Cubot X9 Review: A cheap and good iPhone clone

The Cubot X9 is a very good looking smartphone, and the hardware bears an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone 6. It also has very respectable specifications and retails for just $130 at Gearbest with the coupon code “CubotX9TH”. Read on past the break for the full review of the Cubot X9.

Key Specifications
5.0″ 1280×720 IPS Display MTK6592 Octa Core 1.4GHz
2GB RAM + 16GB ROM 8MP + 5MP Camera
Android 4.4.4 Kitkat GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Bluetooth, GPS, Hotknot WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
2600mAh Battery 157 x 77.8 x 8.8mm
NanoSIM, MicroSIM, MicroSD 166 grams

Unboxing the Cubot X9

The Cubot X9 came from GearBest in a plain brown box. Inside the box was the a very stylish black box bearing the Cubot logo as well as some protective bubble wrapping. It had the usual contents, earphones, a microUSB cable and a charger.
Note: Instead of giving me a North American charger, they gave me a European charger instead.

Hardware

The Cubot X9 has a respectably sized body, its dimensions being 143.5 x 72.5 x 6.9mm. In comparison, the iPhone 6’s dimensions are 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm. This phone is as thin as the iPhone 6, and just a little wider and taller than its Apple namesake!

Cubot X9 - Front (iPhone 6 alternative)

Clocking in at 124g, its a few grams lighter than the iPhone 6, which features a smaller screen. However, weight isn’t everything. Weight distribution can make a heavier device feel lighter than it really is. Fortunately, the Cubot X9 has excellent weight distribution, making the device feel extremely light as well.

The front of the phone holds the front facing camera as well as 3 capacitive buttons that do not light up, which is something that I feel is an oversight. It also includes a notification light, which I was very pleased with. However, it is placed in the weirdest of places, in between the capacitive buttons! I’m not quite sure what to make of that, but at least it works well.

The design of the Cubot X9 clearly takes “inspiration” from the iPhone 6. The edges of the Cubot look the exact same as the iPhone 6, in addition to the placement of the power button and volume rocker. The bezel size is almost the exact same as the iPhone 6. However, it has a non removable back cover that features a smooth brushed metal finish that is very pleasant to the touch and makes the Cubot feel very premium.

Cubot X9: Side of Phone

Similar to the iPhone, the two SIM card slots are situated on the right side of the smartphone below the volume and power buttons. One SIM slot can take a MicroSIM card while the other can hold a nanoSIM card. However, the nanoSIM card doubles as a MicroSD card holder, which means that if you would like to use a MicroSD card in this phone, you will have to forego having a nanoSIM. If you shake the device very vigourously, you can hear the SIM card trays rattling. The SIM card trays haven’t fallen out and are firmly ensconced in the phone, but rattling trays do annoy me sometimes.

Cubot X9: Back of Phone

The back of the phone houses the 8MP camera and LED flash, as well as a very small pinhole situated below the camera whose function I have not identified yet. The Cubot Logo is featured prominently near the bottom of the smartphone, and immediately tells every “un-techsavvy” person that it isn’t an iPhone.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the Cubot X9’s build quality, and its build quality and material selection can be compared to other premium smartphones such as the iPhone 6 and HTC One M8.

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6 thoughts on “Cubot X9 Review: A cheap and good iPhone clone

  1. Can you give me those Chinese brands you consider better than Cubot? I could not quite get them from the video tanks Alan

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  2. Can you comment on how good or bad is the audio quality coming through the earphones, this is important to me, it is the main reason why Im dumping my BLU Studio 6 HD. Thanks!

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