Coolpad Note 3 Review: In-depth Hands On

Coolpad has finally launched its much awaited Note 3 smartphone in India. The new smartphone comes in India with some added features. The Coolpad Note 3 is offering a great set of features including Android 5.1 Lollipop, 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor under Rs 10,000, which makes it quite a catch. This is the first smartphone under the Coolpad brand [very popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer]. It will be exclusively available on Amazon India at a price of Rs 8,999. So let’s find out if the Coolpad Note 3 4G Smartphone was worth the wait in our Coolpad Note 3 Review.

Packaging

The device comes in a very minimalist box. Right on top, you get the new smartphone. Below, you can find the earphones, which look quite premium. They have an off-axis design, so it fits your ear canal nicely. It also has in-ear noise cancelling type earbuds, silver plated audio jack, call control and mic. However, there is no volume control. Then you have a micro USB 2.0 cable and round pin USB wall adapter which is 1 amp in output.

Design and Build

The gorgeous device is quite huge and slightly on the heavier side. It features a glossy 5.5-inch IPS display with HD resolution and might attract a lot of fingerprints. The back side has a nice matte finish and won’t easily attract fingerprints.

On front, there is a 5MP front camera, earpiece and sensors along with notification LED light on top. You will find shortcut keys on the bottom end. On sides, you will find volume rocker, micro USB 2.0 port, the mouth piece, power button and 3.5 mm jack. Behind, there is a 13MP auto-focus camera, secondary noise cancelling mic, LED flash and a fingerprint sensor that can be activated in 360 degrees. There is also a speaker grill on the bottom end.

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Under the tough back cover, you will find a non-removable battery, two SIM card slots [both micro-SIM] and a memory card slot can add up to 64GB in addition to the 16GB internal storage.

The smartphone has an all plastic build. It has a nice almost bronze color ring around the frame, which gives it a premium feel. The smartphone has bezel but because of it being a one glass solution [OGS], you still feel like the screen extends from end to end, giving it a sleek feel, especially in sleep mode. Also, the back has a nice smoothly curve and it rests nicely on your hand. Overall, although the smartphone is on a heavier side, it feels nice to touch and feel.

Display

The 5.5-inch IPS display with HD resolution looks fairly bright and crisp. Not the crispest screen out there but is quite easier on the eyes. The black and white colours look fairly good. The smartphone has as adaptive display technology, which adjusts the brightness according to the ambient light. It renders the colors pretty well, without over-saturating any of those while the black is fairly dark. The IPS display offers more viewing angle than a TFT screen but does not come close to an AMOLED display, quite obliviously. You can always adjust the adaptive display manually, which should improve the viewing angle. Also, the HD display is good for battery life. Overall, we would say it is a good display.

User Interface

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It runs Android Lollipo 5.1 and offers approx. 8GB of free storage out of 16GB [which should be more in a new retaol device]. Also, out of 3GB RAM, the 2.2 GB RAM is free, which means the user interface is almost free of bloatware. The RAM management seems quite amazing. On the interface, you will find the usual Google Android apps along with some other apps such as wallpaper, fingerprint, etc. You will also find various tools and system tools.

System Performance

The smartphone is powered by a 1.3 GHz Octa-Core Mediatek CPU along with 3GB RAM. The smartphone is quite powerful and carries out different tasks including playing different games quite nicely. It features notification LED, adaptive display and proximity sensor. The device also supports USB on-the-go [OTG] feature.

Camera

The 13MP auto-focus camera seems quite fast and has a nice shutter sound too. There are also several shooting modes present on it. There is also a Pro mode, which allows you to change White Balance [WB], ISO, Exposure compensation and even focus area. The video mode allow you to record videos and has an option of tracking your subject with a tap of finger. The 5MP front camera is fairly bright and does not lag. It does not show many details though, specially in beautifying mode.

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The image and video quality is very good. The images are very detailed under enough light. Also, thanks to large f/2.2 aperture, it gives very good shallow depth of field and renders the auto-focus area quite nicely too [smooth and not abrupt]. The saturation and hue are also proper. It probably over saturates the red part but not much. The videos are also sharp enough. However, under low-light the details drop a bit. Overall, we are very impressed with the camera.

Audio

The sound is loud enough. Although the bass and treble is there, but it kind of crackles a bit. It might sound good in some kinds of music but not all, especially bass heavy music. The surround sound is good. The voice and vocals are also good. Also, keeping the phone on flat surface does not obstruct the sound much.

Benchmark

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Verdict

Overall, the camera and audio are the high points of this device. Although, the sound crackles a bit. The user interface is also very smooth, specifically the RAM usage. The call quality is also excellent and reception is also quite nice. Also, the smartphone is quite powerful and plays all the games quite nicely. Most importantly, the price is very aggressive. On a negative side, the device is slightly on the heavier side an dwill make its presence felt on your pocket. Also, most people would like a Full HD resolution on a 5.5-inch screen, which is hard to find at this price point. There are not many negatives for this device, specifically for this price point. Overall, the Coolpad Note 3 is quite an impressive device.

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7 Total Score
Very good

There are not many negatives for this device, specifically for this price point. Overall, the Coolpad Note 3 is quite an impressive device.

Packaging
6
Design and built
6.5
Features
7.6
Performance
7
Battery life
7.2
Value for money
8.4
Availability
6
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