The front side is occupied by the screen, above it is the peephole of the front camera, and to the left of it is the light sensor.

All controls are located on the left side of the tablet. Here you can see the microUSB connector, miniHDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone hole and its own charging connector. The only speaker is located here, its volume is below average, it will not work to listen to music in noisy places.

The back of the model is made of glossy plastic, the prints on it are almost invisible, but it slips a little, and there is a chance (albeit low) to drop it from your hands. The tablet is surprisingly well assembled, there are no squeaks or backlashes.

Dimensions

The model has the following dimensions: 261x171x9.5mm, weight: 671 grams. The model is thin, but heavy (against competitors). Personally, I do not feel that the U30GT is heavy, but Eldar, when he took it in his hands, immediately drew attention to it. Below I propose to compare the dimensions of the model with popular tablets from other manufacturers.

  • Cube U30GT - Dimensions (LxWxD) 261x171x9.5mm, Weight: 671g
  • Archos 101 G9 Turbo - Dimensions (LxWxD) 276x167x13mm, weight 649g
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 257x175x10mm, Weight 588g
  • Acer A200 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 259x175x13mm, weight 720g

Screen

The tablet has a capacitive touch screen with a diagonal of 10.1”, a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Matrix type - IPS, up to 10 simultaneous touches are supported.

The screen feels like it is covered with glass, but I can't give exact information on this (if you have it, share it in the comments, I will add it). Also, a high-quality protective film was initially glued on it, it reduces the number of prints, the finger slides well over it, plus, the screen is less glare.

I really liked the screen, here you can see all the advantages of the IPS-matrix in all its glory - large viewing angles, high brightness and image clarity. The screen of the Cube U30GT is on par with the Galaxy Note 10.1, and even outperforms it in clarity.

However, there are versions of the tablet with MVA matrices, which have lower brightness and worse viewing angles (the picture fades when tilted). It is impossible to determine the type of matrix in advance, so if the type of matrix is ​​important for you, it makes sense to take a tablet from our resellers.

I also came across a "beeping" model. At low brightness in a completely quiet room, you hear a squeak from the left side of the tablet. As I understand it, the problem is single, but it was worth mentioning.

Work offline

The tablet has a 7200 mAh battery, which is a very impressive figure, but let's immediately move on to the results of its work.

In reading mode at 15% brightness (Wi-Fi disabled), the tablet lasted almost 10 hours.

When viewing HD video at maximum brightness (Wi-Fi disabled) - 4 hours 30 minutes.

This is not bad, in quiet mode you can charge the Cube U30GT a couple of times a week. True, the video mode has a suspiciously strong effect on power consumption, however, it is important to take into account the fact that the brightness level plays a big role.

Operating system

Initially, the model comes pre-installed with Android 4.0.4 and the Metro UI shell. You can read an overview of Android 4.0 here.

I made a small video review of the shell, those who wish can see it below:

Essentially, Metro UI is a launcher with icons and widgets redrawn to look like tiles. And everything would be fine, but it all looks beautifully smooth until you start using third-party widgets that do not fit into this interface, and then it all looks not so good.

At the moment, firmware with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is already available. Links to our reviews of this version of Android are below:

It is worth dwelling on this firmware in more detail. It does not have Metro UI, it is pure Android, which is good news. Thanks to Jelly Bean, the overall speed of work has improved significantly, especially when scrolling through desktops. What I see on most tablets with 4.0 is quiet horror - terrible stuttering and twitching of the interface. In my opinion, the presence of Jelly Bean becomes a significant plus for the tablet, because the user experience is greatly improved, the device is simply more pleasant to use.

If you plan to reflash the tablet, be sure to use RkBatchTool, in no case do not flash it by simply throwing the firmware file into the tablet's memory, otherwise you will get a brick (recoverable, but still).

Performance

The tablet is equipped with a dual-core processor Rockchip RK3066, operating at a frequency of 1.6 GHz, video accelerator - Mali 400, RAM - 1 GB, internal storage capacity - 16 GB.

Thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the main problem of budget tablets has been fixed - they no longer slow down when scrolling through desktops. As for other operations, everything is also in order here - games, web surfing, reading, Cube U30GT performs all these operations quickly and without brakes. It's really nice to use a tablet.

Reading

If we talk about the version with an IPS matrix, then reading from a tablet is very convenient. The minimum brightness is enough for reading in the dark, the maximum is suitable for public transport. The fonts look very clear. iReader is installed as a reading application, a beautiful but non-functional program, I recommend replacing it with Moon + Reader. This article will also help you choose the right reading program for you.

