X16 etc, and personally I think all these modes are indeed good. It seems that CUBOT has become even popular especially in the UK market for the past few years. Currently the company has announced presale for its X16S mode, so let’s check this CUBOT review together.
CUBOT Review X16S Design
The Cubot X16S is designed thick zinc alloy frame, with scratch-proof glass at the front and back. However, Cubot X16S is not light. It weighs around 148g. Well sometimes heavy weight makes the phone feel robust and well put together. Cubot X16, which is around 6.2mm thin, is thinner than an iPhone 6, and has same thickness as Samsung Galaxy A7. In contrast, CUBOT X16S has 7.6mm thin. The frame feels good in hand. I noticed some CNC machining irregularities. However, they are invisible to naked eye, unless you look at the edges from a few centimetres. Cubot company stated that they use scratch-resistant glass and double-faced AF film to keep scratches away, so X16S should prove durable in the long run. You can see the metal volume rocker and power button located on the right of the phone. Its micro USB port and speaker are at the bottom. To sum up, Cubot’s design department did a surprisingly good job. The company did save a bit of money with the oversized plastic bezels surrounding the glass panels, but at this price point it’s understandable and justified. Ergonomics aren’t an issue. This is a truly compact device.
CUBOT Review X16S System
The phone is based on MediaTek’s frugal MT6735A quad-core processor, which isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but should be fine for most users. CUBOT company realized that it’s important to keep thermals and power consumption at bay. The system performance gap between the MT6735 and octa-core MT6753 is not big. If you check its system regarding Antutu, Mali T720 GPU and processor system, you would find the quad-core processing at fast speed. Mail T720 GPU has also been used in some world TOP smartphones like Huawei, or in for virtual reality headsets like DeePoon M2 or HTC Vive. Its storage can be enlarged up to 128GB by using additional memory cards. Also CUBOT X16S supports a series of features such as HOTKNOT, gesture capture, smile shot, real time HDR, intelligent beauty, panorama, motion track, and live photo etc. HOTKNOT allows you to transfer data face to face by directly pointing the front cover of your phone at your friends’ phone.
CUBOT Review X16S Camera
Both cameras of CUBOT X16S can be interpolated, and they are based on 13MP and 5MP megapixel sensors. Not bad when it comes to ultra thin phone. There’s adequate room for good optics in such designs. The phone uses a JDI 5-inch 720p IPS display, which a really nice panel. Currently the competition in smartphone market has been even strong, so if you if you spend around $170, you’ll get a great 1080p panel on practically any device. The camera delivered good photos in daylight. CUBOT X16S mode punches well above its weight. It can go head to head with devices that cost twice as much. The noise reduction algorithm isn’t too aggressive, hence lots of details are preserved. Auto Mode of CUBOT X16S are average to above average.
CUBOT Review X16S Battery
Cubot X16 features a decent battery with 2700 mAh battery capacity. It is not on a par with 3000mAh flagships, but it doesn’t have to be. This is a 5 inches device with a frugal 1.3GHz quad-core processor, so 2700mAh is plenty. It delivers all-day battery life for nearly all phone users. With limited data connectivity, some browsing and messaging, you could get up to two days out of it. That’s sounds good. Of course, battery power is all depends on how you intend to use your phone.
CUBOT Review X16S Final Thoughts
Overall, CUBOT X16S mode is a device for people who want a stylish phone with a good camera without being locked into phone contract. Its design appeals to a much wider audience. Well, actually, most people just want a good looking phone with good performance unless your work needs you to do lots of technological analysis. It will be even great if the company can improve its HDR mode. Nevertheless, I would like to recommend the phone based on the CUBOT review.