The budget segment is becoming increasingly competitive with OEMs flooding the market by launching phones with decent specs at a very affordable price. Choosing a phone has now become more difficult, as one has to pick from a wide range of tempting options. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the current market leader in the budget price segment; hitherto, Xiaomi has sold crazy number of devices, which counts nearly 2.3 million in India. Now, it is going to face some competition in the face of Coolpad Note 5.

In this article, we will try to figure out if Coolpad Note 5 can trounce Redmi note 3.

Coolpad Note 5 Coverage

Coolpad Note 5 Hands On and Quick Overview

Coolpad Note 5 FAQ, Pros & Cons, User Queries and Answers

Coolpad Note 5 vs Redmi Note 3 Specifications

Key Specs  Coolpad Note 5 Xiaomi Note 5
Display 5.5-inch IPS LCD 5.5-inch IPS LCD
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 PPI pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 PPI pixel density)
SIM Card type Dual SIM Dual SIM
OS Android OS, MIUI 8 based on Lollipop Android OS,  Cool UI based on 6.0 (Marshmallow)
 

Processor

 

CPU

 

 

Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72) Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
 

GPU

 

Adreno 510 Adreno 405
Chipset Snapdragon 650 Snapdragon 617
Memory 32GB, 3GB RAM 32GB, 4GB RAM
Memory Card Slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Primary Camera 13-megapixel 16-megapixel
Secondary Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Battery 4,010mAh 4,050mAh
Price 11,999/- 10,999/-

Coolpad Note 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 [Hindi Video]

 Design & Build

Once premium design, all metal body, is now a norm for budget phones. Redmi Note 3 and Coolpad Note 5 are no different; both the phones have metal uni-body design with plastic on top and bottom for antenna placement. Both of them look identical from the front but back is curvier on Note 5 which makes it more comfortable to hold.

The finish on Coolpad Note 5 looks more classy that promotes the overall look of the phone. In a nutshell, Note 5 excels in the design segment with minor enhancements from Redmi note 3 design.

Display

Both the phones possess similar display panels, 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD. But Redmi Note 3 holds a bit of advantage when it comes to outdoors. The panels on both he phones are almost the same. You cannot differentiate much with the naked eye.

Performance & Hardware

Coolpad Note 5 is powered by  64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with Adreno 405GPU. It is the same processor used in Moto G4 plus and HTC A10. The processor has eight average performing cores, Cortex-A53. During our short time with the phone, it felt smooth in between basic tasks. We are yet to test the gaming on this phone but going just by the hardware specification, it may fall short of Redmi note 3.

Redmi note 3 is powered by 64-bit Hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with Adreno 510GPU. As we told in our Redmi note three review, the phone handles any tasks you throw at it like  a charm, thanks to high-performing Cortex A-72 cores. Similarly, gaming performance is also top notch for the price but, you can notice minor frame drops with high-end games like Asphalt 8 (high-performance mode) or Modern Combat. You cannot ask everything for 11,999, right?

Redmi note 3 with 3GB RAM excels in multi-tasking with exemplary RAM management. It is interesting to see if Note 5 with 4GB RAM can outperform Note 3. We will be coming with the detailed review on Note 5 so stay tuned to the page to check it.

Camera

Coolpad Note 5 sports a 13MP shooter on back and 8MP on front; whereas, Redmi Note 3 sports a 16MP shooter on back and 5MP on the front. Despite the megapixel count, images that are taken from both the phones lack accurate details and sharpness. That said, in abundant light conditions, you can take some good looking shots on both the phones, but make sure your hands are firmly fixed.

Coolpad Note 5 camera

Under low light conditions, the photos are dull with more noise creeping in that makes them unusable at times. Coming straight to the point, rear camera on Redmi Note 3 has proved to be a good camera for its price but Coolpad Note 5 still has some tests to pass. Front facing cameras are decent on both the phones but photos that are taken from Note 5 have more details, thanks to 8MP lens.

Redmi Note 3 (5)

If you are looking for a good rear camera in this price segment, we would suggest you to check our Moto G4 plus review where we quoted that it has the best camera on the budget phones.

Battery

The stand out feature on both the phones is the battery capacity. Redmi Note 3 comes with 4050 mAh battery; Note 5 comes with 4010 mAh battery. You can easily get one day of battery life, and if you are a prudent user you can even get two days of battery life.

To compare, Redmi note 3 has a slight edge over Note 5 with optimized MIUI. We will compare the charging time and talktime of both the phones in our detailed comparison. So keep visiting for more on Coolpad Note 5.

Pricing & Availability

Redmi Note 3 is currently priced at 11,999 and available on all major e-commerce platforms. It will be receiving a temporary price cut tomorrow with new price 10,999. Coolpad Note 5 is priced at 10,999 and will be exclusively available on Amazon from Oct 20.

Conclusion

In every aspect, both the phones perform neck to neck. In our preliminary comparison, Redmi note 3 trumped in performance and display quality; whereas, Coolpad Note 5 trumped in looks and build quality but lack of Gyro sensor is a huge drawback. We will keep testing both the devices side by side to categorically decide a winner so keep an eye on our page.

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Ajit's penchant for gadgets especially for smartphones is eternal. His vigor to write coupled with sound analytical skills makes him a good writer. He spends most of his time on the internet to explore new horizons. He also loves playing cricket, watching horror movies and going for long trips.