Cubot X18 Plus Review

5 April 2018, 11:36:18

Cubot X18 Plus Review
You can buy a Cubot X18 Plus at a promotional price here.

Design, build and controls

Cubot X18 Plus combines a 2.5D curved glass for the front, an aluminium alloy frame, and a polycarbonate back. The frame and back are covered with an electroplated gloss that creates a lumia effect. The protective glass is most probably a regular soda-lime one and the glossy layer on the back and frame is prone to scratches, so using the protective case is highly recommended. It also attracts fingerprint smudges that are not easy to clean. All this put aside, the device looks good. The back has all four sides curved for improved handling experience. It is available in blue and black colours. We are reviewing a black unit. Cubot X18 Plus is 73.6 mm wide and is one of the narrowest smartphones with 5.9-6-inch displays. Its height of 158.5 mm is above average for this size class. However, it is worth mentioning that the X18 Plus is narrower and shorter than its predecessor, which has a smaller display. Both devices have one and the same thickness of 8.5 mm even though the X18 Plus packs a 4000 mAh battery and the X18 one is smaller - 3200 mAh. Finally, the new model is only 3.8 grammes heavier than its predecessor - 178.8 g against 175 g. Both the depth and weight are average for smartphones with 5.9-6.0-inch displays and 4000 mAh batteries. The display of X18 Plus covers 79.63% of the total front surface of the device. The screen-to-body ratio of this model is better than the one of the X18 (73%). The forehead houses several elements, including the following from left to right: LED notification light, front camera, light and proximity sensor, receiver. The chin below the screen is bare. The navigation is on-screen only and you can customise it from the corresponding menu in the Settings in two ways - change the positions of the Menu and Back buttons and make it hideable. On the back of the device, there's a dual camera module placed centrally along the vertical followed by a fingerprint sensor. There's a dual-LED flash to the right of the cameras. The Cubot logo is imprinted at the bottom. The top frame houses a 3.5 mm jack, while the bottom frame includes a Micro-USB 2.0 port with two speaker grilles on its sides. Only the right one covers a speaker. The hybrid, dual-SIM tray is placed on the left frame and the Volume and Power buttons are positioned on the right frame.

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