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Cubot KingKong Mini 3 review - Compact smartphone with reliable qualities

Extremely handy. The Cubot KingKong Mini 3 offers more space and more performance. It is a bit bigger than its predecessor, but still fits in every pocket and is supposed to withstand wind and weather. Find out what the handy phone can do in the test.
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Cubot KingKong Mini 3 (King Kong Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
4.50 inch 22:9, 1170 x 480 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetic
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G (B1/3/5/7/8/19/20/40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.4 x 131 x 58.1 ( = 0.53 x 5.16 x 2.29 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 20 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, 12 Months Warranty, fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
149 g ( = 5.26 oz / 0.33 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
229 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
75.4 %
01/2023
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
149 g128 GB eMMC Flash4.50"1170x480
86.1 %
04/2022
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
144 g64 GB SSD4.70"1334x750
73.5 %
02/2021
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
123 g32 GB eMMC Flash4.00"1080x540
74.3 %
04/2021
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
172 g64 GB eMMC Flash5.30"1480x720

Case and features - No IP certification

With a screen diagonal of only 4.5 inches, the Cubot KingKong Mini 3 is one of the smallest smartphones currently available on the market. However, since it is also an outdoor phone, the chassis is not extremely compact for the screen size, and especially the case thickness of 13.4 mm is clearly above the norm. Nevertheless, it fits very well in the pocket and also brings some color into play with its red accents.

The rubberized frame with metal inserts, visible screws, and a glossy back also gives the phone a certain style. It feels good in the hand and is also relatively light at 149 grams. The casing looks very sturdy and is supposed to resist water and dust, but the manufacturer does not specify an IP certification, so nothing is known for sure. A 5-minute bath in fresh water during our test did not affect the phone's functionality in any way.

Compared with the predecessor, the Cubot KingKong Mini 2, the manufacturer now offers much more storage: 6 GB RAM and 128 GB mass storage are on a mid-range level. However, the price has also increased significantly: while the predecessor was available from the manufacturer for just under 120 Euros, you have to pay 110 Euros more, which is almost twice as much.

In return, NFC is now also on board, but you have to do without a microSD reader.

Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Cubot KingKong Mini 3

Size comparison

147.1 mm / 5.79 inch 71.6 mm / 2.82 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs138.4 mm / 5.45 inch 67.3 mm / 2.65 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 144 g0.3175 lbs131 mm / 5.16 inch 58.1 mm / 2.29 inch 13.4 mm / 0.528 inch 149 g0.3285 lbs119 mm / 4.69 inch 58 mm / 2.28 inch 12.1 mm / 0.4764 inch 123 g0.2712 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Communication, software and operation - Few 4G frequencies

Furthermore, the Cubot KingKong Mini 3 is only a 4G phone with quite a small amount of supported frequencies, so you might have problems with the local cellular network when traveling further. The Wi-Fi 5 module, on the other hand, does a good job in our test with the reference router Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 and delivers stable transfer rates of around 300 - 350 Mbps.

Cubot installs a fairly pure Android 12 without additional preinstalled apps. The security patches are from December 2022 and are thus still quite up-to-date at the time of testing. However, there is no information on how long the KingKong Mini 3 will get updates. The short warranty period of only 12 months is a bit annoying.

The Cubot phone does not have a fingerprint sensor. The phone can only be unlocked biometrically via facial recognition. This works quite well in good light but is somewhat insecure due to the pure software solution without additional sensors. The 60 Hz screen can be operated reliably, but you should keep in mind that the buttons on the 4.5-inch screen are very small. In return, you can easily reach the entire screen surface even with small hands.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
327 (291min - 337max) MBit/s
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
802.11a/b/g/n
324 (317min - 329max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
802.11a/b/g/n
329 (307min - 338max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
327 (269min - 339max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Apple iPhone SE 2022
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
888 (869min - 906max) MBit/s +141%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
369 (328min - 379max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Apple iPhone SE 2022
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
746 (599min - 768max) MBit/s +130%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
324 (294min - 336max) MBit/s
020406080100120140160180200220240260280300320340360Tooltip
Cubot KingKong Mini 3; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø324 (294-336)
Cubot KingKong Mini 3; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø369 (328-379)

Cameras - Gloomy outlook

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

Sony's IMX350 with a maximum resolution of 20 megapixels is used as the main camera's photo sensor on the back. Even in good light, the pictures often look washed out, but at least show a certain amount of detail.

