Although the smartphone market trends to the design of slimmer and bigger screen, for many outdoor activity lovers, a rugged smartphone is an ideal second smartphone for beach and outdoors. If you are sensitive at pricing, importing a rugged phone from China via online shop like GearBest might be your choice. Today, I would like to talk about the Cubot King Kong, a very affordable three anti-smartphone that comes with good specs.

Quick Take

Pros
  • Affordable

  • IP68 certification

  • Screen not easy to break and scratch

  • Massive 4400mAh battery

Cons
  • Not support 4G LTE network

  • Mediocre camera setup

Design & Display

Similar to many rugged smartphones, the Cubot King Kong looks bulky and is quite heavy. It is made of polycarbonate and metallic material and has a unique design of two yellow plastic tape at the front. Ports like 3.5mm earphone jack and USB are protective with rubber covers. The speaker grilles are protected with strict seal design. The Cubot King Kong meats IP68 certification. As for display, it features a 5-inch hard glass screen with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixel, 294 ppi. The screen not only offers a decent viewing experience even under full sunlight, but also ensure that it’s not easily break or scratch.

Hardware & OS

For a cheap rugged smartphone is not bad that the Cubot King Kong is powered by a MediaTek MT6580 chipset and a quad-core processor with a frequency of 1.3GHz. In terms of graphic section, it uses dual-core Mali 400 GPU that may not allow you to enjoy watching high-resolution videos or playing heavy games. But that is quite enough for a rugged smartphone.

The Cubot King Kong comes with a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for storing your files, music. As some of the storage are already occupied by the Android 7.0 Nougat OS software, thus, to ensure the users storage demands, the King Kong supports to increase the storage up to 32GB using a MicroSD card.

Cameras

As a budget rugged phone, the camera is not a major selling point. But the performance of the camera is still decent for the price the phone is valued at. The rear camera of the King Kong is an 8 MP rear camera with dual LED flash while the front camera is 5 MP but is missing the flash which is expected by most of the users.

Battery

The battery life is a key feature of a rugged phone as it may not have access to charge the phone frequently in outdoors. Apparently, Cubot took care in this segment. They use a 4400mAh non-removable battery in King Kong which can support 6-7 days standby time and can last for a full 12 hours when used in hard conditions. However, limited by the cost, it doesn’t support fast charge technology.

Network & Connectivity

The Cubot King Kong is a 3G smartphone. Thus, it can’t support 4G LTE network. As for wireless connectivity, it supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n wireless internet and Bluetooth V4.0. Besides, it has dual Micro SIM card Slot, and comes with a 3.5mm Audio Out Port and Micro USB Slot.

Price

The Cubot King Kong is one of the cheapest rugged smartphone launched in 2017 with a list price of $99.99 on GearBest.com. But now GearBest is running a flash sale on it, so you can buy it at $89.99. Moreover, from Jan 15 to Jan 19, the first 10 units daily @9:00UTC can enjoy a special offer of $49.99 with use of coupon code 50%Kingkong.

If you’re looking for a budget rugged smartphone that comes with good design and specs, don’t miss this chance to get a Cubot King Kong.

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