Cubot H1 review: reliable partner

Cubot is one of the Chinese manufacturers, which was really active in the past year. It doesn’t have a clear portfolio, but instead we see various different devices coming out each several months. Perhaps the most popular is their X line, however it’s still a mixture of all kind of devices. But our attention was attracted by another device, not in the X line. Cubot H1 is trying to stand out of the crowd with one really important feature – long battery life. This is a bargain deal on paper, but does it really worth ? Check out our review

Cubot H1 Specifications

Cubot H1 front and back

MTK6735P – 64-bit Quad-Core 1.0GHz processor

Android 5.1

RAM 2GB+ROM 16GB (Support TF card up to 32GB)

5.5” multi-point capacitive IPS screen with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)

5 MP front camera (interpolated to 8 MP) and 8 MP (interpolated to 13 MP) rear camera with flashlight

2G GSM – 850/900/1800/1900MHz;  3G WCDMA – 900/2100MHz; 4G FDD – 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

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Design and build quality

The main material used with Cubot H1 is plastic. This is absolutely understandable, because we’re dealing with a budget device here. However the phone doesn’t have the appearance of something, which you can call ‘really cheap’. Everything is put really well together. You won’t find any loose or creaky parts. There’s a plastic frame, which is trying to mimic aluminium, and it goes all the way around the phone. Actually on both left and right sides there’s really an aluminium frame coming out of the plastic one. The power button and the volume rocker are made of aluminium as well. The edges are curved and the 2.5D glass panel gives a really smooth look. Although being slightly heavy, because of the enormous battery, Cubot H1 has a nice grip. The rough texture on the back helps for better grip and the phone is not slippery.

The volume rocker is placed on the left side, while the power buttons is located at the right side. The bottom side of the phone is absolutely clear (no ports or holes). If you look closer you can see a tiny hole between the bottom side and the front panel, perhaps the microphone hole. On the top you’ll find the micro usb port, the 3.5 audio jack and an infra-red port, which serves for controlling TVs, air-conditioners and so on.

If you have the screen turned off (or put a black wallpaper), then you can be tricked that the display is almost bezeless. However this is just a cheap trick by Cubot. Once you turn the screen on, then you’ll notice that there’s a significant bezel all around the display. You can find the navigation buttons just under the display. And guess what – there’s a back light. This is something, which we can’t see on all budget Chinese smartphones. You can see the conversation speaker at the middle top of the front panel. Left of it you’ll find all sensors and looking at right you’ll see the front camera along with the ambient notification light.

The back of Cubot H1 is reserved for the main camera on the top and the speakers at the bottom. Just keep in mind that we would rate the camera lens as ‘not scratch protected’. This means that you can scratch them, when you put the phone on the back. So it’s better to get a protective case in order to avoid the contact between the lens and the surface.

Removing the back lid gives you an access to the sim card slots and the microSD card slot. The enormous 5200 mAh battery is removable.

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