Cubot H1 review: reliable partner

Display

Cubot H1 comes with 5.5-inch display and HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels). This gives an unimpressive result of 267 ppi. It doesn’t look much, but it won’t hurt your user experience at all. This is absolutely enough for such budget device. Let us just remind you that the top phones a few years ago tended to go with the same resolution (for example Galaxy Note 2).

The screen brightness is good. Unfortunately we didn’t have the perfect weather conditions to test the sunlight readability (it’s autumn here and there are lots of clouds). We noticed something strange with the brightness settings. If you activate the automatic brightness adjustment, then the brightness level toggle will be removed from the quick toggles. So in case you feel like the automatic brightness is not absolute accurate for a specific moment, then you need to go to the settings, dig for the display settings and change it. It’s not very convenient.

The viewing angles are great as you can expect from an IPS panel. There’s just a minor issue with some of the dark colors, like black and dark violate, and it appears only on certain angles. They get some negative-like effect, when you tilt the phone sometimes.

Unfortunately no MediaTek technologies like MiraVision are included for tuning the color representation.

Performance and benchmarks

Cubot H1 comes with the new entry-level chips MTK6735P, which is really close to the legendary MT6582. MTK6735P has 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz. This is not much, but the chipset has decent performance thankfully to the 64-bit architecture. In addition to that, there are 2 gigs of RAM on board and Mali-T720 GPU. We put Cubot H1 through some benchmarks and we are not surprised that the phone didn’t show impressive results. The performance is close to the bottom of the food chain, but this is only according to the numbers. The benchmark results and the real life performance are two very different things. We can say that Cubot H1 delivers decent user experience. The operating system is smooth, you have enough RAM for multitasking and the processor handles most of the task just flawless. We are satisfied considering the price range. We ran Antutu, Geekbench 3, Vellamo, Quadrant, GFXBench, Browsermark and Kraken 1.1 benchmarks. You can see the results of the processor, graphics, memory and web browsing speed in the screenshots below.

Cubot H1 operating system

Cubot H1 offers an operating system, which we haven’t seen so far from a Chinese manufacturer. It’s almost pure Android 5.1 except for just a few apps, which serve for replacement for the default Android applications (messaging app, camera, browser). There are no additional settings added by the manufacturer (like the typical off-screen gestures), no additional applications like the usual app permissions, video editors or some questionable text editors (neither the SuperSU app for rooted devices). What we have here is just Vanilla Android with tweaked icon pack. Yes, the icons are the main difference between the pure Android and the one running on our Cubot H1. The icons are colorful and we’ve seen them before with other Chinese smartphones.

Cubot got rid of the app drawer, so all your applications are just placed on the screens next to your home screen. You just need to scroll right-to-left to browse around the apps.

There’s no dedicated IR app on board, so you have to choose and download any by yourself, if you want to use the IR controller.

Cubot H1 comes with most of the Google apps installed by default – Play Store, Maps, Gmail, Google Photos, Google +, Youtube and so on

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