“Cool”Phablet aka Note 3

Coolpad Note 3When 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

Pros :

  • 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….

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