- Nov 25, 2012
The Cube T7 is arguably the most anticipated tablet from a Chinese brand. Not only is it the first Android tablet to feature the 64-bit MediaTek MT8752 octa-core processor, it is also the first tablet with dual 4G support – LTE & TD-LTE. Is it capable of continuing Cube’s dominant success in the category of tablets with phone functions, we are eager to find out.
Cube T7 main specs:
OS: Android 4.4
Display: 7-inch IPS, 5-point multi-touch
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (16:10)
CPU: 64-bit MT8752 octa-core processor (eight cores of Cortex-A53)
CPU Frequency: 1.7GHz
RAM / Storage: 2GB / 16GB
Function: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, OTG, Miracast, FM Radio
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
GSM: band2, band3, band5, band8
TDS: band34, band39
WCDMA: band1, band5
TDD: band38, band39, band40, band41
FDD: band1, band3, band7
Camera: 5MP back camera, 2MP front camera
Extend Port: TF Card Slot, SIM Card Slot, Micro USB Port, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Weight & Size: 280 g / 192*113*9.3mm
Design and build
The main design element is the size of the tablet, as the T7 is the first high-end 7-inch tablet we have seen from Cube. It's almost like holding a phone because the device is so small and slender – holding it one-handed is a breeze. The silver frame looks great and we like the rounded curves of the cover.
The device doesn't have a metal rear cover like those bigger flagship tablets from Cube, instead it has a delicate plastic rear cover which matches that of the iWork 7. This may not look quite as impressive but provides much better grip.
Like other 3G and 4G tablets from Cube, the T7 has the minimum number of ports and buttons. The only physical controls you'll find are the power/lock key and the volume rocker switch on the right hand side of the slate (when held in portrait). The 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro SD card slot are on the top side of the tablet, while the Micro USB port is located on the bottom side, as the T7 is a tablet which has full phone functionalities, there is also a SIM tray slot on the right side.
It is obvious that Cube has already given up on the SIM tray lock design we’ve seen on its previous higher-end 3G tablets, which requires the users to use an awkward removal tool to pull out the SIM tray, and now leaves a more convenient opening for us to be able to pull out the SIM tray with our own fingers.
The tablet weighs 280g, not much heavier than many of the large phones, long period of one-handed operation wouldn’t be much of a problem. However, at 9.3mm, it isn’t a slim tablet by today’s standards.
It's hardly a game changing design, but it is functional and we've seen many worse looking tablets in our time - we're just pleased Cube hasn't gone bezel crazy here. There's just enough to hold the T7 without fingers encroaching on the screen, and that's all we ask for.
Excellent build quality has been maintained with no signs of unwanted gaps in the casing or wobbly buttons. The only thing we can really mark it down for is a lack of premium materials such as aluminum, but that also comes down to personal preferences.
The Cube T7 sports a 7-inch display at an impressively-high 1920x1200 resolution, and we would've been delighted. But not only do we now have a delightful 323 pixels-per-inch IPS display to look at, it's also a really great panel overall.
Compared it down next to the lower-end models such as the Talk 7X Octa, the T7 is notably brighter, has higher contrast and is of course more crisp thanks to the Full HD resolution. The "gapless" display technology used here makes images appear to float on the surface.
In everyday use, the display looks fantastic no matter what we're using the T7 for. Text and images are clean and easy on the eyes, and color reproduction is as accurate as leading LCD panels out there. Tablets are more likely to be viewed by multiple people at once, it's also important to note that the display doesn't distort images or wash out at even obscure viewing angles.
We tried to use the T7 outdoors, and the glass-covered display still performed quite well, aside from some unwanted glares.
Only when we laid the T7 side by side with some flagship smartphones and tablets (The iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4) did we begin to notice some weaknesses of the 7-inch display – the color temperature was a little bit too warm, the black is not too deep, etc.
With that said, it is still the best 7-inch screens we've ever laid eyes on, period.