The Cubot brand in our country is not well known, on the other hand, as one of the few of its smartphones is officially entering Europe.
We have received the current CUBOT P20 flagship model in our review which has the ambition to bring down the myths of established manufacturers.
Unlike premium content, the P20 will offer plenty of performance, good price, and brisk Android.
No, we will not tighten the brand because the smartphone in the test has exceeded our expectations.
We do not have a direct comparison with other Cubot models, but as the first one that Cubot got to the editorial office, it certainly did not disappoint.
Moreover, if we look at a sales price of about $130, in this price segment, the CUBOT P20 practically has no competition.
And it does not matter that it does not have a curved display, a glass back cover, an eye scanner or a fingerprint reader in the display.
If you need a nice Android smartphone for a little money, we have a tip for an interesting news for you. Let’s see the main specifications of CUBOT P20.
CUBOT P20: Specifications
|Display:||6.18 inches with 1920 x 2246 pixels|
|CPU:||MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 128GB|
|Cameras:||20.0MP + 2.0MP main and 13MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS|
|Connections:||Micro USB and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||156 × 75.2 × 8.5 mm|
CUBOT P20: Design and Appearance
Even though the CUBOT P20 in the analisis looks like a regular smartphone, the maker hardly describes it as old-fashioned as a phablet.
The dimensions of 156 × 75.2 × 8.5 mm, however, correspond to standard smartphones with larger displays.
In the case of the CUBOT P20 grew almost 6.2 inches diagonally. The weight is also a bit higher than we are used to wearing 167 grams in our trouser pocket – that’s what it really is.
The phone CUBOT P20 offers a metal chassis with a glossy exterior finish. The backs are made of glossy plastic that resembles some older LG models, but rounding to the edges is closer to HTC smartphones.
Thanks to the bend, the phone keeps your hand well, but with longer use, it drives a little out of hand, even if your palm gets stuck.
While the glossy stern appears at first glance in common and too “cheap”, the metal used on the stern is sharpened.
We find it in the recessed circle of the fingerprint reader or in the high-end dual camera module.
The back cover has no surface treatment to prevent grease, fingerprints, and other dirt. Fingerprints will be on a daily basis, after unpacking the phone, you will never return to the clean back cover.
The sides of the smartphone are really thin, yet some additional elements have been incorporated into them.
A drawer is located on the left side and you pull it out with a pin attached. You insert a nanoSIM card and then either a microSD card or a second nanoSIM.
So the phone is a so-called hybrid Dual SIM, and it is up to you to use this feature or not.
The volume controls and the power key are quite drowned on your right side.
The top edge of the phone offers only a headphone jack, the bottom edge with two speakers, including the micro USB power connector.
System controls of CUBOT P20 are included in the lower display bar, the notch, a speaker, a 13-megapixels selfie camera, and an “invisible” LED are located above the display panel.
CUBOT P20: Display
The CUBOT P20 uses a 6.18-inch Full HD Plus LCD (2246 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display, a 19: 9 aspect ratio widescreen with 1300: 1 contrast ratio, 16 million colors they cover up to 90% of the NTSC color space.
Without everyday chips, the new phone has the notch on top of the screen. This is perhaps almost every third Chinese brand.
The maximum brightness of the display is 450 nits, so we have read it even in direct sunlight, but if you adjust adaptive brightness in outdoor conditions, the colors on the outside will be blurred.
You can find the volume adjustment sliders directly in the top bar, but you can only get the automatic brightness in the settings.
The direct sunlight always overwrites the manual setting of the rider, even if you have it to a minimum.
At night, however, even with minimal brightness, the display still shines, so forget about nighttime work.
CUBOT P20: Hardware and Performance
The phone CUBOT P20 in the test is based on the eight-core MediaTek MT6750T, although one of the benchmarking applications is attributed to the newer MT6755 chipset.
The phone has a 4GB of RAM, with a normal half-day phone usage of about 1GB in RAM.
You can quickly exit each application over the last running applications button, so if you do not want to manually close it by moving it to the sides.
Use the left button to edit the whitelist, that is, select the applications that will still run in the background when the quit ends. The system is relatively economical and allocates RAMs without significant problems.
The phone also handles graphics-intensive games, especially when it comes to racing titles if the graphics or chipset are not “running”.
Real Racing 3 or Asphalt 8 did not have problems, but with longer gaming, besides fast battery discharges, we see a slight breathlessness of the phone tied to the rear cover warmer.
The phone CUBOT P20 lasts longer between the offerings, but with a look at the end price, it will surely forgive the overwhelming mobile players. However, if you have a call and a basic service, you will not notice any slow reactions.
The phone will offer 64GB of internal storage, from which 53.64 GB is addressable. Because there is not much pre-installed content, you have over 48 GB of free space available.
However, internal memory is a little bit slower than more built-in branded models. However, these are often several times more than the tested model.
You can also count on microSD card support as an external storage, or you can associate the card with internal memory in Adoptable Storage mode.
