Cube U35GT, packs a quad-core Rockchips CPU and iPad mini styling for less than $190!


Apple might be gearing up to launch the iPad mini 2 with rumoured quad-core processor and higher price tag, but we don’t need it as the Cube U35GT gives us similar styling, quad-core power, and the flexibility of Android at an affordable price right now!

Chinese tablet maker Cube produce some of the nicest Retina display Android tablets currently on the market, but not everyone is interested in buying a 9.7+ -inch tablet and lugging it about on their travels, so Cube have launched the 7.85-inch Cube U35GT mini tablet.

Cube have decided to go down the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” route to designing the U35GT and have stuck to an iPad mini style body with alloy rear case, but have removed the physical home button and added expansion ports for an SD card reader, Micro USB, and mini HDMI.

A front facing camera is included, but no rear, which personally suits us better as our current phone cameras are better than a tablet for taking photos anyway. Under the 202 x 135 x 8mm exterior is a 4000mAh battery (good for up to 6 hours use), 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM and a 1.6Ghz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 CPU!

The Cube U35GT is on sale now for $189.98 though online reseller Lightake.com.

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21 Comments

  1. rene
    May 29, 2013

    I would like to see the 6 hours use with a cheap 4000mah battery, I think you are VERY lucky if you get halve of it

    • May 29, 2013

      I guess it all depends on usage, the 28nm A9 structure have proven a good power/performance balance. Retina screens are draining those batteries with a pretty fat straw though. Could be 4000 mAh 7,4 volt (2x4000mAh 3,7 volt cells – but highly unlikely in such a “small” tab.

    • Chad
      June 12, 2013

      Get the new Novo 8 Discovery — it has Bluetooth and the Cube doesn’t

      • Chad
        June 12, 2013

        Also, you can get the new Discovery and a few other new Tablets that came out this month at a site called TabletSprint

  2. Freeje
    May 29, 2013

    Better if someone comes out with 2GB RAM and with 3G capability.

    • thelion
      May 29, 2013

      Chuwi v88 😉

  3. putbinoot
    May 29, 2013

    Why do so many tablets come without gps as they would make for good in car navigation.

    • May 29, 2013

      I haven’t seen a RK3188 tablet with gps yet, and that SoC is pretty much “the sh#t” right now. I wouldn’t stress it too much though. Signal and battery wise, you would probably be better off anyway with a external bluetooth GPS module, they can be had fairly cheap.

      A lot of todays tablets struggle with weak signals (wich makes adding an aluminum backing such a “”great” idea).

  4. thierry
    May 29, 2013

    I think the chuwi v88 is a better choice… also rockchip quad core, 2g ram for the same price (191 dolalr shipping included) and even thinner than this one

    • thelion
      May 29, 2013

      And 5000mah battery

  5. Simon
    May 29, 2013

    What about the Ramos X1, it will come with either the new Samsung Exynos 5250 or Actions processor and I think production starts at the end of May ?

  6. Simon
    May 29, 2013

    My mistake the Ramos X1 is a 9.7 incher, meant to say Ramos X10.

  7. Simon
    May 29, 2013

    Maybe Jiayu will produce a concept for a tablet soon 🙂

    • May 29, 2013

      There was talk of a G10 tablet earlier this year. Don’t know what happened though.

  8. Simon
    May 31, 2013

    I think its probably been put on hold until they sort out their smartphones !

  9. June 1, 2013

    Dear Andi,

    Why so many chinese tablets lack bluetooth support? I browsed so much on various chinese popular sites, and almost not the single one has BT built it. Can you please point out to some models in economy class (around $200) that have it? (10″ IPS, dual-core A9, 2GB RAM… and BT). I’d like to use my BT headphones and BT keyboards with it. Thanks! 🙂

    • Chad
      June 12, 2013

      Get the Novo 8 Discovery at TabletSprint — it has BLUETOOTH

  10. June 2, 2013

    Andi,

    Which chinese tablet brand would you recommend? I’ve never had a chinese tablet (“chinese brand”): Pipo, Visture, Ainol, Ampe, Yuandao, Ramos, Ployer…?

    I’m looking for a reliable quad-core, 10″ IPS (16:9), with BT and keyboard. Price around $220. Thanks!

    • June 2, 2013

      I’ve had good experience with Ainol and Pipo,

  11. sotong
    June 2, 2013

    Which one is the best?

    Cube U35GT or Chuwi V88 or Ramos X10 or Newman Newsmy S8 Mini?

    • June 2, 2013

      Or my picks:

      1. Pipo M9 (laks better res.)
      2. Cube U30GT2 (great, but white only)
      3. Visture V97 HD (no reviews on the net)

      All three are based on Rock3188 SoC, quad-core A9, 10,1″ IPS, 2GB RAM, BT. I would connect BT keyboard. That’s a must, but Rock3188… not sure about it any more.

      So, would you recommend any of these there or suggest me something else? Thanks a lot! 🙂