Smartphones are most things, but one thing they certainly are not is durable and tough.
From the most expensive Samsung to the top of the line Apple device, smartphones are notoriously fragile and fickle in certain conditions.
And for a certain type of consumer that’s not going to cut it.
Not a new market by any stretch, the niche segment that caters to these rugged types with durable electronics even has a few smartphone entries in its inventory, the Cubot King Kong 3 being among them.
Some say it is the best rugged smartphone in the category, but we’re going to give you the real deal on this Android Oreo-based headset.
So, if you’re that consumer that needs a smartphone that can weather most any conditions, then this article is for you. We’ll give you an overview of the Cubot King Kong 3 smartphone as well as some specs, pros, and cons. It should be enough to get you started on your path towards making a final decision.
Right off the bat, the first thing consumers in this specific segment will notice is that the King Kong 3 is the king of the jungle when it comes to pricing/specs on offer.
At $USD 160, the Cubot King Kong 3 is the price leader in this category by far. You will find other phones that are tougher or can delve into deeper water without breaking, but few will do it at this price.
As for what that price gets you, the King Kong 3 works with a MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 eight-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage. Even though it is a rugged phone, it is relatively lightweight, weighing only 285g.
The front camera captures at 13MP while the rear camera is listed at 16MP plus 2MP. The phone is submersible for thirty minutes at up to 1.5m of depth. One thing that might hold it back somewhat with rugged adventurer smartphone users is that the camera doesn’t do too well in low light scenarios. Most cameras don’t, but the King Kong 3 is woefully under equipped in this area.
The phone currently runs Android 8.1 Android and has tons of customization options for the user. With a screen resolution of 1,440 x 720, the King Kong 3 uses remarkably little power and runs at a nice clip as well. That resolution is really low and doesn’t lend to the best experience when attempting to view media or surf the Internet. That said, the King Kong 3’s power consumption is tough to beat and speaks to the phone’s specialization as a “rugged” or “outdoor” model. It is meant to last for a long time and it does.
For example, TechRadar estimates that, if left in idle mode at a fully charged battery, it would take about two weeks for the phone to go dead.
As for whether or not it is right for you, that really depends on what you want and how much you’re willing to spend. The Cubot King Kong 3 offers both a compelling set of kit and a great price to boot. This is more than enough for the majority of consumers in this market.