To review: The CUBE Talk9X has a Retina-class 9.7 inch IGZO screen, an octa-core MediaTek 8392 CPU with peak frequency of 2GHz (allegedly), 2GBs of RAM, 16GBs of internal storage, a 2MP front and 8MP back camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, a 10,000mAh battery, and 3G (WCDMA + TD-SCDMA dual 3G, compatible with GSM — at least in China and probably Europe too). It runs Android 4.4 — without any modifications, from the looks of it.
The CUBE Talk9X is controversial. It uses the octa-core MediaTek 8392. This is the tablet version of the MediaTek 6592. So how is it that the 6592 scores in the 27,000-range of AnTuTu while the 8392 gets 40,000-range again and again?
Reviews are finally appearing for this machine.
Let’s cut to the chase here:
The machine broke forty thousand [AnTuTu] scoring mark, which was also used as a selling point to do focused, horizontal ladder diagram ranked first really strong. Test switch to the three versions, including 4.4, 4.4.3, and 315 anti-cheating version, scores were forty thousand or more.
IMP3Net tried three different versions of AnTuTu on it — including X — and it scored in the 40,000-range with all three!
I’ve been to forums in different countries and people without any interest in making money from their posts are reporting AnTuTu scores from 34,000 to 40,000-range.
I’m going to stand with my original position: There is AnTuTu cheating happening.
Why am I going to be so damn stubborn on this point?
Because today I hit the last straw with this. It happened at CUBE’s own forum where a user posted these two photos of their Talk9X AnTuTu score [Google Translate]:
That makes it clear to me that there’s a script to detect and cheat at AnTuTu baked into the Talk9X. And when AnTuTu was run for that score, the script somehow went awry and posted a score that is outright impossible for the MediaTek 8392 to achieve.
The forum poster is basically laughing at that score — telling people to ignore it — and posts a score from Master Lu, another benchmark that hasn’t yet been gamed because it’s not as popular:
What does that score mean?
Master Lu ran points, and almost MTK MT6592 mobile version
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
An owner of it who’s technically proficient enough to root it reported this [Google Translate]:
For Those interested in Antutu benchmarks it at rates in excess of 38k. While the u65gt is fast and fluid I struggle to believe this figure as my t11 completes the test scores quicker but only 27k.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Further, when I cried fraud over an AnTuTu score posted at YouTube, this was the Comment exchange:
It’s obvious. CUBE is lying. The Talk9X does not have a legitimate AnTuTu score in the 40,000-range. The MediaTek 8392 has power equivalent to the MediaTek 6592.
The CUBE Talk9X is basically an iFive Mini 3GS with a larger screen, better back camera, and case styling.
Anyone who buys this on the basis of getting a tablet as powerful as Rockchip 3288 is being fooled. It’s not.
This doesn’t make it a bad tablet. Owners generally report being pleased with it. But would they have bought it if they’d been told it had an AnTuTu score around 27,000?
And that’s the point. Not that users will be unhappy with the tablet — but that they were lied to in order to get them to buy.
One point that’s not a lie is the back camera. Here are a variety of sample photos (click to enlarge).
In a forum thread that’s locked, a rooting method [Google Translate]. And another forum thread discussing rooting [Google Translate]. It took quite some time for the iFive Mini 3GS to gain root. So that it’s happened so soon with the CUBE Talk9X leads me to believe it’s a very popular tablet.
Finally, if CUBE’s big lie hasn’t dissuaded you from wanting the tablet, they’ve announced it in white too [Google Translate]:
I hope this will be my final post about this tablet. I’ve devoted way too many hours reading about it around the world to get to the truth of that AnTuTu score.