Cubot H2 Review: 5000mAh battery, very fast and built like a tank

by Linus 13

The battery life is one of the key features of each phone and a lot of Chinese manufacturers try to solve that issue by producing phones with huge batteries. Cubot H2 is one of them and it is an affordable solution. Learn more in a full review.

Thanks to Tinydeal for sending Cubot H2 for a review.

Cubot H2 Review: VIDEO REVIEW

Cubot H2 Review: UNBOXING

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The device comes with all the usual stuff and some extras include a tempered glass screen protector and USB OTG cable.

Cubot H2 Review: SPECS

Display
5.5″ 720p (HD)
Processor
Mediatek MTK7635, 64-bit, quad-core (up to 1.3GHz)
RAM
3GB
Camera
8MP Front/13MP Back
Connectivity
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM.
Battery
5.000 mAh (non-removable)
Dimensions
150 x 77 x 9.1 mm / 230g
OS
Android 5.1.1
Storage
16GB (expandable via microSD card slot up to 32GB)

Cubot H2 Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY

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The design of the phone is pretty simple but I was really impressed with the build quality. A sturdy metal frame goes all around the device, the buttons have a great tactile feedback and the phone is really well-made.

One of the highlights is a huge 5000mAh battery inside the phone, which results in a total weight of 230g of the device.

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Cubot H2 has a 5.5” 720p display, which is pretty good for an HD panel. It is quite sharp, the colours look nice and it is quite bright.

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On the front we have an 8MP shooter and a customisable LED light. However, the capacitive buttons do not have a backlight.

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The back is made of textured plastic, which is actually nice to the touch. We have a 13MP camera with a dual LED flash for photos.

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The loudspeaker is placed on the back and the sound quality of it is average. It is pretty loud but, as usual to all budget phones, it lacks depth and the sound is tinny.

Overall, I’m really happy with the way this phone is built and a great choice of materials.

Cubot H2 Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE

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When it comes to hardware, Cubot H2 sports a quad-core MTK6735 chip with the clock speed of up to 1.3GHz, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.

3D games like Asphalt 8 run fine on medium graphics but  some stutter kicks in if you set graphics to the highest level.

Cubot H2 Review: BENCHMARKS

Cubot H2 Review: UI

Cubot H2 ships with Android 5.1 but the company added some changes to it.

For example, the app tray has been removed but we have some customisation options, gesture and motion controls and so on.

The most important thing is that the phone is very fast and responsive no matter what you do with it.

We reviewed a bunch of Cubot phones and they were all fast but the H2 has never had a stutter no matter what I did. That is really impressive for a budget device like this.

Cubot H2 Review: CAMERA

The picture quality is pretty good for the phone of this price category but it is not perfect as you may have expected. When there is a lot of light, you can take some nice looking images with a decent amount of detail. However, the camera struggles with dynamic range and some images have more noise than expected.

Naturally, the quality decreases with a lower amount of lighting.

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As for selfie camera, it is not bad and it will definitely do the trick for social media needs.

The video quality is mediocre as the footage could look sharper. There is a continuous auto-focus feature but it is very slow to react. See a video review for a video sample or download it from the link below.

Download full resolution camera samples

Cubot H2 Review: CONNECTIVITY

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Call quality and signal reception are good and other connectivity options work fine.

Cubot H2 Review: BATTERY LIFE

A huge battery is one of the highlights of the phone and it performs great. I usually achieved over 6 hours of screen-on time while using the phone quite intensively. I could get over 7 hours of SOT on a light usage.

Cubot H2 Review: CONCLUSIONS

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Cubot H2 costs over $130 and we need to answer if it is worth the money.

First, you may want to check this phone out if you need an affordable device with a great battery life, very good build quality, buttery smooth user interface and a pretty good display.

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On the other hand, the camera is pretty good but it has some shortcomings. Also, the loudspeaker quality could be better and the capacitive buttons are not backlit.

All in all, Cubot H2 is a decent offering for the price and you may want to check it out if you don’t mind a few shortcomings.

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