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Cubot KingKong 7 review - Cheap Rugged Smartphone with IP Certification

Angular fellow. The Cubot KingKong 7 makes no secret of its claim: The metal design already reveals that the phone wants to face extreme conditions, water, dust, and shocks. And it does not cost 300 Euros. Can that work well?
Cubot KingKong 7
Cubot KingKong 7 (King Kong Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio P60 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A73 / A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.36 inch 19.2:9, 2300 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, Card Reader: microSD (shared, up to 256GB) , 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 166.75 x 83.5 ( = 0.55 x 6.56 x 3.29 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 16.0MP, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 5.0MP, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, 12 Months Warranty, IP68/​IP69K-certified, MIL-STD-810G-certified , ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
267 g ( = 9.42 oz / 0.59 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

rating
date
model
weight
drive
size
resolution
price from
75 %
01/2023
Cubot KingKong 7
Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3
267 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.36"2300x1080
74.5 %
10/2022
Ulefone Armor 15
Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320
346 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash5.45"1440x720
81.9 %
08/2022
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
235 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
78 %
10/2021
Motorola Defy
SD 662, Adreno 610
232 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features - Doesn't feel so good in the hand

You can tell that the Cubot KingKong 7 is an outdoor phone at first glance: a roughened case in industrial design with partially visible screws speaks for itself. The phone is very well protected against water and dust, which is guaranteed by an IP69K and MIL-STD certification. A protruding edge protects the display in case of a drop.

Unfortunately, the casing is also a bit angular and does not feel that comfortable in the hand without a protective cover. The Cubot cell phone weighs a bit more than a Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro but there are also much heavier outdoor phones.

If you want to use the SD card reader, you have to sacrifice a SIM slot for it, otherwise you can also use two SIM cards at the same time. The SD reader achieves good read and write rates with our reference microSD Angelbird V60.

Cubot sells two storage variants of the phone, both with 8 GB of RAM: the model with 128 GB of mass storage costs about 220 Euros and about 235 Euros with 256 GB.

Cubot KingKong 7
Cubot KingKong 7
Cubot KingKong 7
Cubot KingKong 7

Size comparison

170.2 mm / 6.7 in 79.6 mm / 3.13 in 18.2 mm / 0.717 in 346 g0.763 lbs166.75 mm / 6.56 in 83.5 mm / 3.29 in 14 mm / 0.551 in 267 g0.589 lbs169.8 mm / 6.69 in 78.2 mm / 3.08 in 10.9 mm / 0.4291 in 232 g0.511 lbs168.8 mm / 6.65 in 79.9 mm / 3.15 in 9.9 mm / 0.3898 in 235 g0.518 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.7 - 77, n=84, last 2 years)
28.9 MB/s +1%
Cubot KingKong 7
  (Angelbird V60)
28.7 MB/s
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
  (Angelbird V60)
27.9 MB/s -3%
Motorola Defy
  (Angelbird V60)
27.5 MB/s -4%
Ulefone Armor 15
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
12.43 MB/s -57%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Cubot KingKong 7 Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø35.3 (25.8-45.6)
Ulefone Armor 15 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø38.2 (24.2-48.7)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø39.3 (27.6-48.9)
Motorola Defy Adreno 610, SD 662, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø26.1 (16-40.8)
Cubot KingKong 7 Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.8 (13.1-90)
Ulefone Armor 15 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø73.8 (19.3-81.8)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø68.9 (47.7-76.5)
Motorola Defy Adreno 610, SD 662, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø79.1 (31.7-83.4)

Communication, software and operation - Stable WLAN

The Cubot KingKong 7 is equipped with WiFi 5. In our test with the Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 router, it achieves decent data rates, but they are sometimes well below 300 Mbps, especially in the reception direction.

The outdoor phone does not have 5G, but it does have a decent number of 4G frequencies, so you can also use the Cubot KingKong 7 for mobile Internet on a trip abroad.

The Cubot phone still comes with Android 11, so you should not hope too much for further updates. The security patches are from July 2022 and thus already outdated at the time of testing. At least Cubot installs pure Android without third-party advertising apps.

