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 the first thing that came to my wife's attention was the COLOUR – she LOVES it. At sub-£100 sterling with free shipping to the UK and other destinations, while taking the low cost into account, this is looking like good value after being in constant use for several weeks in Europe. 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, taken with my Pocophone and NO adjustments made. As an aside, a conversation is starting in here about roaming overseas, nothing to do with Cubot but may interest some of you.
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. At the time of updating this entry on June 25, 2019 An OTA version is available and I have it running on the X19 – all seems well but neither of us are happy with the seemingly permanent Google Assistant Bar on the home screen unless someone reports how to get rid of it..
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.
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 just 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.
As for WIFI and mobile connectivity on the X19, absolutely no dropouts on either WIFI or mobile (roaming in Spain on a UK GIFFGAFF connection). We are now running the X19 phone with HITS Mobile as we've been in Spain for some months now and we've ditched the tight-fisted GIFFGAFF as they cut our data off because "we've been roaming for too long". Their loss.
Battery life on the X29 is fine but nothing to write home about – I’ve seen worse in budget and not so budget phones. So you're looking at around a day's operation. It 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 and despite so-so battery charge duration, I'm a fan of Cubot... Gearbest asked me to put up their promo link with discount offers on 2 Cubot phones... and I thought... why not indeed. Note: this discount will be time-sensitive, it was valid at 14/05/2019