The tablet is a type of product that you don't hear so much about as smartphones are increasingly performing and with generous display sizes or because the two-in-one market is cannibalizing that of tablets. And then can it be worthwhile to buy a tablet again? My choice fell on the Cube T12, which a poco less than 80 euros offers everything you need and more. Keep reading our review and if you are interested in buying, hurry up because the offer is limited. You can find the Cube T12 at the online store Banggood.com.
The sales package already makes sense that inside we will find one economic product, as it is made of a recycled cardboard with the company's logo in good view and some specifications on the back of the box.
Inside we find in addition to tablet Cube T12, the for the extraction of the SIM carriage, fthe gloom of the guarantee (in Chinese and therefore I doubt it is priceless to our latitudes), one VIP card with a scratch code with which to register at the manufacturer's site, the USB charging cable with Micro USB connector and User Manual in Chinese and English, with some quick information on using the tablet.
Finally we also find a small one card with company certification regarding the checks carried out on the product, a sort of quality stamp. Maybe the endowment is poco exploitable given the origin of the tablet but the intent of the company is still appreciable. Finally, the online store Banggood.com who provided the sample also paid us a wall charger with 2A outlet with European plug.
DESIGN AND MATERIALS
The T12 Cube is an economical tablet but in spite of that the body is made of satin aluminum which engages the display frame with one milling finishing most of the perimeter. On the top profile there is the on / off button and the volume bar also made of metal. The right profile is completely free, while the lower profile hosts them two system casks which therefore offer a stereo sound.
Finally, the left profile is dedicated to the slot for SIM insertion in micro size, micro USB type charging input with support for OGG, input for inserting a micro SD card to expand 16 GB up to a maximum of 64 GB, and 3.5 mm jack jack for earphones. In the back panel we find in addition to the logo of the company also one 5 megapixel camera and relative single LED flash both hosted by a white plastic band that hides the WiFi antennas and the telephone module.
Frontally we have the display from 10.1 inches, microphone and selfie camera from 0.3 megapixels. There is no proximity or ambient proximity sensor as well as the LED for notifications is absent. The design has nothing innovative but is pleasing and thanks to 4 cornered corners it does not seem to have a product with no personalization in the hands, it also turns out well manageable despite the weight not exactly contained in 557 grams.
The panel mounted on the CUBE T12 is a drive from 10.1 IPS matrix inches with resolution 1280 x 800 Full HD pixels. Brightness is not the strong point of this display, which, in turn, can be appreciated by proposing well-tinted colors with the possibility of further calibration through software Miravision.
The visibility under the direct sunlight is virtually nothing, which only affects its use in closed environments or on rough days. The touch is capacitive and it is fluid thanks to the support for 5 touch points, but speed is not a quality contemplated and so we should arm ourselves with patience if for example we have to write a very long mail.
The oleophobic treatment is also presspoco non-existent but personally I have not found major annoyances in viewing my favorite series on the screen of the Cube T12 and therefore I have not felt the need to clean it continuously.
The T12 Cube uses a processor MediaTek MT8321 with clock frequency a 1.3 GHz and Cortex-A7 architecture to 32 bit, as well as a GPU Mali 400MP, 1 GB of RAM e 16 GB of internal memory expandable via micro SD card up to 64 GB. The operating system is entrusted to Android 6.0 Mashmallow without any customization from the manufacturer. Therefore the use experience is the classic stock, which seeing limited hardware could be an advantage as i energy consumption is very low.
The module is completed Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n monoband, and module GPS which turned out to be lightning-fast and reliable, but the surprise is in the phone segment as the CUBE T12 also allows you to make calls and then turn it into a smartphone with exaggerated dimensions support for 3G networks.
