General Problems with Cubot Phones

After the Cubot Note S, I never really focused on testing other Cubot phones because of all the promises the Note S gave but failed to deliver – good battery life and good cameras.

The phone was, for many people, probably the ‘answer’ to the long time question: can we get a really good phone at a cheap price? But it failed miserably for me. The 4150mAh battery didn’t deliver. The 8MP camera produced very bad quality images. And I wrote this post titled Problems with the Cubot Note S.

One thing however to note is that the Cubot Note S had a really good display. Read my full review. 

I later on realised, from Google searches, Online Fora, and emails from people with these devices, that Cubot phones, not sure if all of them or just some of them, generally have problems. And the major issues are always:

  • Battery
  • Cameras
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I cannot explain the battery issues. I don’t understand why, for example, the 4150mAh Note S battery cannot last as much as a 3000mAH battery on the Infinix Hot 3.

Is it because the battery ratings are fake? Is it because there’s no proper optimisation to help reduce battery drain?

The former could be true. Because even using Greenify and other battery saving techniques the 4150mAh battery just couldn’t deliver.


I later on realised Cubot interpolate their cameras. Not that interpolating is bad because most, if not all digital cameras use some form of interpolation. But I think it is Cubot’s outright interpolation techniques that are really bad.

Interpolation in the simplest (and probably fakest) of terms is like claiming a 5MP Camera is 8MP using software techniques to make the lens capture “larger” photos.

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So if you are getting a 13MP Cubot camera, it could just be 8MP interpolated to 13MP and that’s why you’ll really dislike the quality of pictures it takes.


If you have a Cubot phone, what is the best thing about the phone and what is the worst thing about it?

I shouldn’t judge all Cubot phones because of one device, and as such I will be looking for more Cubot devices to review in the coming weeks.

You can buy Cubot Phones from Jumia Kenya 

I want to write something, especially, on the Cubot Rainbow that’s just Ksh. 7,499 on

  • Helen Green

    I am writing this on my Cubot x12 as my Cubot Cheetah 2 has died, I’ve only had it about 5 months, here’s the problems on both phones….

    The x12: The battery, it isn’t bad but goes from around 40% to zero in seconds! Camera is rubbish and the 1gb of ram isn’t enough, it freezes a lot unless I close every app after I have used it.

    The Cheetah 2: Oh where to start! SD card reading issues and battery life is shocking (if that’s a 3000 mah battery I’ll show my backside in public) can’t use it anymore, I get an hour uptime when fully charged before it goes from 90% to zilch! I googled battery life issues and SD card reading issues on the Cheetah 2 and a LOT of folk are having this problem.

    I feel cheated as the Cheetah 2 is a lovely phone, just need a better battery and SD card problems sorted.

    Glad to have found your review on Cubot phones, I feel not alone in my frustrations.

  • ben

    Cubot manufactures will never learn to produce phones with good cameras. am Soo disappointed in cubot dinasour which I recently purchased. both front and rear cameras are just water marks and my former lg l5 5mpxl camera is 10 times better than their 13mpxl. the battery drains in seconds from 8% to 0%. every enticing specification about it is a mess.

  • Peter Lee

    I bought my wife a Cubot Rainbow. No issues with the battery, but the 13MP camera is really poor. The front ‘selfie’ camera works well, though.

  • Richards

    I am willing to place an order for Cubot Rainbow from Jumia, please any insights before i proceed?

  • Johnson. M

    yeah infinix hot 3 rules

  • Elizabeth Currie

    My new cubot phone is great. I’ve just discovered when taking photos that there is a black blob on screen which shoes in photos. It’s in top left near the corner. Any thoughts on that ?

  • anto mkenya

    wah,i hav anote s,n its tru bat camera,overheating!!!! damn,,,,the onli giod ting here is da sharp crisp display,,,,,,,,

  • Ericoo

    am using cubot note s .I rooted it’s working pretty good phone even the battery lasts.

  • jesse

    Hey Otieno ,I love ua post Bt I have a question ,have you reviewed the cubot cheetah? I would like to buy it.

  • Dennis

    Comment:I have a cubot p11 and I simply really dislike it. The 13mp camera is really bad. Frankly the techno H6 I had before took sharper, better images and its autofocus was on point. The P11 also really struggles to with 3G internet connectivity, I’m forced to use 2G most of the time and it’s 2016. I’m not sure though if all P11s are like this or my device has a problem. What I do know is I hate it and I can’t wait to go back to Tecno. I’m eyeing the new Canon C7. You should review it.

  • Shaz

    Don’t buy Cubot. I have had no less than three that don’t work, electric shock of of adapter, memory problems, defective phantom screen, and I’m still waiting for Cubot to replace my X15 that was broken out the box, 7 months and counting since it was returned. Cubot don’t answer emails and from the director down to the poor services they are all crooked. Don’t trust em folks!

  • Elijah

    Comment: The is no other website that I make visits than this one. All the information therein has really helped me a lot. Currently i am on the look out for a phone with a good battery life, a better display and a good camera but on a budget. I almost settled on this cubot note s.

    • Otieno Dickson

      I had compared the Note S to the slightly cheaper Hot 3 and the Hot 3 was the better option.

  • Michael

    Thanks for this enlightening info.

  • Denno

    Otii I love your website. You always write what I enjoy reading and am always like, ‘tell us more!’

    • Otieno Dickson

      Thank you very much!!