by | November 11, 2014 | Android Phablet, Reviews

Cube Talk 7X Octa

Cube has been pushing out new tablet and phablet models on monthly basis, faster then any other brand in order to cover a wider market share. Cube now offers models all from the super-cheap Cube U25GT (35USD) to the cost effective high-end Cube Talk 9X (163USD).

Just in time for the Chinese 11.11 shopping spree, Cube prepared the Cube Talk 7X Octa priced at only 489RMB (80USD) available via JD.com. The new model is powered MediaTek MTK8392 Octa-core SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, featuring a 7-inch at 1024×600 and dual cameras.

Cube Talk 7X Octa-core specs

  • Andorid 4.4.2
  • 7-inch PLS display at 1024*600
  • MediaTek MT8392 Chipset (Octa-core A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GM ROM
  • WCDMA / TD-SCDMA / GSM
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / GPS
  • VGA front-facing camera / 2MP rear-facing camera
  • 2700mAh Li-Po battery
  • 191*111*10.5mm in Size
  • 260g in weight

First impressions

The device comes well protected in a brown packing box from recycled paper (thanks to Xiaomi for starting this trend), with only one accessory inside, a USB data / charging cable. Not surprising being priced at only 80USD and most users already got few USB charges at their disposal.

 

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The device has a black front with plastic touch panel and white plastic back. We didn’t expect anything premium on this part and the overall built quality is just average. To access the SIM and SD slots a plastic cover on the back of the device has to be removed.

Power and volume buttons are located on top right side, but a much more optimal location would be middle left or right side for easier access with your thumb. The USB and headphone port are located on top, and again better would be bottom for easier operation while charing.

 

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Screen and camera

To keep the cost down and battery / performance high, the 7-inch screen is only at 1024×600 resolution. The low screen resolution will put strain on your eyes if you spend too much time reading text, but it is definitely enough for gaming or video playback. You will appreciate the good gaming performance and longer battery life despite the limited 1GB of RAM. The IPS screen is bright and you can enjoy movies even at the lowest brightness setting indoor, out door during day time however you will need have boost the brightness to max.

The Cube Talk 7X Octa features dual cameras and that is he only thing worth mentioning here, the camera quality and performance is very poor and you won’t find it very useful in most occasions.

 

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Performance

The biggest highlight of the Cube Talk 7X Octa apart from its low price tag is the powerful Octa-core
MTK8392 CPU, the very same processor powering the high-end model the Cube Talk 9X. Together with the Mali-450MP4 GPU you can enjoy amazing 3D gaming performance, smooth UI operations, blazing fast browsing and quick online video streaming.

The device performed well even with very intensive 3D games like Real Racing 3, and as seen in screens below it got very high scores with most of the popular tests.

 

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Connectivity

The Cube Talk 7X Octa supports WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GSM and 3G (WCDMA / TD-SCDM) talk and data, so there is plenty of options to stay connected when on the go. The device features dual-sim slots and support for FM radio. When testing the WiFi and 3G connectivity the device performed very well even at locations with very poor reception.

 

 

Battery

This part of the review is still under tasting and will be updated soon.

 

The Good

  • Powerful Octa-core CPU and GPU
  • Great 3D gaming performance
  • 3G with WCDMA and TD-SCDMA support
  • Dual-sim
  • Low price point
  • GPS / FM radio

The Bad

  • Low resolution display
  • Average battery life
  • Poor phone and back speaker

 

Final thoughts

It’s obvious that the Cube Talk 7X Octa is aimed at the young Chinese users with very thin wallets, while still offering great performance even for the latest 3D games and 3G connectivity that is now becoming standard even in the most remote areas of the country.

This device is really not worth purchasing from China, as just the shipping cost will be 50% of the original cost, but it is still a great little gaming.

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