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Cherry Mobile Cubix Morph Quick Review




Cherry Mobile, through their sub-brand Cubix, has released a new dual-boot tablet that comes with a keyboard case making it a full-blown convertible for the masses. With its sub-6k price tag, it could be an easy buy but is it well worth your money? Here’s our quick review of the Cubix Morph.

Design and Construction

The tablet itself is fairly large due to its 10.1-inch IPS LCD sporting a WXGA resolution. That’s 1280 x 800 pixels in a 16:10 aspect ratio. Clearly, a thick bezel borders the device although it helps with the handling. A 2MP camera and an LED indicator hide above the display while a capacitive home is placed below.

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The right side of the tablet doesn’t have any ports or buttons. The left side houses a number of ports namely the 3.5mm headphone jack, DC-in, full-size USB 3.0 port, mini HDMI, and a micro-USB port for charging and data connectivity. A flap hides a microSD card slot.

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The top of the tablet has the volume rocker and power/lock button while the bottom end has the Pogo pins and connecting dock for the cover.

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The back features a circular pattern to the center with a printed Windows logo. A 2MP rear shooter is present up top while down below is a pair of stereo speakers.

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As for the build of the tablet, it is cheap as it gets. It’s made out entirely out of plastic with annoying creaks when lifted. Although, the suede fabric of the keyboard cover is pleasant to hold and carry around.

Display and Keyboard

Cherry Mobile is kind enough to include an IPS LCD on the Morph. It has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels that stretched to fit a 10.1-inch touch panel. That gives an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a 149ppi pixel density. The display has wide viewing angles although the colors are not that vivid. Surprisingly, it supports multi-touch for up to 10 fingers. There’s no glass protecting the panel as it’s just using plastic. We’re already seeing some unsightly scratches on it that’s caused by the keyboard cover. You should definitely get a screen protector for this if there’s one available.

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The keyboard keys are cramped but are practical to type on when you get used to it. The trackpad has its buttons built in allowing it maximize its size. It’s as big as most notebooks in the market.

OS, Apps, and UI

You get two OS on the Morph – Windows 10 and Android 5.1. This means you can run full desktop apps as well as mobile/tablet apps. Switching is easy, simply double-click on the icon on the desktop of Windows 10 or slide down the notification panel on Android and you’ll see the OS Switch shortcut. You don’t get to choose which OS will boot when powering on, it will automatically boot up your previously used OS.

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The Android system gets 4.8GB of storage while Windows gets the chunk of the share with 20.2GB. Good thing though that there’s not much bloatware onboard as everything is kept to what’s essential for immediate use.

Camera and Multimedia

Both the front and back cameras are nothing to write home about. The two are identical 2MP shooters with no LED flash. Perhaps they are just meant to be used as your everyday webcam for Skype and other apps that’ll require it. They are noisy and bland to be used for social posting. As for the video, you get 720p recording using the rear camera. Our unit’s microphone garbles when used and we hope it’s just an isolated defect. So make sure to check it out upon purchase so you can get a replacement just in case.

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You get stereo speakers at the back which are okay for casual sound playback. It’s quiet for our taste and its position doesn’t help either. But, at least you get stereo.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Cubix Morph is powered by an Intel Z8300 quad-core processor with Intel HD Graphics. It’s paired with 2GB of RAM. With our initial use, everything is smooth on both OS. Given the power and memory loaded on the tablet, a number of Windows desktop app could run into a few hiccups although Android apps should be run fine. We noticed that unlocking the tablet for sleep in Android takes a while but it’s instant on Windows.

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Here are the benchmark scores from Android:

AnTuTu Benchmark v6.2.1 – 56453
PCMark – 4887 (Work)
Quadrant Standard – 8916
Vellamo – 3599 (Browser), 1212 (Metal), 1479 (Multicore)
3DMark – 1080 (SlingShot ES 3.1), 1412 (SlingShot ES 3.0)

Battery Life

A sealed 6600mAh battery is present on the tablet. It’s rechargeable by either the microUSB port or using the DC-in charger. We recommend using the DC-in since it acts like a fast charger for the device. With our video loop battery test, it was able to last for almost 10 hours when using Android.