In very low light and high contrasts, the picture only succeeds in the most illuminated areas, otherwise darkness prevails. At 1 lux light intensity in our lab, nothing can be recognized in the pictures.

Videos can be recorded with a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps. Again, the picture is a bit dark, so it needs good lighting conditions. You often have to readjust the focus manually, since it does not react or only insufficiently.

There is a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front, but it only takes poorly brightened photos that are very noisy even in average light conditions.

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 Light
ColorChecker
18.2 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
15 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Cubot KingKong Mini 3: 12.92 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 19.58 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
54.8 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
65.7 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
94.3 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Cubot KingKong Mini 3: 47.36 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 94.34 ∆E

Display - The bright side of the Cubot phone

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The display's resolution is very low: 1,170 x 480 pixels are only sufficient even for such a small screen. At least the maximum brightness of 624 cd/m2 is very high on average. Thus, the Cubot KingKong Mini 3 can also be used in brighter environments.

However, the brightness distribution is quite uneven, so you can see differences in individual image areas when you look closely. The black level and thus the contrast is also not optimal, and the image representation looks a bit dull.

We noticed a clearly visible blue cast in bright grayscales. The display does not use PWM for brightness reduction.

569
cd/m²
632
cd/m²
676
cd/m²
566
cd/m²
639
cd/m²
688
cd/m²
563
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
668
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 688 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 624.3 cd/m² Minimum: 3.88 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 639 cd/m²
Contrast: 1065:1 (Black: 0.6 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.98 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
81.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.223
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
IPS, 1170x480, 4.50
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Retina HD, IPS, 1334x750, 4.70
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
IPS, 1080x540, 4.00
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
PLS, 1480x720, 5.30
Response Times
-3%
5%
-36%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44.6 ?(21.3, 23.3)
56 ?(27, 29)
-26%
46 ?(23, 23)
-3%
60 ?(31, 29)
-35%
Response Time Black / White *
25 ?(12.5, 12.5)
20 ?(7, 13)
20%
22 ?(7, 15)
12%
34 ?(17, 17)
-36%
PWM Frequency
354.6 ?(15)
Screen
35%
-15%
-16%
Brightness middle
639
662
4%
624
-2%
525
-18%
Brightness
624
647
4%
633
1%
491
-21%
Brightness Distribution
82
92
12%
90
10%
87
6%
Black Level *
0.6
0.4
33%
0.87
-45%
0.53
12%
Contrast
1065
1655
55%
717
-33%
991
-7%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.98
1.44
71%
5.21
-5%
5.54
-11%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.55
4.74
45%
10.59
-24%
10.23
-20%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4
1.7
57%
4.8
-20%
6.7
-68%
Gamma
2.223 99%
2.179 101%
2.585 85%
2.318 95%
CCT
6873 95%
6746 96%
6953 93%
8555 76%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
16% / 28%
-5% / -11%
-26% / -20%

* ... 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
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.5 ms rise
↘ 12.5 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.3 ms rise
↘ 23.3 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. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.7 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 17803 (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 - Mid-range power in a compact format

With the Helio G85 the manufacturer chooses a mid-range SoC that is already three years old, but still quite powerful. Thus, the phone offers considerably more power than, for example, a Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 and especially more than the predecessor. It hardly jerks once when navigating through the menu in everyday use, and even somewhat more complex apps can be displayed quite smoothly.

The storage offers the typical transfer rates of the slow eMMC flash. That is a pity, Cubot could have certainly achieved a bit more perceived speed in the system because loading and data transfers take quite a long time.

The maximum temperature of 39.4 °C on the casing is noticeable, but still within limits. Moreover, it does not affect the SoC's long-term performance, as 3DMark's stress test shows us.

