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Cubot X11: A Premium & Cheap Waterproof Smartphone

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First look at Cubot X11

 

This September, the Chinese company, Cubot released their brand new smartphone particularly known as Cubot X11 , quite original and different from the proposal. It is customary for the mid-range in 2015, but it would still have interest for a certain sector of the market.

With a philosophy of terminal price premium Chinese smartphone, the Cubot X11 offers a 5.5-inch phablet with an average power level, but with a really nice design, which also comes with IP65 water resistance.

Specifications and design Cubot X11.

Cubot X11 is a phone that will never go unnoticed.
Cubot X11 is a phone that will never go unnoticed.

Let’s look in detail of what we can find in the Cubot x11:

  • CPU: MediaTek MT6592A (8 Cortes [email protected]).
  • GPU ARM Mali-450 MP4.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • ROM: 16 GB (expandable).
  • SIM: Dual SIM Micro (Micro SIM + Micro SIM) card.
  • Display: /5.5 inches / 720 x 1280 pixels / 267ppp / 16M colors / NTSC, OGS (one glass solution) / 10 points touch / 1000: 1 / 450 cd / IPS
  • Camera: 8.0 megapixel front camera, rear camera with 16.0MP sensor / lens 6P (Sony Exmor RS IMX214) ,    f / 2.0.
  • Supported video formats: MP4, M4V, MKV, VIDX, DivX, ASF, WMV, RM, RMVB.
  • Audio formats supported: AAC, MP3, WMA, AMR, FLAC, APE.
  • Networks:
    • GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz.
    • WCDMA: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz.
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 / A2DP.
  • WIFI: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n.
  • GPS: A-GPS, GPS.
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity, gyroscope, infrared.
  • OTG: Yes
  • FM: Yes
  • NFC: No
  • Physical Distribution:
    • Bottom: speaker, microphone and Micro-USB port.
    • Right Side: power button and two SIM card slot protected by a cover with rubber coating inside.
    • Top: infrared sensor.
    • Left-back: 3.5 mm jack plug, slot Micro-SD card, volume control.
    • Front: Touch push button device (not soft keys), 8.0 MP camera , light and proximity sensor, speaker.
    • Rear : 13 MP rear camera, dual flash.
  • Battery: No removable / 2850 mAh / Lithium-Polymer
  • Dimensions: 151.3 mm x 75.0 mm x 6.5 mm.
  • Weight: 150 grams.
  • Operating system: Android 4.4 (Android 5.0 support in future updates).
  • An tutu: 29000 points.
  • Others: IP certification.

The Cubot x11 is presented as a phablet mid-range, although Soc incorporate something old and for the times, offers a pretty decent performance level , and that will give us a pretty smooth experience in the vast most used scenarios. The Mediatek MT6592A is able to offer a slightly higher yield 615 Snapdragon, but yes, under HD resolution. Maybe the graphics is the one that will suffer, with Mali MP450 something that is becoming scarce for next-generation games, but as we shall see in a video, let us take some other “little game” in casual games or not too demanding, which by the way, are the vast majority of those present in the Play Store.

The amount of RAM is 2GB LPDDR3 , quite acceptable and will allow us a good multitasking unless we are lovers of opening many applications simultaneously. Some manufacturers already offer 3GB in this price range, but given the power and nature of the terminal, we see fairly balanced.

The heart of Cubox X11
The heart of Cubot X11

The screen comes from a quality provider, as is “Japan Display” , a joint venture formed in 2012 by Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi, and to give us an idea of their quality, manufactures screens for iPhone and others. This is a screen that suffers from some low density pixel (267), but that seems pretty accurate based on the Soc chosen because a Full-HD display would have negatively affected the graphics performance of the terminal. Their levels of brightness (manufacturer boasts 17% improved screen iPhone 5s) and contrast are quite good and covers up to 84% of the NTSC color spectrum. Although, it’s not Full-HD but it’s OK for a middle tier mobile for a cheap price.

 

Cubot X11 in hands
Cubot X11 in hands and despite having HD display the screen still produces good combination of color and contrast.

 

As storage the internal space is 16 GB expandable , so we will not have major problems except that we like to install a heavy or too many applications.

Equally satisfying is the battery incorporated with 2850 mAh, attached to a low-power SoC and an HD display, they should offer a day of autonomy without resorting to boot. As a drawback, the fact that this battery is not removable , but is the price to pay for a uni body chassis and “water resistant”.