Video

The tablet has a huge number of supported video codecs and formats, here is a list of them: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG/FLV/ ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG. In practice, the Cube U30GT perfectly reproduces most videos in resolutions up to 1080p inclusive, but there was a problem with xvid support, the standard player did not play it. However, at the moment, support for MKV and audio tracks of various formats is much more important. Speaking of audio, here is the list of supported audio formats: FLAC / APE / WAV / MP3.

Interfaces

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) – there are no complaints about the work of Wi-Fi. The tablet keeps the signal perfectly, even in places with poor Wi-Fi reception.

3G – it is possible to connect external modems via an OTG cable. For example, here is an instruction for connecting a Huawei E173 modem.

Bluetooth 2.0 - all major profiles are supported, including A2DP.

Camera

The tablet has two cameras, both shoot at 2 MP.

I do not recommend using the main camera, the pictures are bad, but the front one is perfect for Skype, the image quality from it is above average.

Conclusion

I have been testing Chinese tablets relatively recently, but I have already been amazed at how high quality they have become and how cheap they have remained. The price of the Cube U30GT ranges from $193 to $215 if you order it yourself. Buying from our resellers (versions with 16 GB of memory) will cost you 8,000 rubles. The Cube U30GT is also taken as the basis for the IconBIT Thor tablet, if you buy it under this brand, you will pay about 8,500 rubles, but for the 8 GB version.

The tablet looks attractive for any of these prices, even if we take the Thor version for 9,000 rubles, it still has no competitors, or rather, they do, but they lose to him or are more expensive.

I really liked the Cube U30GT, it has everything you can expect from a tablet for the money: a quality screen, the latest version of Android, good build quality, a dual-core processor and good battery life. However, if you need 3G and/or GPS then look elsewhere.

Competitors

I don't see direct competitors for this tablet in our market, because in terms of functionality it is at the level of Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, while the difference in price is almost twice. If you are not afraid of a Chinese manufacturer or IconBIT products (it depends on which version you choose), then you can safely take this model.

If we talk about competitors from the Chinese market, then we can name the Sanei N10 Quad - its main advantage is a quad-core processor from Freescale, as well as the Sanei N10 DualCore - it uses a dual-core processor from Qualcomm (MSM8625), the model is also equipped with 3G and GPS. However, both models have not yet received the update to 4.1, and it is not known if they will.

Specifications:

  • Model: Cube U30GT
  • Operating system: Android 4.0
  • Processor: RK3066, Cortex-A9, dual core, 1.6 GHz
  • GPU: 4-core Mali 400. OpenGLES2.0/1.1, OpenVG1.1 support
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 16 GB NAND FAST FLASH
  • Memory expansion: MicroSD Card / T-Flash (maximum size 32GB)
  • Screen: capacitive touch, LED, IPS\MVA
  • Multi-touch: 10 points
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches
  • Max resolution: 1280x800
  • Screen viewing angle: IPS - 180°\MVA - ?
  • Camera: Front and rear cameras 2 megapixels, flash on the back
  • G-sensor: four directions
  • Software: YouTube / Facebook / Twitter / MSN / Google play / Skype / Calculator / Google Mail / Google Maps / iReader / Quick Office
  • Language: Multilingual
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi
  • 3G: Support for external 3G modems
  • Bluetooth: 2.0
  • Supported formats:
    Flash: 11.1
    Video: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG /FLV/ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG
    Audio: FLAC / APE / WAV
    E-book: Word / Excel / PPT / PDF / TXT / CHM / HTML
    Photo: JPG /bmp/png/gif
  • Opening hours: 6

The author expresses his gratitude to the Eplanshet online store for providing the Cube U30GT for testing.

Cube U30GT tablet review

By popular demand, we have started testing Chinese tablets and publishing their reviews. Today we will talk about a ten-inch tablet from Cube. The U30GT model at its price impresses with a set of features. There is a high-quality IPS-matrix, and a dual-core processor, and even the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But first things first.

Components:

The tablet comes in a bright colorful box, otherwise the package does not stand out with anything remarkable.

Appearance, controls, materials used

I had a white model on the test. Outwardly, it is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1, I don’t know if this is intentional copying or accidental, but it benefits the device. The white frame and back are pleasing to the eye, there is nothing to add here.

