After a strong comeback with Coolpad Note 3, Chinese giant Coolpad has launched another player under the make-in-India initiative. This time,the company has unleashed its younger sibling Note 3 Lite with small design tweaks and a different set of specs. The new Coolpad Note 3 Lite looks like a mini-version of the original phablet, and endows a tremendous user-experience with top-notch features and a stunning form factor.It strips down high-end specs at a hard-to-believe price, and takes a dig straight against leading players in the sub-10k price category!
But the real question is, can Note 3 Lite-replicate the good work of its elder sibling? With Redmi 3 and other established players in the contest, picking the best one will be a tough call for budget phone buyers. Therefore, let’s take an in-depth look at Coolpad Note 3 Lite to see how it stacks up against leading players in the segment.
Design and Form-factor of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
As far as look and feel is concerned, Coolpad Note 3 Lite looks just like a smaller version of its elder sibling. The handset incorporates the same design language, ships in white colour, and bears a fingerprint sensor right under the rear camera sensor. Apart from placement of ports and sensors and an impressive golden frame, nothing changes from Coolpad Note 3 to Note 3 Lite. It fits nicely in one hand, and gives a firm-grip with soft-touch matte finish that keeps smudges and fingerprints at bay.On whole, the entire form-factor of the device stands out and makes up a nice package for budget phone lovers.
Display and Visual Experience of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
The display of Coolpad Note 3 Lite is not the best, but in our opinion, it offers full value for money and can easily cater all your needs with perfection. The handset incorporates a sharp and vibrant 5-inch HD IPS display protected with scratch-resistant glass. It endows an exemplary visual experience with rich colours and perfect viewing angles, and features fine details with 294 pixels per inch.These numbers are not new for a 7k phone, but the overall viewing experience from this handset works well for all tasks, basic as well as multimedia related!
Hardware and Performance of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
The biggest surprise, however, is on the hardware front. Coolpad Note 3 Lite is the only budget phone that shipswith 3GB of RAM. Yes, you heard that right! The latest beauty from Coolpad has a MediaTek MT6735 quad-core SoC with 3GB RAM and Mali-T720 graphics.Its processor runs at a clock speed of 1.3GHz, and creates an ideal ecosystem for seamless work and play. You can not only run multiple apps and heavy games but can also explore flagship-level performance at a very reasonable price tag.The chipset and GPU performance of this handset is better than any smartphone in the sub-10 price category, and is just the right option for you.
Software and OS of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
On the software front, Coolpad Note 3 Lite runs the latest iteration Android 5.1 Lollipop with its customized CoolUI 6.0 skin on-the-top. The handset offers a clean and easy to use interface with colourful app icons and reduced bloatware, but fails to stand out against native Android 5.1 Lollipop. Just like MIUI and other skins, CoolUI 6.0 also comes without an app-drawer and features all apps right on the home-screen. The list of pre-loaded apps on the handset include some popular apps such as, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.
Camera Performance of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
The camera setup equipped with Coolpad Note 3 Lite is the same one that ships with its elder sibling. Despite having a low price, Coolpad’s budget sensation endows a perfect photography experience with its 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. It captures vibrant and sharp images in all environments, records 1080p videos, and comes with a bunch of features such as, geo-tagging, face detection,touch focus, HDR, and panorama. So overall, the new Note 3 Lite makes up a decent package for taking picture-perfect group shots and selfies!
Connectivity Options of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
In terms of connectivity, Coolpad Note 3 Lite offers you top-tier performance with basic options and advanced 4G connectivity. The dual-SIM based handset incorporates two Micro-SIM card slots, and incorporates a plethora of connectivity options such as, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 3G HSPA+, and micro-USB 2.0. Additionally, it also includes a snappy fingerprint scanner that adds up benefits of advanced biometric security.
Battery Backup of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
The entire package of Coolpad Note 3 Lite gets even better with a humongous 2500 mAh battery. The powerful Li-Ion battery bundled with this handset caters standard requirements with perfection, and endows up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G and 200 hours of standby time.Itholds up sufficient juice for seamless work and play throughout the day, and works well under moderate as well as heavy usage.
Pricing and Availability of Coolpad Note 3 Lite
The good news is, Coolpad Note 3 Lite is available at a tempting price tag of Rs. 6,999. The handset has been hitting the shelves successfully via Amazon India’s flash sale model, and will be up for grabs on next flash sale.
With top-notch performance and a stunning form-factor, Coolpad Note 3 Lite makes up an ideal package for budget phone buyers. The power-packed device stands out against most budget players, and brings a unique mixture of all major ingredients at a right price point.
In our opinion, the two USPs, fingerprint sensor on the back and 3GB RAM, have played their part really well in making Coolpad Note 3 Lite one of the biggest hits of 2015. Both features have lured buyers in big numbers, and have played a big part in marking Coolpad’s sway in the sub-10k price category.
In a nutshell, we can say, “Coolpad Note 3 Lite” is a good buying option with powerful innards and super camera performance. It ships at a reasonable price, but if you’re looking for alternative, Redmi 3 and Yu Yuphoria are the best ones to count on!