Cubot One Review

So Cubot One finally arrived yesterday morning. Phone is not for me but for my wife. I decided for him because he have 4.7 “HD screen, quad-core cpu, nice appearance and the possibility of using HTC One masks.


  •      Dimensions: 137 x 69 x 9.3 mm and 150g
  •      Display: 4.7 “IPS screen, capacitive touch screen, 1280 x 720 pixels
  •      CPU: MTK6589, Cortex A7 quad core, 1.2GHz, GPU: PowerVR SGX 544
  •      RAM: 1 GB
  •      Data space: 8GB + optional microSD up to 64GB
  •      Camera: 13 MP auto focus, flash, front camera 5 MP
  •      Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b / g / n
  •      Battery: 2 x Li-Ion 2200 mAh
  •      OS: Android 4.2.1


Hard white box straight-edged with name “CUBOT” on top and “white silver” sticker on the side which means the color of the device. By the way, that I ordered black Cubot One and got the silver color is not important at all. :)

box of Cubot One

In addition to smartphone in the box are two batteries of 2200 mAh, headphones, USB cable, charger, armor made ​​of hard plastic and an additional screen protector. On the screen is already foil and it is placed so well that i could not have put it better.

contents of the box of Cubot one


CUBOT One look identical to the HTC One. Most people agree that the most loyal copy of HTC One is CUBOT One. There are few things that are different and you can notice in the pictures below. I was counting on it that i will be able to use the mask of HTC One but unfortunately this is not possible. Specifically, the power button is on the opposite side, volume keys also. Obviously CUBOT is not exactly identical copy of HTC and I did not pay attention when i was choosing.

The device is made ​​of plastic but of very good plastic. The lid comes off similar to the Samsung Galaxy devices. The pressure on the front and the rear side will not lead to a “ripple” effect on the screen. Which also shows that the production is excellent. Capacitive keys are uneven illumination. Button illumination can be seen through the USB port below. Like most Chinese smartphones, even this device does not have notification LED on the front side.

Cubot One vs HTC One

Cubot One vs HTC One

New Htc One vs Cubot One

As far as ergonomics, if you have hold in your hands HTC One, you held and CUBOT One also.


The screen is indeed a pleasant surprise because I did not expect the same to be so good. At maximum brightness is not much worse than the HTC One. Even though I could not tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on these two devices.

Cubot one screen vs HTC One screen

one screens


Great wifi signal while is in hand, same as HTC. When it is on the table it loses a signal. What I was pleasantly surprised that the connection to the access point works faster than HTC One.


Version of the Android is 4.2.1. Surprisingly, the bloatware was virtually zero and there was not Chinese applications installed.


In fact, the speed of the applications (YouTube, game as Temple Run) is a great feeling but themselves while at home screen and menus OS is very strange. No lag, no stutter but as the FPS is lower than it should be. From benchmarks I only run Antutu and got around 13500 points as well as other devices with the same cpu.

Cubot One Antutu Benchmark


With CUBOT One I was pleasantly surprised because this Chinese smartphone is very solidly made​​. With decent performance, excellent screen and a very good price.

- Excellent screen
- Performance
- Design
- Price
- SD card slot
- 2 SIM

- The screen is not protected by Gorilla Glass
- 1GB of RAM (for the same money some manufacturers already provides 2GB RAM)
- Non-fluidity of menus and homescreen’s (this is a manner of speaking, it should not be that way)
- No notification LED
- Lighting capacitive keys is poorly resolved
- Sensitivity of the same could have been better
- Not supported 900MHz frequencies for 3G (as with most other Chinese devices)

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  1. Kim September 20, 2013

    I have a cubot One and I add:

    - Flash led very very poor.
    - Flash led synchro problem with camera
    - Camera Automatic ISO fail. Sometimes very granulated photos

    I hope Cubot fix the problems.

    • admin September 20, 2013

      I am very grateful for your opinion :)
      I also hope that Cubot will fix this problems.

