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Cubot King Kong Mini 2 Smartphone Review- Small outdoor phone without IP protection

Maximum compact Cubot wants to further improve the concept of a tiny outdoor cell phone with its second King Kong Mini. The manufacturer increases the size of the battery, makes the screen even brighter, but also increases the price. Is the mini outdoor smartphone still worth it?
Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
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Cubot King Kong Mini 2 (King Kong Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761 4 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
4.00 inch 18:9, 1080 x 540 pixel 302 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 25 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​B19/​B20) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.1 x 119 x 58 ( = 0.48 x 4.69 x 2.28 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p (Camera 1); 2.0MP, depth of field (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, screwdriver, 12 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.566 W/kg (head), 0.907 W/kg (body); notification LED, fanless, ruggedized
Weight
123 g ( = 4.34 oz / 0.27 pounds), Power Supply: 60 g ( = 2.12 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
119 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
74 %7
02/2021
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
123 g32 GB eMMC Flash4.00"1080x540
74 %7
02/2020
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
124 g32 GB eMMC Flash4.00"1080x540
85 %7
05/2020
Apple iPhone SE 2020
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
148 g128 GB NVMe4.70"1334x750
74 %7
08/2019
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2
172 g32 GB eMMC Flash5.00"1280x720

Case, features and operation - Handy cell phone

Externally, nothing has changed compared to the predecessor; the King Kong Mini 2 looks exactly like its predecessor. That means: The typical outdoor look with rubber and metal in a very handy 4-inch format, plus a flap with real screws that hide the two SIM slots and the microSD slot. The casing still does not offer IP certification, but it is supposed to be protected against splash water and dust according to the manufacturer.

The price has increased to at least 119 Euros online, and is thus 10 Euros higher than the predecessor at launch. 32 GB of mass storage and 3 GB of RAM are quite OK as features, the WLAN offers significantly higher transfer rates than the first King Kong Mini in our test with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12.

As in the predecessor, the handy smartphone is well suited for people with small hands and children, but you should also keep in mind that buttons and especially the keyboard are very small in this size. The smartphone lies well in the hand and can be operated quite accurately. Only conventional methods or face recognition can be used for unlocking; there is no fingerprint sensor.

Size comparison

146.2 mm / 5.76 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs138.4 mm / 5.45 inch 67.3 mm / 2.65 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs119 mm / 4.69 inch 58 mm / 2.28 inch 12.1 mm / 0.4764 inch 123 g0.2712 lbs119 mm / 4.69 inch 58 mm / 2.28 inch 12.1 mm / 0.4764 inch 124 g0.2734 lbs
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Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone SE 2020
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
818 (400min - 892max) MBit/s ∼100% +152%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
802.11a/b/g/n
324 (317min - 329max) MBit/s ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
802.11a/b/g/n
263 (227min - 296max) MBit/s ∼32% -19%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
802.11a/b/g/n
204 (174min - 216max) MBit/s ∼25% -37%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone SE 2020
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
618 (321min - 653max) MBit/s ∼100% +88%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
802.11a/b/g/n
329 (307min - 338max) MBit/s ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
802.11a/b/g/n
274 (197min - 295max) MBit/s ∼44% -17%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
802.11a/b/g/n
181 (109min - 210max) MBit/s ∼29% -45%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø329 (307-338)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø324 (317-329)

Cameras - Little offered

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

Nothing has changed in terms of camera compared to the predecessor either: The manufacturer still installs a 13-megapixel module on the back, which is supported by a 2-megapixel camera for portrait effects. The main camera can hardly be used in low light. Either nothing can be seen in the pictures or they are blurry.

There are also problems in daylight, where bright areas are quickly outshined and the main subject looks washed out. You can use the camera for snapshots, but you should not expect high quality.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels. It takes decent selfies in normal lighting, but they could use more sharpness.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p, the quality is similar to the photos, so you should not expect too much here.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptobjektiv PflanzeHauptobjektiv UmgebungHauptobjektiv Low Light
ColorChecker
6 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
9 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
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10 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Cubot King Kong Mini 2: 8.19 ∆E min: 3.17 - max: 12.64 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
54.6 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
66.2 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
48 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
94.3 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
14 ∆E
ColorChecker Cubot King Kong Mini 2: 47.34 ∆E min: 14.02 - max: 94.34 ∆E

Display - Brighter but inaccurate

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

Fortunately, Cubot has managed to increase the screen's maximum brightness: We measured an average of 633 cd/m², which is an acceptable value for an outdoor smartphone that you can still work with in brighter environments.