The front side is occupied by the screen, above it is the peephole of the front camera, and to the left of it is the light sensor.

All controls are located on the left side of the tablet. Here you can see the microUSB connector, miniHDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone hole and its own charging connector. The only speaker is located here, its volume is below average, it will not work to listen to music in noisy places.

The back of the model is made of glossy plastic, the prints on it are almost invisible, but it slips a little, and there is a chance (albeit low) to drop it from your hands. The tablet is surprisingly well assembled, there are no squeaks or backlashes.

Dimensions

The model has the following dimensions: 261x171x9.5mm, weight: 671 grams. The model is thin, but heavy (against competitors). Personally, I do not feel that the U30GT is heavy, but Eldar, when he took it in his hands, immediately drew attention to it. Below I propose to compare the dimensions of the model with popular tablets from other manufacturers.

  • Cube U30GT - Dimensions (LxWxD) 261x171x9.5mm, Weight: 671g
  • Archos 101 G9 Turbo - Dimensions (LxWxD) 276x167x13mm, weight 649g
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 257x175x10mm, Weight 588g
  • Acer A200 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 259x175x13mm, weight 720g

Screen

The tablet has a capacitive touch screen with a diagonal of 10.1”, a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Matrix type - IPS, up to 10 simultaneous touches are supported.

The screen feels like it is covered with glass, but I can't give exact information on this (if you have it, share it in the comments, I will add it). Also, a high-quality protective film was initially glued on it, it reduces the number of prints, the finger slides well over it, plus, the screen is less glare.

I really liked the screen, here you can see all the advantages of the IPS-matrix in all its glory - large viewing angles, high brightness and image clarity. The screen of the Cube U30GT is on par with the Galaxy Note 10.1, and even outperforms it in clarity.

However, there are versions of the tablet with MVA matrices, which have lower brightness and worse viewing angles (the picture fades when tilted). It is impossible to determine the type of matrix in advance, so if the type of matrix is ​​important for you, it makes sense to take a tablet from our resellers.

I also came across a "beeping" model. At low brightness in a completely quiet room, you hear a squeak from the left side of the tablet. As I understand it, the problem is single, but it was worth mentioning.

Offline work

The tablet has a 7200 mAh battery, which is a very impressive figure, but let's immediately move on to the results of its work.

In reading mode at 15% brightness (Wi-Fi disabled), the tablet lasted almost 10 hours.

When viewing HD video at maximum brightness (Wi-Fi disabled) - 4 hours 30 minutes.

This is not bad, in quiet mode you can charge the Cube U30GT a couple of times a week. True, the video mode has a suspiciously strong effect on power consumption, however, it is important to take into account the fact that the brightness level plays a big role.

Operating system

Initially, the model comes pre-installed with Android 4.0.4 and the Metro UI shell. You can read an overview of Android 4.0 here.

I made a small video review of the shell, those who wish can see it below:

Essentially, Metro UI is a launcher with icons and widgets redrawn to look like tiles. And everything would be fine, but it all looks beautifully smooth until you start using third-party widgets that do not fit into this interface, and then it all looks not so good.

At the moment, firmware with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is already available. Links to our reviews of this version of Android are below:

It is worth dwelling on this firmware in more detail. It does not have Metro UI, it is pure Android, which is good news. Thanks to Jelly Bean, the overall speed of work has improved significantly, especially when scrolling through desktops. What I see on most tablets with 4.0 is quiet horror - terrible stuttering and twitching of the interface. In my opinion, the presence of Jelly Bean becomes a significant plus for the tablet, because the user experience is greatly improved, the device is simply more pleasant to use.

If you plan to reflash the tablet, be sure to use RkBatchTool, in no case do not flash it by simply throwing the firmware file into the tablet's memory, otherwise you will get a brick (recoverable, but still).

Performance

The tablet is equipped with a dual-core processor Rockchip RK3066, operating at a frequency of 1.6 GHz, video accelerator - Mali 400, RAM - 1 GB, internal storage capacity - 16 GB.

Thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the main problem of budget tablets has been fixed - they no longer slow down when scrolling through desktops. As for other operations, everything is also in order here - games, web surfing, reading, Cube U30GT performs all these operations quickly and without brakes. It's really nice to use a tablet.

Reading

If we talk about the version with an IPS matrix, then reading from a tablet is very convenient. The minimum brightness is enough for reading in the dark, the maximum is suitable for public transport. The fonts look very clear. iReader is installed as a reading application, a beautiful but non-functional program, I recommend replacing it with Moon + Reader. This article will also help you choose the right reading program for you.

