We find the phone on the right side wrapped in a plastic case. Below, there is a user manual in several languages. On the left are the card slot’s key, the European power charger with 5V at 2A output, and a micro-USB type C cable of approximately 1m in length. Unlike other rugged phones, the USB input is the same length as regular phones.
Design and Screen
What is most striking about this phone is its resistance to water and shock. It is a rugged terminal made of rubber, polycarbonates, and metal, which makes it resistant to falls, dust, and water.
This Cubot Quest Lite is a unibody terminal (from which the battery cannot be removed) with 74 mm width, 152.0 mm length, and 8.8 mm thickness, and a weight of 183 grams, so it is one of the smallest rugged phones on the market. Also, it is easy to grip and not very heavy compared to a standard phone. It has an IP68 certification verifies that it is resistant to dust and the prolonged effects of immersion under water pressure.
The screen is a 5-inch IPS LCD with an HD+ resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen density is 294 pixels per inch, and the aspect ratio is 16:9. The brightness is acceptable, but the screen may not look good on sunny days (450 cd/m2). Also, the color saturation is 90% NTSC.
This device does not have a notch but has large frames around the screen, a selfie camera, and three navigation buttons. These are not backlit and cannot be seen in the dark. On the other hand, they are far apart from each other.
The rear area has a rubber and polycarbonate finish, providing the device with excellent resistance against falls. The two photo cameras are located in the central part, accompanied by a led flash and protected by a slight protruding edge. Below is a small fingerprint reader that works well, being entirely accurate and fast. Underneath are several athlete logos, and just below are the microphone and the Cubot logo.
And something that I did not like was the position of the buttons. On the right side, the first thing we find is the on and off switch, which has the volume up and down buttons just below. This distribution seems strange or complicated to me since the order is usually the other way around. On the left side is the SIM card slot protected by a rubber cover, and just below it is a customizable button. By default, it comes to start the camera application.
In the case of this phone, you can add two nano-SIM cards or, instead of one, include a micro-SD memory card of up to 128GB.
Cubot Quest Lite Review : Software
With the primary Google services, this Cubot Quest Lite brings Android 9.0 Oreo multilanguage that is completely clean. It is a version of “Android Stock” without third-party applications, except those of Google and native Android.
These include the Google Play app store, YouTube, Gmail, the DUO video conferencing app, and the Chrome browser. It also natively brings the FM Radio application without needing the internet. In addition, it also has the new Google Files file explorer.
In this case, as an Android Stock, it has an application drawer that will appear when you slide from the bottom up on the home screen. These apps will appear in alphabetical order.
Apart from the fingerprint reader, this operating system also has facial unlocking. It is an unsecured facial recognition since it is possible to unlock it with a photograph, although with sunglasses, it cannot recognize us in low light.
And to verify that the terminal is safe and does not have applications that can filter our data, I have run the Malwarebytes antivirus checking that it does not have any malicious apps.
Power and Hardware
The first thing we will do to check this mobile phone’s potential and compare it passes the “AnTuTu Benchmark” performance test, which gives us the global value of the maximum performance it can achieve. In this case, the result has been 68,208 points, which indicates that it is a simple terminal.
This terminal has a 4-core MediaTek Helio A22 (MT6761) processor that works at 2 GHz. This chip has several ARM Cortex-A53 structures and an IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU graphics card. On the other hand, it has 3GB of LPDDR3 type RAM.
Cubot Quest Lite Review : Screens
As for storage memory, it has 32GB with the possibility of increasing the space by adding an SD card of up to 128GB. The reading speed of the storage memory is 211MB/s, and the writing speed is 136MB/s. On the other hand, the speed of the RAM is 4892MB.
Considering the operating system and the applications that come with Occupy, the available space of this phone is 25.7GB.
In my day-to-day, I have not had problems with the phone. It works well with social networks and messaging applications; however, the load times when switching applications are not instantaneous, and you have to wait a few milliseconds.
When it comes to playing, a little more of the same happens. The loading times are pretty slow, and the gameplay is not good (with battle royale games). The movements are not very precise and are relatively slow. In addition, it gets pretty hot, and signs of lag appear.