The Cubot X19 smartphone arrived, well packaged, complete with USB charger and lead (the ad describes charging as Type-C fast charge) and the first thing that stands out is the COLOUR – my wife LOVES it. At sub-£100 sterling with free shipping to the UK and other destinations, this is looking like good value already. This is not the first Cubot we’ve had but is definitely the best looking. 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, 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 “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 comes 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 claims the Android will be upgraded to 9.0 soon. I’ll follow that up.
The screen is a very reasonable (given the physical size under 6 inches) 1080x2160 pixels and the front camera is 8MP. 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 as you can see.
Networks include: GDM 850/900/1800/1900Mhz, WCDMA 900/2100Mhz, FDD-LTE B1/3/7/8/20
Of course, the phone also supports the 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 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.
As for WIFI and mobile connectivity, up to now, absolutely no dropouts on either WIFI or mobile (roaming in Spain on a UK GIFFGAFF connection).
Battery life is nothing to write home about – but I’ve seen worse in budget and not so budget phones.
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 and despite un-exiting battery charge duration, I'm a fan of Cubot... Gearbest just asked me to put up their promo link with discount offers on 2 Cubot phones... and I thought... why not indeed. Note: this will be time-sensitive and is valid at 14/05/2019