Video

The tablet has a huge number of supported video codecs and formats, here is a list of them: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG/FLV/ ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG. In practice, the Cube U30GT perfectly reproduces most videos in resolutions up to 1080p inclusive, but there was a problem with xvid support, the standard player did not play it. However, at the moment, support for MKV and audio tracks of various formats is much more important. Speaking of audio, here is the list of supported audio formats: FLAC / APE / WAV / MP3.

Interfaces

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) – there are no complaints about the work of Wi-Fi. The tablet keeps the signal perfectly, even in places with poor Wi-Fi reception.

3G – it is possible to connect external modems via an OTG cable. For example, here is an instruction for connecting a Huawei E173 modem.

Bluetooth 2.0 - all major profiles are supported, including A2DP.

Camera

The tablet has two cameras, both shoot at 2 MP.

I do not recommend using the main camera, the pictures are bad, but the front one is perfect for Skype, the image quality from it is above average.

Conclusion

I have been testing Chinese tablets relatively recently, but I have already been amazed at how high quality they have become and how cheap they have remained. The price of the Cube U30GT ranges from $193 to $215 if you order it yourself. Buying from our resellers (versions with 16 GB of memory) will cost you 8,000 rubles. The Cube U30GT is also taken as the basis for the IconBIT Thor tablet, if you buy it under this brand, you will pay about 8,500 rubles, but for the 8 GB version.

The tablet looks attractive for any of these prices, even if we take the Thor version for 9,000 rubles, it still has no competitors, or rather, they do, but they lose to him or are more expensive.

I really liked the Cube U30GT, it has everything you can expect from a tablet for the money: a quality screen, the latest version of Android, good build quality, a dual-core processor and good battery life. However, if you need 3G and/or GPS then look elsewhere.

Competitors

I don't see direct competitors for this tablet in our market, because in terms of functionality it is at the level of Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, while the difference in price is almost twice. If you are not afraid of a Chinese manufacturer or IconBIT products (it depends on which version you choose), then you can safely take this model.

If we talk about competitors from the Chinese market, then we can name the Sanei N10 Quad - its main advantage is a quad-core processor from Freescale, as well as the Sanei N10 DualCore - it uses a dual-core processor from Qualcomm (MSM8625), the model is also equipped with 3G and GPS. However, both models have not yet received the update to 4.1, and it is not known if they will.

Specifications:

  • Model: Cube U30GT
  • Operating system: Android 4.0
  • Processor: RK3066, Cortex-A9, dual core, 1.6 GHz
  • GPU: 4-core Mali 400. OpenGLES2.0/1.1, OpenVG1.1 support
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 16 GB NAND FAST FLASH
  • Memory expansion: MicroSD Card / T-Flash (maximum 32GB)
  • Screen: capacitive touch, LED, IPS\MVA
  • Multi-touch: 10 points
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches
  • Max resolution: 1280x800
  • Screen viewing angle: IPS - 180°\MVA - ?
  • Camera: Front and rear cameras 2 megapixels, flash on the back
  • G-sensor: four directions
  • Software: YouTube / Facebook / Twitter / MSN / Google play / Skype / Calculator / Google Mail / Google Maps / iReader / Quick Office
  • Language: Multilingual
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi
  • 3G: Support for external 3G modems
  • Bluetooth: 2.0
  • Supported formats:
    Flash: 11.1
    Video: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG /FLV/ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG
    Audio: FLAC / APE / WAV
    E-book: Word / Excel / PPT / PDF / TXT / CHM / HTML
    Photo: JPG /bmp/png/gif
  • Opening hours: 6

The author expresses his gratitude to the Eplanshet online store for providing the Cube U30GT for testing.

Cube U30GT tablet review

By popular demand, we have started testing Chinese tablets and publishing their reviews. Today we will talk about a ten-inch tablet from Cube. The U30GT model at its price impresses with a set of features. There is a high-quality IPS-matrix, and a dual-core processor, and even the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But first things first.

Components:

The tablet comes in a bright colorful box, otherwise the package does not stand out with anything remarkable.

Appearance, controls, materials used

I had a white model on the test. Outwardly, it is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1, I don’t know if this is intentional copying or accidental, but it benefits the device. The white frame and back are pleasing to the eye, there is nothing to add here.

