Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

Recently, rugged smartphones have been very popular. Therefore, Cubot decided to update its line of KingKong devices and released another smartphone called Cubot KingKong 7.

At the beginning of this summer, I was able to test a rugged device from the same Cubot brand, only with the KingKong 5 Pro model. This is the last generation of the KingKong 7 device, as the manufacturer Cubot decided to skip the smartphone with the name 6.

In this review, you can find out not only how comfortably a new generation smartphone lies in your hand or what materials of manufacture it has. But I will also tell you about performance, cameras and battery life.

Currently, you can purchase the Cubot KingKong 7 device at a bargain and sweet price for only $180. That’s a bit more, as the previous generation of the KingKong 5 Pro smartphone will now set you back only $140.


If you look at the technical features, then you understand why Cubot is asking that kind of money. First of all, a modern large screen with a round cutout for a selfie camera began to be used here. At the same time, the screen size was 6.36 inches with Full HD + resolution.

The device also received an updated MediaTek Helio P60 processor with more memory. Namely, the smartphone uses 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. In addition, the manufacturer installed a 64-megapixel rear camera and a 32-megapixel front camera on the updated model of the rugged smartphone.

From the negative, I can highlight the 5000 mAh battery capacity, since the device had 8000 mAh on the last generation. In addition, the smartphone does not support fast charging, since the power supply was only 10 watts of power. But the presence of NFC and other wireless modules was unchanged. Therefore, these features are already typical, as for most rugged smartphones.

Okay, now let me start my in-depth testing and first of all take a look at the package bundle and appearance of the device.

Cubot KingKong 7: Specifications

Cubot KingKong 7:Specs
Display:6.36 inches IPS with 1080 x 2300 pixels, 90Hz
CPU:MediaTek Helio P60 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
Internal memory:128GB
Memory extension:Up to 256GB
Cameras:64MP + 16MP + 5MP main camera and 32MP front camera
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and GPS
Battery:5000mAh (10W)
OS:Android 11
Weight:267 grams
Dimensions:166.75 x 83.5 x 14 mm

Unboxing and packaging

A new model of a rugged smartphone Cubot KingKong 7 is delivered in a fairly typical package for this class of devices. This is a white box with a drawing of a smartphone on the front with the designation of the model name. On the back, there is a list of the main technical features.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

Inside the box, I found the smartphone itself, which was with a protective transport film on the screen. Also, the package included various instructions for use with a needle for a SIM tray. In a separate section, there was a Type-C cable, a 10W power adapter, and even wired headphones with an output for a Type-C connector.

Since this is a rugged device, you will not find a silicone protective case included here, it is simply not needed here. In general, the equipment was the same as on most rugged devices.

Design, build quality and materials

The manufacturer Cubot offers only one color option to choose from – this is only in black. But the appearance has changed beyond recognition in comparison with the previous generation. And in this section, let’s talk about design in more detail.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

First of all, the Cubot KingKong 7 device is distinguished by the presence of a large main camera module on the back side. Here you can find a large 64-megapixel sensor in the central part and two additional ones with LED flash. In addition, at the bottom, there is a hole for the speaker and the company logo.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

At the same time, the entire back side of the smartphone was made of dense rubber material. In addition, the corners of the device were also protected from falls or other annoyances. Since this is a fully protected device, the manufacturer speaks of the degree of protection IP68/IP69K.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

So I did some small strength tests. For example, I missed the device under water or dust, and the smartphone remained working without any particular complaints. But often it is better not to abuse your smartphone for diving or falling from a great height, since sooner or later any device may fail ahead of its time.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

Another difference, as I said, is the round cutout for the selfie camera on the front of the screen body. This is no longer a teardrop-shaped cutout for the camera, as was the case on the last generation of the Cubot smartphone, but a more modern inconspicuous cutout. But of course, the hole itself was not very small, but if you set the correct wallpaper on your desktop, the cutout will be almost invisible.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

If you look at the left or right side of the Cubot KingKong 7 smartphone, then you can find a metal plate here for greater rigidity of the device. Ok, now let’s go through the main control buttons.

On the right side of the smartphone, there is a power button, a fingerprint scanner and another additional button for quick access to various applications. It is worth noting here that usually recently smartphones have a combined arrangement of a fingerprint scanner and a power button. But here Cubot has arranged the arrangement of these two features separately. Although, I cannot say that the fingerprint scanner worked badly, as the response was always quick and accurate.

On the left side of the KingKong 7 smartphone, there is a volume rocker and a combined slot for dual nano SIM cards or one nano SIM card and a microSD memory card. There is nothing on the top of the device, but at the bottom there is a Type-C charging port. In addition, I note that the card slot and charging port were covered with rubber caps.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

The sound quality of the speaker was not the best, as the low frequencies were quite small, and the mids and highs produced a squeaky noise. But the volume reserve was enough, so you obviously won’t miss an important message or call. But the disadvantage is the lack of a headphone jack.