CUBOT P20: Software
On the phone, the very slow start of the system is paradoxical, which takes a long time.
Introducing mobile manufacturers could learn, just remove the senseless “bloatware” and the phone runs like a watch.
The system also has a February security update that is still fairly up to date, although Cubot has not yet determined when (and at all) will issue another security update.
Pure Android = no unnecessary extra apps. So we find a phone application, news, music player, camera, calendar, two file managers, and a few mandatory items from Google.
In addition, the Google Video Duo application is ready to try to get the Pixels as close as possible.
CUBOT P20: Connectivity
The CUBOT P20 in our analisis is offered as a hybrid Dual SIM, so you can add a second one to a nanoSIM (and a microSD embedded).
In the card manager, you can permanently set which SIM is to be used to access mobile data, call numbers, or send messages.
If you do not call the SIM card firmly, you can always choose which SIM to use for your SIM card when performing all the above actions.
We also connected to the mobile Internet on LTE frequencies, but only in case of SIM1.
The connectivity menu also includes Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, including hotspots. In both cases, however, we noticed a relatively large impact on the battery drop.
With a Wi-Fi connection, we also encountered a problem when connecting the charger once. When downloading game data files, the back of the battery was hot enough and Wi-Fi was out of order.
The icon in the top bar signaled the connection with the maximum signal, but the data did not flow for several minutes.
CUBOT P20: Sound
The stereo speakers of CUBOT P20 take care of the music output on the lower edge. And, just as we expected, their output is not twice as good.
The loudspeaker is just enough for the sounds of announcements and ringtones (their basic selection is fair “nothing much”), but the music reproduction is losing on all fronts.
And neither the equalizer that is part of the music player will save the situation. It is far better to play music on wired and wireless headphones.
Bass enhancement is pleasant, and the target audience can improve the look of the music being played. Headphones are also needed as an antenna for the built-in FM radio.
During the call, we were satisfied with the sound quality and maximum volume. If you dial the phone while dialing the phone, vibration will alert you that the called party has received it.
In Do Not Disturb mode, you can add a few rules for blocking calls, messages, alerts, and notifications. In the base, you have rules for the weekend, workday and event. You can add your own rules or edit the existing ones.
CUBOT P20: Cameras
Cubot integrated the dual camera into the CUBOT P20 in our review. A 20-megapixel sensor with five-element optics (f/2.0) was used as the main one.
The manufacturer, unfortunately, does not specify the exact type of scanner, and there was not even a mobile application scanning phone hardware.
The secondary camera has a resolution of only 2-megapixels and is only for blur. However, the phone does not distinguish the background and the foreground, so you need to set the blur of the edges from the sharpened focus circle center by hand.
In the sun, the sensor has a problem with details at the edges of the image, the shades of some colors merge together in sharp sunlight.
HDR mode, which should significantly improve images, does not always work well. Differences between basic and HDR images would have to be searched under the magnifying glass.
Far worse, however, is when shooting indoors where light is not enough. The images are very granular, practically almost unusable.
And let’s admire, in the case of snapshots every day, even half of them are taken in the most ideal light conditions.
The double zoom that the camera offers you is just digital. Photo Enhancements include facial enhancement or background blur, but do not expect any artificial intelligence, but manually sliding the slider to select the intensity of the effect.
You can also shoot in black and white, panoramas, or in Pro mode to adjust the white balance, ISO, and adjust the exposure (+/-).
CUBOT P20: Battery
The CUBOT P20 has a 4000mAh Li-Ion battery integrated into the phone that can power the phone for one busy day.
However, in the case of long-term mobile gaming, the phone is no longer in the evening.
The fastest discharging of the phone took less than seven hours, with a display of maximum brightness, playing music in the headphones and several hours of playing games.
The big boom is quite surprisingly Bluetooth 4.0, which is signed to discharge sixty or more percent! Maybe it would be a bit better to optimize Bluetooth.
Despite the increased battery capacity, you can count on the accelerated charging time that the flashlight with the supplied adapter (5V/2A) recharges from zero to one hundred and one and a half hours.
CUBOT P20: Conclusions and Reviews
The phone CUBOT P20 in our review belongs to the “better China” box in the editorial office, but with a view to the price, it is clear that it offers a very interesting performance/price ratio.
The phone does not tear the recordings in beauty, and the rear plastic cover seems to scratch very quickly, on the other hand, the used chipset from MediaTek can handle the phone quite well.
The operating memory is sufficient, the hybrid Dual SIM, along with the easy-to-read Full HD Plus display, is just the cake icing.
The quality of the audio output is nothing, as is the camera, which is clearly missing a better postprocessing, and maybe also a better quality photo.
Looking at the competition according to the final price, however, it is clear that in this price session you will not find much better phones.
CUBOT P20: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Just now you can buy CUBOT P20 for low and good price only $129.99 from 6 to 12 August. For this price, you will get a good budget smartphone that will work no worse than the average smartphone for $200.