The latest smartphones from the long-established China manufacturer Cubot show that they are increasingly focusing on the lower price range. The Cubot R9 is such a mobile phone. With a Mediatek MT6580 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory and a 5 inch HD display, it appeals to users who are looking for a smartphone for the basic functions. A fingerprint sensor and Android 7 are also available as special features in the low-budget price range. The decent hardware alone is not an absolute purchase argument for the Cubot R9. After all, it is teeming with the low price segment of good Chinese mobile phones. Whether the Cubot R9 can still hold, you will learn in the following review.
Design and workmanship
The latest smartphones from the long-established China manufacturer Cubot show that they are increasingly focusing on the lower price range. The Cubot R9 is such a mobile phone. With a Mediatek MT6580 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory and a 5 inch HD display, it appeals to users who are looking for a smartphone for the basic functions. A fingerprint sensor and Android 7 are also available as special features in the low-budget price range. The decent hardware alone is not an absolute purchase argument for the Cubot R9. After all, it is teeming with the low price segment of good Chinese mobile phones. Whether the Cubot R9 can still hold, you will learn in the following review. Design and workmanship The Cubot R9 has no eye-catching design. For a cheap cell phone, however, this is an advantage. The workmanship is very good and one wonders that this small device can be bought for less than 100 €. With its 5-inch HD display, the smartphone can still be easily operated with one hand and is on average 8.8mm thick. With a weight of 164g, the Cubot R9 is slightly heavier than most 5 inch phones. On the other hand, this also emphasizes the valuable impression. I did not mind the slightly higher weight during the test phase. The case of the smartphone is mostly made of plastic, the back is, however, upgraded by a metal cover. Here you will find a single-LED flash next to the camera. On the front there are below the display the three classic sensor buttons and a notification LED. The buttons are located on the right side of the frame. They have a pleasant pressure point and sit firmly in the housing. The back cover can be removed and it is possible to use two SIM cards (Nano + Micro) and a MicroSD for memory expansion simultaneously in the phone. The battery is also changeable.
A screen protector is already glued on the factory and comes with a quick start guide, power plug, USB cable and a usable rubber protective cover. Overall, the Cubot R9 has become a beautifully crafted low-budget mobile phone. Although it is largely made of plastic, however, the metal plate on the rear side specifically enhances the look. In addition, you get all the important features with a fingerprint sensor, Dual Sim and memory expansion and a removable battery.
The display resolves with 1280 * 720 pixels , bringing it to a sufficiently high pixel density of 293ppi. You get here - in contrast to some other cheap games - no PixelMechsch offered and everything looks sufficiently sharp. It is a common IPS display. A special feature is only the laterally rounded 2.5D glass, which improves the feel of the phone. The display is covered by scratch-resistant glass, which easily withstands our scratch test with the screwdriver. The color representation is pleasantly natural and also decent contrasts and a good viewing angle stability are given.
Without criticism, however, the display of the Cubot R9 can not remain. The manufacturer installed namely only a 2-point touch screen. This unfortunately makes sure that the Cubot R9 does not react as precisely and smoothly to inputs as I would like from my mobile phone. Smartphone novices may not be particularly bothered by this, but those who often type on the phone will certainly be happier with a modern 5-point touch screen.
In the heart of the smartphone, an old Mediatek MT6580 processor delivers performance. This CPU is now only to be found in ultra-low-budget devices. It provides a useful speed when using basic functions, but it is not suitable for more demanding users. The target audience of the Cubot R9 are definitely smartphone beginners who only use Whatsapp and a few simple apps on their smartphone. These applications run at a reasonable speed on the phone. However, the R9 treats itself here also often a few waiting times. With 2GB of RAM, there's enough capacity for basic multitasking and 16GB of storage can hold a few apps, music and photos.
One advantage of the smartphone is in any case the current Android 7 system, which was left largely untouched by the manufacturer. Especially smartphone newcomers can quickly get along on the simple Android interface. The Playstore and the German language are of course available and updates get the phone conveniently via OTA. Scrap apps are not to be found on the phone. Only Duraspeed was installed in the background to optimize performance. The service can be disabled with one click.
On the back there is a 13 megapixel camera with an aperture of ƒ / 2.4. The front camera resolves with 5 megapixels. Unfortunately, the Cubot R9 is in terms of camera a total failure. The pictures have an extremely poor sharpness even in the best daylight. The shutter speed and autofocus work fast, but the focus is anything but reliable, so all the pictures look distorted. Even the front camera can only be used for video telephony due to the poor picture quality. Here, Cubot had done a lot better work in the past, for example the Cubot Manito or the Cubot Rainbow 2 .
For a low-budget smartphone, you do not expect fancy sensors and the latest radio standards, but the standard package. And that's what the Cubot R9 offers. On the Internet you surf with 3G reception. LTE is not supported by the Cubot R9. It must be said, however, that other devices with the same price already offer LTE reception (eg Cubot Manito , Cubot Note Plus). The call quality is good both over the ear and with the hands-free function. You can use two SIM cards at the same time with your smartphone and also use a MicroSD for memory expansion. There is also a 2.4GHz Wifi module, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Wifi and Bluetooth worked well in the test, but the GPS reception was not sufficient for navigation. As sensors Cubot installed a brightness acceleration and proximity sensor.
The battery capacity is on average cheap 5 inch smartphones with 2600mAh. Thanks to the power-saving processor and Android 7 system, one day comes with about 3 to 4 hours of active use. In the PC-Mark battery test, the Cubot R9 lasts an average of 5: 44h. 2 days of running time will only be achieved if you rarely pick up the phone. Charging the phone is not fast with the 5V / 1A adapter. To charge the smartphone from 0 to 100%, it takes 3 hours.
Conclusion and alternative
The Cubot R9 has not become a bad smartphone. However, in my estimation there is no reason to resort to the device. There are simply better alternatives - even from the house Cubot itself. The Cubot Manito, for example, is sold on Amazon for the same price and offers a faster processor, more memory, a better camera and LTE support. In addition, there are the evergreens Vernee Thor and Xiaomi Redmi 4a , which stand out the Cubot R9 for a few euros more in almost every respect.
I think that the sound volume is set to high here.. There is some noise sometimes because of that.. And, slow down. You're almost talking too fast.. Did you recently get a mobile sponsor or something? You've been going through a lot of phones the last month.