  2. jonas October 8, 2013

    As fotos com flash ficam muito ruim mas existe uma atualização de firmware que corrige isso alguem tem esse firmware?

  3. Franck October 22, 2013

    Hello guys,
    Do you know if Cubot has brought a solution for the photo flash problem ?

    • admin October 22, 2013

      I think that unfortunately they did not solve the problem. :(

  4. Arthur November 5, 2013

    What problems does it have? are you satisfied with the product,I’m considering buying one too,and i would like your sincere opinion about it,since you have it for one and a half month I suppose :D

  5. JS November 5, 2013

    Hello, Rose,

    I find your review very useful.
    And I decide to buy it. Where can I get a 2GB RAM version?

    • admin November 6, 2013

      I think there is no 2gb version.

  6. lrothheut November 11, 2013

    Because I was very dissatisfied about an “officail” product with (non existing) guarantee, I bought this Chinese product.
    It works fantastic! OK, camera is not very good, flashes always to late or to early. But all the rest works like an official imported smartphone. Even my i phone isn’t better…
    Has somebody tried the upgrade for this phone, proposed on the Cubotsite?

  7. steve November 13, 2013

    Camera issues can be resolved if you install camera fx app from playstore and use that instead of internal camera app :). Fixes issues with late flash etc :)

    • admin November 13, 2013

      Great to know :)

      thank you :)

  8. Gutabud November 28, 2013

    I have a Cubot One which worked great for two months. The WI-Fi suddenly stop working and will not turn on. I go to setting and neither the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi will turn on. In the Advanced settings the MAC and the IP4&6 address is “unavailable”. I tried updating the phone and resetting it to factory default settings but it still do not work. I contacted Cubot about the problem and they suggested rebooting and updating which I did. Cubot then stop answering my email after I told them I tried what they suggested about 20 times with no result. So now I am left with a phone and no support from the people who makes it because they cant fix it.

    • admin November 28, 2013

      I’m sorry you have a problem :(. did you tried the other ROM. If yes, then unfortunately the problem is somewhere on the motherboard. maybe you can take it to repair shop in your town. they maybe can repair it. please tell me what happend.

  9. Mara December 1, 2013

    HI Rose :)
    great reviews, it really helped me a lot to decide which phone to buy. But I still can’t make up my mind between Cubot TG99 and Cubot One? Can you please help me chose one :) I just need fast phone with good camera for my travel blog. And one more question, how can I get coupon for discount? THank you soooo much :D

    • admin December 2, 2013

      Cubot One is better, but GT99 is also good :) coupon is sent to you :)

  10. jason December 17, 2013

    why won’t buy the cubot one from official website

    • admin January 21, 2014

      you can do that if you want.

  11. counterclockwise December 26, 2013

    Hello y’all! :)

    I’ve just bought a Cubot One but i dont know how to set the 3g, so my cellphone only works with wifi… could you please tell me how to fix it??

    Thx a lot! :)

    • admin December 27, 2013


      for 3g information you need to ask your network provider. but keep in mind that this phone with 3g works on only 2100mhz.

  12. John January 1, 2014

    Could you tell me is camera really 13Mp? Because I’ve read some reviews that said camera is only 8 MP
    thank you :)

    • admin January 2, 2014

      Yes, it is possible that the camera has 8MP sensor. unfortunately nothing new in Chinese products :D

  13. Mark January 4, 2014

    If i buy this phone, or any of the Cubot phones, will i be able to use my already existing T-mobile sim card with and and still get service?

    • admin January 5, 2014


      are you from EU or USA ?

  14. admin January 7, 2014

    see inew v3 :) coupon is sent to you. if you need more help just ask

  15. Mark January 8, 2014

    I have Wifi problem on my Cubot One but only when I want to download some Apps from google play store. If wifi is off button of mobil data is on then is possible download and install Apps. Internet browser correctly run by wifi …

    • admin January 21, 2014

      maybe the wifi signal is too weak ?

