The Cube iwork12 is a cheaper version of the popular Core M3 powered Cube i9. The screen, outer housing, and keyboard dock are exactly the same as the i9 model. However the SSD, CPU and Type-C have been replaced with cheaper components. It’s running an Atom X5 Z8300 (quad-core with 1.84Ghz max clock) 4GB of 1600Mhz single channel RAM and a 64GB eMMC. The type-c port is now a MicroUSB port used for data in Android and charging.
The below video reviews are broken into various sections. Check the index times to skip ahead to parts that interest you the most like gaming performance or battery life.
Cube iwork12 Windows review:
- 03:32 – Screen
- 05:08 – Windows & Benchmarks
- 08:09 – Battery Life
- 10:23 – 4k streaming test
- 11:27 – Sound
- 12:11 – Gaming
- 15:33 – Conclusion
Cube iwork12 Android Review
- 01:13 Design and Build
- 02:36 – Screen
- 04:05 – ROM & Benchmarks
- 05:51 – Battery life and charge times
- 06:30 – Audio
- 08:00 – Type Cover Keyboard
- 09:30 – Browser Test
- 10:33 – Cameras
- 11:42 – Gaming (Injustice, King of Fighters & Dead Trigger)
Cube iwork12 review summary:
The Cube iwrok12 has one of the better builds for a Chinese dual OS tablet, the same quality as the i9 with the exact same two position kickstand. The only difference is the rear alloy housing is now painted in a metallic silver and the front bezel around the screen is white. The iwork12 for now, is only available in this color.
Battery life in Windows 10 is a good 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours more than Android’s 5 hours or so of battery life. Performance is on par with other Atom X5 Z8300 in benchmarks. But the system does feel smoother in Windows 10 then the higher resolution Chuwi Hi12 with it’s 2160 x 1440 screen.
Cube did a really good job with the Android ROM, no bloat and it’s very smooth and fast. Games are really smooth and fluid just like the ROM. 4GB of RAM is plenty for Android and helps to keep things moving very quickly.
The 1920 x 1200 display is the exact one used in the Cube i9, it does have a layer under the touch digitizer that looks to be a matte anti-glare layer. It’s hard to notice, but looking at it closely you will see a slight grain to the display. It’s only really obvious on brighter colors like white or yellows. It has a max brightness of 250 cd/m2 and the touch screen is a focaltech one, not the common (And cheaper) Goodix. As a result, touch response is very fluid. smooth and accurate. One of the better screens for touch performance.
The side firing speakers have more volume than 80% of the tablets of this class reviewed. Better than most, but a full volume (as heard i in the video reviews) there is a bit of distortion from the speakers. The 3.5mm headphone jack supports 4 pole plugs, so microphone support. There is the faintest amount of background static on the 3.5mm port. Barely audible
Battery life and charging times:
- Android at 200nits the screen approximately 5 hours. (Wifi on)
- Windows 10, six to six and a half hours wifi on and 50% brightness.
- Fully charges from 2% in 3 hours and 48 minutes.
- Charing when in use takes over 6 hours due to the power drain of being in use.