Cubot have released their X17 Android based smartphone, and here is our review.
Cubot is a Chinese company that most people are probably not familiar with. The X17 is a budget phone with a 5 inch 1080p screen.
You can check out the full specification for the X17 on the Cubot website here.
What’s in the box?
The box contains the X17, a case, screen protectors, USB cable, adaptor and a quick start guide.
A Closer Look
The Cubot X17 runs Android 5.1.
One thing I was pleasantly surprised at was that two screen protectors and a case were included in the box – usually this is something you have to go and buy after getting a phone, so very nice job there!
The phone itself is fairly light weight with a metal frame going all around it. The buttons are easily reachable and feel comfortable to use, even one handed.
There is a dual SIM slot that can take either a nano SIM or micro SIM, and you can even add microSD cards to increase the internal storage.
The camera is a 16 megapixel dual-LED flash, and it sticks out a little from the back, but this seems to fairly normal on phones these days. The front camera is an 8 megapixel one. Picture quality was good, but not great, but then it’s not exactly an expensive phone, so if you want a phone with an excellent camera then you will need to pay for it.
There is a small speaker on the bottom rear of the phone that can pump out a fairly decent sound.
One thing I found a little strange was that the three front touch sensitive buttons are not backlit. Not a problem for use in the day, but in the dark it can be a little cumbersome.
The screen itself is very good, displaying a very sharp and clear image. Playing games or watching movies on the phone is a pleasant experience. Occasionally the screen wasn’t as sensitive as I was used to on other phones, but nothing that really caused any sort of a problem.
Battery life is good – I managed to squeeze a full working day out of it after tweaking some of the settings.
Overall the X17 is a pretty good phone, especially for the price. Just remember it is a budget phone so don’t expect the best results, but if you want a reasonably priced phone then definitely take a look at this one.
The Cubot X17 is available now for £156.99, but look around as there are some great deals going on it.