CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The CUBOT X18 Plus in the review is one of the first smartphones to feature the new Android 8.0 from China in 2018.

Also “new” is probably the ability to fully charge the internal battery with its 4000 mAh per “Quick Charge” and 5V/2A in just 2.5hours.

Visually, the X18 Plus certainly comes with plenty of glass and a 6-inch display in 18: 9 format. Are they worth the almost $170 for the import?

CUBOT X18 Plus 4G Phablet

Price: $169.99 or $79.99 from 5 to 9 March, only 10 Units Daily

6.0 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 4000mAh, Android 8.0, MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz

CUBOT X18 Plus 4G Phablet

Price: $169.99 or $79.99 from 5 to 9 March, only 10 Units Daily

6.0 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 4000mAh, Android 8.0, MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz

CUBOT X18 Plus: Specifications

Display: 5.99 inches with 1920 x 2160 pixels
CPU: MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz
GPU: Mali T860
RAM: 4GB
Internal memory: 64GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 13.0MP + 2.0MP main and 13MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS
Battery: 4000mAh (5V/2A)
OS: Android 8.0
Connections: Micro USB and TF card slot
Weight: 178.8 grams
Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.6 x 8.5 mm
Price: $170

CUBOT X18 Plus: Design and Appearance

In a smartphone of CUBOT X18 Plus in our analisis with a 6-inch display in 18: 9 format, the front side is inevitably dominated by the touchscreen.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The quite thin, but as with the big role model Xiaomi MI Mix 2, clearly visible edges in the background.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

With its dimensions of 158.5 x 73.6 x 8.5 mm and a weight of 178.8 grams, it is quite voluminous and difficult.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

Although backside is made of plastic and the frame itself was made of aluminum, I find the weight of this “China bollard” clearly too high.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The transition from the aluminum frame to the two slightly rounded glass surfaces feels comfortable. The CUBOT X18 Plus does not use a unibody design.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

In addition to the dual camera with 20 megapixels and 2 megapixels, there is also around fingerprint sensor on the extremely fingerprint-prone back.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

In the frame of aluminum, the designers have placed the on/off switch and the volume button (both on the right)

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The combined slot for (two) SIM cards or a SIM and a microSD card up to 256GB on the left side.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

On the bottom, there are holes for the microphone and the speaker. Here you will also find the USB 2.0.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

In addition to the smartphone, the package also includes a transparent protective silicone case, a MicroUSB cable, the charger (5V/3A), and a small manual.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Display

Apart from still clearly visible edges, the display of CUBOT X18 Plus in the test with its 5.99 inches and 1080 x 2160 pixels is already “fun”.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The IPS display is bright enough, the color reproduction even quite “brilliant”. Similar to an AMOLED, the black level is much lower.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

Overall, content rendering is fine, thanks in part to MediaTek’s typical optimization called MiraVision.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The slightly cheaper Wiko View is set up much worse, the resolution and brightness even lower.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

Incidentally, a bright, blue LED in the upper frame also informs me about incoming messages or calls.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Hardware and Performance

The Helio P10 (MTK6750T) processor from MediaTek used in the CUBOT X18 Plus clocks its Octa cores up to 1.5 GHz and achieves 55,594 points in the current AnTuTu benchmark.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The Geekbench 4 was unfortunately not convinced to cooperate.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

Overall, the performance is slightly worse than the Helio P10 and its down-clocked predecessor, the Helio P10.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The pre-installed Android 8.0 ran almost smoothly. A difference between 4 or 6 of RAM cannot be felt in reality.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Software

The CUBOT X18 Plus uses a nearly unchanged Android 8.0 (firmware from 25.12.17). The security patches are from 05. December 2017.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The manufacturer optically also opt for a simple launcher with a transparent background. The icons are very similar to the Galaxy S8.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

Any missing (Google) apps can easily be installed via the pre-installed Google Play Store.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

Bloatware cannot be found here, the user only the necessary apps for the operation are available.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

However, the CUBOT X18 Plus like almost all “cheap” smartphones from China – suffers from the potential FOTA/ADUPS spyware.

At least if you can trust special malware scanning. Normal virus scanners have nothing to complain about.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Cameras

The CUBOT X18 Plus features a combination of a 20-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel sensor on the back.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The latter is supposed to allow the bokeh effect, as well as a kind of 2x, zoom (only zoom in). In addition, one of the two sensors to make pure black and white shot.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

In practice with sufficient light quite appealing shots. In worse or unfavorable lighting conditions, however, the images are quickly grainy and sometimes color distorted.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The dual camera is just a marketing promise in my opinion. The recording in black and white are also achieved only by a software manipulation. The second sensor seems to display an error message only if you stop it BEFORE the Blur mode starts. Qualitatively, this makes little difference.

Neither the bokeh effect nor the 2x zoom is thereby limited. The front camera has 13 megapixels on X18 Plus in 2018.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Connectivity

Also, the CUBOT X18 Plus in the review offers a full LTE coverage, while all bands are supported but only at a mediocre speed.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

More than about 55 Mbit/s were not possible, but that should be enough. VoLTE (HD) is offered, but the overall call quality was okay. The transmission and reception performance was also inconspicuous.

The built-in GPS receiver of the smartphone was also no cause for complaint. The first Safix goes ONLY with inserted SIM card very fast. Without SIM it takes much longer. The deviation was between 3 and 10 meters.

In addition to GPS, numerous other sensors (acceleration, proximity, brightness, magnetic field sensor, gyroscope) are available.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

The fingerprint sensor of the Oukitel K6 distinguishes up to five fingers. The sensor itself reacts quite fast and reliable in 9/10 tests.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Battery

The built-in battery of the CUBOT makes it 4000mAh. In continuous use, the power cell is at the end after about 11 hours.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

A really great value. The charge is due to “Quick Charge” quite fast (just under 150 minutes).

CUBOT X18 Plus: Conclusions and Reviews

The CUBOT X18 Plus costs about $170 and is only available as an import. On the outside and we are dedicated to the pros and cons, then we have on the credit side a great display, a good workmanship, a strong battery and a reasonably current Android 8.0.

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

However, the two dual cameras cannot live up to their expectations. The performance of the MediaTek Helio P10 is average, as well as the call quality and the transmission/reception performance.

CUBOT X18 Plus: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018

At the moment you can buy a CUBOT X18 Plus for $169.99, but from 5 to 9 March there will be an action and the price for the first 10 units daily is $79.99. So, the price and a modern phone with Android 8.0 is a good choice for a new budget phone in 2018.

CUBOT X18 Plus 4G Phablet

Price: $169.99 or $79.99 from 5 to 9 March, only 10 Units Daily

6.0 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 4000mAh, Android 8.0, MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz

CUBOT X18 Plus 4G Phablet

Price: $169.99 or $79.99 from 5 to 9 March, only 10 Units Daily

6.0 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 4000mAh, Android 8.0, MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz

CUBOT X18 Plus Review: Competitive Phone with Android 8.0 in 2018 was last modified: March 3rd, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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