Conclusion

Admittedly, the Cubix Morph is an ideal solution for those who needs a cheap Windows machine plus the advantage of having Android onboard. At just Php5,990, it’s really an easy sell for a convertible and a decent device to run basic apps and do everyday tasks. Of course, there’s also a catch to it and if you can overlook those, this is for you. It’s exclusively sold through Lazada (link here)

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Cherry Mobile Cubix Morph specifications:
10.1-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 800 pixels, 149ppi
1.44GHz Intel Z8300 quad-core processor
Intel HD Graphics
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 64GB
2-megapixel rear camera
2-megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
6600mAh non-removable battery
Windows 10 / Android 5.1 Lollipop (Dual Boot)

What we liked about it:

  • Affordable
  • Decent specs
  • Suede keyboard cover

What we didn’t:

  • Creaky plastic build
  • Sub-par display



This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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38 Responses

  1. El Gato says:

    How about battery life when playing video under windows 10?
    What version of Windows 10 is loaded (home/pro?
    What build number is loaded (rtm, 1511, 1607 anni?)
    Can it play movies encoded in x264 or in x265 hevc codec?

  2. berto says:

    looks like it’s now just ? 5,499.00

  3. Nayr says:

    how about the ram hinati ba ito tig one gig ba ang android at windows or 2 gb sa parehong os?

  4. lawliet says:

    pano po yung ram nya hati rin ba or parehong 2 gb sa bawat os

  5. grawrz says:

    Any chance you guys will make a full review? I need a cheap tablet for word processing that I can use when friends call for a DotA2 session.

    • grawrz says:

      Add ko lang, I know that I’ll get what I pay for. I’m not expecting it to run DotA2 *smoothly*, but I’m interested to find out if it *can* run it and if it’s playable.

    • IntelHDGraphics says:

      With few tweaks and lowest resolution it should run DotA 2 on 15 to 20 fps. It’s playable tho.

    • Jhey says:

      Base sa mga nababasa kong rebiew it can run DotA2

  6. Does photoshop works here

  7. SomeoneMc says:

    Pros:
    Budget meal for a dual boot tablet
    Full usb port
    Cherrytrail processor(atleast not the slower baytrail)
    Front camera should be fairly passable on skype with better lighting

    Cons:
    Bad display
    Rear camera(pretty much useless)
    32gb storage(on this time now should be 64 or more)
    Optional keyboard key travel (you should not expect good things on 10″ tablet in the first place)
    Battery life is low (don’t expect it to reach 7hrs at 60% brightness maybe 6hrs at max?)

    -this kid here is best for students that needs pc on the go.
    If you are using it for media consumptions you’d better save up a little more for better screen tablets

    -it should run older games like dota 1, league of legends(at low settings)
    Android should have lot of touch friendly games

    Note: it’s only my review so don’t hate me, to help others know it better
    -it use 2gb ram (it is soldered,so not upgradeable) on both os.
    -emmc not ssd upgradeable using sd card

    OVERALL: good for the price but you should know that this isn’t for gaming or media consumers this is better of on Students

    • SomeoneMc says:

      Also mr. Daniel Morial, could you check the actual heat on internals, and external housing? Doing heavy duty things here might /should reach 70-110 degrees internal, about 40 degrees on external.

  8. Mark says:

    Hi sir? Nakabili po ako sa lazada neto then okay nmn yung iba so far kaso po sa charging pagdating ng 70% while charging nawawala ba tlaga yung red light indicator?? Tapos sa wifi po android side 6ft. Away lang po ako sa router ng wifi namin. Bakit nababawasan ng 2bars at dahil dyan hindi nko mkpag surf ng maayos. Tapos po nag observe pa ako yung isa kong device na also 5.1android lollipop parehong layo po sila ng tab na to pero full wifi bar ndicator papo sa isa kong device pero dito po sa tab nabawasanna ng 2bars 20mins observe hindi talaga nadadagdagan ng bar 6ft. Away lang po ako sa routr take note. Pano po ba to?help.

    • Mark says:

      @Daniel Morial sir ano po? sa charging ganun ba talaga? yung sa wifi connection nmn po android side ka musta po connection ng tab nyo po.

    • someoneMc says:

      Same problem here wifi connection isn’t good at all. I thought its just my faulty tablet.

    • Mark Paolo M. Mendoza says:

      Good evening SomeoneMC! sa windows side naman okay ba yung wifi ng sayp?Medyo nahihirapan kasi ako kapag sa android na lalo na kapag nasa loob n ng kwarto tapos nasa labas yung router 1 bar nalang ng wifi indicator meron ako so hindi nako makapag surf. Tapos by the way yung charging same lng ba tayo na pagdating ng 70% wala ng red light indicator? THANKS!

    • SomeoneMc says:

      About sa connection mas mabilis ng konte at mas mahaba ng range sakin pag naka windows, pag android every 5mins ang connection drops ko.

      Yup wala nang red light.

