Can the Coolpad Note 3s dethrone the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?

Coolpad’s new smartphone has some interesting features and is priced very similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Coolpad Note 3s is targeted at budget phone users and will be available exclusively on Amazon from 7 December at Rs 9,999
Coolpad Note 3s is targeted at budget phone users and will be available exclusively on Amazon from 7 December at Rs 9,999

Coolpad is one of the few new Chinese players which have been gunning for a bigger stake in the Indian phone market by offering phones in all price segments. Their latest smartphone Coolpad Note 3s is targeted at budget phone users and will be available exclusively on Amazon from 7 December at Rs 9,999.

Successor to the Coolpad Note 3, the new phone comes with a big 5.5-inch display and looks future-proof with features such as 4G support, VoLTE (voice over LTE) calling and finger print sensor. At its current price, a head on with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, also priced at Rs 9,999 looks imminent.

Plastic vs metal

Coolpad has gone with a glossy plastic back with a slightly curved design in the Note 3s. The back looks shiny and features a finger print scanner. Despite the plastic exterior it weighs 167g, which is what an average 5.5-inch device weighs these days including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (164g). The Redmi Note 3 has a slight edge over the Coolpad smartphone on account of the metal exterior and the matte finish on it that is likely to feel better in the hand than phones with glossy finish. The Redmi Note 3s finger print sensor is placed at the back too.

Offers a large display

As far as the screen size is concerned, the Coolpad Note 3s is on the same level as the Redmi Note 3— both come with 5.5-inh displays. It is the screen resolution that separates the two phones. The Coolpad smartphone has a screen resolution of 1,280x720p and pixel density of 267ppi. On a smaller screen this wouldn’t have made much of a difference but in a big screen phone like this it can be the deal breaker for many. Technically, the Redmi Note 3 has a superior display with screen resolution of 1,930x1,080p and pixel density of 403ppi.

Big battery matters

In terms of battery capacity, the Coolpad Note 3s packs in a 2,500mAh battery while the Redmi Note 3 runs on a bigger battery with a capacity of 4,000mAh. Phones with low resolution display and near plain android often deliver battery backup. This means the battery capacity is nothing to be really alarmed about until you know how much of back uptime it can muster. We can comment on it after testing it in our detailed review.

In terms of storage the Coolpad Note 3s is on par with its rival. Both provide 32GB internal storage and can accommodate microSD cards.

Shift to plain Android

Coolpad has made slight changes in the phone’s interface. Compared to its predecessor, the Note 3s’ interface which runs on Android 6.0, looks closer to plain Android than a typical Chinese phone interface with no app drawer and too many customisations. Lenovo is another brand which used a plain Android interface in one of its high-profile smartphones, the Z2 Plus.

The Redmi Note 3 runs on its heavily customised MIUI which has been tweaked considerably to make it more funky feature rich. It also offers more customisation options which make it a big hit with mainstream audience.

Looks adequately powerful

The new smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 415 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM. This is a dependable processor and has been used in a few budget smartphones like the Lenovo K5 (Rs. 6,999) but never in any high profile mid-range smartphone. In comparison, the Redmi note 3 is running on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor with 3GB RAM in tow. Any comment on the performance of the Coolpad Note 3s and how well it can handle the graphical tasks can be made after it has been tested.

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