Cubot X18 Plus Review – Good budget phone with decent specs

Intro

For those who are unfamiliar with the brand Cubot, they are a Chinese smartphone manufacturer based in Shenzhen and they launched a number of budget smartphones. Where can you possibly find a Android smartphone with a 6-inch FHD+ display, dual 20MP+2MP rear cameras, 4000 mAh battery and 64GB storage for US$130? Apparently Cubot has it – the Cubot X18 Plus. GearBest have periodic offers/ sales and they recently had one for Cubot smartphones.

With the smartphones from mainstream manufacturers (i.e. Samsung, Apple, OnePlus) trending around US$1,000, some turned to Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Cubot, Vivo, Xiaomi, etc. for affordable/ budget smartphones. They do not come with the bells and whistles (i.e. virtual assistant) of popular mainstream phones but they have decent performance for daily use and casual mobile gaming. Just do not expect to have gaming performance like the Razer Phone, Xiaomi’s Black Shark or Nubia’s Red Magic.

Cubot X18 Plus Technical Specifications
CPU MT6750T (8-core 1.5GHz 64-bit)
GPU Mali T860 MP2
Memory 4GB RAM
Storage 64GB
Expandable via Micro SD card (up to 128GB)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano + Nano)
The second SIM slot is also a Micro SD slot
Battery 4000 mAh
Display 5.99-inch FHD+ Display (2,160 x 1,080)
403 ppi, 450 cd/m brightness
Camera Rear: Dual Cameras 20.0 MP + 2.0 MP F2.0 with 1A flashlight
Front: 13.0 MP
Fingerprint Sensor Yes (at the back)
GPS GPS/ A-GPS
Connectivity 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Network 4G FDD-LTE: Band 1/3/7/8/20
3G WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Operating System Android 8.0
Dimensions 158.5 x 73.6 x 8.55 mm
Colors Available in Blue or Black
Link Cubot X18 Plus [Buy from GearBest]