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Cubot Echo Review – A lot of Sound for $85!

by Linus 14

The market is flooded with cheap smartphones from China and I just came across a cheap Cubot Echo device that gets most of the basics right for the low price of $85. Learn more in the full review.

Thanks to Tomtop for sending the Cubot Echo for a review.

VIDEO REVIEW

UNBOXING

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The phone ships with all the usual stuff and some extras include a high-quality TPU case.

DESIGN

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The Cubot Echo does not sport exceptional looks but it is a very well made phone as it has a solid metal frame that goes all around the device. The buttons, however, are plasticky and they feel cheap.

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One thing you are going to notice is that the phone is very thick, measuring at 11cm. That is not only due to a pretty large 3000mAh removable battery but also due to the fact that the phone has an enormous speaker built-in.

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The speaker can get really loud and the sound quality is pretty good for a cheap phone. However, the sound may get distorted at the highest volume settings.

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Speaking of the display, the 5” 720p panel is pretty sharp and bright for a cheap phone but we have those enormous bezels on each side.

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It’s great that we have a 5MP front facing camera and the LED notification light but the capacitive buttons are not backlit.

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As for the main camera, there is a 13MP shooter.

HARDWARE

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The Cubot Echo runs on a little outdated Mediatek 6580 chip with the clock speeds of 1.3GHz. Also, the phone has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.

Honestly, the spec sheet does not really impress but some 3D games like Asphalt 8 run absolutely fine on medium graphics.

USER INTERFACE

The phone ships with the Android 6.0 but we have a few added features by Cubot. Some of the extra features include a variety of gesture and motion controls. Some of them work well but others are very slow to respond.

In general, the UI performance is good. I didn’t have lag or stutter on the daily basis and I think that’s the most important thing for a cheap phone.

BENCHMARKS

IMAGE QUALITY

You should never expect any miracles from the cameras of budget phones but the Cubot Echo can take some pretty nice daylight photos for the phone this cheap.

Obviously, the quality decreases in lower-lit situations as on all cheap phones.

The selfies won’t look as sharp as you may expect but it may be enough for social media.

As for video, the quality of the footage is kind of poor like on most of the cheap phones.

CONNECTIVITY

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When it comes to connectivity, the phone does everything quite well. The GPS lock speeds are fast but it could be more accurate when you use it with navigation apps.

BATTERY LIFE

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The 3000mAh battery performs great. I could get about 1.5 days of usage out of this phone, which is a good result.

CONCLUSIONS

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Cubot Echo is not going to be your next powerhouse device but it gets the basics right.

We don’t have any exceptional looks but the phone is well made, it has a metal frame, it is compact to carry around and stock Android is what the cheap phones need.

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You can also take some okay looking photos and the battery life is great thanks to a pretty large capacity.

However, the processor is a little outdated if you are a spec head, the capacitive buttons are not backlit and there are those huge black bezels that a lot of people hate.

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At the end of the day, Cubot Echo may not be the only cheap device out there but it gets all the basics right and it is a pretty fast phone on the daily basis. However, you have to consider if the previously mentioned shortcomings are important to you or not.

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  • Rob

    Man that is a monster sized speaker! That’s what all phones should have.

    • Fantomász

      Look at the Vkworld T3. Same speaker, slightly better specs.

  • jimberkas

    if you aren’t going to backlight the buttons, then just put them on the screen. so cheap looking without backlit buttons. and yes, no reason all phones can’t pick a giant speaker in there…

  • plinky plonky

    save $85 and do not buy a cubot phone…my cubot broke after 3 months and there is no repair centre in the UK…the 1 year guarantee, just like the cubot phones is JUNK !!!

  • plinky plonky

    CRAP-bot

    JUNK-bot

    TRASH-bot

    SAVE YOUR MONEY-bot

  • plinky plonky

    Wow !!!!
    BIG speaker….
    BIG junk………..

  • plinky plonky

    CRAP-bot

  • plinky plonky

    if you have $85 to spare…
    please give it to charity and do not buy a cubot phone…..

    YOU WILL FIND IT MORE SATISFYING

  • plinky plonky

    junk-bot

  • plinky plonky

    no good guarantee-bot

  • plinky plonky

    fu bot ?

  • plinky plonky

    FU bot not CU bot

  • ice P

    JU-nk-bot not a
    CU-bot

  • ice P

    i have a cubot dinosaur.. broke after 3 months…no UK repair centre…guarantee is useless…got it from ebay….idreamhall and he has many names selling stuff on ebay…please do your homework first…or waste your money..

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