Cubot X16 S – Budget 4G Phone – Review


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The Cubot X16 S is a well-made manufactured and designed phone by Cubot. Again as a budget phone (less than $120,-) this is build with decent specifications. The specs are mainly for the mainstream user who doesn’t require a high-end phone. But it as the 4G functionality which will become the new mobile data standard by providers and the newest Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled. On the market Cubot previous released a Cubot X16 without the S. We are not certain if the S stand for special, superb or successor but we know that they have upgrade the memory  and made some software changes.

Cubot X16 S – Main Features

  • Name: CUBOT X16 S
  • Display: 5 inch 1280 x 720 2.5D IPS Screen
  • CPU: MTK6735 64bit Quad Core 1.3GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-T860
  • Battery: 2700 mAh
  • Measures: 15.4 x 7.6 x 1.0 cm
  • System: Android 6 Marshmallow, CUBOT_X16_S_V08_20160722
  • RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 16GB ROM
  • Camera: Front camera 8.0MP  + Rear camera  13.0MP
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Colors: Gold, Black, White
  • GPS: GPS, A-GPS, OTG
  • Sensor: Gravity sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, 1x Micro SIM card slot, 1x Nano card slot
  • Network:
    WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4G/5G
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

As you might have noticed the X16S has almost the same hardware specifications as the Cubot H2 (see previous blog). The main differences are that the X16 is smaller, lighter and cheaper. The Cubot 16X S cost around $45 dollar less of your budget.

Cubot X16 S Performance

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Cubot X16 S – HOTKNOT

As we now have two phones which have the HOTKNOT functionality, it was ready to try it out (What is HOTKNOT?) This extra feature allows other HOTKNOT phones to transfer data by kissing the other phone (both screens have to touch each other) And yes this works fluently, pictures are transferred within seconds! Let us hope that more phones will implement this feature in the near future.

Cubot X16 S – User Review

If you are picture guy and want to use this phone as a camera then we would not recommend this phone. With daylight it makes decent pictures but when it’s getting darker or if you have a moving scenario than the quality is getting poorer. Which is a common downside with Chinese Budget phones. Although great pictures have been made during an evening settings. Navigating with this phone is possible but not accurate since the GPS is slightly off (10 meters). We hope this issue get resolved with a new ROM update since it looks something with the software.

Packaging and Accessories: 8
Design and Materials: 8
Performance : 7
Screen: 9
Camera: 7
Battery Life: 8
Software: 9
Price: 10

Check the original CUBOT X16S site for support and more impressions.

P.S. Did you know that you can avoid extra import taxes when you buy your items from a local warehouse?


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