Hands-on and First Impressions: Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube 2
Cherry Mobile’s own Cubix brand is here once again to offer another affordable yet feature-packed Android smartphone. The Cubix Cube 2 brings a 5.7-inch 1080p IPS display to the table with One Glass Solution and Octa-core power for under Php 5k.
The Cube 2 is made with a combination of metal and plastic — with the sides composed of the former while the rest of the device comprised with the latter. We first thought that it has a glass back panel but it turned out to be made with polycarbonate, and the significant amount of smudge is just hard to wipe off. Nevertheless, the device feels solid on hand.
The Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display looks great during our short encounter. Even at 5.7-inch, clarity still holds at 384ppi. The IPS and OGS solution significantly gives the panel a boost with color reproduction and viewing stability.
We weren’t able to properly test the 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing shooter yet, but with the short time we’ve spent on it the available indoor lighting performed adequately. Nothing special with the sensors here. Interestingly, there’s a pin connector at the back for wireless charging but you’ll need an additional case for that.
The major concern with the smartphone is its OS version. With most local smartphones now on Android Lollipop out of the box, the Cube 2 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat. An update to 5.0 is promised but with no exact time frame as of the moment. Another disappointment is the lack of microSD card slot for memory expansion.
While the software and memory might be a deal breaker for some, the device’s built-in NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac are something any sub-P5k smartphone doesn’t have.
For Php 4,990, you’ll get a 1080p IPS display, 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 13MP and 8MP cameras, plus a whole suite of connectivity option. With the pricing, it’s not a bad package with a big catch.
Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube 2 specifications:
1.7GHz Octa-core processor
5.7-inch Full HD IPS OGS display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
16GB internal storage
13-megapixel rear camera
8-megapixel front-facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual-SIM / Dual-standby (Micro-SIM)
3500 Li-Po battery
Android 4.4 KitKat
156mm x 79mm x 8mm
The Cubix Cube 2 will be sold online only through Lazada starting November 6 at 12NN.