The entry-level smartphone segment is heating up these days with some very good value for money smartphones being launched. In our comparison today, we pit the Coolpad Mega against the Xiaomi Redmi 3s and the Swipe Elite Plus. You may not have expected to have a high resolution display or 2 GB RAM or an 8 MP camera half an year ago, but you can have almost all those specs these days in the entry level segment as well.

Thanks to fierce competition and some extremely well made phones, the entry level smartphone segment has never been filled with as many good smartphones as it is right now. You can almost everything for up to Rs. 9,000 these days – a HD display, Android 5.1 Lollipop or later, 2 GB RAM, 5-8 MP main cameras, 16 GB internal storage, dual SIM, 4G LTE support and even fingerprint sensors.

Without wasting a lot of time, let’s compare the Coolpad Mega, Redmi 3s and the Swipe Elite Plus.

Coolpad Mega vs Redmi 3s vs Swipe Elite Plus Specifications

Key SpecsCoolpad MegaXiaomi Redmi 3sSwipe Elite Plus
Display5.5 inch IPS LCD display5 inch IPS LCD display5 inch IPS LCD Display
Screen Resolution720X1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels1080x1920 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor 1.0 GHz Quad core1.4 GHz Octa core
1.5GHz octa-core
ChipsetMediatek MT6735PQualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Memory3 GB RAM2 GB RAM2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB16 GB16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, up to 32 GBYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 64 GB
Primary Camera8 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera8 MP5 MP8 MP
Battery 2,500 mAh4,100 mAh3,050 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNoYesNo
4G readyYesYesYes
SIM card typeDualDualDual
Weight143 grams144 grams-
Dimensions76.8x153x7.85mm139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm139.8 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm
Price Rs. 6,999Rs. 6,999Rs. 6,999

Display

 

Coolpad Mega (7)

The Coolpad Mega features a 5.5 inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of ~267 ppi.

Redmi 3s (9)

The Redmi 3s features a 5 inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of ~294 ppi.

Swipe-Elite-Plus2

The Swipe Elite Plus features a 5 inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of ~441 ppi.

Hardware and Storage

The Coolpad Mega is powered by a 1.0 GHz Quad core Mediatek MT6735P clubbed with Mali-T720MP2 GPU. The device comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The internal storage on the device can be further expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card.

The Redmi 3s is powered by a 1.4 GHz Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card.

The Swipe Elite Plus is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card.

Camera

The Coolpad Mega features an 8 MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. On the front, the device features an 8 MP secondary camera.

The Redmi 3s features a 13 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The device comes with a 5 MP secondary camera.

The Swipe Elite Plus sports a 13 MP primary camera with LED flash. On the front, the device features a 5 MP secondary camera.

Battery

The Coolpad Mega is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery.

The Redmi 3s is powered by a 4,100 mAh battery with Fast Charge support.

The Swipe Elite Plus is powered by a 3,050 mAh battery.

Pricing & Availability

The Coolpad Mega has been priced at Rs. 6,999 and is being exclusively sold by Amazon India. The device is available in Royal Gold and Champagne Gold color options.

The Redmi 3s has been priced at Rs. 6,999. The device is sold by Amazon and Mi.com. It is available in Gold, Dark Gray, Silver color options.

The Swipe Elite Plus has been priced at Rs. 6,999. The device is available in Midnight Blue and White color variants. It is sold exclusively by Flipkart.

Conclusion

This is a very neck-to-neck fight between the three phones. You get a minimum of dual SIM, 4G LTE, HD display, 8 MP main camera, Lollipop and a range of other features. While you may not have heard about Coolpad and Swipe as much as Xiaomi, those two companies have come prepared fairly well for the entry level price segment. For Rs. 7000, all the three phones are very good value for money, with the Redmi 3s being slightly ahead of the two due to its brand recall and the bigger 4100 mAh battery.