A separate fingerprint sensor is found on the casing's right, which is logically positioned but can hardly be felt haptically. It unlocks the phone reliably after a short wait. The Cubot KingKong 7 can also be unlocked via facial recognition. This works reliably in good ambient light but is not quite as secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Motorola Defy
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
52.7 (21min - 70max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Motorola Defy
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
59.6 (34min - 74max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Ulefone Armor 15
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
367 (359min - 374max) MBit/s +11%
Cubot KingKong 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
331 (301min - 339max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Ulefone Armor 15
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 (345min - 366max) MBit/s +31%
Cubot KingKong 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
276 (250min - 294max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
944 (866min - 952max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
910 (677min - 949max) MBit/s
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Cubot KingKong 7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø275 (250-294)
Cubot KingKong 7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø331 (301-339)

Cameras - For outdoor snapshots

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

A 64-megapixel sensor, Samsung's Isocell GW1, is used in the main camera, and the smartphone also offers a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and a macro lens. Thus, the KingKong 7 is quite well positioned in terms of flexibility, but you can only switch directly between the sensors, so hybrid zoom is not possible.

Snapshots with the main camera are a bit dark outdoors and look low in detail when you look closer. Furthermore, the contrast could be higher. The image reproduction is very cold in very low light, and the sharpness also decreases considerably. You should not expect a high light yield from the wide-angle camera either. However, both cameras are sufficient for snapshots that are only to be viewed on the smartphone screen anyway.

Videos are possible in 1080p and 30 fps at most. Here, you have to cope with an often pumping autofocus.

The front-facing camera with a lush 32 megapixels takes decent selfies, but the brightness and details could be better here as well.

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.

Main cameraMain cameraLow LightWide-angle
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ColorChecker
8.6 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
1.9 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Cubot KingKong 7: 7.77 ∆E min: 1.87 - max: 12.13 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.9 ∆E
55.3 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
28 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.6 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
46.9 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
76.2 ∆E
44 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Cubot KingKong 7: 46.86 ∆E min: 13.38 - max: 93.69 ∆E

Display - Reasonably bright screen

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

Outdoor phones should actually have particularly bright screens to remain legible even in bright environments. However, this is rarely possible due to the low budget, and Cubot's KingKong 7 is still comparatively well positioned with its average brightness of 466 cd/m². That is sufficient for cloudy days outdoors, but it gets difficult in direct sunlight.

The black value is also quite high, so the display is rather dull due to low contrasts. Colors are at least rendered fairly true to the original, except for blue-green tones.

It is nice that Cubot has opted for a Full HD panel; other brands often only offer a 720p display. In addition, the screen does not need PWM.

452
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
451
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
477
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 494 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 466.4 cd/m² Minimum: 3.13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 462 cd/m²
Contrast: 757:1 (Black: 0.61 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.1 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 3.3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
94.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.228
Cubot KingKong 7
IPS, 2300x1080, 6.4"
Ulefone Armor 15
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5"
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.6"
Motorola Defy
IPS, 1600x720, 6.5"
Response Times
-16%
4%
-101%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31.4 ?(16.4, 15)
35.41 ?(16.45, 18.96)
-13%
31 ?(16, 15)
1%
59 ?(30, 29)
-88%
Response Time Black / White *
15 ?(10, 5)
17.89 ?(5.075, 12.81)
-19%
14 ?(9, 5)
7%
32 ?(17, 15)
-113%
PWM Frequency
5221
Screen
-35%
-34%
-14%
Brightness middle
462
416
-10%
510
10%
402
-13%
Brightness
466
407
-13%
495
6%
386
-17%
Brightness Distribution
91
96
5%
92
1%
90
-1%
Black Level *
0.61
0.37
39%
0.46
25%
0.45
26%
Contrast
757
1124
48%
1109
46%
893
18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.1
7.3
-78%
7.41
-81%
4.83
-18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.26
15
-82%
13.26
-61%
9.53
-15%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.3
9.6
-191%
10.6
-221%
6.4
-94%
Gamma
2.228 99%
1.95 113%
2.518 87%
2.378 93%
CCT
7286 89%
8536 76%
10050 65%
8348 78%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-26% / -31%
-15% / -27%
-58% / -32%

* ... 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
15 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 5 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 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (33.4 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17560 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

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

Performance, emissions and battery life - Enduring outdoor phone

The Cubot KingKong 7 is not a performance miracle with its MediaTek Helio P60 but it is on par with other inexpensive outdoor phones. If you do not demand too much from the processor, the system runs reasonably fast with only occasional stutters. However, you have to reckon with delays as soon as you start more complex apps and cannot expect an absolutely smooth display.

