Cubot X16S MT6735: Hands On

I haven’t used too many Cubot devices, but the ones that have seem really well put together. Cubot seem like one of the few no-nonsense phone manufacturers from China, with focus on substance more than hype.

A recent launch from Cubot was the X16S. It comes with the quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 5-inch display. Most ‘budget’ phones this year seem to be going the MT6580 route, but the Cubot X16S retailing at over $100 isn’t quite as budget, thus affording the MT6735. The MT6735, in my opinion, is a worthy ‘upgrade’ over the MT6580.

Cubot X16 S 2

The X16S comes with glass on both sides, and metal on the rest. It’s a really really nice phone to hold in the hand. In fact, a few of my mates didn’t want to believe it costed as much as it did (although I feel it’s a little expensive for the money). That said, they aren’t really too much into GizChina.

Coming back to the build of the phone, the glass on either side feels hard and durable, but there’s a big issue: it’s really (really) prone to smudges and fingerprints. Check this out:

Cubot X16 S 9

The X16S isn’t the cheapest MT6735 phone, and things like the smudgy screen make me feel like buyers don’t get their money’s worth with this one.

The design and build though, are very attractive.

The phone comes with a screen protector pre-applied, and another tempered glass protector in the box. I got rid of both as soon as possible. (Turns out keeping the tempered glass protector could’ve been a fairly decent idea, but it didn’t cover the whole of the front and looked hideous.)

The box also contains a plastic case for the phone (which is a very good idea in my opinion). It fits well, but for some reason has a window on the rear of the phone. This confused me a bit, and I spent a few minutes trying to find out the exact use for it (OPPO O-Touch style?). But well.

Cubot X16S Photo Gallery

I’ve used the phone for 2 days now, and I’ve fairly enjoyed the experience. It’s a 5-inch phone, which is something I personally prefer; so that’s an added advantage, albeit subjective.

The camera seems hit-or-miss so far, but here’s one decent picture.


What I would ideally like is a ~$25 price drop (at the time receipt of the phone, it was $129, but is now on sale for $106 limited time), much much better oleophobic coating and backlit capacitive buttons (and maybe subtler certification marks on the rear). Besides that, the X16S seems to be doing quite alright so far.

More in the review in a few days! Meanwhile, you can find the Cubot X16S for purchase here.

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