Screen and picture quality

Compared to the previous generation, the new version of the Cubot KingKong 7 device has a larger screen size. Now the smartphone uses a 6.36-inch IPS screen with Full HD + resolution or 1080 x 2300 pixels.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

In terms of the quality of the color gamut, the new smartphone is not all that bad. The colors are rendered in very rich and realistic shades. In addition, I liked the detailing of objects and the absence of any noticeable pixels, since it uses Full HD resolution, and not some kind of HD.

In addition, the maximum brightness value was very solid, and I could easily use the screen outdoors. Therefore, with the image quality of the screen from Cubot, everything was very good. Also, I liked the value of the borders around the screen. They were really minimal here, only the lower frame had a small chin.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

In the settings of the screen, I discovered a large number of different features. For example, here I could customize modes such as reading mode, night mode, and even there is a setting for choosing a color scheme.

Performance, benchmarks, games and OS

As you may know, performance for rugged devices is not always an important parameter. For example, on the last generation of the smartphone, a generally weak processor was used. But now the company has installed a more powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset on the Cubot KingKong 7.

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Although I cannot call it new, since it was popular two years ago. Now there are more updated processors starting with the Helio G80, G85 and so on. Therefore, today’s hero is based on eight cores and 12 nanometer technology. At the same time, four cores were energy efficient Cortex-A53 with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz and the rest of the four cores were powerful Cortex-A73 with a similar clock speed.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

Now let’s check the smartphone for synthetic tests. First of all, I ran the AnTuTu test, and the device scored about 206 thousand points. This is a very good result, as for a rugged device. Also below in the album you can see other benchmark test results.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

The graphics accelerator Mali-G72 is responsible for the graphics. This is not the worst processor for a budget class device. For example, there were no particular problems in PUBG Mobile or Call Of Duty games on the KingKong 7 smartphone. All games ran quickly and easily.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

In terms of the amount of memory on the rugged smartphone, everything is also very good. Since the RAM was 8 GB, and the built-in memory was 128 GB. You can also easily use the slot for a microSD memory card up to 256 GB. At the same time, the read speed of the built-in memory was about 475 MBps, and the write speed was about 200 MBps.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

There are both positive and negative sides to wireless communication on the one hand. That is, the disadvantages include the presence of Bluetooth version 4.2. Usually modern devices have Bluetooth 5.0 or even 5.2 version. On the other hand, the device has a good GPS module on board and even has an NFC module for contactless payment.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

The last thing I want to talk about from this section is the operating system. The device runs the most recent version of Android 11 OS and it is a completely clean operating system. It has the most typical icons, fast touchpad performance and many other positive aspects.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

All functions worked properly and I did not find any special problems during my testing. Also, the user interface did not have extraneous programs, but only useful Google applications, such as the Play Store, Youtube, and others.

Camera and sample photos

Compared to the previous generation of the smartphone in the KingKong line, the new version of the device has also improved the camera, both the main one and the front one. But will everything be so perfect with the performance of the cameras? Let’s find this out.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

The main camera module received a resolution of 64 megapixels. The second sensor has 16-megapixel resolution for ultra-wide shots, and the third sensor has been equipped with a 5-megapixel macro module. At the same time, the selfie camera used a 32-megapixel module.

You can see the quality of the photos from the album below. From myself, I can single out that the quality of the photos was of the middle class. Since the main module took the maximum from the force, as a 48-megapixel sensor, and not as a 64-megapixel one. The same goes for all other sensors.

That is, according to the technical specs from the paper, the smartphone looks very dignified. But in practice, the quality of the photos was not the best.

Battery and run time

At the beginning of the review, I highlighted that the battery life will differ when compared with the device of the previous generation. Since a 5000 mAh battery was installed on the new model of the Cubot KingKong 7 smartphone. Let me remind you that the last generation was with 8000 mAh batteries.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

Therefore, during my testing, the KingKong 7 smartphone worked like an ordinary mid-budget smartphone for about 2 days. Yes, it is possible that if you use the device in an energy-saving mode, the smartphone will be able to work even longer.

In addition, the new model of the rugged smartphone from Cubot did not have a fast charging function. So a full charge with the 10W power adapter took me about 3.5 hours.

Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons

After several days of active use, I was left with good emotions from the Cubot KingKong 7 rugged smartphone.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

This model of the device received a number of interesting features, both in design and in terms of performance. For example, the main camera module looked very nice and harmonious on the back of the device. I also liked the build quality and the materials used.

In addition, the screen I can also attribute to the merits, since the brightness was very good, as for a budget device. I also liked the color rendition and contrast level.

Cubot KingKong 7 Review: Modern Design in a Rugged Smartphone

The rest of the parameters remained almost the same as on any other secure smartphone. But I can attribute a significant disadvantage – this is 5000 mAh battery capacity. Although, on the other hand, the thickness and weight of the device became less and it was very comfortable to use the smartphone.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

As for a full-fledged rugged smartphone, Cubot KingKong 7 received a relatively low cost. For example, the price tag for the device did not exceed $179.99.

This is a very good price, and therefore I can easily recommend this model of a rugged smartphone from Cubot for purchase.


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