Chinese handset manufacturer Coolpad has launched the Coolpad 3 Plus smartphone in India. It is available currently via Amazon India in two variants – 2GB+16 GB and 3 GB+32 GB RAM at Rs. 5999 and Rs. 6499 respectively. It is available in two colour options – Ocean Blue and Cherry Black.
Looks and Hardware:
The front of the Coolpad 3 Plus is adorned by a 5.71-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 85 percent screen-to-body ratio. The 1520×720 display runs a bit short on the bottom left some of the chin area free while the top has more rounded corners than the bottom. On the top, you can see the dewdrop notch and the bezels on the phone are thicker. Physically the phone is smaller than the 6-inch displays which sometimes make the phone difficult to hold single-handed. However, this is not the case here as the footprint is smaller and easy to hold and operate single-handedly.
From the outside, the phone has rounded corners and rounded edges as well. You see the phone sporting a mirror-like look and a dual-tone colour scheme which starts with one colour and ends with another which the company terms as Gradual Mirror. The review unit we have is a 3GB+32GB variant with the ocean blue colour theme. What makes it a fingerprint magnet is the glossy finish, so be prepared to do some wiping every time you take a look at the phone.
Powering the Coolpad 3 Plus is a 2.0 GHz MediaTek 6761 (Helio A22) quad-core processor and 2 and 3 GB RAM options. It runs on Android 9 Pie operating system and draws its power from a 3000 mAh battery. On the right side you get the usual volume rocker and the power button, on the left the sim-card tray which supports dual nano-sim cards or a nano-sim and a micro SD card. The headphone jack is retained and finds itself on the top left of the phone while the bottom has the speaker grilles and the micro-USB port for charging. The fingerprint sensor is mounted at the back.
The camera department has a 13-Megapixel single camera unit with autofocus at the back housed in a black enclosure along with an LED flash while the front 8-Megapixel camera rests within the dewdrop notch. You can also notice the earpiece grille just above the front camera.
The MediaTek 6761 processor delivers an overall smooth experience without any hiccups while using the phone. The display looks neat and is adequately bright for day to day use and media viewing. For those with small hands, this device is a catch if you are not looking to spend a fortune on a smartphone. The Android 9 Pie OS delivers a smooth experience and the device is also free of unnecessary bloatware which tends to eat up a lot of the internal memory and also slow it down.
Tap the fingerprint sensor and you can feel a slight delay in the screen to unlock, but its nothing very slow. The battery life is okay for day-to-day usage and will last you a day under normal apps, social and media usage. The camera performance is adequate for a device of this budget. It gets a few extra features and filters which are the case with most cameras we see on smartphones today. The front camera also takes good images however the low light images are not superior. Images looked good in normal lighting and daylight situations. This device is capable enough to handle some gaming as well but we suggest you limit it to light on the hardware kind of games.
Even the once budget smartphones are selling for a premium price now with newer models being launched every now and then there is this super affordable smartphone which also ticks a few boxes for usability and reliability for a day to day basis. Inside the box, you get the smartphone, some paperwork and a silicon soft phone cover/case along with a power adapter and a micro-USB cable and a sim ejector pin.