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Cubot S600 Review – Beautiful and Affordable

by Linus 11

Today we are looking at affordable yet very nice looking Cubot S600. Is it any good? Find out in our full Cubot S600 review.

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Cubot S600 Review: UNBOXING

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Cubot S600 Review: SPECS

Display
5″ 720p (HD)
Processor
Mediatek MT6735, 64-bit, octa-core (up to 1.3GHz)
RAM
2GB
Camera
2MP Front/16MP Back
Connectivity
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM.
Battery
2.700 mAh (non-removable)
Dimensions
14.650 x 7.130 x 0.750 cm / 5.76 x 2.80 x 0.29 inches
OS
Android 5.1
Storage
16GB (expandable via microSD card slot up 128GB)
Cubot included some nice accessories along with the S600 phone. The contents include a tempered glass screen protector, a nice soft TPU case, a charging plug, USB cable, SIM ejector pin and some documentation.

Cubot S600 Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY

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As soon as you pick up the phone, Cubot S600 feels like an expensive flagship device. It uses a high quality metal frame around the device and 2.5D glass on the front and rear.
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Also, the phone is compact due to the 5” inches display, which only has 720P resolution but it is a high quality panel. It is bright, vivid, colours look natural and it has exclellent viewing angles.
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There is an 8MP selfie shooter and a highly customizable LED light on the front top. The capacitive buttons, which also have a nice backlight, are on the bottom.
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The glass back is a ridiculous fingerprint magnet and if you hate all the smudges I suggest you going with the white or gold S600 models.
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As far as camera, we have a 16MP Samsung shooter with PDAF and dual LED flash. Right below the camera is a fingerprint scanner. I found it to be very easy to setup and accurate to use. Also, it works straight from the standby mode. However, it could be slightly faster at times.
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On the bottom there is just a speaker grill.
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The buttons are located on the right, they are also metal-made and have a good tactile response.
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The left side is where you can find two micro SIM card slots and a separate slot for the microSD card for storage expansion.
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The headset jack is on the top and the micro USB port is on the bottom.
Overall, Cubot S600 sports a great build quality, it is nice to look at and hold in the hand, and it literally looks like an expensive handset. However, I don’t like a glass back as it attracts fingerprints and smudges very quickly.

Cubot S600 Review: UI

Cubot S600 comes with Android 5.1 with a light Cubot’s skin on top of it. A great thing is that we still have an app drawer and overall the UI looks like a stock Android with just a few added features and minor design changes.
A few notable features would be the ability to highly customise the LED light and assign different colours to different events. Also, the phone has some gesture controls and they work pretty well if you really care about them. However, I miss some more conventional gesture controls like double tap to wake up the screen and so on.
There is one annoying bug that hopefully will be fixed with a software update. Almost every time you enter the camera app, it thinks you have opened it for the first time. Believe me, it is really annoying as it happened to me almost every time I wanted to take a picture.
Overall, the UI is running very fast and fluid, and this bug is my only complaint but I believe it will be fixed with a software update soon.

Cubot S600 Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE

Cubot S600 is not going to be your next flagship device as far as sheer specs go. It has a quad-core MTK6735A chip with the clock speeds of up to 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
While these specs assure that day to day performance is nice and smooth, what about gaming?
Well, Asphalt 8 runs without lag but you have to keep in mind that there are quite a few skipped frames and a little bit of stutter. On the other hand, it is still possible to have an enjoyable gaming experience and Cubot did a great job optimising the software and hardware.
However, there is one bug that I haven’t seen on any other devices. The game interface gives a pop-up message saying that the keyboard is connected then it is disconnected and it happens randomly.

Cubot S600 Review: MULTIMEDIA

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As usual, full-HD content plays without any issues. The sound via earphones is pretty good but nothing expectational.
As far as the loudspeaker, I would say it is above average. While it is not bad, it could have slightly more depth and the volume output is kind of low.

Cubot S600 Review: CAMERA

When it comes to the daylight image quality, they look pretty good as the pictures have a decent amount of details and colours look natural. However, some of the images don’t have even focus throughout the entire picture.
Indoor shots are usually okay but when there is not enough light, you have to keep your hands steady to avoid blurry shots.
Night shots are above average for the phone carrying this price tag. However, most of images are ruined by a slight purple tint.
1080p video looks pretty mediocre with just average amount of details but this is what you have to expect with most of the phones in this price range. See a video review for the video sample.
As far as selfie camera, it will be enough to take pictures usable for social media.

