Cubot King Kong 3 Review

16 November 2018, 13:27:03

Cubot King Kong 3 Review
Our review unit is courtesy of Cubot and you can buy it at a promotional price from Gearbest.

Design, build and controls

Cubot King Kong 3 looks and is solid. After all, it is built to survive drops and is water and dust resistant with an IP68 rating. The frame is made of metal with the sides being visible. The top and bottom are made of orange plastic. The top, bottom corners, back and the front around the display are covered with a shock-absorbing rubber material which is also good for ensuring a steady grip. On the top and bottom, there are cuts through the rubber and the orange plastic below is visible, which is a fancy design accent. This model looks like it has a large display but it doesn't. The handset is 78.3 mm wide, which makes it one of the widest smartphones with a 5.5-inch display. Moreover, with a height of 162.5 mm, it is also the tallest device with a screen of that size. For the past three years and several months, there are only 25 smartphones with a 5.5-inch display and a 6000 mAh battery. King Kong 3 is one of them and happens to be the second thickest model with a waistline of 13.3 mm after the Mann 8S, which is 14 mm thick. It is also the heaviest device of those 25 handsets with a weight of 282 grammes. The second place is taken by several models that weigh 250 grammes. Probably, Cubot King Kong 3 has the thickest bezels we've seen on a smartphone. The forehead and chin are more than generous as well. There's a huge space that remains unoccupied, especially in the chin area which is bare as the navigation bar is on-screen only and takes up additional screen estate. The forehead houses a tri-colour LED notification light, a front-facing shooter, earpiece, light/proximity sensor. The front is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass of unspecified generation. It is surrounded from all sides by the rubbery material which creates a popped up edge all around the glass so this should provide some basic protection for the screen. The back of the handset features two microphones holes in the very top and a metal plate that houses the dual-camera module, dual LED flash and the fingerprint sensor. The camera module reads 16MP but as you know, the model has a 13MP primary shooter interpolated to 16 megapixels. In the lower half of the body, there's a hexagonal plate with the Cubot logo and certification data. Below it, in the left corner, you will see the holes for the rear-facing single speaker. The top frame is bare, while the bottom one houses the USB Type-C port protected by a rubber cap. The left frame houses the hybrid-dual SIM tray and a customizable button. The latter did not work on our review unit. We've got an early factory edition and contacted Cubot about this and their official stance is that the software is not final and should be ready on a second stage. This means that there should be options for the customizable button, which by default should open the Camera app and serve as a shutter button as well. At present it does nothing. On the right-hand side, the volume and power buttons are positioned. They are made of metal and offer good tactile experience.

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