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Cubot Cheetahphone Review – Full speed ahead

Cheetah is a beautiful animal worldly renowned for its speed and elegance. It is no wonder that Cubot looked upon this African predator while seeking inspiration for its mobile device. Cubot Cheetahphone is the latest smartphone from the esteemed Chinese tech company. We used the device for a few days and put it through the series of proprietary tests. How fast is this phone? What are its shortcomings and advantages? Read all about this smartphone in our Cubot Cheetahphone review.

Cubot Cheetahphone promotional picture presenting the phone with cheetah running from the display.

Before we go any further with our review, please take a moment to check out Cubot Cheetahphone specifications:

Specifications

Brand Cubot
Model Cheetahphone
Available colors Gold rose, Space gray, Golden
Screen size 5.5 inches
Display resolution 1920×1080
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Chipset MediaTek MT6753
CPU 1.5GHz Octa-Core
RAM 3GB RAM
GPU Mali-720 GPU
Internal memory 32GB + 10GB cloud storage
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0
Connectivity 2G,3G,4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS
Battery Li-Ion, built-in battery
Battery size 3050 mAh
Front camera 5 MP (interpolated to 8MP)
Back camera 13 MP with single LED flash

Packaging

Cubot Cheetahphone comes in a standard smartphone package with essential accessories. Almost every smartphone manufacturer ships their products with the USB cable, charger, SIM needle and user manual written in several languages. There are no headphones included in the box which is, again, the standard practice. You can use any headphones you like as long as they have 3.5mm audio jack.

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Here are the contents of the packaging:

1x Cubot Cheetahphone and battery
1x Charger
1x USB cable
1x Needle for removing the SIM
1x User Manual

Design

When it comes to design Cubot Cheetahphone looks like some newer Huawei models. We can’t say that it is a replica of an individual phone, but influences are evident. Still, that is a modern smartphone design that won’t leave anyone indifferent. Cubot Cheetahphone promo picture, three phones lying on a wooden table.The body of the device is made entirely out of aluminum, and although it is very elegant, it feels like it can take a beating. There are several color options to choose from, and one is more attractive than the other. Depending on what color you like you can choose from rose gold, golden or space gray (it looks more like black).
The front of the device is graced with the beautiful, curved 5.5-Inch display. Bellow the display there are capacitive buttons which are great because you will have more screen real estate for games and multimedia. Above the screen, there are front facing camera, several sensors, and earpiece in the middle.
Cubot Cheetahphone held in hand, showing back of the phone, white wall in the background.On the back, there is a company logo in the midst of the phone. High above the logo there is a fingerprint sensor with very bright LED flash and protruded primary camera above it. The right side is reserved for power and volume buttons. Buttons are very clicky, pleasant to press and seem very durable. On the left side, there is an SIM tray, but it can also be used for memory expansion via micro SD card. The bottom edge of the phone house speakers, antenna stripes, and micro USB port in the middle.

3.5mm audio plug is located on the top of the device along with more antenna lines. Cubot Cheetahphone is well built and appears more premium than it actually is. For a device of this size, it is not too heavy with its a mass of 170gr. It is quite slippery, and you might want to consider putting it in a protective cover of some sort.

Cubot Cheetahphone Display

The device is equipped with 5.5-Inch FULL HD IPS capacitive screen. Overall, we are very pleased with the performance of Cubot Cheetahphone’s display. It has high contrast and excellent viewing angles. It is quite bright but not that readable when viewing it in direct sunlight. Bezels are kept to a minimum so you can enjoy watching your favorite movie or TV show on this device. Screen to body ratio is very good with over 70%.Cubot Cheetahphone held in hands, display turned on, white wall in the background.There is no Gorilla Glass on this device, so you have to be extra careful when using it if you don’t want to scratch it. Also, it would be very wise to apply some kind of screen protector to avoid dents and scratches.

Processor and RAM

Cubot Cheetahphone is graced with 64-bit MediaTek’s MT6753 CPU that has eight cores clocked at 1.5GHz. Mali T-720 is GPU in charge for graphical processing while 3GB of fast RAM is here to ensure excellent multitasking capabilities. On paper, this looks pretty decent and in a bunch of everyday situations, it performs as advertised.

Problems appear when trying to play some newer 3D graphical intense games. You will be able to play some of them but not that way it is supposed to. Framerate will drop a lot, and the games will be almost unplayable. For some less demanding games and everyday tasks like surfing the web, Cubot Cheetahphone worked like a charm. All in all, CPU is far from impressive in this price range but for less demanding users it gets the job done with no problems.

Camera

There are two cameras built in the Cubot Cheetahphone – the front, and the back one. The back one, or the primary camera, has a 13-Megapixel Samsung-built sensor with bright f/2.0 aperture and Phase detection autofocus system. Bellow the camera there is very bright 1A LED flash for better low light photography. The camera performed very well in good light conditions. The level of details is on par with other smartphone cameras of this price range, and the noise levels are kept to a minimum. When shooting in low light, you can feel the lack of OIS as shots get blurry and out of focus most of the times.