  16. Pero January 19, 2014

    My cubot one came few days ago. I didn’t notice switching button on camera application at first but then i realised there wasn’t any. By clicking on ‘capture panorama’ the application stopped working at all. Few times switching button apeared after this panorama thing and i managed to take one photo with back camera. I can only use my front camera and it annoys me. Do you know how to fix this?

    • admin January 21, 2014

      maybe you need to try hard reset. if that not helps pls tell me.

  17. Sinead Mannion January 30, 2014

    My Cubot one, after I down load apps they work for a period then the phone will occasionally just crash and turn back on and then the apps I have downloaded wont work. It keeps saying something about an update on go launcher everytime I click on the apps….has anyone any ideas why this is happenening. I only have the phone a week….

  18. George February 17, 2014

    Hello i bought a Cubot One last week and it arrived today but they wanted me to pay another 102euro (extra for DHL airport agent) and some more custom duties even the seller had written 50$ on the invoice… I told them to send it back and i’ll ask for refund from the seller… Finally my problem was DHL they do that almost all the time.. i’ve search it and found out that EMS doesn’t have that kind of problems and also speak to the phone with a representative of EMS and told me everything.
    What i want now is to buy a new one as cheap as i can… maybe with a coupon or something.
    If anyone has any ideas please share…

    Thank You!

    • admin February 17, 2014

      this process is normal because you need to pay taxes in your country…. DHL is much more expensive than EMS… but still you need to pay taxes.

  19. George February 17, 2014

    I know i have to but if the seller writes something like gift or a small price like 30$ the taxis in my country (witch is 23%) will be 6.9$. EMS also told me that if it is lower than 30$ most of the times they just move on to the next one but its a 50-50 chance…. Oh and if the “box” or the invoice doesn’t say it is an electronic device they will not be cleared at all. But this is also a 50-50 chance couse sometimes they open the boxes.. (i’ve chat with some ppl from my country and 3/5 did’t pay custom duties at all!! There has to be a way for me too.) Anyways…… If you have any cheap but reliable seller to suggest who might also work with coupons or something it would be great!
    Thank you for answering so fast! :D

  20. George February 18, 2014

    Well i went took it anyway…. couldn’t wait…
    I’m very exited the phone is almost perfect. It has only one isue, there is a spot in the screen that is not responding at all… i can’t press “k” “m” ” . “(dot) and its also not easy to press letter “i” & “o” . I checked the box says “show touches” and the area i mentioned is dead… it is not responding at all… Any suggestions? Anyone had that problem before?

    Thank you!

  21. George February 19, 2014

    I’ve record a video to show the problem in case someone had the same experience.
    If anyone knows the solution to it please share, Thank you!

  22. zoomhoody February 20, 2014

    I bought my Cubot One from Amazon 3 months ago (no import duty). I also have an HTC One so I can make a good comparison. The HTC One is better; it should be because it costs 4 times as much. But it’s not 4 times as good. The Cubot One is a really, really good ‘phone for the price. Where the HTC does better is the camera, the fact that it has good speakers and better headphones, the wifi and bluetooth connectivity is stronger (but not by much), the battery life is better and the cable connection is firmer.

    Otherwise, the general functionality is great. Some Chinese “clone” ‘phones are rubbish and you don’t get what you pay for. the Cubot One is very good and well worth the price (I paid £120 via Amazon).

    One question: does anyone know where I can get a higher capacity battery for the Cubot One? The 2200 mAh is OK but runs out very fast after it gets below 15% charge.

  23. zoomhoody February 20, 2014

    Forgot to add: the Cubot One is a dual SIM ‘phone, the HTC isn’t. Really useful if, like me, you have more than 1 SIM.

  24. George February 22, 2014

    I’m looking for that too i’ll let you know if i find something. Do you know how you can do a “Hard Reset” on Cubot one is it like on the HTC One? Anyone?

  25. shane 11 days ago

    hi thinking about buying the cubot one but not sure if it works on Australian phone networks can you pls help with this

    • admin 11 days ago


      what frequency your network uses ?

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