We go hands-on with Cherry Mobile’s Cubix Cube 2!
Cherry Mobile’s Cubix brand
was launched back in August as a response to the growing demand of consumers for affordable yet value-packed devices. Just like Huawei with their Honor series and Lenovo with ZUK, the Cubix brand was envisioned as a way to take advantage of the popularity of online-only sales. The first offering in the lineup, the Cubix Cube, managed to impress us in its build quality, performance and more importantly, price.
Today we’ll be taking a look at its bigger brother and the newest entry to the Cubix lineup, the Cube 2.
Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube 2 specs
- 1.7GHz octa-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 5.7-inch full HD OGS display, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 16GB of non-expandable storage
- 13-megapixel rear camera, Panasonic sensor with BSI and rear flash
- 8-megapixel front camera with BSI
- 3G, HSPA+
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC, USB OTG
- 3500mAh battery (non-removable)
- Android 4.4 KitKat
Hands-on, first impressions: A very premium looking device at a price that’s hard to beat
The original Cubix Cube had a design that was okay for the price, but never really managed to wow us. That’s changed with the Cubix Cube 2, and while the phone still retains a significant amount of plastic in its build, the device now uses a very nice looking metal frame on the side.
Interestingly, the entire frame isn’t made of metal – the top and bottom of the device uses rounded plastic. Overall the phone feels hefty and a little heavy, which is good, since the original Cubix felt too light for our taste.
The device has all the physical controls on the right side, as well as the dual SIM slots and USB port in an effort to preserve the curved aesthetics on the top and bottom of the phone. A lone 3.5mm is on the left side of the phone.
Flip the phone over and you’ll see the 13-megapixel rear camera that sports a Panasonic sensor with BSI. You’ll also see two small copper pins at the back which allows the Cube 2 to connect to a back case and connect to a wireless charger.
The problem is that we heard that Lazada (who will sell the phone) will not be carrying that case, which is a shame.
The display is a 5.7-inch, full HD OGS panel. Just like the Cubix Cube, the Cube 2 has a very nice display. The generous 5.7-inch panel is big, bright and is nice to look at, and you’d be hard pressed to find another phone that’s as affordable as the Cube 2 with the same size and quality.
Internally, the phone uses the rather dated MT6592 octa-core processor from MediaTek. That’s paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. While it’s dated, the MT6592 is more than enough for daily tasks, and paired with a 3500mAh battery the phone will definitely last for more than a day before needing to be charged.
Another possible weakness of the Cube 2 is the 16GB non-expandable storage, though the phone has OTG capability to transfer files. The phone is also running Android 4.4 KitKat, with only a slim possibility to upgrade to Android Lollipop.
The phone will retail for Php 4,999, which isn’t a bad price really. Since it’s a phone under the Cubix brand, it’ll be sold exclusively through Lazada. The Cubix Cube 2 will begin selling in Lazada on November 6, starting at 12NN.