The Chinese smartphone maker, Coolpad is one of the oldest and most sought after smartphone brands in its own turf China stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Meizu and others. So seeing the increasing competition, the company has decided to expand its reach and is doing so, the company forayed into the Indian market earlier this year when it launched the two smartphones – Coolpad Dazen 1 and Coolpad Dazen X7 – in May.
Now in less than 6 months of setting its foot into the already very competitive Indian smartphone market, Coolpad introduced a new smartphone, the Coolpad Note 3. The smartphone that is priced at just Rs. 8,999 packs some very impressive features into this sub 10,000 smartphones. The Coolpad Note 3 became the cheapest smartphone to feature a fingerprint scanner, which actually is the USP of the device as the fingerprint scanner does not at all work cheap, it is instead very impressive and will give the OnePlus 2 fingerprint scanner a run for its money.
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|FEATURES||Coolpad Dazen Note 3|
|Display||5.5 inches, 720p|
|Processor||Mediatek Octa-core MT6753, 64-bit|
|Storage||16 GB (micro SD upto 64 GB)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
- DESIGN and BUILD:
The Coolpad Note 3 does not have the kind of build or looks that you will proudly flaunt in front of your friends or in the club, but it will not make you feel low about it too. The phone measures 151.00 x 77.00 x 9.30mm and weighs 155 grams and despite having a 5.5-inch screen the phone fits perfectly in the palms thanks to its nice curved and matte back. The back of the smartphone features the camera lens, the LED flash and the fingerprint scanner. The speaker grill sits on the bottom.
You will find a chrome finished rim around the front panel of the phone that might give you the vibes of the older Samsung phones. The front of the phone also features capacitive touch buttons below the display, but sadly those are not backlit.
The Coolpad Note 3 sports a 5.5-inch display HD display on the front that has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and it has a pixel density of 267ppi. The display is bright, the colors look vibrant and you will not be missing the Full HD display on it as the 720p display looks competent enough.
The phone offers decent viewing angles and accurate colour reproduction. Due to the decent brightness visibility under the sun will not be a problem but the screen does attract fingerprints.
- USER INTERFACE
It is actually the software that plays a very important part in making the user like or dislike the experience of him using the smartphone. The Coolpad Note 3 will mostly be in the earlier section. The phone features the Android v5.1 Lollipop and on top of that it runs the Cool UI 6.0, the Coolpad Note 3 turned out to be an impressive performer most of the time with the UI being very smooth and snappy, there were though few jitters mostly when using the multitasking feature, which I will tell you about in a while.
The UI of the phone has no app drawer, you will find all the apps on the home screen which i have started liking. The interface is highly customizable and has the options of using few themes. The phone does come preloaded with few apps most of which I did not even use like the CoolShow, FP Lock, Rock Wallpaper, and Cool store.
There is this shortcut feature in the notification panel with the help of which you can use features like lock, home, brightness control, auto rotation, and screenshot with a single tap. The phone also features a multitasking shortcut using which one can run two applications at the same time but like I said it results in the phone displaying some lag. Overall the software on the Coolpad Note 3 is smooth, clean and delivers a good experience.
The smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner on the back which is a rarity at this price point and due to this I had my doubts about it but all these doubts vanished when I used the fingerprint scanner on the phone in real, damn it was fast. The fingerprint scanner if not better was on par with the fingerprint scanner I saw in the OnePlus 2.
The Coolpad Note 3 is run by the 64-bit, MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor that is clocked at 1.3GHz and this is coupled with 3GB of RAM, which is a great deal at this price point. These specs make the smartphone run very smooth without any hiccups, the only one I observed were during the multitasking feature. But the other day to day tasks runs very smooth, the apps open fast and multitasking between various apps is decent too. If you like playing games on your smartphone, the phone will not disappoint you with the mid level games, it did a decent job while running the graphic intense games too but I am a little sceptical about how the phone will perform while playing the intense games for a prolonged period or when there are a lot of apps on the device. But for now I feel that it is a good performance smartphone.
On paper, the Coolpad Note 3 features a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera on the front and it performed well in the real world usage too. The camera clicked some good pictures in bright sunlight conditions and they looked great on the phone screen, it is when you view them on big screens and zoom them a bit more you see some distortion.
The camera was an okay performer when it came to low light conditions but seeing the price the smartphone is priced at i am very impressed with the camera.
The Coolpad Note 3 is backed by a 3000mAh battery and it easily ran for 1 and half to 2 days on light usage and if you are a heavy user the phone will last you for a day.
The Coolpad Note 3 features 16GB of internal storage and it also comes with the option to expand the memory using a microSD card up to 64GB.
- LIKES and DISLIKES
- Fingerprint Scanner
- 3GB RAM
- Decent Camera Performance
- Great Value for Money
- I wish it had a bit better design
- Indoor Camera Performance
- Low Availability
On would say that the Coolpad Note 3 is a great buy at this price tag, with an overall decent performance you get a good fingerprint scanner and 3GB of RAM. You might have to wait to get your hands on the device but the wait is worthwhile as it provides a great amalgamation of features, performance and material quality at a very budget price.