Coolpad Note 3 lite review: The budget wars have been going on for quite some time, and as popular Tech reviewer MKBHD stated last year
“Cheap phones are getting good. Good phones are getting cheap.”
A similar trend can be seen in the super budget segment too where we don’t have a wide variety of choices like in the 10K INR or 13 K INR range. In this price range choice had been limited since a year or so but now with the launch of the Coolpad Note 3 lite things definitely seem to have changed a lot! This smartphone is the first in this price range to offer 3 GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor which works flawlessly! So guys lets start with our detailed analysis of this smartphone!
Coolpad Note 3 lite review: Specifications.
Design and Display:
The Coolpad Note 3 lite has a sleek design and the back has a different finish when compared to last year’s Coolpad Note 3, the back now has a more rugged finish for a better grip. The back material is made of plastic and sides have a metallic finish and the back houses a fingerprint sensor similar to the Coolpad Note 3. The speaker is also housed on the back side of the phone. The display is a 5 inch 1280x720p display with nice saturation and good brightness levels.
Performance and Hardware:
The phone comes with a Mediatek Chipset MT6735 clocked in at 1.30 Ghz and 3 GB of RAM alongwith a 16 GB eMMC storage with really fast read/write speeds!
The phone comes with a 2500 mAh battery and in our extensive tests we found that it does drain quick when you have the screen set to medium or high brightness and are involved in gaming or using multiple apps but standby time was OK. This device would last you a day if you use it on low to moderate basis but heavy users would need to charge the device twice in order to have hiccup free operation!
Software and UI:
It comes with Android 5.1 out of the box along with Cool UI 6.0 and it allows you to change themes, fonts etc. which helps you in customising the look and feel of the UI. Overall it’s very stable experience on CoolUI and it’s a single page style launcher and switching between multiple apps was also easy and thrashing of applications rarely occurred.
The fingerprint sensor on the Coolpad Note 3 lite retains the same performance as was seen on the CoolPad Note 3 and you can even lock your individual apps with the fingerprint function with the Fplock feature. Even multiple touches on the sensor get registered nicely. You can watch our full review in order to see the fingerprint sensor in action!
This device comes with a fast eMMC 16 GB storage and also supports micro SD card and it has two micro sim slots along with a separate micro SD card slot.
The primary camera on this device is a 13 MP camera and the front camera is a 5 MP camera. Pictures taken from the back camera had good level of detail. Colour reproduction was good and front camera is really great for selfies. We will soon update this post with the image samples taken from both of the cameras.
Here’s a slow motion video sample taken from the phone:
Here’s a timelapse video taken from the Coolpad Note 3 lite:
Here’s a full HD video sample taken from the primary camera:
Overall this smartphone is great for the price for which it retails, at a price of INR 6,999 this phone is really value for money and no other offering comes close to this. Lenovo Vibe P1m is good at this price but it’s under powered and only thing it has better than the Note 3 lite is the battery life but if you want a decent all around balanced phone then the Coolpad Note 3 lite is definitely the go to choice!
Here’s our Coolpad Note 3 Lite gaming review along with heating tests:
Here’s our complete Coolpad Note 3 lite review video with all the pros and cons stated clearly!
Here’s our Coolpad Note 3 lite Hindi review for those of our readers who prefer to watch stuff in Hindi.
Here’s a comparison review between the YU Yunique and the Coolpad Note 3 lite:
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