Cubot X20 Pro arrives on the market with a design full of style, taking a cue from iPhone 11, and with an impeccable construction and a really interesting data sheet. Did it turn out to be just an iPhone clone or could it prove to be a good Android? Let's find out in our review.
Over the last few years we have witnessed an interesting rise of Cubot: a Chinese manufacturer capable of positioning 2 devices for a long time in the top 10 of the best-selling smartphones in Italy. Its most well-known devices are The Cubot X19 and Cubot J5, two inexpensive smartphones but capable of appearing well and capable of offering a excellent value for money. With X20 Pro the Chinese manufacturer tries to change gears and make a mid-range smartphone with higher aspirations than the models produced so far. Let's see together if the Cubot flagship can rival even outside the comfort zone of the low end of the market. We remind you that Cubot X20 Pro on sale at the best price on Gearbest for only 140 euros.
Cubot X20 pro video review
Packaging and content
The black box made of recycled cardboard and contains a minimum but sufficient equipment. Inside the package are placed: smartphone, cover in transparent silicone, USB – USB-C cable, USB charger and manuals. Serious the lack of the adapter from USB-C to 3.5mm jack, this absence will force you to buy it or to equip you with USB or wireless headphones.
I really liked the film already applied to the glass, a pleasant addition and the perfect factory application and allows you to avoid boring bubbles.
Construction and ergonomics
Cubot X20 Pro a smartphone nice to see and hold. The modern style, simple lines and excellent materials give the device character and resistance that allow it to go beyond the simple imitation of the iPhone 11. The completely uncluttered front and the drip notch small in size, it is pleasant and space-saving. On the long sides we find on the left the hybrid slot for SIM and microSD, on the right the volume rocker and the power button. On the back, positioned at the top right, the triple camera in a slightly protruding but ugly frame on the aesthetic side.
The construction combines glass for the front and rear e aluminum, used for the shell. The device has classic dimensions (15.7 x 7.5 x 0.8 cm) but an above average weight, we are talking about 234 grams without a cover. The increased tonnage due to the materials used and, partially, by the 4000 mAh battery. The antennas are positioned on the aluminum body and are barely visible.
Overall lergonomics enough. The weight is felt but well balanced and is not excessively annoying. The device has important dimensions and it is difficult to use it easily with one hand, but now we are used to dealing with this problem on all models. The rear camera has a very reduced thickness and this allows the device to remain fairly stable on flat surfaces.
Hardware and connectivity
Cubot X20 Pro mounts a good mid-range hardware consisting of the 2.0 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor alongside an 800 MHZ Arm Mali-G72 GPU, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD).
The performance general of the smartphone are more than good, the system is always fluid and snappy. The performance in gaming is also good, where the device tends to appear well with good fluidity and acceptable loading times.
The multimedia and connectivity sectors have not convinced me particularly because of particular and discubitable choices.
Let's start from the double speaker placed in the lower part of the device, the mono audio is clear but the maximum volume is not particularly high. In the serious audio sector the lack of the 3.5 mm jack, given the market segment for which the device was intended, it would have been more than appropriate, or at least an adapter could be inserted in the package.
There is also some absence in the connectivity sector. There are Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G, but the NFC chip for payments is missing. Apart from this the fingerprint sensor is missing, unlocking can only be done with the face or via PIN. The latter is a really strange choice, especially if you take into account that the facial release is based on the only front camera that does not have infrared or other security technologies. Fortunately, however, the facial release works fairly accurately and quickly and puts a patch on the situation.
Good audio on call, both in capsule and in speakerphone, with clear and precise sound. Inside the ear capsule placed a small notification led, has a small size but manages to be effective.The smartphone equipped with Dual SIM with a hybrid trolley that allows us to use two nanoSIM or one nanoSIM and one microSD in combination.
The screen is one of the strengths of Cubot X20 Pro. The display is a panel 6.3-inch IPS LCD with resolution FHD + (2340 × 1080), 410 PPI and 19.5: 9 ratio. The bright panel and with well balanced colors. Thanks to the large size and good colors it is an excellent screen for the use of content, for streaming and gaming.
The readability is very good and you can use the smartphone without problem even in direct sunlight. The adaptive brightness is also fast and fairly precise.
The triple camera was, and could be, one of the strengths and differentiations of Cubot X20 Pro, but the triple lens did not prove to live up to expectations as far as sufficient. There triple rear camera consisting of: 12MP SONY IMX486 main camera, 8.0MP 125mm ultra wide angle lens and 20.0MP TOF with depth information.
Overall, the photos taken with the main struggle, and also with the TOF one, are good with a sufficient level of detail, precise and slightly mixed colors and a good brilliance. The quality drops a lot when going to take photos in the dark with grainy images and very dark colors. The support ofartificial intelligence for the recognition of the scenes it does not give a great help in terms of quality and I advise you to keep it disabled and possibly to intervene afterwards to correct the shot.
To be insufficient for the 8 megapixel wide angle lens that takes particularly distorted photos and with a completely busted focus, so as to make them unusable. I did several tests to try to make a decent shot without satisfactory results.
1080p video recording at 60 fps more than enough and you can shoot good quality videos. The lack of optical stabilization that makes videos shot on the move particularly dancers should be mentioned.
Good 13 megapixel front camera that allows you to take good selflie, even with bookeh effect.
Photos taken with the main camera
Photos taken with the TOF camera
Photos taken with wide angle camera
X20 Pro is based on Android 9 in stock version and therefore comes with a clean software and without major additions. The fluid operating system, completely in Italian and comes with the classic functions of Android smartphones. There are no particular changes worthy of note, only to report that the update to the security patches stopped in August 2019.
The Cubot X20 Pro battery has one 4000 mAh capacity and it guarantees sufficient autonomy to reach the end of the day without problems with a 10% residual charge with intense use. With an average use it is possible to arrive late in the evening with a 30% of battery remaining. The autonomy is therefore more than good, too bad that the device does not support fast charging and that for a full charge it needs about 2 and a half hours.
Cubot X20 Pro is sold for about 140 euros, a price that reflects the value of what is offered by the device and that makes it a really interesting smartphone for the medium-low end of the market. The best online price is found on Gearbest which offers it at 141 euros in three colors: black, pink gold and navy blue.
Cubot X20 Pro proved to be able to get off the clone of the iPhone 11 but a device that has the taste of regret. If the manufacturer had added the fingerprint sensor, the NFC and worked better on the camera we would be talking about a smartphone king of the low end of the market, instead Cubot X20 Pro remains an interesting product capable of providing excellent value for money, a top-of-the-category screen and a style and construction of above average quality.
Pictures of Cubot X20 Pro
Cubot X20 Pro proved to be able to get off the clone of the iPhone 11 but a device that has the taste of regret. If the manufacturer had added the fingerprint sensor, lNFC and worked better on the camera we would be talking about a king smartphone of the low end of the market, instead Cubot X20 Pro remains an interesting product that can provide excellent value for money, one top of the category screen and a style and construction of above average quality.