First look at the Pocket-friendly Cubot R11 : Hands-on

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Cubot are back, and this time it’s with an all-metal unibody device called the R11

If you’ve read my recent reviews of the Cubot X18, you’ll know that I haven’t been too happy with the way Cubot have tried to sell their phones recently. Fake marketing pictures and sub-par hardware have taken them from the once ‘kings of budget’ to a mediocre mobile brand that no longer stands out.

The Cubot X18 Plus was a step in the right direction and I’m happy that they delayed the release and pumped up the specs to hardware befitting a 2018 smartphone.

Cubot R11 Silver

The R11 is facing some tough competition, as the super-budget 3G market is full of smartphone gems like the UHANS MX.

So let’s see if their latest smartphones, the budget 5.5″ Cubot R11 can turn things around and put Cubot back on the path towards budget greatness! Take the following images with a pinch of salt…

The Good
  • Dedicated SD Card Port
  • Early renders look impressive
  • Android 8.1 Out Of The Box
The Bad
  • 3G only
  • Weak performance

Cubot R11 Design

Design & Display

Taking a look at early digital leaks of the Cubot R11, and I have a small inkling that the end product will look a lot different. More pinches of salt for everyone…

They’ve claimed the battery is removable and inside you’ll find 2x SIM slots and a dedicated micro-SD card slot. But… looking at these early designs in detail… It doesn’t look like you’d be able to remove the battery cover at all. Where the body curves around to meet the display looks seamless…

As Cubot have been busted in the past for creating fake mockups to sell their products, I’m going to cut this section short. I don’t want to be accused of spreading fake news :D.

Screen Tech Specs: 5.5″ Display,1440×720, 18:9 aspect ratio, IPS HD Panel

Colours Available: Blue, Grey & Black

Cubot R11 Performance

Performance & Hardware

One hardware aspect Cubot always get right is their implementation of true dual-SIM. Rather than make us choose between Dual-SIM or having a memory card slot, you get a dedicated SD Card slot + 2 SIM ports.

In terms of performance, they’ve opted for the old and underpowered MediaTek 6580 which uses the even older Mali-400 GPU. Depending on your needs and the price this might be okay, but you’re getting budget performance that’s already a few years old.

It all depends on the price, if Cubot plans to sell this smartphone around the £60 mark, then the older hardware and super-budget specs make sense.

CPU: MediaTek 6580 (Quad-core)
GPU: ARM Mali-400
Storage: 16GB (extendable up to 64GB)

Cubot R11 Cameras

Camera Specs

Rear Camera:

  • 13MP + 2MP Dual Lens
  • f/2.4
  • LED Flash

Front Camera (Selfie time):

  • 8MP

The Very Early Verdict

While the mockups look impressive, looks can be deceiving especially if they turn out to be fake.

If Cubot doesn’t become greedy and keeps the price low on the pocket-friendly 3G R11 then I can see it selling well.

Still, there’s plenty of competition from the likes of UHANS, Leagoo and Blackview that already have their own impressive super-budget options.

Tech Specs & Connectivity

UK Network Coverage? Yes, Cubot R11 has full UK Support for all carriers.

Smartphone Cubot R11
Screen Size 5.5 Inch
Pixel Density 293
Screen Resolution 1440 x 720
Screen To Body Ratio
Screen technology IPS LCD, 18:9 aspect ratio
Thickness 8.85mm
Colors Available Blue, Black & Silver
Storage 16GB
Processor (CPU) MediaTek MT6580
Graphics (GPU)
Android Version 8.1 Android Oreo
IP Rating (Water, dust) NO
Micro-SD Card Tray YES (dedicated up to 64GB)
Notification LED YES
Finger Print Sensor YES – Rear Facing
Infrared NO
USB Type Type-A
4G Bands N/A
3G Bands B1 2100MHz / B8 900MHz / B5 (850MHz) / B2 (1900MHz) / 1700MHz
2G Bands 1800MHz / 1900MHz / 850MHz / 900MHz
SIM Support Dual Nano SIM
WiFi 2.4GHz (b / g / n)
Bluetooth Version 4.0
Sensors Proximity, Ambient light, Acceleromete
Battery Size 2800 mAh
Fast Charging NO




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