The benchmark results of the Cube T12 are not promising, for example, on AnTuTu are totalized poco more than 22000 points, but in spite of that I stayed pleasantly surprised from the performance of the device as it manages to offer a more than pleasant daily use experience. In fact we can take advantage of the Cube T12 for playing heavy games such as Real Racing 3 with maximum graphic detail without any particular frame rate loss or various heating, or we can use the tablet for work or study using the Office suite and then write documents with Word or process data in Excel. We can read newspapers, pdf or relax on the couch watching a movie or maybe one of the reviews offered by Xiaomitoday.it
AUDIO AND RECEPTION
The T12 Cube comes with 3G connectivity with the ability to make calls just like a smartphone by inserting a Micro SIM card into the removable slot via the provided pin. I must say that I was surprised because our interlocutor reportedly heard us ottima qualità while we are forced to talk hands-free, unless we connect earphones, we can feel pretty good, provided we do not find ourselves in noisy environments.
The sound comes from the two stereo system speakers placed on the lower profile of the tablet, but the sound output is insufficient because the high frequencies are emphasized by picking up medium and low basses that are virtually non-existent although the volume is quite high.
However, it is possible to improve the sound slightly by using the function of sound optimization through the Tablet Settings menu, with which we could decide to set the sound for the movie mode or music mode. Lastly, it is to be noted with pleasure that it is the FM radio is present, which is now almost unavailable even on smartphones.
The user interface is basically that stock offered by the Android 6.0 Marshmallow system without any customization by the manufacturer that merely places the possibility of receiving the updates via OTA, although in my experience of use I have received no notification about it. In spite of all the basic functions are all done in a wonderful way without ever system impacts or lags. In a sense, it might also be positive to not having different applications that only saturate RAM and occupy memory, so you can choose to customize the system with alternative launchers or with the applications that are most popular with us. No video with resolution beyond Full HD is supported, but container formats such as MKV are supported.
As mentioned, the T12 Cube comes with one 5 megapixel rear camera with possibility of registration video in full HD. The interface is the classic that MediaTek has used us with, with few settings and extreme simplicity of use.
Unfortunately, the rendering of the camera is undoubtedly insufficient if used in low light conditions, while under good brightness conditions, the shot videos arrive just enough.
Le photo even in good brightness conditions full of background noise, from the kneaded colors and the tip and snap are a utopia. In short a camera underneath it but it can be exploited for various social sharing. The same ratings apply to the front camera which has a resolution of just 0.3 megapixel, good for video chat and nothing more.
The supplied T12 Cube battery is a drive from 5000 mAh, which with medium intensity use guarantees almost three days of use guaranteeing over 6 active screen hours with brightness at the 80%, which considering the generous size of the display is a great result. Charging also takes place quickly as approximately 2 is needed for half a day to bring the tablet completely down to the 100% of autonomy. There are also some energy saving settings that help to further improve battery efficiency.
PRICE AND CONCLUSIONS
The Cube T12 certainly has its shortcomings but it manages to perform every task becoming a good travel companion by offering even premium functions, such as support for the OTG in order to carry important files with you and if necessary to be able to view them on the large display from 10.1 inch. The battery also with the capacity of 5000 mAh manages to accompany you for almost three days of medium / intense use and if you are really short of energy you can activate the energy saving. During daily use, I changed my mind about the initial impressions I had on the Cube T12 and I can say that despite being an affordable tablet, the construction and materials make it look like a premium product. But above all the reliability really struck me: thinking of having with me a tablet with telephone support, albeit only in 3G, which manages to transform itself into an accurate and precise navigator, and at the same time a work tool on which to edit files text, excel or powerpoint, as well as being able to relax by reading an ebook or watching a movie. All this at an ultra competitive price. In fact you can find the Cube T12 a poco less than 80 euros at the store Banggood.com thank you for sending the sample and that among the many stores I feel to advise you for the professionalism and care with which you ship the products.
- Materials and quality construction
- General performance
- 3G module
- Quick and reliable GPS
- Low-power camera
- Insufficient display brightness under direct sunlight
- Sounds poco balanced