Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube 2 Hands-on, First Impressions: Premium Big Screen Phablet At An Affordable Price

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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The problem is that we heard that Lazada (who will sell the phone) will not be carrying that case, which is a shame.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

46 comments

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    Im gonna buy meizu m2 note but after seeing this phone my mind is change, unbox please do a full review with camera samples

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    I get that it’s really cheap, but Kitkat?! Seriously, Cherry Mobile?

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    face to face with lg g4 stylo. hahaha. pero for 4999, sobrang sulit na nito.

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    anong level ng glass sir?
    is the button made of plastic? na may pag ka gold yung coating?

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    price isn’t bad? Its damn awesome! its the most affordable FHD phone you can buy!

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    Seems to lack LTE and the non expandable storage is a game breaker

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    with MT6592, di paba siya LTE?

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    nagiging common na talaga ang 13mp cam

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    This is s steal if you ask me…

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    Kahit na KitKat lang yan..Assuming na gagamitin lang for 2 years Max due to update constraints, aba’y sulit na yan, I might actually get one…but is there’s any way to root it? Can’t live without Xposed framework and Titanium backup.. ano po ba ang OEM nito?

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    m2 note pa din ako, im sure mediocre cam lng yan

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    Langya ito 5k lang yung inferior na oppo neo 7 9k! Mga sabog yata taga Oppo. Sabay nagpot session kasama ang myphone at starmobile.

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      I agree! I’m quite surprised with their product price. (OPPO smartphones) It’s so expensive plus the specs is not that great at all…..for that unit price. same with Starmobilephone (for me.haha) the design of their mobiles is okay though.

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    Ill use it to watch dota 2 replays while lying on the bed. Big screen FTW!!

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    hey cherry, just add P200 to the price for putting in an SD slot. why can’t you do that HA!!!!

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      Lol cherry mobile doesn’t make phones.. They bought it from China manufacturers and renaming it as cherry mobile brand..

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    Walang expandable mmc shit !! hahaha baduy pala nito palitan niyo yan.FHD aanhin payun kung konti games malalagayHayss..

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      oh plss. san ka ba maka kita ng FHD na 5k php. its OTG. at saka mas prefer ko phones na walang SD card in the long run

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      Phone po yan Hindi gaming console.. Kung magrereklamo ka na LNG din bumili ka na LNG ng high end na phone or gaming console para masaksak no ng mga games mo.. Pambihira nman tkga oh.. Puro na LNG games NASA pagmumukha ng mga tao ngayon tuwing may lalabas na bagong phone.. Tsk

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    not bad for 5k actually, non expandable memory notwithstanding. bear in mind the m1 note didnt have expandable storage but it was still a hit when it got released back then. lack of LTE is forgivable since we don’t have extensive LTE coverage yet anyway.

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      I agree. That’s why I have chosen this phone. I don’t have LTE, I don’t put a lot of files and games on my phone and lastly, the screen size and resolution is enough for me. Definitely the price makes this a bargain.

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    They should have done it m2 note style with the second sim slot useable as sd card as well. They should have added nothing to their cost (except some extra programming work). Still, the bang for the buck phone to beat…

    Fingerprint magnet yata iyung back. Hope Unbox could get a black and a white unit for comparison pics BEFORE November 6….

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    This is Jiayu G6, it’s old tho.
    good pricing for an old device. haha
    guys, just buy a latest 64bit processor device w/ LTE capability but just add a little bit money.

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    The only good thing is the and 5.7in HD display.. flare 4/S4 is 4999 also with all the upgrades -LTE, 64bit, minus 0.7in in size -_-. But im buying this instead of flare4/s4. its OTG so no worries about files transfer.transfer. Im using zenfone5 and my storage,16gb, hardly runs out. 16gb is big enough. i don’t think i need LTE, i Use Wifi connection most of the time and my place has a very limited LTE signal. Kitkat is still good OS. Lollipop doesn’t add that much. 2gb RAM is good enough. I just need bigger phone that can handle almost all im doin with my z5. hehe. this is good enough for a 1 year experience i guess.

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    Wag umasa sa lollipop update. Old soc at di nagrelease ng lollipop sa oem, jiayu g6. Mga di yata nabenta last year. Good to sa mga gusto ng malaking Screen at fhd. Yun lang siguro lamang nito sa Flare series.

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    ITS A JIAYU G6 GUYSSS!!! OEM nito from china!

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    Those and the 3500 mAh battery. As for Lollipop, if the OEM will release it, it should be possible (Cherry Mobile S3 Power uses the same CPU and the new batch of it has Lollipop pre-installed.).

    Good enough for the price.

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    Pwede n to s anak ko pang youtube lungs naman at fb ? . Sana maganda s mata ang screen pr ok s mata

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    Kakadating lng po itong cube 2 from lazada kaya lng wala atang pin ejector at yung takip nya sa headphone…..pero sulit sa ganda ng screen malinaw at yung camera nya maganda….

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    wala pabang nakakabili nito? para matanung qng kamusta ung pag gamitnya kung maaus ba at madaling malow bat.

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    64-bit Processor po ba??

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    Bakit pag 64-bit processor tapos 3500 mah batt anu meron? Malakas ba kumain ng batt?

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    Mag asus na lang kayo good specs affordable price pa.

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    i prefer this phone cubix cube 2 from cherry mobile sulit sya! kakarating lng ng sa akin and my wife really love’s it.. tnx lazada and cherry mobile..

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    ok na rin pero kung LTE ito khit single sim lang sya langya mabenta ito

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    bakit ung benchmark nya 28k lang eh dito 30k

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    the 13MP camera and the kitkat OS got me excited, but the dated processor was a deal breaker for me. i’d rather buy a low-cost zenfone. performance is most important.

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    Concerned citizen

    Kapareho ng firefly mobile intense x

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    nabasag ung touch screen ng cubix cube 2 ko, accdg to cherry mobile service center, warranty was void. replacement of touch screen alone costs 1,800++ plus labor. total daw is 2,800++.. the hell.. konti na lang makakabili ka na ulit ng bagong unit!

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    Ayus na to..kahit 16gb lang..may usb otg naman.ayus na yan..mora na..sulit pa…not bad..i love the style and screen size….kitkat version..i can do alot of things on this phone..xposed and greenify lang..sapat na..no need for other batt.saving apps.hehehe

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    Has been a great phone, but you have to root it with king root installed on Windows and then delete everything that has the word “YouTube ” in it. Otherwise it will open new tabs with advertisement and even download Malware with any browser. After it has been deleted you can get an uncontaminated YouTube from the play store.

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    pano ko mapapa ayos nabasag kung cubixcube2?

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