Cubot also only installs slow eMMC flash, so loading processes take quite a long time.

The maximum temperature of 35.9 °C is very reasonable and is also very limited locally. There are no performance losses during longer loads.

The speaker is hardly enjoyable; it sounds very treble-heavy and the music is hardly enjoyable with it. Bluetooth 4.2 is an outdated protocol for connecting wireless headphones, and you can only use the USB-C port for connecting via cable.

Cubot at least gets a runtime of up to 15:26 hours out of the 5000 mAh battery in our Wi-Fi test. That is not record-breaking, but decent and should get you through the day even with more demanding tasks.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (126 - 2138, n=193, last 2 years)
938 Points +221%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
773 Points +165%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
315 Points +8%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (292 - 294, n=3)
293 Points 0%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
292 Points
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
178 Points -39%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=193, last 2 years)
3124 Points +126%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2802 Points +102%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1426 Points +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (1384 - 1439, n=3)
1415 Points +2%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
1384 Points
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
881 Points -36%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=192, last 2 years)
12163 Points +84%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
12113 Points +83%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
6616 Points
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  ()
6616 Points 0%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
6425 Points -3%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
5581 Points -16%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 17553, n=91, last 2 years)
2950 Points +133%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
1264 Points
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1164 Points -8%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (733 - 1273, n=8)
1052 Points -17%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
467 Points -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 29890, n=91, last 2 years)
3080 Points +178%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
1108 Points
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1011 Points -9%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (628 - 1119, n=8)
910 Points -18%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
395 Points -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 7180, n=91, last 2 years)
3237 Points +30%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
2491 Points
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2477 Points -1%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (2149 - 2528, n=8)
2455 Points -1%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1284 Points -48%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=166, last 2 years)
7216 Points +469%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
1268 Points
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1176 Points -7%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (853 - 1282, n=8)
1116 Points -12%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
538 Points -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=165, last 2 years)
10457 Points +845%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
1106 Points
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1027 Points -7%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (721 - 1122, n=8)
964 Points -13%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
462 Points -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=165, last 2 years)
4419 Points +70%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
2597 Points
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (2013 - 2918, n=8)
2540 Points -2%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2383 Points -8%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1267 Points -51%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=119, last 2 years)
2784 Points +326%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2464 Points +277%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
654 Points
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  ()
654 Points 0%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
370 Points -43%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=183, last 2 years)
6780 Points +938%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2472 Points +279%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
653 Points
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  ()
653 Points 0%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
366 Points -44%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=187, last 2 years)
1826 Points +871%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
686 Points +265%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
188 Points
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  ()
188 Points 0%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
102 Points -46%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=184, last 2 years)
1826 Points +887%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
684 Points +270%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
185 Points
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  ()
185 Points 0%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
101 Points -45%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=205, last 2 years)
46 fps +482%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
30 fps +280%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps +90%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
8.1 fps +3%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
7.9 fps
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (6.6 - 8.6, n=7)
7.5 fps -5%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=205, last 2 years)
69 fps +731%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
34 fps +310%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8.4 fps +1%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
8.3 fps
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (6.2 - 8.3, n=7)
7.63 fps -8%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
4.1 fps -51%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=205, last 2 years)
34.3 fps +630%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
19 fps +304%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8.9 fps +89%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
4.8 fps +2%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
4.7 fps
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (2.6 - 6.4, n=7)
4.49 fps -4%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=205, last 2 years)
27.7 fps +889%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
13 fps +364%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (2.1 - 4.3, n=7)
2.87 fps +3%
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps 0%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
2.8 fps
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1.4 fps -50%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=203, last 2 years)
34378 Points +235%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
25445 Points +148%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
10257 Points
Motorola Defy
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
9575 Points -7%
Average Mediatek Helio P60
  (8287 - 10257, n=7)
8975 Points -12%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
5732 Points -44%
Cubot KingKong 7Ulefone Armor 15Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 ProMotorola DefyAverage 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-29%
250%
57%
16%
478%
Sequential Read 256KB
480.8
285.68
-41%
841.6
75%
306.5
-36%
Sequential Write 256KB
212.9
161.1
-24%
484.7
128%
187.7
-12%
194.6 ?(72.3 - 314, n=76)
-9%
Random Read 4KB
81
64.99
-20%
170.6
111%
96.4
19%
Random Write 4KB
26
18.36
-29%
204.2
685%
92.6
256%

