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Cubot Note S Test - Low Budget Smartphone

by 18. March 2016

The Cubot Note S is a reasonably priced Chinaphone with a remarkable hardware combination. Originally, the smartphone was mainly intended to conquer the African market, but in this country as well, the Cubot Note S is enjoying ever-increasing popularity. Whether the low budget smartphone has something on the box, you can read in this detailed review.

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Manufacturer/Model

Cubot

Product

Cubot Note S

Specifications

Display: 5.5 inch HD IPS with 2.5D Curved Glass
SoC: MediaTek MT6580
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal (expandable)
Cameras: 5 and 2 megapixels
Battery: 4150mAh
Networks: 2G and 3G
Sensors: proximity sensor, accelerometer, brightness sensor, gyroscope

Scope of delivery

1x Cubot Note S
1x Charger 5V 1A
1x protective cover
1x user manual

First impression of the Cubot Note S

Surprisingly, that became Cubot Note S not delivered in the typical "cubot box", but in a customized, white box. Included were next to the smartphone still one micro USB cable, 5V charger with 1A, a transparent one Silicone Case, as well as a multilingual Manual, A Displayschutfolie was already applied by factory. Normally, Cubot smartphones still another, separate screen protector enclosed, here, however, was waived.

The white Cubot Note S that I tested looks like a big "plastic bomber" on the one hand, but the workmanship is still neat. On a high-quality metal frame was omitted for cost reasons. Alternatively, a gold-colored plastic frame was used here. The volume rocker on the right edge of the housing and the switch-on button are also made of plastic and remain optically faithful to the frame. The keys have no play and have a good pressure point. The back of the smartphone has a mother-of-pearl look, is removable and is also made of plastic. Overall, the design of the Cubot Note S looks modern and appealing.

The upper edge of the case houses the micro USB port and the 3.5mm audio output. At the bottom of this smartphone has no connections. The speaker is on the back. Also on the back is an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. There are three capacitive buttons on the front and below the display, but they are not lit. Next to the front camera is a proximity sensor and the earpiece.

Display

The smartphone has a 5.5 inch IPS HD display (1280 × 720) with 2.5 Curved Glass and a Anti-fingerprint coating, The point density is PPI 267, The contrast ratio is at 3000:1, the brightness at 450cd / m².

In view of the price here was a really very nice panel installed, which was quite convincing in the test. Even with very close viewing of the display, individual pixels are barely visible. The colors are strong, natural and just at the maximum brightness, this display convinced me. The viewing angle stability is also good. Only at extreme inclination occur slight color changes. Characters stay legible at all inclinations.

The display settings of the Note S have been changed to "Miravision"Expanded. In MiraVision, the contrast, saturation, image brightness, sharpness and color temperature can be individually adjusted. There is also an option for dynamic contrast there.

Performance

The SoC (System-on-Chip) used here is one MediaTek MT6580, The Indian 32bit Architecture made Quad-core processor clocks with 1.3GHz, The GPU of the chip is one Mali 400 MPUnfortunately, they are not compatible with the current graphical interfaces OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL ES 3.0. This chip also supports no LTE, but more on that later!

The memory amounts to RAM 2GB and a 16GB internal memory, The internal memory is also with a micro SD memory card expandable. For this, none of the dual-SIM slots must be sacrificed.

In the course of the review, I could hardly notice any performance drops. Apps can be opened quickly, multitasking is also largely possible. HD videos plays the Cubot Note S liquid. Performance dips, however, are noticeable in some games. If, for example, you want to play "Asphalt 8", the smartphone quickly reaches its limits. A fairly fluent game is possible on low settings, but with higher graphics settings you can feel how the controller slows down and the pictures per second decrease.

User Interface

The operating system is a clean one Android 5.1in which only the Cheetah Clean Master App was preinstalled as a third-party app. Additional extensions can be found in the settings. In addition to the already mentioned MiraVision there is one more HotKnot Function for mobile data transmission. A Gesture control or Smart Wake was omitted in the Cubot Note S.

Security updates receives the Note S OTA (Over The Air). You should not expect an upgrade to Android 6.

Camera

The cameras of the Cubot Note S solve according to data sheet with 8 and 5 megapixels. These are interpolated values. The actual resolution of the image sensors is 5 and 2 megapixels, About the image sensors is only known that for the rear camera Samsung sensor with a 5P lens and a f / 2.0 aperture has been used. a Autofocus and one LED flash owns the rear camera as well.

The camera app is one MediaTek Camera Appwhich is equipped with gadgets such as a face recognition, a real-time HDR mode, a panorama mode and more.

In good light conditions, the back camera produces quite useful images, which correspond to the price of the smartphone. In low light conditions, the camera is sluggish and the pictures are noisy with no flash. The front camera is suitable for video telephony. Who likes to shoot selfies, should hope for good lighting conditions here.

Cubot Note S rear camera

Cubot Note S front camera

Image capture front camera

Telephony, WLAN, Bluetooth

The dual-SIM smartphone supports mobile standards 2G and a 3G, Unfortunately, the Note S is not capable of LTE. With regard to the voice quality and the reception quality I noticed nothing negative. The same applies to the WLAN and the Bluetooth connection.

GPS Compass

The GPS is good for the price. An e-compass has been omitted, but for a normal navigation, the Cubot Note S is quite suitable. The GPS fix was found in the test pleasantly fast. The stability of the signal remained constant except for minor dropouts.

Accumulator

The capacity of the battery is 4150mAh, The charger is fully charged after 6 hours at the latest. In everyday life, this battery is easy to get through the day. With moderate use are also loose 2-3 days in it.

Final Words

Positive

►Good display
►Good battery
►Sauber Android 5.1
►Good connectivity

Negative

►No LTE
►Poor front camera

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First impression
8.0
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application
7.5
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Design
8.5
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Display
8.5
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Performance
7.0
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User Interface
8.0
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Camera
7.0
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connectivity
8.0
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GPS & sensors
7.5
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Audio
7.0
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Accumulator
8.0
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Summary

The Cubot Note S does justice to its price and brings a pleasant user feeling with it. The workmanship is good, but a high-quality metal frame has been omitted. LTE was not necessarily expected at this price. The two cameras allow us to take useful pictures in good lighting conditions. Highlight of the smartphone is that, considering the price, good display and the long-lasting battery.

7.7
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