      Add ko narin check mo thermals mo. Wag mo masyado painitin unti-unting lulutuin ung tablet mo(windows side) nakita ko ung internal nakaka takot masyado walang copper shim at napaka liit na thermal pad lang. Kaya naabot ng 98 degrees sakin. Ewan ko sa iba kung ganun din

  9. jasonlim says:

    iok naman xa kaso nag update ako ng win10 di daw makumpleto kasi kulang na sa memory. pero bagong dating pa lang ito 2days old wala pa nakainstall sa windows maliban sa powerpoint etc. paano maincrease storage nito para sa pag upadate?

  10. princess says:

    nkabilo rin nman ako ng ganyan, pg dating first eh ayaw gumana ng keyboard but the 2nd one is 100% okay. pde gamitin sa photoshop pro minsan nag o off xa prang d nya kaya ang matagalang gamit “INTEL GRAPHICS” daw nawawala pro nag rerecover rin nman pro bad shot kc pg inabutan ka sa pagpaty eh blik sa dati kung anu gawa mo. hmm windows 10 upgrade punta ka sa windows update hayaan mo matapos ang update kc 5gb lng nid nya na space pg inintay mo matapos mg windows update. kaya yun sakin updated na windows 10 :). bininta ko rin kasi nga issue ko yung bigla sya mag off or pgka off nya den mag on yung display nya baliktad nid pa i restart pra bumalik.

  11. ricarte duñgo says:

    does it have gps??

  12. lance says:

    sadly di na po ata available to balak ko po naman sana bumili din

  13. Julius says:

    Ano po mas irerecommend nyo, this one or yung star mobile engage aura 14? I mean which one is preferable for games and which is one has a faster processor?

  14. Ivy says:

    Hello po bumili po ako sa lazada pero hindi ako marunong gumamit neto,hindi ko alam kung saan ako mag dodownload at mag sesearch,sana po may maka pansin thanks

  15. Jacob Joseph says:

    how do i remove Windows OS (completely uninstall windows 10 ) and use just the android feature????

  16. Ching says:

    Bakit d PO mka transfer s SD card hung mga apps pg nka android s morph? Piano po

  17. Lucia says:

    Paki Upload ng Drivers

  18. Ching says:

    Sir piano PO ba ma transfer dito any appas papunta s SD card? Pls. Tnx

  19. howling74 says:

    Ok naman ung tablet im using it for my review for board exam ok naman ung speed at battery life i didnt test it for heavy gaming more on sa word processing lng ung sa kaibigan ko na bootloop ung cubix nya using android kaya payo ko wag n lng gmitin ung android side medyo d stable pag sa android

  20. RANDELL says:

    BOUGHT THIS ITEM LASY 2016 PA PRICE NOON 5665 PHP.. NGAYON 4799 NALANG…. ANG BILIS BUMABA PRICE NG ITEM… NAGHINTAY LANG SANA AKO NG ILANG MONTHS NAKATIPID AKO NG MALAKI,,,
    MINSAN NA AKONG BUMILI NG WINDOWS 7 TABLET 10″ PRICE NOON MAHAL TALAGA 16KPHP
    BASTA BAGO LABAS TALAGA ANG MAHAL NG ITEM… PAGBILI KO LAST YEAR TINGIN KO NAKAMURA NA AKO DUAL BOOT NA ANDROID AT WINDOWS 10 MAY KEYBOARD PA.. MALING MALI AKO… I WONT BE SUPRISED KUNG SA ILANG BUWAN LANG MERON NG LALABAS NA WINDOWS ANDROID DUAL BOOT NA UNDER 3K OR 2K….

  21. jason says:

    pag nabootloop pno ndi ata ncomplete ung reset nia nalowbat tas ngaun boootloop cya ung android ok cya ung windows ung ndi pls help po

  22. Jenie says:

    HELLO EVERYONE PLEASE SAN PO BA PEDE MAKAPAG UPLOAD NG DRIVERS NG CUBIX MORPH MAGANDA PO SYA KASO NIRESET KO OS SO NAWALA DIN YUNG DRIVERS DI KO NA BACKUP KAYA DI KO MAGAMIT WIFI CAMERA AT TOUCHSCREEN

  23. JENIE says:

    SINO PO MAY DRIVERS NITO PLEASE PAHINGI NAMAN PO PLEASE ADD ME ON FACEBOOK JENIE T. ADOLFO

  24. Raphael Gallo says:

    Lol it’s no longer JUST 5,990 haha! It’s currently priced at 15k but is sold out so either way we won’t be able to get it brand new any time soon

  25. lady glitter says:

    guys pa help naman po hawala yung os nya Hindi ko na po makita hung icon sa android ano po gagawin ko para po maishiff ko sya as Microsoft tia po

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