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Coolpad Note 3s: A steal deal for Rs 9,999 (Tech Review)

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New Delhi | Monday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
One of the positives about Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad is that it targets customers looking for a decent phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 ($148) category.

From Note 3 to Mega 3 -- and other launches in between -- Coolpad smartphones have done well in the Indian market despite the competition from other Chinese phone-makers.

Coolpad Note 3s, priced at Rs 9,999, is a successor of the Coolpad Note 3. Here is what works for the device.

Encased in a visually appealing body, the device looks decent in the hand with its 5.5-inch IPD HD 2.5D curved display that exudes sharp colours and does not compromise on quality.

The device is powered by a 1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 processor and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It packs a 3GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage, which can be expanded using a MicroSD card in the hybrid SIM card tray.

With these specifications, the device ran fine and showed no signs of sluggishness even when shuffling between multiple apps or when large-size games were played for a longer time. The phone did not heat up either.

With a 2,500mAh non-removable battery, Note 3S can run up to 10-15 hours with moderate use, but considering the screen-size, the battery may ditch users after continuous use for long hours. The device does not take much time to charge and goes from 0 to 100 in just 44 minutes.

The Coolpad Note 3S sports a 13MP rear camera that takes fine pictures in daylight. Its 5MP selfie-shooter also gave quality pictures in the daytime.

The fingerprint sensor at the back unlocks the device in a jiffy.

What does not work?

The 13MP rear camera fails when it shoots pictures in low-light, which reduces the details. Similarly, the front shooter failed our quality test in low-light conditions.

Coolpad did a great work in its Mega 3 device which had three SIM card slots. With only one hybrid tray, a user cannot simultaneously use two SIM cards and a MicroSD card.

Conclusion: For a customer looking for sub-Rs 10,000 category phone with good features and good performance, Coolpad Note 3S is worth the price. Also, it is a tough competitor for other phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (2GB, 16GB variant) in this price band.

(Qadri Inzamam can be reached at inzamam.a@ians.in)

--IANS qd/sku/vm/sac

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2017-02-06-10:32:07 (IANS)

 
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