Who will ever thought that even Chinese Brands can create such good devices like Cube Talk 9X . With its slim, a metal body and a cool paint job, Cube Talk 9X is probably the best-looking phone ever created. The metal construction make it feel premium an luxurious when you have it on your hand. There is no flex in the metal back panel or any unpleasant rattling from the buttons, which makes it feel like a sturdy piece of kit.
On early promotion Cube claimed that the new device will be less than 8mm thick. Many people was sceptical about it, but only when it was announced they believe that it was actually true. The front is dominated by a 9.7 IPS capacitive touchscreen of 2048 x 1536 px resolution. With a 2 Mp front-facing camera this device is perfect for video chat or even selfies.
On the front of the device there are no physical buttons, only in the side you will find the Volume and Power buttons as well as the micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a microSD card slot. If you want to expand the 16 GB storage that the device has by default you can insert a microSD card.
In the right side of the tablet is mounted the micro-SIM tray. To open it you need the eject tool which can be found on the retail package.
On the back there is a 8 mp Camera along with the LED flash. The chassis is made by aluminium, which gives the tablet a very sturdy and premium feel. It also makes the tablet a little heavy.
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Systems and software
The Cube Talk 9X comes running the stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, which is pleasantly up to date. Knowing its own limitations in developing Android, Cube has kept the 9X interface 100% to stock Android.
Preinstalled applications have also been kept to minimum. But you can find plenty of useful application available to download and install on the 9X device. Google Play and Google Map work perfectly. Try installing other apps to see the real power of 9X tablet.
Display and Sound
The 9.7 inch display has a resolution 2048 x 1536, with a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. This is good enough for a best tablet. The Cube Talk 9X display seem to be extremely crisp, with sharp edges around icons and a comfortable clarity to small text in Web pages. It’s to bright so you can read perfect not only under a grey cloudy sky but also in the midday sun. Colors are vivid as well, and it has awesome viewing angles, making it a great all-round display for browsing the web pages, playing games or watching HD videos.
And for the sound, I was surprised by how loud and rich is the stereo speakers sound. For me it has the perfect sound better than the other tablets I have ever seen. It don’t has much tinniness and they are perfectly acceptable for listening to music tracks. I wouldn’t replace this tablet sound with any other.
The Cube Talk 9X comes with a octa-core Mediatek MT8392 CPU at 2 GHZ, and with 2 GB RAM. This specs gives the 9X the best performance that an Android tablet can have. We made some comparisons between this device and other tablets, including Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and many other. As you will se from the pictures below the Cube Talk 9X performed powerfully across the board.
In the real-world, the Talk 9X performed like a real beast most of the time. Handling everything from browsing through the home screen to some of the most graphic-intense games with ease. The all system runs pretty smooth.
Bluetooth 4.0, 3G (WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/GSM), wireless display, FM Radio, GPS and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi are all on-board. With Cube Talk 9X you can even make a call using a SIM card, or send messages. There are not so many tablets you can use to make phone call. In 9x there is no earpiece on the tablet so when every you make a phone call you have to use headphones or the speakers.
No one could use a 9 inch tablet to make photos. You can use your smartphone for that. But if the 9X is the only device you have, then you don’t have other choice so you will use it to make photos. Its camera it’s not bad. The 8 mp Camera takes reasonably good photos. Check a sample picture below and give your opinion.
Even when I tried to use the camera in low light, the photos remains nice, with some reasonable drop in sharpness. Only in the really dark environments images looked fuzzy and grainy and I had to hold the tablet super still in order to get a shot that was not to blurry. Even though it has a LED flash, it didn’t help too much.
The cube Talk 9x has a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, which is a huge bump over the 5,300mAh battery of its predecessor (Talk 9). In the battery tests where we played a video on loop with 50 percent brightness while the notifications for email, Facebook, LinkedIn were turned on. And guess what, the 9X lasted for 8 hours and 13 minutes. This sounds crazy but it’s true.
Using the tablet to navigate on internet, talk with friend in Whatsapp and Wechat, watching YouTube videos, the tablet lasted through a whole day. I also las the phone mostly idle throughout the weekend and the battery dropped less than 10%. But this huge battery has also an issue. It need more than 6 hour to fully charge and this is very annoying, especially for people who hope to get a decent percentage of refill during lunch hours.
The Cube Talk 9x look a very promising tablet. The screen is great and the refined desing feels like a meaningful and long overdure step forward for Cube. The Octa-Core chipset works like a beast most of the time. We can say all the tablet is a beast. With a 8 mp camera that makes good photos you can’t ask more from a tablet
Besides being a cool tablet, one of the strongest points of Talk 9X is that it can be used as a phone. I will never encourage you to use a 10 inch tablet as a phone, but when your phone is broken, the Talk 9X can do well it’s work.