Updated August 17 2019: The Cubot X19 smartphone arrived back in May, well packaged, complete with USB charger and lead (the ad describes charging as Type-C fast charge and with its own charger it does charge quite quickly) and the first thing that came to my wife’s attention was the COLOUR – she LOVES it.
At just over £100 sterling (with free shipping to the UK) and other destinations from (the now defunct – September 2019) Gearbest, while taking the low cost into account, this is a good value phone, still working perfectly after being in constant use for approaching 3 months here in Spain. This is not the first Cubot we’ve had but is definitely the best looking so far. The last one was also a budget Cubot and was flawless.
If you’re used to unreasonably tarted up studio photos, these un-retouched photos should be refreshingly real. The photo above is the X19 sitting on my desk, shot taken with my Pocophone and NO adjustments made.
Check the centre of the image above – pin-sharp and IMHO just the right distance from the edge of the phone. I also want to show you the unique colour of the Cubot X19 phone back, underneath that clear plastic protector. Not sure I can do the variable “Twilight colour” justice – SO very much better than plain black. It’s….. LOVELY.
Gearbest refer to the phone as the Cubot X19 4G Phablet. specs include 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, 5.93” FHD+ screen, 16MP + 2MP dual cameras. The phone also comes complete with a SIM tool.
The unit originally came with Android 8.1 Oreo, MT6763T (Helio P23) Octa-core 2.5Ghz 64-bit chip, fingerprint sensor, face recognition and 4000maH battery. The Gearbest ad claimed (as did Cubot) that the Android would be upgraded to 9.0 soon. On June 25, 2019 An OTA version was available and I immediately had it running on the X19 – all is well to date with this phone.
Sensors include e-compass, fingerprint sensor, gravity, light sensor, gyroscope and distance sensor.
The phone handles 2 nano-SIMs or 1 nano-sim and a micro-SD card. Bluetooth is version 4.2 and the unit also has GPS, A-GPS, Glonass and voice. No NFC.
A question often asked about new phones at this time of year is: how does it work in bright sunlight?
Ok, so check this out, photo taken with my Pocophone of the Cubot camera looking at my Pocophone – if that makes sense. In VERY bright Spanish sunshine, the X19 screen looks just fine.
Networks include: GDM 850/900/1800/1900Mhz, WCDMA 900/2100Mhz, FDD-LTE B1/3/7/8/20 ; i.e. 4g no problem.
Of course, the phone also supports the all-important Android Playstore, has type-C USB and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Here are a couple of photos taken with the X19 – again – NO touching up on any of these photos – which is very unusual for me.
And before you say that “iPhones have a different visual tone”, it would have taken me a second to adjust that Spanish blue sky to any tone you like – using as usual the free Snapseed app or even the phone’s own editing tools. While I’m here, I’ve recently become a fan of Corel Paintshop Pro 2019 Ultimate… just thought I’d mention that. When I use these images elsewhere (i.e. not in a phone review) expect very difference colour and tone.
and another photo…
As for WIFI and mobile connectivity on the X19, absolutely no dropouts on either WIFI or mobile. We are now running the X19 phone with HITS as we’ve been in Spain for some months.
Battery life on the X19 is fine – I’ve seen worse in budget and not so budget phones. So you’re looking at around a day’s operation, maybe more depending on screen brightness (we always use full brightness). The X19 charges more quickly with the phone turned off.
Taking into account both screen and camera resolution, the X19 seems to represent very good value.
As you can no doubt tell, at the budget end, I’m a fan of Cubot.