Cubot X9 $150 UMi Zero contender

cubot x9

There is a lot of talk about 64bit processors etc these days, but there are still some fine-looking MT6592 chipsets phones out there and prices are lower than ever.

The Cubot X9 is a slim 6.9mm phone with iPhone styling that will appeal to the same type of consumer the popular UMi Zero has managed to capture expect the Cubot X9 is $50 less.

Specification of the Cubot X9 isn’t exactly the same as the UMi, for example it uses the 1.4Ghz MT6592M chipset and has a 5-inch 720p display rather than Super Amoled, but for the international price of $150, it does offer some nice features.

2GB RAM, dual SIM support, Micro SD (but only one sim if you use an SD card), 13 mega-pixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front are as good as specs get on phones of a similar design at a higher price more established brands.

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There are a few areas of concern such as the small 2200mAh battery and lack of 4G LTE, but if you are more interested in looking good and keeping your social networks updated on the go the Cubot X9 looks up to the job.

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  1. trapchan
    January 6, 2015

    I dont want to choose between dual sim or micro SD, I want both. recently some OEM went this way.

  2. January 6, 2015

    is the 6592m any better in real world operation than the 6592? have they sorted out the issues that leave phones running the 6592 struggling to keep up with quadcores? or is it literally the same chip as is but clocked slower? I hope not or it would be a piece of junk lol

    • Yeti hand
      January 6, 2015

      I’m interested in the 6592 struggles, please give a link, I was about to buy a phone with this processor looks like you just save me!!

      • desponent
        January 7, 2015

        He’s BS-ing you. But I wouldn’t recommend buying an MT6592 phone now with 67xx phone starting to trickle, get that or Snap 801 instead.

        • January 7, 2015

          until MT bring out the 6795 (little big configuration of 32bit processor cores) the 6595 will continue to be their quickest cpu, the 6752 (running all 8 cores of same frequency and type 64bit processor cores), this is proved out by performance evaluation on many sites and benchmarks (although desponent seems to feel that the benchmarks are not worth considering).

          • desponent
            January 7, 2015

            Synthetic benchmark can only tell you so much. In real world the difference won’t be so big. You won’t even notice it if you just use your phone to browse website or play simple game. It won’t worth the wait and premium price.

            6795 is a 64 bit CPU with full uniform CPU (A53), not in little big configuration btw.

    • desponent
      January 7, 2015

      Are you talking it out of your experience or out of your ass because you clearly have never held an MT6592 phone i you think it’s “slow”.

      • January 7, 2015

        I am talking from experince the 6592 on 1080p phones does not run smoothly. This has been mentioned several times by andy in the past and experienced by many other reviewers as well as myself!

        The 6592 does not have the memory bandwidth on the soc to support smooth operation. I will later post up soc comparisons and technicle explanations to support this reasoning, hopefully andy will also add his view on the soc.

        For now i would kindly ask that you crawl back in to your hole and try to be a bit more polite rather than trying to personally insult people for their views.

        • desponent
          January 7, 2015

          So do you actually have real world experience of using it with 1080p phone or are you going to crawl back to synthetic benchmark to “prove” your point. Because that would be laughable.

          Just as there are review who claim it’s insufficient there are also review who said it’s fine (and Snap 80x phone review who said it’s lagging). Which mean that the bottleneck lies with the ROM not the CPU. That proves nothing also.

          • January 7, 2015

            I have had a zoppo zp980 and also a kingsing/tengda s5, both of which failed to live up to 8 core expected speeds in real world usage
            Rather than basing on just my experience I wanted to show the person that originally asked about performance, why it is the 6592 struggles (its down to the fact the OS is not optimised for running in the configuration that mtk chose.

            re the rom being a problem I helped with the testing on a custom rom on the s5

            I am also an admin on another china phone forum, a position earned due to knowledge of both tech and the ability to ask questions and learn from others!

            Now my turn yo ask you what the F you have done for the comunity? apart from pulling your head out of your ar$e long enough to chat sh!t and insult people that know more about life and technology than your 12 year old child like mentality!

            • desponent
              January 7, 2015

              lol you’re throwing tantrum with that tone and expect anyone to see you as a “community-helping” anon. This is gold.

              “its down to the fact the OS is not optimised for running in the configuration that mtk chose.”

              Utter bullcrap. Cortex A7 has the exact feature set of other Armv7-A CPU, blame your manufacturer incompetency on OS, not surprised that they’re almost dead now. Can’t even take you seriously now.

            • January 7, 2015

              desponent you have not shown what it is that you base your findings on, I have given facts and figures based on my usage and also others findings. you have accused me of b/s talking out of my arse etc… that is the reason that I have resorted to asking you in the same troll type language you choose to use, in the hope that you might understand and be able to respond to it in a way more befitting.
              happy trolling

    • January 7, 2015

      The ‘M’ is the lower spec 1.4Ghz model.

      MT652M = 1.4Ghz
      MT6592 = 1.7Ghz
      MT6592T = 2.0Ghz

      • January 7, 2015

        Andy given that you have handled/tested many many handsets, what are your views on the 6592 soc? not only on benchmarking tests (that are optimised to run a phone at its max using all 8 cores at full tilt, in a way that standard usage does not) but in real world situations?
        My personal experience is that it leaves the phone feeling laggy and does not perform as I feel an 8 core phone should.

  3. Steve B
    January 6, 2015

    The cameras are interpolated from 8 & 5mp which is not so good, but they are interestingly specced Sony units (closed loop and laser something-or-other) and apparently both f1.8 (?!) front and back. Could be good if true.

  4. January 8, 2015

    The umi zero is a very good looking phone. Its very well made. These are its killer features end of story. Its other features are a perfect blend for all.
    ROM will get better, its fine now anyhow.

  5. MexiDroid
    January 8, 2015

    i need to know which bands cubot uses, because there is no gsm or 3G support to Movistar-Telcel on the UMI

  6. Ican doit
    January 12, 2015

    5″ HD IPS/LTPS LCD with multi-touch capacitive panel,16M Color.
    1280*720 high definition resolution brings you a wealth detail,
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    May 9, 2015