CUBOT H1 Review: Not only affordable, but stacks impressive specs

Today, we got our hands on CUBOT H1 and while it does not seem so appealing to the eyes, what matters is how it performs in our tests. Let us see if the device is worth your hard earned money.


CUBOT H1 4G: Design and appearance

When we first laid our eyes on CUBOT H1, the smartphone’s design and appearance appeared to be very generic as far as Android handsets are concerned, indicating that the company did not pay attention to the cosmetic side of its product. When we held the product for the very first time in our hands, it was extremely lightweight, which allowed us to reach to the conclusion that CUBOT H1 sports a plastic build rather than a metallic one that most premium smartphones feature.


Additionally, even the rear side of the device appeared to be lackluster, so consumers who purchase smartphones just to show off the physical appearance of their handset will be really disappointed when they lay their eyes on this device for the first. However, most of the time, it is not how the device looks, but how it functions, and we are going to get to that part very soon.

CUBOT H1 4G: Button placement

Despite the fact that this segment of the smartphone happens to be the least important one in our opinion, there are thousands of consumers who are extremely picky about what they purchase, especially when button and port placements are concerned. The rear side of the smartphone is detachable and when you take it apart, you will clearly be able to view the two SIM card slots, along with a storage slot that allows you to expand your existing storage up to 32GB. If you want to take advantage of other flexible storage expansion features, then you will be pleased to know that CUBOT H1 supports USB OTG without the need for you to root your device, which will void the warranty of the smartphone.


Button placement is pretty straightforward, the power button is present one the right side of the smartphone, while the volume buttons are placed on the left. The appreciative thing about the smartphone is that both the 3.5mm jack and microUSB charging port are present right at the top, and there is ample space in between them so that it does not cause obstruction or cable entanglement when both wires are simultaneously plugged in.


Similar to a majority of smartphone manufacturers, there is the absence of a physical home button and instead, it is replaced by three capacitive touch buttons that respond pretty accurately when you tap on them. Best of all, they do not delay the completion of their simple task, which is great to see as well.

CUBOT H1: Display and resolution

Even though the smartphone has a huge 5.5 inch display, we were disappointed to see that the company only incorporated a 720p display to it. While resolutions measuring at 1280 by 720 pixels do look gorgeous and are rich with color, they look better on smartphones that feature a smaller screen size, since the PPI density is higher on smaller screen sizes.


However, there were some plus points of the device as well. Several readers over here must be thinking that while viewing content in the dark would be very discomforting to our eyes, we have to say that the experience is far more pleasant than anything that we have ever seen before. The visibility of the content was exceptional, and the display was extremely vibrant. Image quality would not decay if we tilted the screen, which shows that the company invested a great deal of effort in incorporating a very high quality display, just so we get the best possible viewing experience according to the price we pay.


CUBOT H1: Interface impressions


Even though CUBOT H1 features a resolution that is far less compared to a 1080p, we were really happy to see that the device is running Android Lollipop 5.1. What is this means is that there is a high chance that Google will release a compatible update of Android Marshmallow for this smartphone. As for the performance of the interface, we have to say that we were really impressed. We were set back by the fact that the company paid little attention to the design and aesthetics of CUBOT H1, but we were really happy to experience a silky smooth mobile computing experience when we started swiping our fingers on it.


The stock interface is by far, much better in functionality as compared to what you normally get to see in Android handsets. Starting off, the interface is very simple in aesthetics and design and in order to deliver the most amount of performance, it features a flat design, with strong yet ‘not too flashy’ app icons that make the interface as smooth as butter and looks good on the eyes as well.


CUBOT H1: Camera performance


For most consumers, having a smartphone that sports a very capable rear and front camera sensor is always a welcome feature. Despite the fact that the rear camera is only 8MP, it is still quite impressive in terms of the quality of images being snapped. The only thing that we missed having from the front camera sensor was that it was void of a LED flash, which would make images appear brighter in low light conditions.


Coming to the image results of the primary camera sensor, we were amazed to see the image quality of the rear shooter, even after we decided to see how the images would turn up if we decided to zoom in on an object. The results were quite impressive, as you will see from the images that have been posted below. While these is not DSLR quality images, we still got to experience the next best thing.


Camera samples have been given below:

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CUBOT H1: Performance (Processing and connectivity)

Now let us come to the core segment as to why consumers want to purchase a smartphone in the first place? Raw performance. We fired up AnTuTu to see how the device would fare when pitted against the remaining competition and we have to say that the smartphone might have missed its mark, but it is still able to achieve a satisfactory score, as you can see in the image below.


One of the reasons why the device is able to obtain a high score despite its mediocre hardware specifications is because the custom interface features a flat design, and has been optimized for performance and gave us the extra bit of kick that we needed. Since the device is also running an updated mobile platform, it contributed to the score quite a bit.

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Coming to the connectivity side of things, we fired up the 4G connection and immediately ran a speed test to see what kind of results we would get. Since China Telecom is known for its blistering speeds, particular on the 4G network, given below is the speed that we got after successfully running the test.


CUBOT H1: Battery life measurement

Let us come to second most important aspect of a smartphone after performance; total battery life. There are very few handsets that possess large battery capacities, and it appears that the company had invested all of its financial resources in a 5,200mAh battery. The most impressive thing about the battery is that it is as large as a power bank, and the smartphone is able to last us a little over 3 days. Now that is something that we truly need from a mobile device. When we made the smartphone go through a battery test with the 4G modem still running, we got slightly less than 3 days of battery life, which is still impressive in its own right.

Hardware specifications

  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6735
  • Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A53 at 1.0GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16GB (supports a microSD storage card up to 32GB)
  • Battery: 5,200mAh
  • Display size: 5.5 inch IPS panel
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Charging port type: microUSB

Final verdict

After looking at each and every aspect of CUBOT H1, we have summarized the following scores below:

  • Build Quality: 7 out of 10
  • Appearance: 6 out of 10
  • Button placement: 10 out of 10
  • Interface experience: 10 out of 10
  • Display quality: 7 out of 10
  • Price/performance ratio: 7 out of 10
  • Camera performance: 7 out of 10
  • Battery performance: 10 out of 10

Even though we had a little hiccup looking at the generic appearance of CUBOT H1, its interface, button placement, and battery performance were all top notch. Performance was a little on the low side, but that is acceptable seeing as how an MT6735 SoC is present.

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  1. Please does it support 3G on both sim slots? Do the navigation buttons have backlight? Thanks

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  3. I bought the X12 & H1 after using the Samsung Notes 2&4
    Cheap and impressive phones.
    But there are 2 minor items.

    * If you don;t want to be disturbed during the night and the phones are in “silent mode”
    you can;t use the alarm-buzzer in the morning waking yo up.
    * The Led colors s are not changeable .

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