However, the black value has also increased in return and thus the contrast ratio is worse than in the predecessor. The color reproduction is a bit more accurate than in the predecessor, but still only on an average level. Grayscale is a bit too dark, but we did not notice a blue cast.

660
cd/m²
641
cd/m²
607
cd/m²
664
cd/m²
624
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
666
cd/m²
633
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 666 cd/m² Average: 633.1 cd/m² Minimum: 23.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 624 cd/m²
Contrast: 717:1 (Black: 0.87 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.21 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
84.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.585
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
IPS, 1080x540, 4.00
Cubot Kingkong Mini
IPS, 1080x540, 4.00
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Retina HD, IPS, 1334x750, 4.70
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
IPS (PLS), 1280x720, 5.00
Response Times
48%
12%
-22%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (23, 23)
48 (25, 23)
-4%
36.8 (9.2, 27.6)
20%
42 (20.8, 21.2)
9%
Response Time Black / White *
22 (7, 15)
20 (7, 13)
9%
21.2 (6, 15.2)
4%
33.6 (21.2, 12.4)
-53%
PWM Frequency
354.6 (15)
844.6 (15)
138%
Screen
-6%
69%
-4%
Brightness middle
624
545
-13%
688
10%
525
-16%
Brightness
633
545
-14%
659
4%
513
-19%
Brightness Distribution
90
84
-7%
92
2%
90
0%
Black Level *
0.87
0.53
39%
0.28
68%
0.52
40%
Contrast
717
1028
43%
2457
243%
1010
41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.21
6.46
-24%
1
81%
6
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.59
12.86
-21%
2.2
79%
10.9
-3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.8
7.4
-54%
1.7
65%
7.8
-63%
Gamma
2.585 85%
2.652 83%
2.25 98%
2.53 87%
CCT
6953 93%
7448 87%
6790 96%
8605 76%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
21% / 8%
41% / 58%
-13% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 354.6 Hz ≤ 15 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 354.6 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 15 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 354.6 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14793 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Even more battery power

As in the predecessor, the MediaTek Helio A22 is used as the SoC. It is sufficient for a reasonably smooth system operation and also for simple apps, but you should not expect too much in terms of performance.

As already noticed in the King Kong Mini, cooling is difficult in the small case and the chassis heats up to over 45 °C during longer load periods. This can be unpleasant on warm days and affect the system performance.

The speaker is located on the back, which is not ideal; it can easily be covered with the hand. The speaker is moderately loud and the sound is a bit more linear than in the predecessor. However, music does not sound that good and trebles are sometimes unpleasantly overemphasized.

The battery has a 50% higher capacity compared to the battery in the King Kong Mini. This only results in a slightly improved runtime, but it is a welcome improvement since the smartphone's weight has not changed.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
134 Points ∼10%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
1336 Points ∼100% +897%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
 
134 Points ∼10% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=237, last 2 years)
570 Points ∼43% +325%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
439 Points ∼13%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
3281 Points ∼100% +647%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
 