The phone's earpiece also functions as a speaker, which helps direct the sound toward the user. The speaker can get quite loud but then sounds quite strained and treble-heavy. If you turn down the volume a bit, the sound becomes more balanced and you can definitely listen to a piece of music.

However, really good sound quality is achieved via headphones or external speakers, which can be connected via Bluetooth or USB-C. Supported wireless codecs are aptX, aptX HD, SBC, AAC, and LDAC.

More than a 3,000 mAh battery can hardly be found in such a compact case at present. The Cubot KingKong Mini 3 does not reach the strong runtimes of the predecessor in our Wi-Fi test, but it can still convince with 14:23 hours and should provide enough juice for several days of moderate use.

The phone charges with a maximum of 10 watts via the included charger. Thus, it takes a maximum of 2 hours for a full charge.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
1741 Points +405%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=216, last 2 years)
915 Points +165%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (341 - 437, n=14)
359 Points +4%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
345 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
183 Points -47%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
134 Points -61%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
4788 Points +304%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=216, last 2 years)
3000 Points +153%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1184 - 1363, n=14)
1311 Points +11%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1184 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
926 Points -22%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
439 Points -63%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=215, last 2 years)
11875 Points +75%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (6596 - 9437, n=12)
8133 Points +20%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
6782 Points
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 7890, n=104, last 2 years)
2741 Points +98%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1387 - 1463, n=13)
1421 Points +2%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1387 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
861 Points -38%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
245 Points -82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 9814, n=104, last 2 years)
2734 Points +116%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1266 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1237 - 1282, n=13)
1259 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
739 Points -42%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
203 Points -84%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 4679, n=104, last 2 years)
3165 Points +52%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2084 - 2654, n=13)
2550 Points +22%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2084 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2034 Points -2%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
869 Points -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=182, last 2 years)
6789 Points +387%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1393 - 1453, n=13)
1433 Points +3%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1393 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
872 Points -37%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
260 Points -81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=182, last 2 years)
9838 Points +697%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1234 - 1281, n=13)
1262 Points +2%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1234 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
745 Points -40%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
216 Points -82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (938 - 25748, n=182, last 2 years)
4371 Points +73%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2533 - 2811, n=13)
2697 Points +6%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2533 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2152 Points -15%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
899 Points -65%
Wild Life Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
8357 Points +1032%
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=136, last 2 years)
2646 Points +259%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
738 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (706 - 761, n=14)
732 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
430 Points -42%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
8909 Points +1109%
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=204, last 2 years)
6371 Points +764%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
737 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (698 - 757, n=14)
730 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
429 Points -42%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
2399 Points +1190%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=208, last 2 years)
1717 Points +823%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (181 - 193, n=13)
186.3 Points 0%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
186 Points
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
1877 Points +904%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=204, last 2 years)
1718 Points +819%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
187 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (178 - 191, n=13)
184.2 Points -1%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
60 fps +173%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=227, last 2 years)
44.3 fps +101%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
22 fps
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (7.5 - 22, n=15)
12.4 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
12 fps -45%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
6.1 fps -72%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
95.9 fps +1015%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=227, last 2 years)
64.9 fps +655%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8 - 9.7, n=15)
9.1 fps +6%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.6 fps
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.2 fps -28%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
2 fps -77%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
60 fps +362%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=227, last 2 years)
33 fps +154%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
13 fps
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (5 - 13, n=15)
7.81 fps -40%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
7.4 fps -43%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
3.9 fps -70%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
39 fps +1082%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=227, last 2 years)
25.9 fps +685%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (3.1 - 3.5, n=15)
3.37 fps +2%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
3.3 fps
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps -33%
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
0.7 fps -79%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
65969 Points +433%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=215, last 2 years)
33521 Points +171%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (10299 - 15430, n=12)
12698 Points +3%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
12386 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
4875 Points -61%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3Cubot King Kong Mini 2Samsung Galaxy XCover 5Average 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-29%
55%
41%
548%
Sequential Read 256KB
277.3
275.5
-1%
268.5
-3%
Sequential Write 256KB
131
137.8
5%
273.6
109%
194.6 ?(72.3 - 314, n=76)
49%
Random Read 4KB
43
25.5
-41%
121
181%
Random Write 4KB
46.4
9.4
-80%
14.7
-68%

