Cubot X18 Review

19 September 2017, 15:32:49

Cubot X18 Review

Overview

With Cubot X18 we continue our series of smartphone reviews that feature affordable models with huge displays following the trends set by Xiaomi with its Mi MIX and Mi MIX 2 and by Samsung with the Galaxy S8/S8+. Retailing at around USD 120, Cubot X18 offers an expansive display, 4G connectivity, stock Android 7.0 Nougat experience, and a reasonable amount of RAM with expandable built-in memory. Following is our in-depth review, which will explore every aspect of this model.
You can buy a Cubot X18 at a promotional price here.

Specifications

Cubot X18 is built around a 5.7-inch display with an HD+ resolution (720 x 1440 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. The IPS panel has a peak brightness of 450 cd/m2, 1300:1 static contrast ratio and covers 90% of the NTSC colour space. The screen has a GFF full lamination and a 2.5D curved top glass layer. According to the manufacturer, the screen-to-body ratio is 83%. Under the plastic hood, a 64-bit MediaTek MT6737T chipset ticks. Built on the 28nm process, it packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and a 600MHz Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. They go along with 3GB of single-channel LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 733MHz and 32GB of internal memory, expandable with up to 128GB. The camera department features a 13MP Sony IMX135 shooter (interpolated to 16MP) with a 5-element lens, an f/2.8 aperture, blue filter glass and 1A LED flash. The primary camera is adjoined by a fingerprint sensor offering 360-degree recognition and 0.1 seconds unlock time. The front-facing shooter packs an 8MP OmniVision OV8856 sensor (interpolated to 13MP), 5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture and an 0.5A LED flash. The model has a removable plastic back, which provides access to two separate Micro-SIM card slots and a third slot for a microSD card. The two cards work in a dual standby mode and support 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G W-CDMA (900 MHz, 2100 MHz), and 4G FDD-LTE (800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz) networks. LTE speeds are Cat. 4 ones. The wireless connectivity options of the device include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot. The smartphone works with GPS and GLONASS and is equipped with a Micro-USB 2.0 port and a 3.5 mm jack. A 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery keeps the lights on. It is housed in an aluminium shell and can be easily removed. The model runs pure Android 7.0 Nougat. Here's the full set of Cubot X18 specifications.

What's in the box

Cubot X18 arrives in a rectangular box with a photo of the phone on the lid and a seascape as its background. The model's name is placed in the top left corner. On the back of the box, there's information about the main features and certifications of the device. The smartphone arrives with the standard protective film for the screen and is placed in the left side of the box, which also contains:

Most recent reviews

A list of the most recent reviews of mobile devices made by us

Oukitel K5000 Review

Oukitel K5000 Review

Dimensions: 73.1 x 152.1 x 10.8 mm
Weight: 217 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.7 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee Mix 2 Review

Doogee Mix 2 Review

Dimensions: 74.7 x 159.1 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 210 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4060 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

UMiDiGi Z1 Pro Review

UMiDiGi Z1 Pro Review

Dimensions: 75.1 x 154.4 x 6.95 mm
Weight: 148 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P20 (MT6757)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4224 x 3168 pixels, 3840 x 2176 pixels, 28 fps

UMiDiGi S2 Review

UMiDiGi S2 Review

Dimensions: 74.6 x 158.1 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 186 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P20 (MT6757)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5100 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Mi 5X Review

Xiaomi Mi 5X Review

Dimensions: 75.8 x 155.4 x 7.3 mm
Weight: 165 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 2000 MHz, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 506, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3080 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V9.0.3 (Android 7.1.2 Nougat)
Camera: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

nubia Z17 mini Review

nubia Z17 mini Review

Dimensions: 72.5 x 146.65 x 7.45 mm
Weight: 155 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
CPU: 4x 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A72, 4x 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 510, 550 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.2 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 2950 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Elephone P8 Review

Elephone P8 Review

Dimensions: 75.5 x 153.9 x 9.5 mm
Weight: 186 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, JDI IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3600 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 5280 x 3968 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review

Dimensions: 75.8 x 155.4 x 7.3 mm
Weight: 168 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 2000 MHz, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 506, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3080 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Camera: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee S60 Review