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When using the flash, scene is well lit, but only in the proximity of the camera. Front camera sensor has the resolution of 5-Megapixel, but it is interpolated to 8-Megapixel. It can be used for occasional selfie or conference call. The quality of the front camera is subpar. Videos can be recorded with maximum 1080p resolution. The quality of videos is good enough, but the lack of processing power limits the framerate to 30fps.

Storage Capacity

Cubot Cheetahphone comes with 32GB of storage capacity and additional 10GB of permanent cloud capacity. If some of you need more space for your games, apps or multimedia, you can always insert micro SD card up tp 64GB and expand the storage space. Keep in mind that SIM tray is also used for expandable storage and that you can’t use dual SIM cards and micro SIM at the same time.

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Operating System (OS)

When Cubot collaborated with Cheetah Mobile they wanted to create a unique experience in both hardware and software. Cubot Cheetahphone is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the custom launcher on top. Everything feels very snappy and consistent in everyday usage. Some of the best apps that Cheetah Mobile is known for (like Clean Master and CM Security) are integrated into this device for a seamless usage experience.

Cubot Cheetahphone OSIf you don’t like the default look and feel you can always install some other launcher from the Google Play store. Speaking of the Play store, you can use it to install an abundance of latest apps and games. Also, you get a lot of benefits from Google’s latest OS like Google Now no tap and Doze mode which drastically improves standby endurance of the device.

Connectivity

Cubot Cheetahphone can use dual SIM cards simultaneously. One of them has to be nano while other has to be micro SIM. It supports global network coverage with up to LTE speeds.
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

If you don’t want to waste battery, or you don’t have an unlimited data plan you can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n modem built into the device. Cubot Cheetahphone has integrated GPS and A-GPS support for easier locating via Google maps or any other maps. Bluetooth version 4.0 is on board, and it features faster transfer speeds while saving the battery life. This device doesn’t feature NFC, but it features MediaTek’s proprietary technology called Hotknot, and it works in a similar manner.

Cubot Cheetahphone Battery life

Cubot’s mid-range flagship device has 3050mAh lithium-ion non-removable battery. Considering that it has big resolution screen some may think that it pretty much drains the battery in several hours. With the use of advanced battery saving apps and efficient CPU, battery life can be pretty good. In our tests, we used the phone for a day and a half before it ran out of juice. Even the power users will not have a problem to get trough the busy day with this phone.

Cubot Cheetahphone promotional picture showing the battery on the device, dark background

Additional Features

Cubot Cheetahphone has a plethora of other features. We will mention FM receiver, USB OTG for connecting memory sticks to the device, several important sensors to ease your usage of the phone. It also has rich codec support right out of the box. The thing that separates it from the rest is fingerprint sensor located on the back. It works fairly good, and it is quite reliable. You can use it to unlock the phone but also to secure private things on your device.

Pros and Cons

It is the part of our review where we present you all the advantages and disadvantages that this device has and list them for your viewing pleasure.

Pros

  • Solid build garnished with beautiful looks
  • Bright FULL HD display
  • A lot of storage with additional cloud support
  • Latest Android OS with CM launcher on top
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Older CPU – not that it is bad at all but we would like to see a newer processing unit in this device
  • Mediocre camera – can give you ok results in good light but low light shots are not great and videos are limited
  • to 1080p at 30fps

Our opinion

Cubot Cheetahphone is definitively one-of-a-kind collaboration between these two manufacturers and we hope that it is not the last. This device is not the best out there, but we believe that it has a lot to offer in its price range. With its internals and Android 6 Marshmallow, it should serve you well in the coming years.

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One Comment

  1. I’ve been using the cheetahphone2 for two months after my original cheetah had it’d charge controller fried by a crappy car charger. In all, so far I’m not impressed.
    The ORIGINAL CHEETAH was slimmer, charged more quickly, had a longer battery life and had a nice matte brushed metal back. Screen protectors covered the entire screen so my original tempered glass screen was all I needed. Its greatest weakness was the micro usb charge port which seems more delicate than some.
    The CHEETAHPHONE 2 seems to be styling itself after Samsung with its glossy back that perpetually shows fingerprints, and its curved so my adhesive ring (small hands need a handle on this beast) doesn’t stick as well. The battery barely lasts a full day, and charging usually takes 6-8 hours! Some days it still isn’t full by morning! All screen protectors are nearly 1mm from the edge due to the curved screen, and my tempered glass cover came away within a day because of the curved edges. Moreover, it’s very unstable. WiFi, Bluetooth and to a lesser extent mobile signal constantly disconnect, sometimes needing a reboot to work again. The UI is sloppier, fewer features on the camera, and the pull down quick menu only allows you to turn functions on or off. Now, if you want to select a Bluetooth device or WiFi network, you must ignore those icons and still open settings, scroll down, open Bluetooth, select device.. No extra features here either. The addition of a gyroscope is the only real difference between the two operationally. Seriously considering going back to the older model.

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