With their first smartphone release dating back to 2013, Cubot are fast becoming the ‘old kids on the block’. They’ve managed to stay popular thanks to their low prices and reliability while still weathering the turbulent tech markets.
Their latest smartphone release, the Cubot P20, is their first phone to jump on the notch bandwagon, and quite frankly, it looks fantastic. Named after the well known Huawei smartphone (‘wah-way’), the Cubot P20 is an elegant offering at an attractive price point.
If you’ve been wondering whether the Cubot P20 is a budget-wonder or a smartphone-disaster? You’re about to find out as I’ve been using it as my daily smartphone for the last two weeks.
Not to give anything away, but Cubot has created a fantastic phone that delivers on many levels: Design, Performance & Connectivity.
In this review, you’ll find out everything you need to know about the Cubot P20. (Display, Build-quality, Camera, Performance, Connectivity & Battery Life).
Big, Bright & Vibrant Display
Solid Build Quality
Excellent Battery Life
Pre-applied Screen Protector
64GB’s Storage + Expandable
The Could Be Better
Still using Micro-USB (Type-A)
Missing a Gyroscope Sensor
Average Camera Performance
The 6.19″ display on the Cubot P20 is excellent! Cubot has chosen a great panel that performs well from all angles. To top it off, it also has impressive black levels for an IPS screen.
With a resolution of 2160×1920 (FHD+), images are super-crisp without any pesky pixels in sight. This adds up to a PPI of 403, the same number we find on most flagship smartphones today.
One issue a lot of budget smartphones have is the max brightness. The Cubot P20 has no such problem and is easily viewable in sunny conditions. The white balance leans towards a colder blue tint and contrast levels are good.
The notch sensitivity is also spot on allowing you to swipe down from anywhere. And while the P20 notch isn’t the smallest, it does house the ear mic, selfie cam and notification LED.
Onto the navigation and the P20 opts for on-display buttons which can be switched via the settings menu. Apart from this option, there are no other display customisation options available. So it’s a good job the display looks great straight out of the box.
While the 20MP rear Samsung Camera may sound impressive on paper, it’s at best only an average smartphone camera.
During our test photos, we found that the Cubot P20 struggled with high-contrast scenes and also left the colour looking undersaturated. Maybe, I’ve just spent too long with my Samsung Galaxy.
Unless you’re a shutter-bug with a keen eye, the snaps look good enough for sharing with friends and on social media. It’s only when you zoom in that you see the flaws.
The second 2MP lens, similar to the P20’s second speaker grill, is more for aesthetics than function. It looks cool but does nothing to help you win the National Geographic Photography Competition.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at our full Cubot P20 Camera Samples Album below.
You can find the gaming and performance benchmark at the end of this review.
Quick Tech Specs
CPU: MediaTek MT6750T Octa-Core 1.5GHz 8-Core
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2
Storage: 64GB (52.90GB available)(Read Speed 150MB/s | Write Speed 140MB/s)(expandable up to 256GB)
Gaming & Performance Benchmarks
AnTuTu Benchmark 7
CPU – 24019
GPU – 11688
UX – 14792
MEM – 4706
Overall Score: 55205
Single Core: 685
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan
Graphics Score – 358
Physics Score – 1685
Overall Score – 434
|Screen Resolution||2240 x 1080|
|Screen To Body Ratio||79%|
|Screen technology||Top Notch, 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D incell|
|Weight||167 grams – Specs (Actual 176g)|
|Material||Plastic + Metal Frame|
|Colors Available||Black, Blue & Gradient|
|Processor (CPU)||MediaTek MT6750T (1.5GHz Octa-Core)|
ARM Mali-T860 MP2
|Android Version||8 Oreo|
|IP Rating (Water, dust)||NO|
|Micro-SD Card Tray||YES (max 128GB / takes 2nd SIM Slot)|
|Finger Print Sensor||YES – Rear Facing|
|USB Type||Type-A (Micro USB)|
|4G Bands||B20 (800MHz) / B8 (900MHz) / B3 (1800MHz) / B1 (2100MHz) / B7 (2600MHz)|
|3G Bands||B1 2100MHz / B8 900MHz|
|2G Bands||1800MHz / 1900MHz / 850MHz / 900MHz|
|SIM Support||Dual Nano SIM|
|WiFi||2.4GHz (b / g / n )|
|Sensors||Ambient light, Gravity, Proximity.|
|Battery Size||4000 mAh|
|Fast Charging||5V / 2amps|
I’m a big fan of the Cubot P20! The large bright display is fantastic and for a 6.18″ phone, it’s very lightweight at only 176grams.
The performance isn’t flagship-level, but neither is the price. And thanks to the lean Android install that is coupled with a very healthy 4GB’s of RAM, the Cubot P20 performs well. Other positives are the fast storage module and good battery life.
Do we recommend the Cubot P20 Smartphone? It’s a yes! The Cubot P20 is a great all-rounder!