- Aluminum chasis gives it a premium look
- A good camera for the price tag
- A bright screen that views well in bright places
- Quite cheap
- No 4G connectivity
- The processor and graphics card not as premium as the look
- The speaker sounds a bit muted even when unobstructed
Cubot isn’t as popular a brand as Tecno, Infinix or the other famous smartphone brands in Kenya. Nonetheless, Cubot have delivered a set of well-design budget Android phones that are under the Ksh11,000 mark. The Cubot P12 is one of its best budget phones.
Even though Cubot P12 won’t make it to the budget 4G phones list, its premium looks and solid design makes it quite the bargain in its price range. I’d say it feels more reliable and refined than the Infinix Hot series and the Tecno phones in the under Ksh11,000 mark.
Design and Apperance
The Cubot P12 has a respectable aluminum-magnesium metal frame that gives it a more expensive frame as opposed to its rivals who stick to plastic chassis. This will definitely be a plus to the smartphone’s durability.
At the rear is a removable cover that hides a removable 2200mAh battery, dual SIM slots and a microSD slot.
With the thickness down to 8.1mm, the Cubot P12 could easily fool you into believing that is a premium phone. Couple this with the 165g weight and you get something that is substantial to feel important and light enough to feel comfortable in your pocket.
You will get a 5 inch IPS panel with a 1300:1 contrast ratio and 450 nits brightness (What this means is the screen bright and vivid enough for comfortable daytime viewing.) The resolutions comes in at 720×1280 giving it a respectable 294ppi.
Even though this is still washed out compared to high-end phone resolutions, this will still be a great bargain for the price tag.
Couple this with the thin bezels and you get an impressive design that will make you feel important whenever you whip your phone out.
Cubot P12 Specs
The inside revolves about a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 quad-core processor coupled to 1GB of RAM.
Cubot scores a 24,807 score on AnTuTu benchmark software and a measly 4fps on T-Rex. These two are a way of gauging processing and graphical performance. This means that you will do most of the daily chores pretty well but will not play most of the premium games smoothly.
You will get 16GB of internal storage (11GB available) and you can use up 32GB microSD cards to expand your storage space.
The P12 spots a 13MP rear camera and 8Mp for the front camera. This gives it the power to do full-HD videos in a wide range of camera modes. The most common are smile shot, face detection and the HDR mode.
The details are fuzzy when you zoom in but most of the general shots will look presentable from a distance.
Cubot P12 Specs
Dimensions: 143.9 x 71.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 143 g
Colors: Black, White
Type: Color IPS screen, 16M colors
Touch: yes Multitouch
Display size: 5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density: 294 ppi
Camera resolution: 13 MP
Features: Face detection, Smile detection, Geo tagging, Autofocus, Panorama, Touch to focus, HDR, LED flash
Secondary camera: yes 8 MP
Video: yes 1080p@30fps
Operating system: Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
Processor type: Quad Core
Processor speed: 1.3 GHz Cortex A7
Chipset: MediaTek MT6580
GPU: yes Mali-400 MP
RAM: 1 GB
Internal memory: 16 GB
Card slot: yes Up to 32 GB
3G: yes Up to 21.1 Mbps Download, 5.76 Mbps Upload
GPRS: yes Up to 85.6 kbps
EDGE: yes Up to 236.8 kbps
WiFi: yes Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth: yes v4.0
USB: yes MicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
GPS: yes A-GPS
Battery type: 2200 mAh, Li-Ion
Standby time: –
Talk time: –
Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light
Music player: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC
Video player: MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263
FM radio: yes
3.5 mm audio jack: yes
Additional features: USB OTG