Today we’ll be unboxing the Cubix Morph, an affordable 2-in-1 that allows students or even cash strapped professionals a way to stay productive without breaking the bank. A product of Cherry Mobile’s Cubix sub-brand that’s focused on online only sales, the Cubix Morph may just be the two-in-one you’ve been looking for all these years. Anyway, before we start, let’s take a quick peek at the specs:
Cherry Mobile Cube Morph
- 1.44GHz Cherry Trail Z8300 quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 10.1-inch IPS HD display, 1280 x 800 resolution
- 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 2-megapixel front camera
- 2-megapixel rear camera
- Android 5.1 Lollipop, Windows 10
- WiFi, Bluetooth, Can be paired with keyboard (optional)
- 6600mAh battery
- Php 5,999
Initial Impressions: decently priced, dual boot notebook
Just like other 2-in-1 covertible PCs, the Cubix Morph has two parts – you have the unit itself, which is a self-contained, 10.1-inch tablet that has all the important bits and the keyboard attachment that transforms it into a notebook PC.
Let’s take a look at the tablet first. Since the Cubix Morph is more of a budget device, you won’t see metal frames, chassis or glass backing here – the tablet is primarily made out of plastic to cut costs. Despite that the tablet doesn’t feel cheap or excessively plasticky, and while there’s flex in the body it’s not too excessive. Build quality looks good enough for the price.
Most of the ports and connectors are located on the left side of the tablet. You’re getting a single USB 3.0 port (bummer), a micro USB port, DC in for charging plus the requisite 3.5mm jack. There’s a microSD expansion slot hidden underneath a flap for more storage should you need it.
The top of the tablet holds the power and volume buttons. The rear of the tablet is sparse – you’ll see the Windows logo right smack dab in the middle, with the Cubix and Intel logos on the bottom and bottom right, respectively. The speaker grilles are located at the bottom extreme left and right of the tablet, positioned rearward.
The display is a 10.1-inch HD IPS display, with a 1280 x 800 resolution and while it has good enough viewing angles, it doesn’t have the best color reproduction. That’s understandable given the budget nature of the tablet, as is the fact that the touch panel is plastic, rather than glass. It’s a cost cutting measure that’s present on most budget devices today, and the Cubix Morph is no exception.
While the tablet lacks the flashy looks of other devices, it comes with a pretty sweet, suede keyboard that folds up and acts like a cover to protect the tablet when not in use. The keyboard’s keys are small and kind of squished together, which will definitely take a bit of getting used to. Key travel is okay, though not the best.
Powering the Cubix Morph is Intel’s Z8300 quad-core processor, running at 1.44GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That processor choice means that the tablet is capable of booting in both Android 5.1 Lollipop and Windows 10, though you’ll be taking a performance hit in Windows because of the limited RAM compared to Android. Basically, our advice is to keep anything not productivity related off of Windows 10. Just game on the Android component, since the processor is more than enough for most Android games out there today. One thing you’ll have to keep in mind though is the fact that Windows 10 gets the lion’s share of storage for the tablet (20.2GB for Windows and a measly 4.8GB for Android) which means you’ll need a microSD card to actually use the Android component.
At just Php 5,990 the Cubix Morph is certainly an attractive option, though there are serious compromises on both the externals and hardware. Still it’s a great option for professionals and students that are working with a very tight budget.