The front side is occupied by the screen, above it is the peephole of the front camera, and to the left of it is the light sensor.

All controls are located on the left side of the tablet. Here you can see the microUSB connector, miniHDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone hole and its own charging connector. The only speaker is located here, its volume is below average, it will not work to listen to music in noisy places.

The back of the model is made of glossy plastic, the prints on it are almost invisible, but it slips a little, and there is a chance (albeit low) to drop it from your hands. The tablet is surprisingly well assembled, there are no squeaks or backlashes.

Dimensions

The model has the following dimensions: 261x171x9.5mm, weight: 671 grams. The model is thin, but heavy (against competitors). Personally, I do not feel that the U30GT is heavy, but Eldar, when he took it in his hands, immediately drew attention to it. Below I propose to compare the dimensions of the model with popular tablets from other manufacturers.

  • Cube U30GT - Dimensions (LxWxD) 261x171x9.5mm, Weight: 671g
  • Archos 101 G9 Turbo - Dimensions (LxWxD) 276x167x13mm, Weight 649g
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 257x175x10mm, weight 588g
  • Acer A200 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 259x175x13mm, weight 720g

Screen

The tablet has a capacitive touch screen with a diagonal of 10.1”, a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Matrix type - IPS, supports up to 10 simultaneous touches.

The screen feels like it is covered with glass, but I can't give exact information on this (if you have it, share it in the comments, I will add it). Also, a high-quality protective film was initially glued on it, it reduces the number of prints, the finger slides well over it, plus, the screen is less glare.

I really liked the screen, here you can see all the advantages of the IPS-matrix in all its glory - large viewing angles, high brightness and image clarity. The screen of the Cube U30GT is on par with the Galaxy Note 10.1, and even outperforms it in clarity.

However, there are versions of the tablet with MVA matrices, which have lower brightness and worse viewing angles (the picture fades when tilted). It is impossible to determine the type of matrix in advance, so if the type of matrix is ​​important for you, it makes sense to take a tablet from our resellers.

I also came across a "beeping" model. At low brightness in a completely quiet room, you hear a squeak from the left side of the tablet. As I understand it, the problem is single, but it was worth mentioning.

Offline work

The tablet has a 7200 mAh battery, which is a very impressive figure, but let's immediately move on to the results of its work.

In reading mode at 15% brightness (Wi-Fi disabled), the tablet lasted almost 10 hours.

When viewing HD video at maximum brightness (Wi-Fi disabled) - 4 hours 30 minutes.

This is not bad, in quiet mode you can charge the Cube U30GT a couple of times a week. True, the video mode has a suspiciously strong effect on power consumption, however, it is important to take into account the fact that the brightness level plays a big role.

Operating system

Initially, the model comes pre-installed with Android 4.0.4 and the Metro UI shell. You can read an overview of Android 4.0 here.

I made a small video review of the shell, those who wish can see it below:

Essentially, Metro UI is a launcher with icons and widgets redrawn to look like tiles. And everything would be fine, but it all looks beautifully smooth until you start using third-party widgets that do not fit into this interface, and then it all looks not so good.

At the moment, firmware with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is already available. Links to our reviews of this version of Android are below:

It is worth dwelling on this firmware in more detail. It does not have Metro UI, it is pure Android, which is good news. Thanks to Jelly Bean, the overall speed of work has improved significantly, especially when scrolling through desktops. What I see on most tablets with 4.0 is quiet horror - terrible stuttering and twitching of the interface. In my opinion, the presence of Jelly Bean becomes a significant plus for the tablet, because the user experience is greatly improved, the device is simply more pleasant to use.

If you plan to reflash the tablet, be sure to use RkBatchTool, in no case do not flash it by simply throwing the firmware file into the tablet's memory, otherwise you will get a brick (recoverable, but still).

Performance

The tablet is equipped with a dual-core processor Rockchip RK3066, operating at a frequency of 1.6 GHz, video accelerator - Mali 400, RAM - 1 GB, internal storage capacity - 16 GB.

Thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the main problem of budget tablets has been fixed - they no longer slow down when scrolling through desktops. As for other operations, everything is also in order here - games, web surfing, reading, Cube U30GT performs all these operations quickly and without brakes. It's really nice to use a tablet.

Reading

If we talk about the version with an IPS matrix, then reading from a tablet is very convenient. The minimum brightness is enough for reading in the dark, the maximum is suitable for public transport. The fonts look very clear. iReader is installed as a reading application, a beautiful but non-functional program, I recommend replacing it with Moon + Reader. This article will also help you choose the right reading program for you.