The photographic section handles one front 8-megapixel camera and a wide angle of 88 °, which, at least on paper, should be more than enough to get good selfies and videoconferencing. With the rear chamber in which the manufacturer plays a little oversight, as though on its website advertises 16MP, the sensor is a CMOS Sony IMX214 Exmor RS 13 megapixel. It is a widely sensor used by many manufacturers and offering good photos in daylight, but not always achieves the best results in low light.

Back view of Cubot X11, consisting of a side camera (CMOS Sony IMX214 Exmor RS 13 megapixel.)
Back view of Cubot X11, consisting of a side camera (CMOS Sony IMX214 Exmor RS 13 megapixel.)

If there is a section where Cubot X11 stands out above the other smartphone in this price range is the build quality ,where we can find a sturdy frame made of titanium and zinc, finishing in glass and aluminum. The display joins the trend of 2.5 D, leading to a terminal with an elegant design , available in both white and black pearl bright. This is also a fairly thin terminal, because its thickness remains within 6.5mm .

Despite its premium character Cubot he has collected the philosophy of the Xperia range of Sony, teaching us that elegance and quality materials are not at odds with the resistance, and thus built the Cubot X11 with IP65 certification that protects against dust and water (a basic-level water thrown). Although the manufacturer advertises completely immersing, we do not recommend doing this ever, so that can happen.

Truely Cubot X11 is the slimmest, cheap, waterproof smartphone.
Truly Cubot X11 is the slimmest, cheap, waterproof smartphone.

X11 Cubot against Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

We like to compare the new handsets with those who we believe are the most prominent in a similar price bracket. So we decided to face the front of the X11 Cubot phablet with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 .

If we talk about power, it is clear that the Redmi Note 2 is the big winner, thanks to the Helio X10 is a more powerful and modern Soc. Xiaomi also wins in the section of connections , because both support Dual SIM, OTG, GPS and FM Radio, the Xiaomi Redmi Note gives support for 4G networks.  In the section of the screen , again won the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 because it offers full HD resolution with a higher pixel density.

The battery is fairly even, as though the Cubot X11 is smaller, lower consumption should offer a similar autonomy, at least on paper.

Both have 2 GB of RAM , so they are equally suitable for multitasking, although most power Xiaomi also influences this aspect. Also, both can expand its memory by Micro-SD card.

The Cubot X11 is available in two stylish colors: white pearl and black shiny. Clearly it is not a smartphone with youthful approach.
The Cubot X11 is available in two stylish colors: white pearl and black shiny. Clearly it is not a smartphone with youthful approach.

Both terminals have a feature called IR emitter , although in this case, it leaves us Cubot on its website, a link to the “ZAZAREMOTE” (app to use it as a remote control). (download here).

By now you will think that the Cubot lost everything, but wait- if we seek to design and strength of construction materials of x11 Cubot far surpass those of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 built entirely in plastic. Besides the Xiaomi lacks water resistance and dust , making it more vulnerable to hostile environments that Cubot X11, such as the beach or snow.
In the field of design , the X11 Cubot is something lighter, and quite thin, so it feels lighter in hand, it’s sleeker and more attractive from a physical standpoint.
And finally, the price Cubot X11 starting at $182.

Conclusions and final assessment of Cubot X11.

 

As we said at the beginning of this article, the design sells, and that’s the main advantage of Cubot X11. Does that mean a bad end? Not at all. We are facing a cheap and decisive phablet, with a power and amount of RAM in the middle of other terminals this year, which is only somewhat overshadowed by the fact of using a SoC lacking support for 4G networks; because otherwise the Cubot X11 has no other significant deficiency, with remarkable performance in all sections, and a design and construction that make it stand out from the rest of China’s middle range.

Cubot X11 is certainly the choice of a premium user.
Cubot X11 is certainly the choice of a premium user.

It is clear that there are solutions like Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will be most satisfactory, but if you know phablet seeks to combine design, performance and price, then X11 is an option Cubot to be taken into account.

The good:

  • Average power.
  • 2 GB of RAM.
  • Resistance to water and dust.
  • Premium construction.
  • Design.
  • Infrared dedicated application.
  • Decent camera.
  • Expandable memory.
  • Price.

The bad:

  • 4G absence.
  • Non-removable battery.
  • HD screen.

Where to buy Cubot X11?

The Cubot X11 is available in Chinese shops for a price of $182. The best choices we have found are the following, both in Chinese shop and more known: Buy Cubot x11 from gearbest for $182

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Started blogging at the age of 18, Roman is a techie with 3 years of blogging, SEO, and Wordpress experience, totally opposite of his health & nutrition career. He is a die-hard Xiaomi fan and an avid gamer, working hard to provide valuable information regarding Tech & Gadgets. You can contact him on this email: [email protected]

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