Coolpad Note 3 Lite Review: In-depth Hands On

Coolpad has finally launched its much awaited Note 3 Lite smartphone in India. The new smartphone comes in India with a great set of features at a very attractive price point. The new Coolpad Note 3 Lite is essentially a light version of Coolpad Note 3. It features a 5-inch IPS display with HD [1280 x 720 pixels] resolution. It features a similar plastic body as Note 3 but has a different texture in the back. It features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The new smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor along with 3GB RAM. The 3GB RAM at this price point is really a winner. Also, offers 16GB internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. That is a lot of power at RS 7000 price range.  The new Coolpad Note 3 Lite has been launched via amazon India at a price of Rs 6,999 and will be available from January 28th. So let’s find out if the Coolpad Note 3 Lite Smartphone was worth the wait in our Coolpad Note 3 Lite Review.


Once you open the box, right on top, you get the new smartphone. Then there is the paper work inside a pouch. Further in, you will find a round pin USB wall adapter which is 1 amp in output. There are also an entry level earphones, which do not have volume control, only mic and call control. Then you have a micro USB 2.0 cable.

Design and Build

The Coolpad Note 3 Lite is a significantly smaller device than the Note 3. It fits better in your hands. The texture on the back is quite nice, however, it is slightly on slippery side despite the texture on the back. The screen is quite glossy and might attract a lot of fingerprints. On front, there is a 5MP front camera, earpiece and notification LED light on top. You will find soft keys on the bottom end. On left side, you will find volume rocker, below a micro USB 2.0 port and the mouth piece. The power button is on right side. On top you’ll find a 3.5 mm jack. Behind, there is a 13MP, a LED flash and a secondary noise cancelling mic. The, the USP of Note 3 is carried to the Note 3 Lite too, there is a fingerprint sensor 2.0 that offers  360 degrees fingerprint rotation, which is very fast.

Under the tough back cover, you will find two SIM card slots [both micro-SIM] and a memory card slot can add up to 64GB in addition to the 16GB internal storage. There is also a non-removable battery. Overall, the device, we like the look of the device. It has a nice almost bronze color ring around the frame, which gives it a premium feel. However, it is all plastic. The smartphone nicely fits into your hand.


The smartphone has a relatively bright screen. The 5.0-inch IPS display with HD resolution is not the crispest screen out there. The IPS display offers more viewing angle than a TFT screen but does not come close to an AMOLED display. It offers almost 170 degree viewing angle. quite obliviously. You can always adjust the adaptive display manually, which should improve the viewing angle. The colour reproduction itself is quite natural. However, some of the colour palette like the Blue or Red a slightly over saturated. Overall, we are very satisfied by the display.

User Interface

The Note 3 Lite runs Android Lollipo 5.1 and the user interface is very stable, fast, smooth and lite. However, the RAM management is quite amazing, similar to the Note 3. When the device was idle, out of 3GB, 2.3GB of RAM was available, which is incredible. Even while running a few apps, the RAM doesn’t get used up too quickly. Soemhow, Coolpad is doing a great RAM management, which means your device won’t lag in a hurry.


The 13MP auto-focus camera seems quite decent and has a quite clean UI. On left top, there is front/back camera toggle. On left bottom,you will find flash settings. A small arrow on top, offers HDR modes and other effects. There are three shooting modes, mainly Photo, Video and Pro. We suggest you make use of the Pro mode, to get more control and improve your photography.

The image and video quality is decent but nothing to write home about. The colours are natural, the details are fin under different light. When you zoom into 100 %, you can see a fair amount of noise. Under low-light, the details drop significantly. However, there is almost no distortion or vignetting. Overall, the colours that come out are quite pleasing.


The speaker output is also quite great and has a decent amount of loudness plus bass and treble. We like the speaker output on this phone.


We got just under 9 and half hours of battery life on our kickbench battery test, which at this price point is quite nice. We also did some benchmark testing and tested some games. You can check our benchmark scores and gameplay reviews on our channel. It played games quite decently but in the bechmark tests,it scores blow average.


At the price point of INR 7,000, the Coolpad Note 3 Lite is a no-brainer, However, it will be available via a flash sale, so you have to register in advance. What we liked most about this device is the smooth interface and amazing RAM management. The 3GB RAM is the winning point here. There is also a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP camera, which are also very decent. The sound is also quite good too. Overall, the device feels very nice and decent. Also, it feels slightly more rugged and better designed than most of the smartphone sat this price point. The other USP is the fingerprint sensor on the back. On the downside, the camera could have produced better results, still decent though. Also, the device is slightly slippery. Otherwise, it fits nicely in your hand. Overall, we will definitely recommend this device as possibly your secondary device or for those starting your smartphone journey or for those looking for a budget device.

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7.6 Total Score
Amazing value for money

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