The Chinese smartphone maker Cubot introduced a new protected smartphone called Cubot Quest in our review. It is well suited for those who love an active life and want to have a reliable rugged smartphone when working in all these “non-office” conditions.
We have already tested many models from Cubot and almost all of them have a budget price. Now you can buy Cubot Quest for only $150.
Cubot tried to make a sporty and protected rugged smartphone, but not heavy and bulky. Cubot Quest has got a 5.5-inch screen, MediaTek Helio P22 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, the latest version of Android 9.0. Also a good camera with the main sensor from Sony IMX486 and 4000 mAh battery capacity.
The main function of the smartphone is waterproof and dustproof in accordance with the certificate IP68. Therefore, if the phone falls into the water, on the ground or in the mud, nothing will happen to it.
Let’s start the review and we will start with the complete set of the box.
Cubot Quest: Specifications
|Display:||5.5 inches IPS with 1440 x 720 pixels|
|CPU:||Helio P22 Quad Core 2.3 GHz|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-G71 MP2|
|Memory extension:||up to 128GB|
|Cameras:||12.0MP + 2.0MP main and 8MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS|
|Battery:||4000mAh (5V/2A) Quick Charge 3|
|Dimensions:||157 x 73.7 x 8.8 mm|
Cubot Quest: Unboxing
We received a small black box for our review, on the front part, there are colored elements with golden letters of the model name.
The back of the box has all the basic functions of a smartphone.
Inside the box we found the following components – it is the smartphone itself in a protective film, a business card with the gratitude of the purchase, documentation, a Type-C charging cable, and a power adapter.
Since this is a rugged smartphone, there is no protective case included. In general, the box and components at a good level. Now let’s take a closer look at the ergonomics of the smartphone.
Cubot Quest: Design and Appearance
Because it is a protected rugged sports smartphone. In our test, Cubot Quest is a combination of black with red elements that are very attractive in appearance. The company tried hard and added some elements to make it more attractive, especially in the upper and lower parts.
The front is dominated by a large 5.5-inch display with an 18: 9 aspect ratio. At the top of the screen is a front-facing camera, a notification LED indicator and light/distance sensors.
The Cubot Quest back panel in our analisis looks really good. In the middle, I see engraved sports (running, cycling, swimming), so it is clear that this smartphone is for an active lifestyle. On the one hand, Cubot Quest is beautiful and elegant, but on the other hand, it is durable and stable.
In the upper part, in a specially protected frame, there is a dual main camera and a dual LED flash. Just below is a fingerprint scanner.
At the bottom, we see the company logo, and in the lower left corner is the speaker.
Since the smartphone is waterproof and dustproof in accordance with the IP68 certificate, it is resistant to shock, drops, and scratches, and can also operate at temperatures from -20 to +55 degrees Celsius.
The rest of the body is made of slightly rubberized plastic and therefore is impact resistant. Even the metal frame is rubberized.
On the left side, there is a slot for nanoSIM and microSD cards just below is a special button that can be programmed separately (by default it activates the camera, a long press of Google Voice Search).
A USB Type-C port and microphone were placed on the bottom.
On the right are the keys for the volume rocker, as well as the power button.
Cubot Quest has dimensions of 157 x 73.7 x 8.8 mm and weighs 214.9 grams. This is a rugged smartphone that will delight you with a surprisingly thin and elegant appearance.
Cubot Quest: Screen
Cubot Quest has a standard screen with a diagonal of 5.5 inches and an aspect ratio of 18: 9, and the resolution of HD was + 720 x 1440 pixels (293 ppi).
Some may think that this is a low resolution, but it is more than enough to view the displayed information on the screen. The icons and letters are clear, and the colors are clear and clean.
Of course, this is an IPS full lamination GFF screen. This means that it is thinner and more sensitive to touch. Indeed, the screen responds well to touch even through the protective film on the screen. In addition, the screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Also note that it is sensitive to simultaneous 5-point touch (multitouch), takes 90% of NTSC color and has a contrast of 1300: 1.
As for the brightness of the screen, we measured it with the help of our measuring device, and we got a result of 952 lux. Therefore, the brightness will be enough in any conditions, even on a very sunny day.
Cubot Quest: Hardware and Performance
Cubot Quest in the test runs on the same processor as the company’s smartphone, which we tested earlier, Cubot Max 2.
So this is the new MT6762 8-core MediaTek processor, known as the Helio P22. It is built on new 12-nanometer technology in the second quarter of last year (Q2 2018).
Responsible for the graphics PowerVR GE8320 Happiness 650 MHz. Also at your disposal 4GB LPDDR3 RAM (one channel up to 933 MHz) and 64GB of internal memory. Yes, you can expand the memory with a microSD memory card up to 128GB. Cubot Quest is fast with this combination of hardware.
