Coolpad today launched a premium-looking budget smartphone, called the Mega 2.5D. The smartphone has a chic metal design, a selfie-centric snapper and features 4G VoLTE connectivity option. With all those features, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D is priced at Rs 6,999. I spent some time with the new smartphone at the launch event today, and here are my first impressions. Also Read - Upcoming Coolpad COOL 20 specs revealed ahead of May 25 launch
When I held the Coolpad Mega 2.5D in my hands for the first time, the first thing I realized was how light the smartphone was. And it felt lighter when I consciously weighed the Coolpad Mega 2.5D in one hand against my Apple iPhone 6s in the other. The new Coolpad smartphone weighs just about 140 grams. The overall look of the Coolpad Mega 2.5D is quite premium, and the design language yells elegance all over. The smartphone boasts a metal unibody with a 2.5D curved display, which is somewhat of a rarity in this segment. Only the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi 3s comes to mind, which too boasts a metal body. Also Read - Coolpad Cool 6 launched in India with 48MP triple camera setup: Check price, features
Coolpad’s smartphone has a sleek form factor, because of which, despite its large 5.5-inch display, it is comfortable to hold and use with one hand. The power button that sits on the right edge of the smartphone, and the volume rocker on the left edge, are conveniently placed, so I could reach them with one hand easily. Additionally, the lean form factor of handset, with a thickness of 7.83mm, and the slight curve along the rear edges of the smartphone, give it a good grip. The Mega 2.5D is easily one of the nicest looking smartphones in the segment. Also Read - Airtel Wi-Fi Calling: Compatible phones from Tecno, Vivo, Infinix, Coolpad and Itel
The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch IPS HD (1280×720 pixels) display with a pixel density of 294ppi and a 2.5D curved glass on top. The display of the smartphone is bright and appropriately sharp. For a smartphone priced at Rs 6,999, the display quality seemed alright though it seems to have a pink tinge to it.
Keeping in mind the fad for selfies and the competition to cater to people on a small budget, the Mega 2.5D features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, along with some selfie customization and beautification features. I clicked a few selfies with the smartphone at the event, and they turned pretty decent. Besides that, the smartphone’s front camera features a 83.6-degree field of view that enables clicking wide selfie group-shots.
At the rear, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D sports another 8-megapixel snapper with auto-focus and a sensor from Sony. The rear camera too was able to capture quite detailed shots even in the poor ambient lighting at the event. Other than the beautification feature for the selfies, the smartphone’s camera app also has a number of filters to add a little drama in the photos clicked. But as is the norm, we will reserve our judgments till we have put both cameras through further tests in our review.
Under the hood is a MediaTek MT67355P 64-bit quad-core chipset clocked at 1GHz. It is paired with Mali T720 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. In the brief time I spent with the Coolpad Mega 2.5D, I experienced no lags and the experience was quite smooth. On the software front, the device runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 wrapped under CoolUI 8.0, which is quite colorful and comfortable to interact with. The UI also features a slide-up control panel, which is almost identical to iOS.
Another interesting feature that I noticed in the phone was the scroll capture, which enables taking long full-page screenshots at once. Xiaomi smartphones are also getting this feature with MIUI 8. The Mega 2.5D features a dual-SIM card slot, a microSD card slot that can accommodate up to 32GB of additional storage and a 2,500mAh battery that Coolpad claims offers a talktime of up to nine hours. We will put that claim to test in our review.
With a price tag of Rs 6,999, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D packs a handful of impressive feature. The overall look and design too is quite chic that is not usually associated with phones in this range. In terms of competition, it will be up against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Micromax Canvas Evok and Reliance Digital LYF Wind 3 to name a few. Just how good the the Mega 2.5D is, we will find out in our review. Stay tuned.