Coolpad recently launched its Note 3 Plus in India at Rs. 8,999. Now, the company has launched Coolpad Max, which is the first Coolpad smartphone above the 10K mark. The Coolpad Max is priced at Rs. 24,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting from May 30. We unboxed the Coolpad Max before the official launch and tested almost each and every aspect of the phone, after all the tests here is what we found.

Coolpad Max

Coolpad Max Full Specifications

Key SpecsCoolpad Max
Display5.5-inch IPS Display
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920)
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Processor 1.5GHz octa-core
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 617
Memory4 GB
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB
Storage UpgradeYes
Primary Camera13 MP with dual-LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual-SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight155 gms
Price Rs. 24,999

Must See: Coolpad Max FAQ, Pros, Cons, User Queries and Answers

Coolpad Max Unboxing

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Coolpad Max comes packed in a premium looking box coloured in black and gold. The face of the box is square which gives it more area to fit the contents and avoid the thickness. You can simply slide it out to open it. The smart design of the box makes it easy to unbox and the contents can be manageable. Once you open the box, first thing you will find is the handset itself, wrapped in plastic cover to protect from scratches. One thing nice about the packaging is that all the things come in small separate boxes with relating signs printed on it.

Coolpad Max Box Contents

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Coolpad Max comes with the following contents inside the box.

  • V3 Max Handset
  • Silicon Case
  • Earphones
  • USB Cable
  • Charger

Physical Overview

Coolpad Max has a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 2.5D curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It has a metal unibody structure that feels solid and premium. The front and back has no curve and lie flat but sides have a slight curve for better hold. Looking at the back, it looks a lot like the HTC A9 and has multiple antenna bands in both top and bottom. It has really thin bezels which make the display look even more impressive.

Overall, it is a great phone in terms of design and quality of built but you cannot ignore the fact that the design looks borrowed from other devices. Let us take a look around the phone and see how it looks from each angle.

Front top has the speaker grill, primary camera, and proximity and ambient light sensors in the center of the bezel.

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At the bottom there are 3 On screen capacitive navigation keys that are backlit.2016-05-19 (6)

Primary camera is placed at the top center of the back panel and the LED flash is on its right side.2016-05-19 (4)

A beautiful round shaped fingerprint sensor is placed a little below the camera in the center of the back panel.2016-05-19

Power/Lock key and the dual SIM tray is on the right hand side of the phone2016-05-19 (3)

While the left side has the volume adjustment key.2016-05-19 (2)

Loudspeaker grill, micro USB port and primary microphone are at the bottom edge.2016-05-19 (5)

3.5 mm audio jack is placed on the top.extra

Coolpad Max Photo Gallery

Display

The Coolpad Max comes with a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD 2.5D curved display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 401 ppi. Overall display, in terms of viewing angles is very nice. The colors looks good even from extreme angles. So there is no problem with the indoor and outdoor visibility.

Coolpad Max

User Interface

As far as the software is concerned, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Cool UI 8.0 on top. On the user interface department, Coolpad has provided great options in terms of different kinds of themes and wallpapers with which you can customize the interface of your device. You can download these from the theme application that is on the home screen. With this, you can also customize the icons and font size.

The UI and animations were smooth but I personally did not liked the default theme, I just felt there is too much gold and I was missing colours. Something that impressed us was the smart features that add up to the usability aspect.

Camera Overview

Coolpad Max comes with a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front cameras. The main camera comes with an Isocell sensor, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), dual-tone LED flash and f/2.0 aperture, while the front camera with the the OV5648 sensor and f/2.2 aperture.2016-05-19

Auto focusing speed of the rear camera is very quick, it can easily focus on the subject really quickly even in low light conditions, likewise, the camera shutter is also very fast on the phone.

We are impressed with the camera clarity of the rear camera both in artificial as well as real light conditions. The photos in artificial light had good amount of details, great clarity and good color reproduction as well.

On the other hand, the 5 MP front camera also give you very good clarity. The photos which we took in artificial light conditions were looking very nice in terms of the overall colors and details. Overall, we were very impressed with the camera performance (both rear and front), that worked very well even in low light conditions.

Coolpad Max Camera Samples

Gaming Performance

Out of 3 GB of RAM, 2.5 GB is free, which enables you to play games without any lag.  To test its capabilities and performance, I played Asphalt 8 which is a graphic intensive and puts a lot of load on the device hardware. We could play the game smoothly without any issues and the performance was good. So, if you expect a great gaming experience on this one, then you are at the right place.

GAMING

Touchscreen response was good, graphics were fine even in high graphics setting when we played this game for around 25 minutes.

I played Asphalt 8 for 25 minutes with 44.8 degrees Celsius as highest temperature, and battery dropped 11% .

Coolpad Max Benchmark Scores

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Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
AnTuTu (64-bit)43410
Quadrant Standard 20864
Geekbench3Single-Core- 720
Multi-Core- 2190

Conclusion

Coolpad Max is surely an attractive handset, but are the looks enough for the high priced phone? The things that fall under the positive side are the build quality, performance, camera and the software features. The shortcomings include the Snapdragon 617 at this price, no Android Marshmallow and single SIM availability on the phone.

Coolpad is surely confident with their handset but in India, the consumers expect brands like Coolpad to keep the prices of its phone a bit lesser if compared to companies like Samsung, LG and Sony. I would have called it a great buy if the same handset costed something under 22K.

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Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.