No one wants to pay a fortune for a tablet that will be broken in a month or two. That why many parents who are looking for a tablet for their kids stuck on brands not listed at the top. Of course, those devices should work for a long time, provide stable performance, look good, but we understand they can’t be compared with the Apple iPad or other tablets leading the market. So let’s be honest, when coming in with tablet reviews priced at $100-200, we don’t think will compete with the top-notch devices. Absolutely no. We just recommend tablets for this or that purpose. As for now, we are going to review the Cube iPlay 10, which is considered to be a great mid-range tablet at a low price. So, I guess it’s a good gift for kids or those who don’t want to spend much on a tablet.
- OS: Android 6.0
- CPU: MediaTek MT8163
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 32GB
- Display: 10.6 inches IPS (1,920 × 1,080)
- Network: 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: 0.3 MP / 2 MP
- Interfaces: microUSB 2.0, MicroHDMI, microSD, audio, DC-IN
- Battery: 6,000mAh
- Dimensions and weight: 267.7 × 168 × 9.53 mm / 600 g
The device comes with the most standard content of the box. There is the tablet itself, USB cable, charger, and a number of manuals and certificates.
This handset doesn’t differ from other Android tablets in terms of look. So no complaints on its design, but no praises as well. The Cube iPlay 10 sports a 10.6-inch IPS touchscreen with a wide viewing angle and Full HD resolution. The standard Android buttons are placed on the screen instead of being on the front panel below the display. Many don’t like this approach, as they think they occupy more area and the operational surface of the display gets smaller, but personally, I think it’s an idle conversation.
Unlike many other 10-inch tablets the Cube iPlay comes with a number of ports allowing users to connect any peripherals for more comfortable use. A 3.5mm audio jack, miniHDMI port, TF card slot, DC jack, and mini USB port are on the left side.
Two stereo speakers are on the left. They are not the best speakers, but they provide the way better audio performance than many other tablets from higher categories.
The power button and the volume rocker are placed on the top.
The bottom side has nothing. We used to see a couple of connectors on this side to dock a keyboard, but this is not a 2-in-1 tablet PC. The Cube iPlay 10 is a regular tablet.
The back panel is made of plastic. But it should be a high-quality material because it provides great feelings when holding in hands. The edges are rounded, but the camera lens is protruding. Apart of this, the back panel carries a few printings such as the company name (in Chinese, though), model number, and a few other info about the device. By the way, there is also a secondary camera on the front for video calls.
The overall dimensions of the device are satisfactory. It comes at 267.7 × 168 × 9.53 mm and weighs only 600 grams, meaning it’s portable.
Hardware and Performance
Though this device runs on Android 6.0, which is the previous version of Google’s mobile OS, there are some features from Android 7.1.2 Nougat included in the software. Say, the Cube iPlay 10 comes with Doze, a battery saving function.
However, there are a few Chinese apps pre-installed. So, you can uninstall them once you want to free space for other purposes. On the other hand, there is 445MB occupied by the OS. So too much space has been left free.
As for the chip, the Cube iPlay 10 is packed with a MediaTek MT8163, which can be seen on such devices as the Amazon Fire 8 and Asus ZenPad 8.0. But the Cube model scores more than the aforementioned tablets. It scores 37.112 at Antutu Benchmark v 6.2.7.
To understand whether it’s sufficient for daily tasks or not, we have brought a comparison table showing other tablets’ scores from the same niche.
- Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 (MT8176): 87,623
- Chuwi Vi 10 Plus (Remix OS, Atom X5-Z8300): 64,259
- Teclast TBook 16 Pro (Atom x5-Z8300): 58,578
- YOKA KB 2 (Amlogic S 912) : 31, 561
- WP10 Cube (SnapDragon 210): 29,273
- Cube T8 Super Version (MediaTek MTK8735P): 23,925
As you can see, the Cube iPlay 10 can’t be compared with top-end models such as the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3, but it is capable of providing the way better performance than many devices carrying the same brand.
This tablet is also equipped with a 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Seems the memory is small for current tablets, but taking into account what a CPU it comes with, the RAM capacity sounds normal. The same is true for the storage as well. 32GB is not what we are waiting from current tablets. But there are too many options to expand it including Google Play, OneDrive, and microSD card slot expanding the memory up to 128GB. At last, as the storage is from eMMC family, we are interested in its read/write speed as well. The tests showed the reading is performed at 41.46 MB / s and writing is done at 36.71 MB / s.
Seems the first actions to suffer from a small memory should be web browsing, movie watching, and game playing. So we decided to test them as well.
We have played a couple of mid-heavy games on the Cube iPlay 10 such as Need for Speed: No Limits and Mortal Kombat X Mobile. As for the first game, we didn’t feel any inconvenience when playing it, surprisingly.
Almost the same feelings were for the Mortal Kombat. And though it requires more powerful CPU, the MT8163 failed only for a couple of times.
We said it comes with a respectable list of interfaces, but we didn’t say it supports dual-band WiFi for faster and more stable connectivity. There is also a 4000mAh battery providing up to 7 hours of regular use.
- 10.6-inch Full HD Screen
- Surprisingly Good Chip Performance
- Two Camera Sensors
- Dual-Band WiFi Support
- Small Memory Options
As the Cube iPlay review showcases, this tablet is capable of playing mid-heavy games regardless the modest hardware it comes with. Other than that, it sports an IPS screen at a resolution of 1,920 × 1,080 pixels. So you have nothing to worry about the viewing performance. These two features are the selling points of the Cube iPlay 10 and allow us to ignore the small memory options it comes with. But I guess the brightest key feature is the price – $136.92 only for a 10-inch tablet.