The Chinese do not stop to surprise us with new smartphones. There are quite good phones that cost several times less than, for example, the flagships from Samsung, but they are not inferior in performance and other parameters. But there are also cheaper smarts — ultra budgetary, which are interested in many people.

We will not hide, among the cheapest phones, many models do not meet the expectations of users. But in this review, we will tell you about a gadget that at its price can please many. Meet Cubot Note S.

Review cheap phone Cubot Note S

The company Cubot has released a decent smartphone with a large display, a powerful battery and an attractive price, which is $ 90.

And now about everything in order.

Package Contents and Appearance

Supplied smartphone in a regular branded box of white.

Inside the box are the smartphone itself, a silicone case, a manual, a USB cable and a charger unit for 1 amp.

The back panel of the phone is made of plastic, however, like the whole case. In the middle, there is a company logo. In the upper left corner is the primary camera, slightly to the right of the LED flash. At the bottom of the grill is the speaker.

On the sides: on the left side face are the volume buttons and the power button, which do not play and are well pressed. At the top end is a USB port with OTG support and an audio jack. There is nothing on the left and bottom sides.

Review cheap phone Cubot Note S

The front panel is made of glass, at the bottom there are touch buttons without illumination. At the top is the front camera, proximity sensor, and light sensor. There is an oleophobic coating, which is very rare for cheap phones.

The back cover is removable. The battery is also removable. Under the protection, there are two slots for micro sim and a slot for the flash drive.

The phone, despite its considerable size, is comfortable and comfortable in hand. Due to the rounded corners, the phone looks stylish. The thickness of the smartphone is about 9mm, and this is not much, given the capacious battery.


The diagonal of this smartphone is 5.5 inches. The manufacturer focused on the fact that the OGS technology was applied to the display. That is, in a smartphone that has a price tag of about $ 90, there is no air layer. Indeed, the screen here is refreshing. Plus, there is an oleophobic coating, and the finger slides on display very nicely.

The colors are saturated, the brightness margin is right, the picture on the summer sun does not fade. Viewing angles are almost maximum.

The software part

The phone is running Android 5.1, but today it is already possible to upgrade by air to android 6.0. Standard launcher without glitches works brightly; the manufacturer has redrawn icons.

Of the fresh chips, there is still a model of energy saving, management of gestures, unlocking with a double tap.


Cubot Note S is equipped with an MT6580 processor. The amount of RAM is 2GB. The main memory has 16GB built in, of which slightly more than 12GB is available.

In Antutu smartphone is gaining 23,000 points, which is the norm for this price category.

From the built-in sensors, there is an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.

Performance in games

Today’s hero we experienced with the help of the race Asphalt 8. You can safely play on the average graphics settings, although sometimes it was noticeably lower FPS, but not critical. On minimal, you can play freely.

For 20 minutes of the game in Asphalt phone warmed up quite well, but let’s not forget that the smart is not a game, and the price tag is not significant.


The camera interface is like an ordinary stock an android, so nothing is interesting in it. The primary camera at 5MP with interpolation up to 8MP. The front camera on 2MP with interpolation up to 5MP.

LED flash is, and oddly enough, it is perfect. In the dark, you can take pictures, but at a minimal distance. The most surprising thing is that the flash does not light the photo, as most smartphones do. For expensive smartphones — this is the norm, but we have a budget on the review, so the manufacturer tried.

Still, before the «camera phone» Note S does not hold out, but for fast mobile pictures and conversations on Skype, it will be enough with your head.

It seems Cubot decided not to introduce chips, such as a fingerprint scanner, but to make a standard flash camera, and put a powerful battery, which we’ll now talk about.


The manufacturer claims a battery of 4150 mAh, but we know that the Chinese do not have much conscience, and they like to overstate the real figures. But to the surprise, the tester showed that the capacity of the battery is 4050mAh. Such a battery will last for the day the most active users, and those who use the phone purely as a dialer — the battery will last for a day or two.

Other features

GPS is working correctly, you can count on 4-5 satellites, but minor disruptions sometimes happen.

Multitouch for five touches works fine. There are no complaints against him.

The external speaker has a loud sound (as for a budget employee), and it’s pretty clean. For ringtones enough to head off.

The quality of the spoken speaker and microphone is also good. The interlocutor is heard well, and you are even understood correctly.

The OTG function is supported.


The company Cubot offers us a cheap smartphone for $ 90, in which:

  • Powerful battery;
  • Great display;
  • Not bad cameras;
  • Silicone cover included;
  • Good optimization.

Of the minuses, it can be noted only the heating of the phone during the game, and some failures in working with GPS. Most likely, when you upgrade to android 6.0, this bug will disappear.

In general, for a small price, we get an excellent smartphone, which is enough for everyday tasks. Many competitors can not boast of such indicators, and Cubot was able, therefore, and presented us with this model.