Temperature

Max. Load
 39.4 °C
103 F
38.1 °C
101 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
 39.1 °C
102 F
36.9 °C
98 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
36.9 °C
98 F
35.8 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Average: 37.5 °C = 100 F
31.3 °C
88 F
32.8 °C
91 F
35.5 °C
96 F
31.7 °C
89 F
32.6 °C
91 F
35.8 °C
96 F
31.8 °C
89 F
33.1 °C
92 F
35.9 °C
97 F
Maximum: 35.9 °C = 97 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.7 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.5 °C / 100 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 39.4 °C / 103 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 35.9 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.7 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
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Heatmap Back side
051015202530354045Tooltip
Apple iPhone SE 2022 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø10.7 (9.12-14.9)
Cubot KingKong Mini 3 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø4.47 (4.42-4.49)
Apple iPhone SE 2022 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø40.3 (39-49)

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.534.1253528.73132.129.64032.533.95036.6356330.333.1803120.310025.725.112525.634.816023.941.320019.744.125017.448.33151951.740016.856.650017.86163017.865.680022.667.6100022.671.412502274160021.573.9200021.974.4250020.673.731501771.6400016.275500015.475.263001567.5800015.364.31000015.8621250016.562.51600017.451.6SPL31.784.2N1.555.9median 17.8median 64.3Delta2.910.64342.536.837.536.829.530.632.53433.12928.425.519.329.320.323.91614.224.511.333.411.741.19.747.39.352.111.857.413.756.417.362.416.268.311.167.810.369.810.468.611.666.612.667.213.965.615.266.415.669.316.372.216.567.316.458.217.147.465.971.426.479.619.226.50.843.9median 14.2median 62.4median 13.6median 61.74.412.812.817.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseCubot KingKong Mini 3Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Cubot KingKong Mini 3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 49% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Cubot King Kong Mini 2
3000 mAh
1072 min +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 2844, n=228, last 2 years)
919 min +6%
Cubot KingKong Mini 3
3000 mAh
863 min
Apple iPhone SE 2022
2018 mAh
769 min -11%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
3000 mAh
657 min -24%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
14h 23min

Pros

+ good mid-range performance
+ bright screen
+ very handy
+ NFC
+ good runtimes
+ no throttling under longer load

Cons

- lousy cameras
- low resolution of the screen
- no IP certification
- only 1 year warranty
- few 4G frequencies

Verdict - Much more expensive, much more powerful

In review: Cubot KingKong Mini 3.
In review: Cubot KingKong Mini 3.

Ex-factory, the price of the Cubot KingKong Mini 3 has almost doubled compared to the predecessor. However, it has already dropped considerably on the Internet and the new model also comes with some improvements: the most obvious is the increased performance, which is now on a mid-range level and is usually sufficient for smooth system operation.

Then there is NFC, which will please all friends of mobile payment services. The speaker does a decent job and the display is still very bright on demand.

It remains in the dark how robust the phone actually is against forces of nature, although it survived our dive in the test without any problems. An IP certification would have been helpful here.

The small display has advantages like the convenience and easy one-handed operation, but also problems due to the very small buttons. We are not convinced by the cameras, which hardly achieve any brightness and often produce washed-out or noisy pictures.

Smartphones as handy as the Cubot KingKong Mini 3 are hardly available anymore. In addition, there is now mid-range performance and a bright screen, but still hardly usable cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 is considerably bigger, but still a bit more handy than other phones and also robust. However, it offers considerably less powerful. If you want a lot of performance in a small format with an IP certification, you can go for the iPhone SE 2022 but its price is considerably higher.

Price and availability

The Cubot KingKong Mini 3 is available at amazon.de, for example. The price also dropped considerably at the time of the review. The phone is sold for approximately 166 Euros (~$166).

Cubot KingKong Mini 3 - 01/16/2023 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
42 / 70 → 60%
Weight
92%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
17 / 64 → 26%
Application Performance
58 / 86 → 67%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
34%
Average
69%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2023-01-16 (Update: 2023-01-16)