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.
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…
- Dedicated SD Card Port
- Early renders look impressive
- Android 8.1 Out Of The Box
- 3G only
- Weak performance
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
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)
- 13MP + 2MP Dual Lens
- LED Flash
Front Camera (Selfie time):
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.
|Screen Size||5.5 Inch|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 720|
|Screen To Body Ratio|
|Screen technology||IPS LCD, 18:9 aspect ratio|
|Colors Available||Blue, Black & Silver|
|Processor (CPU)||MediaTek MT6580|
|Android Version||8.1 Android Oreo
|IP Rating (Water, dust)||NO|
|Micro-SD Card Tray||YES (dedicated up to 64GB)|
|Finger Print Sensor||YES – Rear Facing|
|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)|
|GPS Tech||GPS, A-GPS
|Sensors||Proximity, Ambient light, Acceleromete|
|Battery Size||2800 mAh|