Doogee S60 Review

Dimensions: 81 x 164 x 15.5 mm
Weight: 287 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.2 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5580 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 5312 x 3984 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee S30 Review

Doogee S30 Review

Dimensions: 77.5 x 156.6 x 14 mm
Weight: 261 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6737V
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 1250 MHz, Cores: 4
GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 600 MHz
RAM: 2 GB, 640 MHz
Storage: 16 GB
Display: 5 in, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5580 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps

Blackview BV8000 Pro Review

Blackview BV8000 Pro Review

Dimensions: 79.2 x 156.2 x 13.2 mm
Weight: 243 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4180 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Dimensions: 88.7 x 174.1 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 211 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 2000 MHz, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 506, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.44 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5300 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: MIUI V8.2 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Leagoo KIICAA MIX Review

Leagoo KIICAA MIX Review

Dimensions: 75.8 x 141.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 153 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 3 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 32 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3000 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Review

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Review

Dimensions: 73.95 x 152.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 163 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus
CPU: 4x 2.2 GHz Kryo, 4x 1.84 GHz Kryo, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 512, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3500 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V8.5.11 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4032 x 3016 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Review

Dimensions: 75.5 x 151.8 x 7.7 mm
Weight: 185 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
CPU: 4x 2.45 GHz Kryo, 4x 1.9 GHz Kryo, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 540, 710 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 5.99 in, JDI IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3400 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V8.5.4 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel K10000 Max Review

Oukitel K10000 Max Review

Dimensions: 86.5 x 168.8 x 15.9 mm
Weight: 337 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6753
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 1300 MHz, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP3, 450 MHz
RAM: 3 GB, 666 MHz
Storage: 32 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 10000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel K3 Review

Oukitel K3 Review

Dimensions: 77.3 x 155.7 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 209 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee BL7000 Review

Doogee BL7000 Review

Dimensions: 76 x 156 x 11 mm
Weight: 220 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 7060 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Cubot X18 Review

Cubot X18 Review

Dimensions: 74 x 159.6 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 175 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6737T
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 1500 MHz, Cores: 4
GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 600 MHz
RAM: 3 GB, 733 MHz
Storage: 32 GB
Display: 5.7 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3200 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4208 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Bluboo S8 Review

Bluboo S8 Review

Dimensions: 70.6 x 149.5 x 8.4 mm
Weight: 192 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 3 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 32 GB
Display: 5.7 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3450 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4096 x 3072 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Elephone S8 Review

Elephone S8 Review

Dimensions: 80.7 x 152 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio X25 (MT6797T)
CPU: 2x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A72, 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 850 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 800 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera: 5344 x 4008 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 24 fps

Ulefone Armor 2 Review

Ulefone Armor 2 Review

Dimensions: 78.3 x 159 x 14.5 mm
Weight: 270 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4700 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Ulefone T1 Review

Ulefone T1 Review

Dimensions: 76.9 x 155 x 8.45 mm
Weight: 181 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3680 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1088 pixels, 30 fps

LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite (X722) Review

LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite (X722) Review

Dimensions: 73.9 x 151.4 x 7.5 mm
Weight: 175 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
CPU: 2x 2.15 GHz Kryo, 2x 1.6 GHz Kryo, Cores: 4
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 624 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 32 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4070 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

OnePlus 5 Review

OnePlus 5 Review

Dimensions: 74.7 x 152.7 x 7.25 mm
Weight: 153 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
CPU: 4x 2.45 GHz Kryo, 4x 1.9 GHz Kryo, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 540, 710 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.5 in, Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3300 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Oxygen (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee MIX Review

Doogee MIX Review

Dimensions: 76.2 x 144 x 7.95 mm
Weight: 193 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.5 in, Super AMOLED, 720 x 1280 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3380 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Gretel GT6000 Review

Gretel GT6000 Review

Dimensions: 77.3 x 154.6 x 10.6 mm
Weight: 233 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6737
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 1250 MHz, Cores: 4
GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 600 MHz
RAM: 2 GB, 640 MHz
Storage: 16 GB
Display: 5.5 in, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps