- Nov 25, 2012
IPS Retina display
Gorilla 3 scratch-proof touchscreen
Beefy octa-core CPU @2.0GHZ
Robust and premium design
Solid battery life
Only priced at RMB1199 (USD195).
A little heavy
A full charge takes up to 7 hours
Some of the MicroSD cards don’t work on the 9X
No HDMI output.
9.7" IPS capacitive touchscreen of 2048 x 1536 px resolution
MTK MT8392 Chipset (Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A7, Mali-450MP4 GPU)
2GB of RAM
Android OS v4.4.2Kitkat
Voice call support
16GB of built-in memory
8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, F2.0 aperture.
720p video recording @30fps
2MP front-facing camera with auto-focus
AAC stereo speakers
Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
USB host (dongle required)
Micro SD card slot
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
GPS with A-GPS support;
10,000mAh Li-Po battery
Talk 9X’s Design – The Power of Slimness
With its slim, metal body and cool paint job, the Cube 9X is easily one of the best-looking tablets from a Chinese manufacturer. Its metal construction helps make it feel rather premium and luxurious when you pick it up, as do the skinny bezels and the all-glass front. There's no flex in the metal back panel or any unpleasant rattling from the buttons, which makes it feel like a sturdy piece of kit.
Top: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (7.8mm) Middle: Cube Talk 9X (7.5mm) Bottom: Acer W700 (11.9mm)
I, like many people, was actually skeptical of Cube’s early promotion claiming that the 9X was less than 8mm thick. Only after holding it in my hand did I believe it was actually true. Measuring at 237*170*7.5mm, the 9X is really a compact device.
The front is dominated by a 9.7-inch IPS screen, with relatively small bezel. A 2mp front-facing camera sits comfortably above the display, perfect for video-chatting and selfies.
There are no physical buttons on the front of the device, but around the sides you'll find the standard volume and power buttons as well as the micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. There's a microSD card slot which allows you to expand the 16GB of built-in storage, typical Android.
The micro-SIM card tray was mounted on the right side of the tablet, but to open it you would need the eject tool which can be found in the retail package.
Unfortunately, there isn’t an HMDI port on board. Although it’s no surprise as HMDI has never appeared on any of the Talk series tablet, I really hoped that cube could offer more for this high-end device.
On the back of the slate you will find an 8mp camera along with LED flash. The chassis is made of aluminum alloy, which gives the tablet a very sturdy and premium feel, but also gives the tablet some unwanted extra weight.
Display and Sound
The 9.7-inch display has a 2048*1536 resolution, which gives a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch, as high as it really needs to be on a tablet.
I found the 9X's display to be extremely crisp, with sharp edges around icons and a comfortable clarity to small text in Web pages. It's bright too, countering most of the glare from my office lights, once you crank the brightness up at least.
I can say with certainty that it's easy to read under a grey cloudy sky, although it would struggle more against the midday sun.
Colors are vivid as well, and it has amazing viewing angles, making it a great all-round display for browsing the web pages, watching HD videos and gaming.
As for the device's speakers, I was pleasantly surprised by how loud and rich the stereo speakers sound. To my non-audiophile ears, I didn't detect much tinniness, and found them perfectly acceptable for listening to music tracks. I wouldn't replace your best Bluetooth speakers with them of course, but they'll do in a pinch.
Systems and software
The 9X arrives running the stock Android 4.4.2 Kitkat operating system, which is pleasantly up to date. Knowing its own limitations in developing customized Android, Cube has kept the 9X’s interface 100% Android.
Preinstalled applications have aslo been kept to the mnimum, but you could still find an entire set of useful Google applications. Google Play and google map work perfectly fine on the 9X, I have already installed dozens of applications from the Google Play app.
Inside, the Cube Talk 9X has a octa-core Mediatek MT8392 CPU at 2.0GHz, as well as 2GB of RAM. These specs powered the 9X to some of our best formal performance numbers for an Android tablet.
We compared the 9X against a range of tablets from the market-leading manufacturers, including the Google Nexus 7 (2013), the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 Pro, and the LG G Pad 8.3. We found that the 9X performed powerfully across the board.
As can be seen from the table and screenshot above, the Cube Talk 9X stands up well to the market-leading flagship Android tablets in synthetic benchmark tests such as AnTuTu, Geekbench, Quadrant and CF-Bench. Its Vellamo and 3DMark scores, meanwhile, though not the highest, were very respectable as well.
In the real-world use, the Talk 9X performed like a boss most of the time. Handling everything from browsing through the home screens to some of the most graphic-intense games with ease. I did have encountered some lags and hiccups here and there, but the overall experience was pleasantly smooth.
Video Playback was also very smooth, as the tablet breezed trhough most of the 1080P video I threw at it. Only a few clips of which audio did not work while playing with hardware decoding, choosing software decoing mode instantly sovled the problem.[
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