439 Points ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4455, n=237, last 2 years)
1953 Points ∼60% +345%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
4658 Points ∼59%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
4657 Points ∼59% 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
5309 Points ∼67% +14%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (4195 - 5511, n=11)
4831 Points ∼61% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=268, last 2 years)
7899 Points ∼100% +70%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
7228 Points ∼7%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
97290 Points ∼100% +1246%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
13688 Points ∼14% +89%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (7228 - 8657, n=9)
8343 Points ∼9% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=207, last 2 years)
40247 Points ∼41% +457%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
6349 Points ∼3%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
209431 Points ∼100% +3199%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
13711 Points ∼7% +116%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (6349 - 7695, n=9)
7447 Points ∼4% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=207, last 2 years)
58049 Points ∼28% +814%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
14016 Points ∼41%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
33851 Points ∼100% +142%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
13610 Points ∼40% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (12725 - 15348, n=9)
14468 Points ∼43% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8324 - 59268, n=207, last 2 years)
23323 Points ∼69% +66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
435 Points ∼7%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
417 Points ∼7% -4%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
6168 Points ∼100% +1318%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
876 Points ∼14% +101%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (411 - 492, n=11)
453 Points ∼7% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=261, last 2 years)
3370 Points ∼55% +675%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
381 Points ∼4%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
365 Points ∼4% -4%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
9218 Points ∼100% +2319%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
766 Points ∼8% +101%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (357 - 434, n=11)
401 Points ∼4% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=261, last 2 years)
3942 Points ∼43% +935%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
870 Points ∼30%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
817 Points ∼29% -6%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
2857 Points ∼100% +228%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1756 Points ∼61% +102%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (755 - 923, n=11)
840 Points ∼29% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=261, last 2 years)
2757 Points ∼96% +217%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
456 Points ∼4%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
442 Points ∼4% -3%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
10699 Points ∼100% +2246%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
937 Points ∼9% +105%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (442 - 521, n=11)
499 Points ∼5% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=278, last 2 years)
3964 Points ∼37% +769%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
400 Points ∼2%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
390 Points ∼2% -2%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
20135 Points ∼100% +4934%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
826 Points ∼4% +107%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (390 - 461, n=11)
445 Points ∼2% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=278, last 2 years)
5019 Points ∼25% +1155%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
895 Points ∼22%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
836 Points ∼21% -7%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
4052 Points ∼100% +353%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1768 Points ∼44% +98%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (775 - 954, n=11)
866 Points ∼21% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=276, last 2 years)
2911 Points ∼72% +225%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
245 Points ∼6%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
239 Points ∼6% -2%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
4050 Points ∼100% +1553%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
654 Points ∼16% +167%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (239 - 298, n=10)
261 Points ∼6% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=259, last 2 years)
2628 Points ∼65% +973%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
203 Points ∼4%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
198 Points ∼4% -2%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
4573 Points ∼100% +2153%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
555 Points ∼12% +173%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (197 - 250, n=10)
218 Points ∼5% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=259, last 2 years)
2784 Points ∼61% +1271%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
869 Points ∼30%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
858 Points ∼30% -1%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
2892 Points ∼100% +233%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1747 Points ∼60% +101%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (738 - 918, n=10)
842 Points ∼29% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=259, last 2 years)
2803 Points ∼97% +223%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
260 Points ∼5%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
257 Points ∼5% -1%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
5688 Points ∼100% +2088%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
588 Points ∼10% +126%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (238 - 301, n=10)
285 Points ∼5% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=277, last 2 years)
3226 Points ∼57% +1141%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
216 Points ∼3%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
214 Points ∼3% -1%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
7847 Points ∼100% +3533%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
498 Points ∼6% +131%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (197 - 253, n=10)
240 Points ∼3% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12914, n=277, last 2 years)
3622 Points ∼46% +1577%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
899 Points ∼30%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
863 Points ∼29% -4%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
2898 Points ∼98% +222%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1554 Points ∼52% +73%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (780 - 940, n=10)
855 Points ∼29% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=277, last 2 years)
2967 Points ∼100% +230%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
6.1 fps ∼10%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
5.8 fps ∼10% -5%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +884%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
10 fps ∼17% +64%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.3 - 6.1, n=11)
4.73 fps ∼8% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=283, last 2 years)
22.5 fps ∼38% +269%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
2 fps ∼3%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1.9 fps ∼3% -5%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
72 fps ∼100% +3500%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
5 fps ∼7% +150%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (1.9 - 4.2, n=11)
2.51 fps ∼3% +26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=282, last 2 years)
25.9 fps ∼36% +1195%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
3.9 fps ∼7%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
3.7 fps ∼6% -5%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +1438%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
6.4 fps ∼11% +64%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.7 - 3.9, n=11)
3.13 fps ∼5% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=283, last 2 years)
14.9 fps ∼25% +282%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
0.7 fps ∼2%
Cubot Kingkong Mini
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
0.72 fps ∼2% +3%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
31 fps ∼100% +4329%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
Samsung Exynos 7884B, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1.8 fps ∼6% +157%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (0.7 - 0.85, n=11)
0.809 fps ∼3% +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=282, last 2 years)
10.2 fps ∼33% +1357%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2Cubot Kingkong MiniSamsung Galaxy XCover 4sAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
11%
19%
18%
317%
Sequential Read 256KB
275.5
246.9
-10%
298.6
8%
240 (25.8 - 452, n=227)
-13%
753 (41.9 - 2037, n=288, last 2 years)
173%
Sequential Write 256KB
137.8
129.7
-6%
85.4
-38%
97.9 (14.8 - 189, n=227)
-29%
329 (11.9 - 1321, n=288, last 2 years)
139%
Random Read 4KB
25.5
26.9
5%
59.56
134%
42 (3.59 - 117, n=227)
65%
135 (13.5 - 325, n=288, last 2 years)
429%
Random Write 4KB
9.4
17
81%
10.38
10%
20 (0.75 - 89.5, n=227)
113%
120 (4.97 - 330, n=288, last 2 years)
1177%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
79.55 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
71.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=178)
-14%
75.9 (13.4 - 154, n=175, last 2 years)
-9%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
60.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
64.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
52.9 (3.4 - 87.1, n=178)
-15%
58.2 (8.4 - 83.3, n=175, last 2 years)
-7%

