|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.
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.
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.
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.