Cubot X17 First Impressions


Cubot X17 first impressions

Cubot launch another low-cost but well made smartphone in time for the holidays. Take a look at the Cubot X17 in this unboxing and hands on video.

Cubot are now offering 2 slim phones made with metal chassis that look like phones that should be double the price. Those phones are the Cubot X16 (see our unboxing here) and the updated Cubot X17.

Cubot X17 First Impressions

Before getting your hands on the Cubot X17 you should take a look at the spec sheet of this phone vs the Cubot X16. Have a good study of each device and you will quickly learn that there is no major difference between the two phones.

Cubot X17 first impressions

In fact its just the outward design of the X17 and X16 which differs from one another making your shopping decision all the more easy. Just choose the one that you prefer the design off. That in itself might prove difficult as they both look rather good in the hand.

cubot x17 first impressions

The Cubot X17’s design features a 5-inch JDI panel, capacitive buttons and a slim metal chassis. Although slim and compact the Cubot X17 is a heft device (for the size), that weight coming from the steel chassis. More expensive phones might have an alloy CNC chassis instead, but I actually prefer the slightly heavier design of the Cubot, if feels substantial and gives me a sense of durability.

cubot x17 first impressions

As with most Android phones designed in China during 2015, the Cubot X17 has a black bezel around the display, so although the phone appears to be bezel-less it isn’t. A lot of you are going to dislike this about the phone, but really in use you don’t notice it.

Cubot are sticking with a standard micro USB for charging the 2500mAh battery. I’ve not had time to see how well the battery lasts in the phone, but I’m hoping it will cope with the FHD panel due to the low-frequency quad-core chipset on board.

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Cubot X17 first impressions

The rear of the Cubot X17 is where the major design difference between it and the X16 are notable. The X17 has an alloy rear that looks like an older Vivo design. In fact the protruding camera and dual LED flash look very Vivo too.

As the rear of the phone is non removable your Micro SIM cards (or Micro SIM + SD card) are inserted via the SD tray on the left side of the phone. A power and volume button located on the right and a 3.5mm headphone jack in the top.

Cubot X17 Specs

While the Cubot X17 does have just a 1.3Ghz Mediatek MT6735 quad-core chipset on board, the display is a FHD 1920 x 1080 panel, there is 3GB RAM on board and internal memory is 16GB. Not at all bad!

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The camera specs on the packaging of the Cubot X17 state the rear camera is a 16 mega-pixel sensor while the front is 8 mega-pixels. I don’t believe this to be the actual sensor specs but rather the interpolated specs, and I think what we have is a 13 mega-pixel rear and 5 mega-pixel up front (still nothing to be sniffed at).

Bands 1/3/7 and 20 are supported for LTE and you have the option of running either dual SIM cards or a single SIM and up to 32GB SD card.

Cubot X17 First Impressions

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A great build, good quality and solid specification! The Cubot X17 is a real surprise phone. If you are after a phone that has the beauty of a Vivo but at a fraction of the price this is one to look at.

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19 Comments

  1. Nilzie
    December 1, 2015

    I wish it had a 6753 instead

    • MattD
      December 1, 2015

      Other reviews state that it makes fairly well with the 6735 too, though

      • VMortens
        December 1, 2015

        Yeah, but why is the price set liek for a device with something faster?

        • MattD
          December 1, 2015

          It’s not that overpriced, yet this is that kind of device you buy for the look and build, and many devices from this category have often underwhelming performance… So it’s not the best deal possible, but all in all it’s a good thing they focused not only on design but on performance too!

      • Muhammad Yasir
        December 1, 2015

        actually makes sense … 3gb for a quadcore handheld chipset looks like a waste …

        • MattD
          December 1, 2015

          I though that too, and probably the third gb is more like a gimmick, so yeah, an octacore maybe would have been more fitting… But again: if the smartphone has good performance, it’s not the case to complain! Let’s see how it goes with Andy’s review

          • Muhammad Yasir
            December 1, 2015

            yeah … im hearing rave reviews for the cam

  2. Patrick Van Reusel
    December 1, 2015

    Please read your topic before posting it, It starts as a micro-SIM and finally it is a Nano-SIM. Please enlighten us.

  3. Steven Fox
    December 1, 2015

    Damn, those BEZELS, but reviews are flying and all are praising the device.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      December 1, 2015

      thats the rumour 😀

  4. MattD
    December 1, 2015

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to see in the final review a comparison between the real 13mpx resolution and the 16mpx interpolated one!

    • Muhammad Yasir
      December 1, 2015

      i’d like to see a teardown and in-depth sensor model inspection

    • Steve B
      December 1, 2015

      Don’t think it works that way, once interpolated it adopts the given size so reducing it down to the native sensor size rarely gives real improvement, you’re still getting interpolation, just upwards then downwards, real/native is gone. That’s why I don’t like interpolation, it’s not an option once implimented.

      • MattD
        December 1, 2015

        I don’t know… I’ve always thought: since it’s done by software, it can be undone the same way around! But I’ve never had an interpolated camera, so i don’t know how it exactly works!

        • Steve B
          December 1, 2015

          That’s what I used to assume as it sounds logical, but it doesn’t seem to work in practice. Also interpolation wouldn’t be an ‘issue’ on camera phones if it that was easy to fix, it would be a bonus (in effect), but no one looks at it like that.

  5. Ivan
    December 1, 2015

    Without looking at the actual ROM used, I believe this is from Vanzo.
    So they (Cubot) basically did not bother to remove unsupported features.

    Vanzo ROMs support screen gestures as an optional setting, but that needs to be supported on kernel level as well, so either it is not supported or implementation is buggy.

    Maybe Cubot saw that switch in the source and turned it on, hoping it will magically work.

  6. Steve B
    December 1, 2015

    Probably is interpolated, but sensor is said to be 1/2.7″, not sure what 13MP that would be. Does though fit latest Toshiba 16MP sensor, so maybe… Cubot have also previously used Korean Dongwoon Anatech units, but little info on them.

  7. jimberkas
    December 2, 2015

    i generally like cubot and i’m glad they are kinda hitting the cellphone market hard this year. i’d like to see them put out a helio processor phone and a nice big battery and of course US bands. put in a physical home button and I’ll take the plunge

  8. December 2, 2015

    Nope, not buying this when the likes of the Redmi Note 3 and LeTV 1s are there.