With 3 just launched smartphones all under R3000, this new to South Africa brand of slick looking smartphones has us excited. Meet Cubot, the new kid on the tech block.

About the brand:

Cubot is all about great value for money. The company is based in China and produces affordable Android smartphones and wearables. Creating the right balance between features and price is what makes this brand so exciting. Unlike many other Chinese brands, Cubot has created original designs for the handsets instead of just copying other high-end brands.

The phones:

Cubot J3 16GB – R979

With good looks and a slim body, you won’t believe the price of this smartphone.

Screen: This compact 5-inch phone may be small but it makes the most of it with a full infinity screen. The smaller size actually makes for a much more comfortable single thumb browsing experience.

Camera: With an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie cam, this affordable smartphone takes pretty decent pics.

Battery: A long-lasting 2000mAh battery with 7 days standby time.

Looks: This phone looks slick. With an infinity screen and slim metal body, the J3 feels premium.

Special features: Face unlock is fun high-tech feature usually reserved for high-end devices that you can enjoy on this phone. It also runs on Android, so you can enjoy all your favourite apps from the Play Store.  

Cubot R11 16GB – R1899

A mid-level smartphone with the specs of a high-end device.

Screen: With a 5,5-inch screen and a full infinity HD+ screen, this phone is awesome for gaming and watching videos.

Camera: Take your photos to the next level with a Rear 13.0MP+2.0MP and Front 8.0MP dual camera.

Battery: Enjoy your phone for longer with a 2800mAh aluminum high-capacity high-voltage battery.

Looks: The screen is made from curved glass with rounded corners, making the large 5,5-inch size feel smaller in hand and look really pretty.

Special features: We love the back fingerprint unlock feature that works in 0.1 seconds. The Cubot R11 runs on Google’s latest Original Android 8.1

Cubot X18 32GB – R2799

Packed with high-end features without the high-end price tag.

Screen: With a huge 5,7-inch IPS HD screen with a screen to body ratio of 83%, the X18 has even more screen area than the leading premium plus sized smartphones.

Camera: The X18 has two impressively high-quality cameras in the front and back. The rear camera is a whopping 16MP Sony camera sensor, allowing you to take clear pics in very bright or low light environments. Take stunning selfies and enjoy clear video calls with the 13MP Samsung sensor.

Battery: Enjoy your phone for longer with a powerful 3200mAh battery. Bonus: it’s removable and easily replaced.

Looks: The X18 is a beautiful device. Its curved glass screen and rounded edges give it a really premium look and feel.

Special features: Like the R11, it also features 0.1-second fingerprint unlock, but it has 360-degree recognition, meaning you can unlock it at any angle. The X18 has split-screen mode which means you can use 2 apps at once. It runs on original Google pure Android 7.0 with no pre-installed 3rd party apps.


Check out the Cubot range in person. Click here to find a store close to you.

Can’t wait for payday? Buy your new phone on layby in store or on your TFG account online.