Video

The tablet has a huge number of supported video codecs and formats, here is a list of them: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG/FLV/ ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG. In practice, the Cube U30GT perfectly reproduces most videos in resolutions up to 1080p inclusive, but there was a problem with xvid support, the standard player did not play it. However, at the moment, support for MKV and audio tracks of various formats is much more important. Speaking of audio, here is the list of supported audio formats: FLAC / APE / WAV / MP3.

Interfaces

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) – there are no complaints about the work of Wi-Fi. The tablet keeps the signal perfectly, even in places with poor Wi-Fi reception.

3G – it is possible to connect external modems via an OTG cable. For example, here is an instruction for connecting a Huawei E173 modem.

Bluetooth 2.0 - all major profiles are supported, including A2DP.

Camera

The tablet has two cameras, both shoot at 2 MP.

I do not recommend using the main camera, the pictures are bad, but the front one is perfect for Skype, the image quality from it is above average.

Conclusion

I have been testing Chinese tablets relatively recently, but I have already been amazed at how high quality they have become and how cheap they have remained. The price of the Cube U30GT ranges from $193 to $215 if you order it yourself. Buying from our resellers (versions with 16 GB of memory) will cost you 8,000 rubles. The Cube U30GT is also taken as the basis for the IconBIT Thor tablet, if you buy it under this brand, you will pay about 8,500 rubles, but for the 8 GB version.

The tablet looks attractive for any of these prices, even if we take the Thor version for 9,000 rubles, it still has no competitors, or rather, they do, but they lose to him or are more expensive.

I really liked the Cube U30GT, it has everything you can expect from a tablet for the money: a quality screen, the latest version of Android, good build quality, a dual-core processor and good battery life. However, if you need 3G and/or GPS then look elsewhere.

Competitors

I don't see direct competitors for this tablet in our market, because in terms of functionality it is at the level of Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, while the difference in price is almost twice. If you are not afraid of a Chinese manufacturer or IconBIT products (it depends on which version you choose), then you can safely take this model.

If we talk about competitors from the Chinese market, then we can name the Sanei N10 Quad - its main advantage is a quad-core processor from Freescale, as well as the Sanei N10 DualCore - it uses a dual-core processor from Qualcomm (MSM8625), the model is also equipped with 3G and GPS. However, both models have not yet received the update to 4.1, and it is not known if they will.

Specifications:

  • Model: Cube U30GT
  • Operating system: Android 4.0
  • Processor: RK3066, Cortex-A9, dual core, 1.6 GHz
  • GPU: 4-core Mali 400. OpenGLES2.0/1.1, OpenVG1.1 support
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 16 GB NAND FAST FLASH
  • Memory expansion: MicroSD Card / T-Flash (maximum 32GB)
  • Screen: capacitive touch, LED, IPS\MVA
  • Multi-touch: 10 points
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches
  • Max resolution: 1280x800
  • Screen viewing angle: IPS - 180°\MVA - ?
  • Camera: Front and rear cameras 2 megapixels, flash on the back
  • G-sensor: four directions
  • Software: YouTube / Facebook / Twitter / MSN / Google play / Skype / Calculator / Google Mail / Google Maps / iReader / Quick Office
  • Language: Multilingual
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi
  • 3G: Support for external 3G modems
  • Bluetooth: 2.0
  • Supported formats:
    Flash: 11.1
    Video: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG /FLV/ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG
    Audio: FLAC / APE / WAV
    E-book: Word / Excel / PPT / PDF / TXT / CHM / HTML
    Photo: JPG /bmp/png/gif
  • Opening hours: 6

The author expresses his gratitude to the Eplanshet online store for providing the Cube U30GT for testing.

Cube U30GT tablet review

By popular demand, we have started testing Chinese tablets and publishing their reviews. Today we will talk about a ten-inch tablet from Cube. The U30GT model at its price impresses with a set of features. There is a high-quality IPS-matrix, and a dual-core processor, and even the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But first things first.

Components:

  • Tablet
  • Charger
  • PC cable
  • USB-OTG cable
  • Headphones
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  • Tablet
  • Charger
  • PC cable
  • USB-OTG cable
  • Headphones
  • The tablet comes in a bright colorful box, otherwise the package does not stand out with anything remarkable.

