When I bought my Samsung Note 3 Neo and I wrote how it was a phablet light on the wallet and good on performance…Now it’s not even a year old 5.5 inch smartphones with octa-core processors and 3GB RAM and 13 MP camera can be found for under 10K. My nephew has been using a Coolpad Note 3 for 3 months now and I have played around with it a few times and have been receiving continuous commentary on it…So before I comment on it’s pros and cons, here is a quick run down on the specs ..
- 5.5″ IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution (Scratch resistant)
- Size : 151 x 77 x 9.3 mm
- Mediatek MT6753 1.3Ghz CortexTM-A53 Octa-core Processor / 3 GB RAM / 1G Internal Memory
- Coolpad UI 6.0 (based on Android 5.1)
- 13 MP Back camera with Flash / 5 MP front camera
- 2G/3G/4G support with dual sim
- Bluetooth / Wifi / Fingerprint Sensor
- 3000 mAh Battery / MicroSD card slot
- Even though its a 720p display the screen clarity and brightness is good
- Even though it’s plastic the construction is solid and is slim enough to hold properly.
- The phone’s performance is fast for all the normal tasks and even graphic heavy games plays ok
- The Cool UI has still a app drawer (I prefer the app drawer) but has still got great customization with themes, timed on/off, memory manager etc.
- The fingerprint sensor works well and can be used along with gestures to unlock & open specific apps
- The 13 MP camera performs good in well lit conditions
- The battery comes for 2 days in medium usage
- A major update solved the heating problems and some minor bugs
- Sometimes caller can’t hear the speaker’s voice which can be solved by restarting the phone
- Wifi connectivity is not stable sometimes.
So at a price of 8,999/- INR (135 USD) it’s a great deal. But there are other phablet’s and smartphones in this range making it a tough competition… Lenovo K3 Note, Redmi Note 3, Asus Zenfone 2 to name a few….