Cubot S600 Review: CONNECTIVITY

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All the connectivity options work great. Call quality is okay and signal reception is excellent. Also, Wifi, GPS and Bluetooth are working fine.

Cubot S600 Review: BATTERY LIFE

Cubot S600 has an embedded 2700mAh battery and it performs well for its capacitiy but it is far from the best. I could get just over 3.5 hours of screen on-time when using auto max. brightness setting.

Cubot S600 Review: CONCLUSIONS

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Cubot S600 costs around $130 and although it is not a perfect phone, it is definitely worth the price.
It all starts with a nice looking design and excellent build quality, and the fact that the device is compact and can managed with one hand.
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Also, Cubot S600 has a high quality display although it is only 720P, it is very fast and responsive in daily use, the camera performs quite well in good lighting conditions and you can use 2 SIM cards and the microSD card at the same time.
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However, the battery capacity could have been slightly bigger, the loudspeaker could be louder and the glass back is a huge fingerprint magnet.
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Still, despite a few shortcomings, Cubot S600 is a reasonably priced smartphone that can be recommended and you can check out the product link down in the description if you are interested.
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  • Najib Ar-Rahman

    Hi Linus, need your valuable input:

    So far from your experience, which phone less than US$200 has the best overall camera?

    In my country, Oppo is selling its Find 7 flagship phone for US$230. Is it worth it or should i wait for other models?

    • Hi,

      I would say Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. However, if you have a chance to buy Oppo Find 7 for $230, take it without a doubt. It has a way superior camera as it was released as a flagship device, not a budget phone. Hope that helps.

      • Najib Ar-Rahman

        Hi Linus, thanks for that. However, I’m still pretty concerned on the Find 7’s terrible battery life and the heavy form factor.

        For Redmi Note 3, does it support micro sd? i’ve found contrasting info on this..

        • Jiraya Ziane

          the oppo find 7 has terrible battery life, i do not recommend.and xiaomi redmi note 3 does not have SD CARD (shame, would be great) i recommend Gionee Elife E7 Great camera and the battery is about average considering its 3G device.

          • Najib Ar-Rahman

            True, even Oppo Find 7a has poor battery life as well with its FullHD screen, I can imagine the case with a 2K display.

            That MicroSD thing is a deal breaker, coz in my country the 32GB version is selling close to $280.

            But Between Redmi Note 3 and Meizu MX4, which one do u think have the better camera?

        • hi, you are welcome, yeah Find 7 has some issues but it is still a good phone. redmi note 3 does not have microsd

    • Steve B

      I found the LG G3 & Flex 2 camera superior to the Oppo Find 7 and they can be found at very reasonable prices now. If you don’t mind the slightly outdated OS (though is Find 7 any better?) then the best camera bargain is the Gionee Elife E7 with superb 16mp OV sensor and Largan M8 sapphire lens. Can be found for around $150 on Ebay, DHgate or Aliexpress. Most other resellers sold out by now. The few Iuni U2 that are around have gone up massively in price, otherwise I would recommend that too as same camera, but additional blue coating and 60fps video makes a difference.

      • Najib Ar-Rahman

        Hi Steve, agree with you on LG cameras. I had a LG G Pro 2 for a few months and till now, it is still the best camera I ever used on a smartphone. But for some reason, LG phones are still pretty expensive in my country (Malaysia) – LG G3 currently sells for US$450.

        Though can you confirm if the LG G3 and G Flex 2 have the same camera? And r they both better than G Pro 2?

        • Steve B

          Hi Najib, I believe they all have the same basic camera (IMX135) and IOS+ system, but the Flex 2 benefited from improved software on release, presumably down to its newness. This might have been equaled out by now through updates. I did read reports that the G3 suffered under the lollipop update, especially concerning video, over the Pro 2 still on Kitkat. But that I think is true for most cameras initially optimised under Kitkat. Shame about the high price in Malaysia, here in the UK we can get a G4 on PAYG for equiv. $300 and I paid $225 for my Flex 2.

          • Najib Ar-Rahman

            Holy Mollly…….only $225 for G Flex 2????? I’ll take that in a blink of an eye…….

            Yup, I did tried out a LG G3 running Android 5.1 unit in a showroom and tested out the camera, but the initial impressions weren’t as impressive as what i’ve seen with LG G Pro 2.

  • Konstantin Vorobiov

    front like UMI Zero