Temperature

Max. Load
 45.3 °C
114 F
41.1 °C
106 F
43 °C
109 F
 
 45.6 °C
114 F
41.6 °C
107 F
43.9 °C
111 F
 
 44.9 °C
113 F
41 °C
106 F
42.5 °C
109 F
 
Maximum: 45.6 °C = 114 F
Average: 43.2 °C = 110 F
38.6 °C
101 F
40.2 °C
104 F
44.3 °C
112 F
39.2 °C
103 F
40.6 °C
105 F
44.6 °C
112 F
38.6 °C
101 F
40.4 °C
105 F
44.4 °C
112 F
Maximum: 44.6 °C = 112 F
Average: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.5 °C = 98 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.2 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.6 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.6 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.541.92532.637.93127.532.74030.236.65032.333.86325.526.18017.818.710022.621.312514.616.216013.316.92001118.92509.724315833.14008.641.550011.248.563013.75380015.353.2100017.465.2125010.372.8160010.569.8200010.671.1250011.270.8315012.568.5400014.365.8500015.263.463001561.6800016.166.71000017.364.41250016.256.21600016.945.2SPL26.179.9N0.739.4median 13.7median 56.2Delta2.815.739.644.345.342.837.132.737.438.540.239.23733.228.627.927.526.126.926.524.924.522.925.122.531.421.439.42345.721.151.722.254.92057.619.865.418.373.617.87617.679.616.876.31776.416.777.317.875.916.872.717.167.617.258.817.452.917.441.730.986.71.557median 18.3median 57.62.617.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseCubot King Kong Mini 2Cubot Kingkong Mini
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Cubot King Kong Mini 2 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 10.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (37.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 98% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 98% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Cubot Kingkong Mini audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 10.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 14.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (41.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 99% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 0% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 99% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Cubot King Kong Mini 2
3000 mAh
Cubot Kingkong Mini
2000 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2020
1822 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s
2800 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1072
997
-7%
694
-35%
619
-42%
897 (425 - 2000, n=296, last 2 years)
-16%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
17h 52min

Pros

+ very compact
+ long runtimes
+ fast WLAN
+ bright display

Cons

- mediocre camera quality
- inaccurate color representation
- no IP certification
- strong heating under load

Verdict - A small update

In the test: Cubot King Kong Mini 2.
In the test: Cubot King Kong Mini 2.

The Cubot King Kong Mini 2 is interesting for those who want a really compact smartphone. You should not rely too much on the smartphone's outdoor capabilities. It does feel secure in the hand thanks to the rubber coating, and a minimal protrusion of the casing also protects the screen. But there is no IP certification and you do not get a warranty for water damage either.

Like its predecessor, the Mini 2 is once again a well-equipped phone for its price range and even goes one better in terms of WLAN speed. In addition, there are decent runtimes and a bright screen. However, the color reproduction and contrast should be less important, and the outdoor smartphone is not a camera champion: The main camera does not see anything in low light, and even normal exposure only produces usable pictures at best.

The Cubot King Kong Mini 2 is an exceptionally compact smartphone with decent features. However, little has changed compared with the predecessor.

The changes compared to the first King Kong Mini are rather minor. You can save a good 30 Euros if you buy the predecessor. We would currently also recommend doing so, unless every second of battery life and a very bright screen are important to you.

Price and availability

The Cubot King Kong Mini 2 is currently only available at amazon.de in German-speaking countries. The cheapest offer there is 119 Euros (~$119).

Cubot King Kong Mini 2 - 02/12/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
64 / 75 → 85%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
38 / 70 → 54%
Weight
95%
Battery
92%
Display
82%
Games Performance
3 / 64 → 5%
Application Performance
50 / 86 → 58%
Temperature
81%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 90 → 56%
Camera
43%
Average
66%
74%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 863 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-02-12 (Update: 2021-02-12)