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Cubot X10 Review: Water? No problem.

Before we start with our review about the Cubot X10, let us ask you a question, what are you checking first in a smartphone before buying it for your daily requirements? Are you checking first the Android firmware, display, design or hardware on board?

If you are not looking for the latest Android OS running smartphone, upgraded firmware or top-notch hardware on board then we can assure you will like the elegant Cubot X10 Phablet with 5.5-inch HD display with IPS technology that can easily replace your outdated smartphone at an affordable price.

Like we said before, we have prepared our Cubot X10 review so let’s dive in and see how good this smartphone is.

Cubot X10 the waterproof smartphone

Before we start with the review, check out the Cubot X10 specs table:

Display

5.5 inches, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, 24 bit

SoC

MediaTek MT6592M

CPU

ARM Cortex-A7, 1400 MHz, Cores: 8

GPU

ARM Mali-450 MP4, 600 MHz, Cores 4

RAM

2 GB

Storage capacity

16 GB

Memory cards

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Battery

2400 mAh, Li-Ion

OS

Android 4.4 KitKat

Camera resolution

4160 x 3120, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Primary camera

13 megapixels

Secondary camera

8 megapixels

SIM card

Micro-SIM

Wi-Fi

b,g,n, Wi-Fi Hotspot

USB

Version 2.0, Micro USB

Bluetooth

Version 4.0

Positioning

GPS, A-GPS

Product dimensions

76.5 x 153.8 x 7.3 mm

Product weight

160g

Packaging

After you start unboxing the Cubot X10 packaging, you will find the following items inside:

1x Cubot X10 smartphone

2x Screen protectors

1x Smartphone cover

1x SIM Skewer

1x USB Cable

1x Standard wall charger

1x English manual

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Screen protection is for the front and back side of the smartphone, which is really nice since the phone have hard glass on the both sides, then you will get a phone cover that is really soft and bendable, a small SIM unlocking tool, a detailed quick start guide written in English language, a micro USB cable for data transfer and charging, and the standard wall charger as well.

Cubot x10 Design

According to the Cubot Company, this is the slimmest waterproof smartphone in the world. You can see a beautiful and elegant design. The phone dimensions are 76.5 x 153.8 x 7.3 mm, and it feels a bit large in the hand, especially if you have smaller hands.

Proximity sensor and light sensor are located on the top of the Cubot X10. At the bottom of the device, we can see three buttons (menu, home and return button) but unlike many other smartphones, these buttons do not have any backlight. Also, you can see that the side of the phone is covered with the CNC golden metal frame.

Cubot X10 Design 1
On the back side of the smartphone, we can see the company logo, a noise canceling microphone, and a camera with True Flash LED as we mentioned before. Back side is made of hard glass, and it comes with the pre-installed screen protector. Just like on the many other smartphones, on the right side of the Cubot X10 you can find a volume rocker and lock button.

To be honest, with the design of CUBOT x10, we have noticed that it looks very similar to the latest iPhone 6. Note that the Cubot X10 is only available in Irony Grey and Golden White color.

Back side of the Cubot x10

Display

The Cubot X10 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080 IPS screen which has a 273 PPI. The screen is just the right size for any use that you intend the smartphone for. This screen will get you covered no matter if you decide to watch some videos or a movie. Sunlight readability and viewing angle are almost perfect. With a full HD resolution of a 1080p, we believe that this smartphone won’t disappoint you.

Reviewing the Cubot x10 display

Hardware

After the design of the Cubot X10, the hardware is the main highlight; it comes with the mid-class 1.4 GHz MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core processor, combined with the 2GB of RAM. No matter if you are a gamer, or you are using this phone for business purposes, this device will run it all without any problems. Since Cubot X10 comes with the internal 16 GB of storage capacity, if that is not enough for your personal needs, you can always upgrade it via microSD card up to 64 GB so in total, you would have 80 GB of storage which is really nice.

Here’s a decent card to upgrade your Cubot X10 Storage.

Camera

Since the price tag of the Cubot X10 is low, it would be unfair if we expect outstanding camera performance as well as awesome hardware, but still the device packs a decent 13 Megapixels primary camera that is placed at the top of the back side together with flash and auto focus feature. The camera interface provides various options for all sort of users. There are standard options such as scene mode, white balance, face and smile detection. Other, non-standard options include voice capture, gesture shot, zero shutter delay, anti-flickering mode and auto scene detection.

Testing the Cubot x10 camera quality by taking a random pictures

In daylight, it can take a vibrant and really cool picture, but you might have to compromise when capturing images in low-light conditions. 13 Megapixels camera is able to record 1080p full HD videos at a rate of max 30 frames per second with included HDR, dual-video recording features, and stabilization. We have also prepared some sample pictures that are taken with the Cubot x10 camera:

As you can see, pictures taken during the day time have really great quality and they can be zoomed multiple times without getting any pixels that would ruin their quality.

Operating System

The Cubot X10 comes with a pre-installed KitKat OS. The user interface is elegant and refined, there are improvements to the long-neglected messaging and calling side of the platform. After spending some time with the device, we have prepared a pros and cons list which imply to the OS.

Cubot x10 is powered by Android KitKat 4.4 OS

PROS

CONS

Minimalist

Few tent-pole features to get passionate about

Faster, more responsive

No overarching design philosophy

Major under-the-hood improvements

Not available for the large majority of Android devices

Powerful Google Now features

Always listening for “OK Google” command

Search savvy calling app

Smooth home screen management

Connectivity

Checking connectivity features of the Cubot x10

Cubot x10 comes with the following connectivity technology:

Network Band

GSM 1900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 900 MHz / 850 / MHz + WCDMA 2100 MHz / 1900 MHz / 900 MHz

Data technology

GPRS, H / H+, EDGE

Bluetooth

Version 4.0

WLan

Wi-Fi iEEE 802.11 b/g/n

USB

USB Version 2.0

GPS

A-GPS/GPS (Built-in GPS chipset)

Battery

To be honest, we are not really satisfied with the battery life, since the capacity is 2400 mAh. We have spent some time by testing the battery and here are the results:

Hours in standby: 85 h

Hours of web browsing 11h

Hours of listening to a music: 54h

Hours of calling: 13h

Hours of video recording: 3h

Waterproof feature

This is the first time that the Cubot Company combines the waterproof function with their smartphone. At first, we were a bit skeptic since we thought the waterproof feature is not that good like the manufacturers said it is.

So after we decided to test it, we could get [clan] relief with the verification that the waterproof function works well as you can see on the pictures bellow.

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Cubot X10 Pros & Cons

This smartphone impressed us with many things, but also, there were some that we didn’t like. After spending some time with it, we have prepared a pros & cons list.

PROS

  • Elegant design
  • Waterproof feature
  • Capacitive display

CONS

  • Weak battery life
  • Bad picture quality in low light conditions

Our opinion

When we summarize all specifications and features that we have talked about, this is an excellent smartphone that you should be having and because it comes at a reasonable price, it makes it even more desirable. The perfect features and the quality prove that this is a smartphone that is worth a spot in the market, especially in your pockets.

Customers who have also bought this device have agreed to the fact that it is a one of a kind, and this is clearly evident on the many platforms that this phone is available for sale.

Buy Cubot x10 from banggood.com for $165.99 USD / 1,082 CNY

Buy Cubot x10 from gearbest.com for $155.89 USD / 1,016 CNY

Buy Cubot x10 from tomtop.com for $139.59 USD / 1,016 CNY

We graded the Cubot X10 with 7.5 score which is great, considering the price tag.

What are your opinions on the Cubot x10? Feel free to write in our comment section bellow the article.

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