    Appearance, controls, materials used

    I had a white model on the test. Outwardly, it is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1, I don’t know if this is intentional copying or accidental, but it benefits the device. The white frame and back are pleasing to the eye, there is nothing to add here.

    The front side is occupied by the screen, above it is the peephole of the front camera, and to the left of it is the light sensor.

    All controls are located on the left side of the tablet. Here you can see the microUSB connector, miniHDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone hole and its own charging connector. The only speaker is located here, its volume is below average, it will not work to listen to music in noisy places.

    The back of the model is made of glossy plastic, the prints on it are almost invisible, but it slips a little, and there is a chance (albeit low) to drop it from your hands. The tablet is surprisingly well assembled, there are no squeaks or backlashes.

    Dimensions

    The model has the following dimensions: 261x171x9.5mm, weight: 671 grams. The model is thin, but heavy (against competitors). Personally, I do not feel that the U30GT is heavy, but Eldar, when he took it in his hands, immediately drew attention to it. Below I propose to compare the dimensions of the model with popular tablets from other manufacturers.

    • Cube U30GT - Dimensions (LxWxD) 261x171x9.5mm, Weight: 671g
    • Archos 101 G9 Turbo - Dimensions (LxWxD) 276x167x13 mm, weight 649 g
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 257x175x10mm, Weight 588g
    • Acer A200 - Dimensions (LxWxD) 259x175x13mm, weight 720g

    Screen

    The tablet has a capacitive touch screen with a diagonal of 10.1”, a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Matrix type - IPS, up to 10 simultaneous touches are supported.

    The screen feels like it is covered with glass, but I can't give exact information on this (if you have it, share it in the comments, I will add it). Also, a high-quality protective film was initially glued on it, it reduces the number of prints, the finger slides well over it, plus, the screen is less glare.

    I really liked the screen, here you can see all the advantages of the IPS-matrix in all its glory - large viewing angles, high brightness and image clarity. The screen of the Cube U30GT is on par with the Galaxy Note 10.1, and even outperforms it in clarity.

    However, there are versions of the tablet with MVA matrices, which have lower brightness and worse viewing angles (the picture fades when tilted). It is impossible to determine the type of matrix in advance, so if the type of matrix is ​​important for you, it makes sense to take a tablet from our resellers.

    I also came across a "beeping" model. At low brightness in a completely quiet room, you hear a squeak from the left side of the tablet. As I understand it, the problem is single, but it was worth mentioning.

    Offline work

    The tablet has a 7200 mAh battery, which is a very impressive figure, but let's immediately move on to the results of its work.

    In reading mode at 15% brightness (Wi-Fi disabled), the tablet lasted almost 10 hours.

    When viewing HD video at maximum brightness (Wi-Fi disabled) - 4 hours 30 minutes.

    This is not bad, in quiet mode you can charge the Cube U30GT a couple of times a week. True, the video mode has a suspiciously strong effect on power consumption, however, it is important to take into account the fact that the brightness level plays a big role.

    Operating system

    Initially, the model comes pre-installed with Android 4.0.4 and the Metro UI shell. You can read an overview of Android 4.0 here.

    I made a small video review of the shell, those who wish can see it below:

    Essentially, Metro UI is a launcher with icons and widgets redrawn to look like tiles. And everything would be fine, but it all looks beautifully smooth until you start using third-party widgets that do not fit into this interface, and then it all looks not so good.

    At the moment, firmware with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is already available. Links to our reviews of this version of Android are below:

    It is worth dwelling on this firmware in more detail. It does not have Metro UI, it is pure Android, which is good news. Thanks to Jelly Bean, the overall speed of work has improved significantly, especially when scrolling through desktops. What I see on most tablets with 4.0 is quiet horror - terrible juddering and twitching of the interface. In my opinion, the presence of Jelly Bean becomes a significant plus for the tablet, because the user experience is greatly improved, the device is simply more pleasant to use.

    If you plan to reflash the tablet, be sure to use RkBatchTool, in no case do not flash it by simply throwing the firmware file into the tablet's memory, otherwise you will get a brick (recoverable, but still).

    Performance

    The tablet is equipped with a dual-core processor Rockchip RK3066, operating at a frequency of 1.6 GHz, video accelerator - Mali 400, RAM - 1 GB, internal storage capacity - 16 GB.

    Thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the main problem of budget tablets has been fixed - they no longer slow down when scrolling through desktops. As for other operations, everything is also in order here - games, web surfing, reading, Cube U30GT performs all these operations quickly and without brakes. It's really nice to use a tablet.