As for real life, let’s test the smartphone in heavy games.
PUBG Mobile works very smoothly, the heating of the device is low, but the graphics settings are minimal.
Also, the racing game Real Racing 3 works smoothly with very soft and subtle twitching. The heating device is still very weak.
This smartphone is not intended for games, but if you want to play hard games, then Cubot Quest can handle it at the minimum graphics settings.
Cubot Quest: Software
Obviously, the company decided to install only basic applications in the operating system in order to have more space for your user data.
Cubot Quest works on the new Android 9.0 Pie operating system, which naturally supports multilingual languages.
I thought it would be pre-installed and some additional applications for active sports, but the manufacturer decided not to offer anything, but to allow users to install their favorite applications from the Play Store.
If you still like to listen to the radio, you will find an old and good FM radio tuner and you can listen to it with the headphones connected.
Since the hardware configuration is the same as that of the previously mentioned Cubot MAX 2 smartphone, the OS is expected to be fast and smooth.
During testing, I did not notice any problems or slowdowns. In short, I am very pleased with the operation of the OS on the secure Quest.
Cubot Quest: Cameras
Although the focus of this smartphone lies in its sport-resistant features, the manufacturer has installed a good camera for Cubot Quest.
So if you are a photo lover, you will love the built-in cameras. Namely, these are the same cameras as Cubot Max 2 smartphone.
The main dual 12-megapixel and a 2-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX486 sensor and a 6-component lens, as well as an f/1.8 aperture.
Therefore, it will take very good photos under any shooting conditions. Also installed dual LED flash and phase autofocus (PDAF). The camera supports face detection, HDR, panorama and can record the effect of bokeh, and also has a special night mode.
Here is our mini-photo album and surprisingly good photos from Cubot Quest. As on the previous model, we were pleasantly surprised at any shooting conditions – in sunny weather (panorama and macro), in a room with an LED flash and at night. Even indoors the photos are bright enough. And the special night mode works very well, the photos are quite sharp and with a lot of light.
The front 8-megapixel camera has a 4-component lens and an f/2.2 aperture. The camera supports face recognition, and can also take mono photos (black and white).
Of course, it also supports unlocking the device, defining the person that you set in “Settings” -> “Security and location”.
Surprisingly, the front camera can also record video in Full HD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a speed of 30 frames per second in MP4 format.
Let’s also mention how the rear camera shoots Full HD video with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 frames per second, also in MP4 format
Cubot Quest: Sound
The sound is very good, it has the power, quality, and depth. The speaker is located at the back in the lower left corner. We tested the sound in music, video, and games, and I am pleased with what I heard.
Of our test music numbers of the highest quality FLAC, I measured the speaker power of 84 dB using a measuring device at a distance of about 40 centimeters.
Cubot Quest: Communication
Cubot Quest in our test has everything you need to communicate. Of course, the smartphone supports 4G LTE + VoLTE (on both cards), but the quality of conversations is average.
The phone also supports a hybrid card slot. That is, you can choose either dual nanoSIM cards or one nanoSIM card and one microSD memory card.
I was very surprised that Cubot Quest supports NFC for contactless payments.
During GPS testing, we detected 25 satellites (9 actives) with an accuracy of 6 meters. One of the more accurate GPS systems that we had in our hands.
Cubot Quest: Battery
The Cubot Quest smartphone is equipped with a 4000 mAh non-removable lithium polymer battery that supports fast charging (5V/2A).
We were interested in how fast the battery would be charged. In our case, from 0 to 100% was 2.5 hours.
When the screen is illuminated by 50%, battery autonomy was 13 hours and 45 minutes. The durability of the work will be quite good.
Cubot Quest: Conclusions and Reviews
I am satisfied with the smartphone because Cubot Quest has got a very good appearance, which is becoming an increasingly important feature for rugged smartphones. Also, the phone has an additional and very important epithet – sport.
First and foremost, Quest is designed for people who often spend time in nature, in the mountains, at sports activities such as swimming, skiing or cycling.
I also like its well-balanced equipment, which ensures fast and smooth operation, and the autonomy of work is one of the most powerful features.
The disadvantages include HD screen resolution and the lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack. But given the price – these are minor flaws.
Cubot Quest: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now you can order and buy the Cubot Quest protected rugged smartphone at an interesting price for only $149.99 with a 26% discount.
I also want to mention the Cubot Quest Lite version, which received slightly simpler specifications, but the price is only $119.99 with a 40% discount.
Cubot presented a good budget option for active people with good technical features and most importantly with IP68 protection.