Coolpad had taken the market by storm with its high-specced Note 3 smartphone. Priced at Rs 9,999, the Note 3 was then the most affordable smartphone to come with fingerprint scanner. The company now looks to ride on the success of the Note 3 in India with a new variant called the Note 3 Lite. We spent some time with the new Note 3 Lite today, and here are our first impressions.
Like the elder sibling, the Coolpad Note 3 Lite has high-end specifications along with fingerprint scanner. The smartphone has 5-inch HD display, 3GB of RAM, MediaTek’s MT6735 64-bit quad-core processor, 16GB onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD).
For photography, it has 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. For connectivity it supports, dual-SIM, 4G and OTG. The phone is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android Lollipop and will be upgraded to Marshmallow in the near future. Coolpad further ups the ante with an aggressive price tag of Rs 6,999, making it the most affordable smartphone with a fingerprint scanner.
The Coolpad Note 3 Lite takes on a slew of high-specced budget Android smartphones such as the InFocus M350, Meizu m2 and Canvas Pulse 4G. However, the Note 3 stands out with its fingerprint scanner feature, which is a rarity for this segment. Apart from routine screen unlocking, the scanner can be used for a range of purposes from locking applications to clicking pictures. According to Coolpad, the fingerprint scanner is 99 percent accurate and takes 0.5-seconds to unlock the screen.
In terms of design, the Coolpad Note 3 Lite is very average. The arc-design along with metal rims do add to the aesthetics. This 5-inch smartphone has a removable plastic textured back panel below which you have slots for SIM cards and microSD. The phone easily fits in your palm, while the textured back panel should give you good grip. The volume buttons and fingerprint scanner on the back are easily reachable. The phone felt compact and easy to carry.
During our brief usage, the 5-inch HD display offered quite decent outdoor and indoor legibility. The CoolUI 6.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop looked quite vibrant and colorful. Since the phone is guaranteed to get Marshmallow update in the future, we can expect the interface and overall user experience to be much better.
For Rs 6,999, the Coolpad Note 3 Lite looks to be a serious contender for value for money low-cost smartphone. From top of the line specifications to Make in India, Coolpad has tried to check all the boxes with Note 3 Lite . But as you already know having high-end specs doesn’t necessarily guarantee a superior user experience. Stay tuned for our detailed review where we explore more on camera quality, performance and other features.