Recently, a few Chinese manufacturers came in with new tablets such as the Teclast T8/T10 and Chuwi Hi9/Hi9 Air. So Cube has had to release a new model not to lose its position in the market. Its protagonist is the Cube X1, which is a great 8-inch tablet with a number of selling points. Currently, this tablet is available for purchase on GearBest at a 10% discounted price tag of $249.99 after applying the coupon (code: CUBET801). As the pricing hints, we are dealing with a high-end model that should be able to compete with many top branded models. Let’s figure it out.
The Cube X1 looks like the Teclast T8. Say, they both carry a home button below the screen that also hides a fingerprint scanner. They have identical dimensions as well (T8: 219.5 × 127.9 × 7.8 mm / 346 g; X1: 218 × 126 × 7.8 mm / 356 g).The housing is made of a high-class aviation aluminum. The back panel is curved on both edges. As for interfaces, the audio jack is on the top. A SIM/microSD card slot is on the bottom left side, while the speaker is on the center. The USB Type-C port is on the bottom right corner. In this sense, the ports layout differs from the Teclast T8 completely. Plus, the T8 sports a stereo speaker, while the X1 comes with a mono speaker.
As for configuration, the Cube X1 sports an 8.4-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2,560 × 1,600 pixels. Thus, it is quite comparable to its closest rivals mentioned above. Under the hood, it carries a MediaTek Helio X20 chip paired with a 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, and 4500mAh battery. This simply means, it is capable of providing way better performance than the Teclast T8 and T10 packed with an MT8173. But as the Chuwi Hi9 comes with the same chip, their performance should be identical. The Cube X1 is LTE compatible. It is also packed with an 8MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera. At last, this tablet runs on Android 7.1. Unfortunately, it’s not Android 8.0.