Chinese brands are like winds; a particular brand becomes famous for one or two years in the Indian market then suddenly its popularity dips down and some other Chinese company fills the space it leaves behind. Some 4 or 5 years back, every Indian smartphone fans were talking about Gionee, then came the era of Xiaomi and after that of OnePlus.
The brand in trend now is Coolpad. It has already launched a few decent smartphones in the Indian market. The Coolpad Note 3 became really popular when the manufacturer launched it in the month of October last year. However, this smartphone had some drawbacks and to remain popular in the market, the Chinese smartphone maker launched an upgraded version of the same device i.e. Cool Pad Note 3 Plus. This smartphone will be available exclusively on Amazon with a price tag of 8,999 rupees.
The Coolpad Note 3 Plus features a 5.5-inch full HD display offering a screen resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels. In comparison, the basic version of Coolpad Note 3 comes with an HD only display.
Higher resolution means better pixel density. The graphics on the screen look as sharp as they can be. IPS panel helps in enhancing color reproduction and offers wide viewing angles.
According to today’s market trend, smartphones with a display like this one would cost not less than 12,000 rupees.
The polished design of the Coolpad Note 3 Plus will blow your mind for sure. Thanks to the curved back panel, it feels quite comfortable in the hand.
Build quality of the phone is decent considering the price point. It does not look like a cheap device at all. A metallic rim surrounds the front panel and adds a premium feel to the whole setup. You can get this device in white and gold color variants.
At the heart of this smartphone is an Octa-core Cortex A53 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. One of the main attractions of the Coolpad Note 3 Plus is its 3GB of RAM, of which around 1.5 GB remains always free.
Although the MediaTek MT6753 chipset has to push too many pixels on this smartphone (as compared with Coolpad Note 3), its performance is still quite satisfying.
I was able to play a number of heavy games like NOVA 3, Asphalt 8 and Frontline Commando on it.
Out of 16 GB onboard storage, around 10 GB remains user available. I would like to point out though its storage is expandable via a microSD card and the app data is also movable.
The phone also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor on the back. Customized OS of the phone allows the users to lock apps with their fingerprint.
Coolpad has used the same sensors on this smartphone that were featured on the Note 3. Shutter speed is much high as a result you can capture important moments without any lag.
Its 13 MP rear shooter captures great details and presents the users with some manual controls like ISO, Exposure, White balance, etc.
On the front is a 5 MP sensor, really good for capturing high-quality selfies.
Under the back panel of the Coolpad Note 3 Plus, you will find two SIM card slots and one dedicated microSD card slot (no hybrid system). Both the SIM slots support 4G connectivity on band 3 and band 40.
A 3000-mAh non-removable battery powers this smartphone. In theory, you will easily get a full day of usage on a single charge. Coolpad also ships a 2.0 Amp charger in the packaging box, which can fully charge this device in about 1.30 hours.
Other Features of the Coolpad Note 3 Plus
- Packaging box contains a good quality in-ear headphone.
- Gyroscope makes this smartphone VR headset compatible.
- Android Lollipop is the operating system, but Coolpad has promised Marshmallow update soon.
- Full HD display
- Easy to handle
- Decent performance
- Manual camera controls
- 4G support on both SIMs
- 3GB of RAM
- Fingerprint Access security
- High number of bloatware apps
At this price point, the Coolpad Note 3 Plus is really a great deal. The phone offers 3GB of RAM, has an Octa-core processor, is good at photography, and features full HD display as well. I cannot expect anything else on a budget phone like this.