    Reading

    If we talk about the version with an IPS matrix, then reading from a tablet is very convenient. The minimum brightness is enough for reading in the dark, the maximum is suitable for public transport. Fonts look very clear. iReader is installed as a reading application, a beautiful but non-functional program, I recommend replacing it with Moon + Reader. This article will also help you choose the right reading program for you.

    Video

    The tablet has a huge number of supported video codecs and formats, here is a list of them: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG/FLV/ ASF/TS/TP/3GP/MPG. In practice, the Cube U30GT perfectly reproduces most videos in resolutions up to 1080p inclusive, but there was a problem with xvid support, the standard player did not play it. However, at the moment, support for MKV and audio tracks of various formats is much more important. Speaking of audio, here is the list of supported audio formats: FLAC / APE / WAV / MP3.

    Interfaces

    Wi-Fi (b/g/n) - there are no complaints about the work of Wi-Fi. The tablet keeps the signal perfectly, even in places with poor Wi-Fi reception.

    3G – it is possible to connect external modems via an OTG cable. For example, here is an instruction for connecting a Huawei E173 modem.

    Bluetooth 2.0 - all major profiles are supported, including A2DP.

    Camera

    The tablet has two cameras, both shoot at 2 MP.

    I do not recommend using the main camera, the pictures are bad, but the front one is perfect for Skype, the image quality from it is above average.

    Conclusion

    I have been testing Chinese tablets relatively recently, but I have already been amazed at how high quality they have become and how cheap they have remained. The price of the Cube U30GT ranges from $193 to $215 if you order it yourself. Buying from our resellers (versions with 16 GB of memory) will cost you 8,000 rubles. The Cube U30GT is also taken as the basis for the IconBIT Thor tablet, if you buy it under this brand, you will pay about 8,500 rubles, but for the 8 GB version.

    The tablet looks attractive for any of these prices, even if we take the Thor version for 9,000 rubles, it still has no competitors, or rather, they do, but they lose to him or are more expensive.

    I really liked the Cube U30GT, it has everything you can expect from a tablet for the money: a quality screen, the latest version of Android, good build quality, a dual-core processor and good battery life. However, if you need 3G and/or GPS then look elsewhere.

    Competitors

    I don't see direct competitors for this tablet in our market, because in terms of functionality it is at the level of Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, while the difference in price is almost twice. If you are not afraid of a Chinese manufacturer or IconBIT products (it depends on which version you choose), then you can safely take this model.

    If we talk about competitors from the Chinese market, then we can name the Sanei N10 Quad - its main advantage is a quad-core processor from Freescale, as well as the Sanei N10 DualCore - it uses a dual-core processor from Qualcomm (MSM8625), the model is also equipped with 3G and GPS. However, both models have not yet received the update to 4.1, and it is not known if they will.

    Specifications:

    • Model: Cube U30GT
    • Operating system: Android 4.0
    • Processor: RK3066, Cortex-A9, dual core, 1.6 GHz
    • GPU: 4-core Mali 400. OpenGLES2.0/1.1, OpenVG1.1 support
    • RAM: 1GB DDR3
    • Hard drive: 16 GB NAND FAST FLASH
    • Memory expansion: MicroSD Card / T-Flash (maximum 32GB)
    • Screen: capacitive touch, LED, IPS\MVA
    • Multi-touch: 10 points
    • Screen size: 10.1 inches
    • Max resolution: 1280x800
    • Screen viewing angle: IPS - 180°\MVA - ?
    • Camera: Front and rear cameras 2 megapixels, flash on the back
    • G-sensor: four directions
    • Software: YouTube / Facebook / Twitter / MSN / Google play / Skype / Calculator / Google Mail / Google Maps / iReader / Quick Office
    • Language: Multilingual
    • Wireless: Wi-Fi
    • 3G: Support for external 3G modems
    • Bluetooth: 2.0
    • Supported formats: Flash: 11.1 Video: AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/DAT(VCD format) / VOB (DVD format) / PMP/MPEG/MPG/FLV/ASF/TS/TP /3GP/MPG Audio: FLAC / APE / WAV E-book: Word / Excel / PPT / PDF / TXT / CHM / HTML Photo: JPG / BMP / PNG / GIF
    • Opening hours: 6

    The author expresses his gratitude to the Eplanshet online store for providing the Cube U30GT for testing.