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Cubot Note Plus Review – Decent $99 Phone

by Linus 2

Cubot has made quite a few cheap phones over the time and the Note Plus is one of their latest models. It costs less than $100 but it has quite a few features for the price. Learn more in our Cubot Note Plus review.

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UNBOXING

The phone ships with all the usual stuff and some extras include a nice soft TPU case.

DESIGN and DISPLAY

In terms of the design, Cubot Note Plus does not look exceptional but the build quality is pretty good even though the device is made of plastic. A 5.2” 1080p display is very good for the price of the phone. We have a 16MP main and front camera.

The backplate is made of plastic and it attracts fingerprints easily. You can also remove it to access a battery and card slots.

Now a few features in a nutshell: the fingerprint scanner is quite accurate but the display could light up faster. The capacitive buttons are not backlit but we have some extras like an LED notification light and LED flash for night selfies. The loudspeaker is just mediocre like on most of the cheap phones.

HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE

The phone ships with decent specs for the price that includes a quad-core MTK6737T chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

Gaming performance is just mediocre. You should expect quite a few skipped frames and some lag even on medium graphics settings in the games like Asphalt 8 or Nova 3. Also, the phone gets warm quite quickly.

BENCHMARKS

USER INTERFACE

What I like about some cheap phones is that they ship with stock Android 7 out of the box and the Cubot Note Plus is no exception. There aren’t any extra features to talk about but the phone is fast and responsive even after installing quite a few apps.

IMAGE QUALITY

The overall image quality is really good for a phone that does not even cost $100. Obviously, the quality decreases in low-light but still, you can get some usable pictures. Selfies look really good too for the phone this cheap. 1080p video quality is mediocre, just like on most of the cheap phones. Selfie videos are shot only at 480p resolution and the quality is poor.

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CONNECTIVITY

The call quality is not the best but it is decent. Other connectivity options, including Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS, work fine.

Unfortunately, the phone lacks gyroscope sensor, meaning that it is not compatible with VR headsets.

BATTERY LIFE

2800mah battery could perform a little bit better. You should expect to get about 4-4.5 hours of screen-on time, which is a standard result for most of the cheap phones.

CONCLUSIONS

Cubot Note Plus is yet another cheap phone from China that offers quite a few features for the price. The device has a great display, pretty good cameras, and fluid stock Android 7 user interface.

However, you should know that the gaming performance is just mediocre and the battery life could be better.

Even though there are some shortcomings to consider like on all cheap phones, a $99 price tag means that this device will not break your bank.

4.3

Even though there are some shortcomings to consider like on all cheap phones, a $99 price tag means that that the Cubot Note Plus will not break your bank.

Design and Build
Display
Hardware
User Interface
Camera
Connectivity
Battery Life
Overall Performance
Value for Money
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  • Gousgounis

    Linus when checking wifi connectivity, it would be great to know about transfer speeds, especially when a phone is 5Ghz 802.11ac capable.

    Great review though. I always enjoy your fixation on details, like overheating (which greatly affects the usability of the phone on “heavy” apps like games or navigation, specifically if the phone drops the CPU frequency to compensate). Most reviewers just throw an antutu benchmark and that’s all.

  • POMP Mall

    I got this one from cubotmall and love it! Worth buying

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