With the successive launch of Cubot X18 Smartphone, Cubot also entered into the bezel-less war! Will it be a game changer? Let’s Find Out!
|Brilliant Bezel-less display!||No Dual Rear Camera|
|Cheap Price||Average Processor|
|128GB External Memory Support|
Apple changes the definition of the smartphone with their launch of the first iPhone ten years ago, in a decade we have seen a lot of innovations ranging from faster processors, better connectivity, biometric sensors, much better OS, lots of applications to play with and what not.
It’s 2017; a decade later, the smartphone industry has grown a lot. The new trend in this industry is going all in with the screens, from high-end QHD resolution to bezel less displays.
MI Mix showed the first concept of bezel-less display in the year 2016, but it was never sold outside China. Samsung got our attention by introducing beautiful flagship phone Galaxy S8 and S8 plus, Apple came out with their own iPhone X. Amazing devices but with one big problem, PRICE TAG! Being the flagship phones they are way too costly, going as high at $1149 (iPhone X -256GB variant). So what about the common people? Do they have any option?
Cubot – a Chinese manufacturer has introduced a beautiful bezel less IPS display phone in just under $120. Let us see what it packs for us.
Before starting the detailed review, lets have a quick look at the key specifitiation of the Cubot X18 Smartphone.
|Display Type||Bezel-less (18:9 screen ratio)|
|Screen Size||5.7 inch|
|Hardware||MTK6737 Chipset with Quad-core 64-bit 1.5GHz|
|Battery||3200 Removable Type|
|RAM+ROM||3GB+32GB (Memory Card support up to 128 GB!)|
|Sim Card Type||Dual Sim|
|Service Provider||Unlocked for Worldwide uses|
Look and feel
The phone is 15.90 x 7.40 x 0.85 cm in dimensions and weighing just 170 grams, with a decent 5.7 inches screen, its feels premium to hold with decent grip for one-handed use. The biometric scanner is located at the back of the phone giving the company a lot more area in the front to expand the display. The display covers 83% of the front, which is covers with a 2.5D curved glass.
With an aspect ratio of 18:9, and the contrast ratio of 1300:1 and the resolution being a little over 720P, the cress looks good but is way behind what the competitors have on offer. Being an IPS display, it has good viewing angles but due to lower resolution and low contrast ratio, it lacks the wow factor.
For a $120 smartphone with bezel-less display, Cubot was able to provide a decent hardware with a great battery life. Phone packs a MTK6737T quad-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz and 3GB ram. It has 32GB of built-in memory with an expandability up to 128GB with TF card slot.
In short, it holds enough processing power and ram to never get slow and multitask and enough option to expand the storage so that you do not run out of space.
Cubot X18 4G Smartphone, along with an impressive hardware for the value runs on Android 7.0; it also had a decent list of connectivity features including 3.5mm headphone jack, dual sim with FDD-LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n WIFI card. No shortcoming in this section as well.
When it comes to battery life, the phone has 3200 mAh battery that is enough to last the phone for more than a day with ease. So no complaints in that section.
Smartphone cameras being the most used camera across the globe, Cubot took a good decision of adding a Sony sensor of 13MP at the back with F2.2 aperture and 0.1s focus speed. The front camera has an 8MP sensor. The company has decided to bump us the resolution by software to 16MP and 13MP respectively. Cameras click decent pictures but lack OIS, which is not a deal breaker for the phone of this budget.
To conclude, Cubot came out with a great phone with latest Android version and power packed hardware and cameras. For $120, a bezel-less phone with such features is a steal deal.