Temperature

Max. Load
 35.9 °C
97 F
30.3 °C
87 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
 34.3 °C
94 F
29.3 °C
85 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 33.5 °C
92 F
28.9 °C
84 F
28.2 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 35.9 °C = 97 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
27.1 °C
81 F
28.5 °C
83 F
34.3 °C
94 F
27.1 °C
81 F
28.8 °C
84 F
30.9 °C
88 F
27.8 °C
82 F
28.9 °C
84 F
32.2 °C
90 F
Maximum: 34.3 °C = 94 F
Average: 29.5 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.8 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 19.7 °C = 67 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.9 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.3 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.9 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
3DMark - Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Cubot KingKong 7
Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 128 GB eMMC Flash
99.4 (3.92min - 3.94max) %

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.542.3253536.33132.1284032.530.85036.632.76330.330.2803117.710025.715.712525.622.916023.932.320019.738.425017.444.23151949.640016.854.150017.858.363017.860.180022.662.9100022.665.612502263.1160021.566.6200021.974.7250020.675.731501773400016.270.7500015.474.663001576.9800015.3671000015.855.71250016.549.21600017.453.2SPL31.783.8N1.553.4median 17.8median 60.1Delta2.9950.743.541.342.73129.535.634.93838.130.134.130.835.623.522.420.321.920.334.316.244.415.950.913.956.713.661.113.565.219.368.416.573.113.974.51473.513.267.613.267.714.269.21672.217.269.917.971.718.570.619.174.919.877.319.374.420.160.628.883.91.159.4median 16.5median 68.439.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseCubot KingKong 7Motorola Defy
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Cubot KingKong 7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 77% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Motorola Defy audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 53% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Ulefone Armor 15
6000 mAh
1059 min +14%
Motorola Defy
5000 mAh
948 min +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=207, last 2 years)
933 min +1%
Cubot KingKong 7
5000 mAh
926 min
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
768 min -17%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 26min

Pros

+ Full HD screen
+ waterproof and dustproof
+ long battery runtimes
+ many LTE frequencies

Cons

- no Widevine L1
- rough edges on the housing...
- ... and slippery coating
- short warranty
- outdated security patches

Verdict - Protected cell phone for basic activities

In the review: Cubot KingKong 7
In the review: Cubot KingKong 7

If you want your smartphone to be well protected in everyday use, you will get a water- and dust-proof chassis in the Cubot KingKong 7, which is hardly affected by bumps thanks to its thick edges. However, the rubber coating is relatively slippery and some of the edges are quite sharp, so the phone does not feel as secure and comfortable in the hand without an additional cover.

The screen has a high resolution and is bright enough for hazy days. The performance is sufficient for smooth system operation as long as you only perform basic tasks like making calls, writing messages, or running simple apps. 5G is not available, but there are quite a few 4G frequencies and a quite stable Wi-Fi signal. The phone's battery life is also convincing.

The camera is more suitable for snapshots, so you should not expect too much here. You also have to live with the short warranty of only 1 year.

The Cubot KingKong 7 is a robust phone that fulfills basic requirements. However, it could be a bit more secure and comfortable in the hand.

If you want a more spectacular look, you can look at the Ulefone Armor 15 which even comes with TWS headphones tucked away in the case. If it can be more expensive, then the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro even promises WiFi 6 and considerably more performance.

Price and availability

The smartphone is available for quite a low price from the manufacturer itself: The 128 GB version is available for just under 190 Euros, and the 256 GB model costs 10 Euros more. However, taxes and shipping are added, which vary depending on the country.

If you prefer to order from amazon.de the cost will be just under 250 Euros for the outdoor phone with 128 GB. With 256 GB, just under 280 Euros are due at amazon.de.

Cubot KingKong 7 - 01/04/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
87%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
10 / 64 → 16%
Application Performance
62 / 86 → 72%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 90 → 56%
Camera
47%
Average
70%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Cubot KingKong 7 review - Cheap Rugged Smartphone with IP Certification
Florian Schmitt, 2023-01- 6 (Update: 2023-01- 6)