Coolpad has been known for its aggressive pricing and inclusion of unusual features in its competitive range of smartphones.  Today, it has launched another affordable smartphone with unexpected features, named as the Coolpad Note 3 Lite. It has been priced at INR 6,999 and will be available for flash sale from 28th Jan onwards. We got lucky to unbox the device soon after the launch and here is the sum up of the unboxing experience and our views about the device.

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Coolpad Note 3 Lite Specifications

Key SpecsCoolpad Note 3 Lite
Display5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
ChipsetMediatek MT6735
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 32 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 2500 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight150 gms
Price INR 6,999

Coolpad Note 3 Lite Coverage

Coolpad Note 3 Lite Unboxing

The Chinese OEM has packed the handset in a very compact, simple and decent looking white box. The box does not have any images of the phone or any unnecessary text; it only has the name of the brand and the device written in small and simple font.

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Coolpad India official website address is printed on the top and bottom sides of the box. We did not find any configurations or features written on the box, only the LTE bands and IMEI are mentioned at the back with the name of the colour.

Coolpad Note 3 Lite Box Contents

Opening the box, we found the handset resting on the top packed inside a plastic, under which it contains a 2-pin wall charger, a micro-USB cable, and the in-ear earphones. The box items are white in colour and are decently packed.

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Coolpad Note 3 Lite Unboxing, Quick Review, First Impressions [Video]


Physical Overview

The Coolpad Note 3 Lite has a very basic design and is majorly made up of plastic. It is a 5 inch display phone, fits perfectly in one hand and the built feels pretty sturdy. It also has a textured back which makes gripping on the phone easier.  It looks very basic from the back but the shiny gold lining on the sides add a little class to the looks.

On the front, you’ll find the speaker in the center, front camera and the sensors on the top. Capacitive touch navigation buttons are at the bottoms which are not backlit.

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The volume rocker is made up of plastic and is placed on the right side.

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Power and lock key is on the right hand side of the phone.

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3.5 m audio jack is located on the top and micro USB port is at the bottom.

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At the back side, 13 MP rear camera is located on the center top with the LED flash on the right and a dedicated mic above it. A square shaped fingerprint sensor is placed right below the camera lens.

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Moving downwards, you’ll find the Coolpad branding and the loudspeaker grille.

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Coolpad Note 3 Lite Photo Gallery

User Interface

It has a Cool UI 6.0 by Coolpad which gives some nice options like custom themes with new wallpapers and also allows you to change the font. You have some custom features like gestures, double tap to wake up when device is locked and display is turned off. You also have support for off-screen alphabetical gestures, like draw a c to launch the camera and more like these.

Gaming Performance

The gaming performance on this device is impressive; it performs the same way its predecessor did. Aggressive gamers and users who want a budget device can go for it without any doubt. We installed games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2, both the games were handles smoothly by this device and the game-play did not show any lags except some minor frame-drops, which can be expected from any device with such hardware configuration.

Gaming

The Mali-T720 GPU does a fair job in handling graphic greedy games. We did not face any issue playing games at medium graphic quality.

For those, wondering about the heating issues, there was no sign of abnormal heating either.

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Asphalt 8: Airborne15 Minutes7%29.6 degree37 degree
Dead Trigger16 minutes6%28 degree33.8 degree

Day to Day Performance and Benchmark Scores

Performance is pretty impressive, there is hardly any other smartphone which tends to deliver such great performance and features at this price point. We are satisfied with the way it performs during day to day usage. You can do web browsing, gaming, chatting and more of the tasks without any issues.

The benchmark scores of the Coolpad Note 3 Lite are:

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Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
AnTuTu (64-bit)22688
Quadrant Standard 8100
Geekbench3Single-Core- 421
Multi-Core- 1248
Nenamark52.1 fps

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Verdict

At this price point, we are more than happy with the way Coolpad Note 3 Lite has performed.  The specs look great for the price and are top notch if compared to its competitors. It has almost everything which we get in a smartphones costing almost double or more than that. The Coolpad Note 3 Lite gets a thumbs up from our side, we have no complains with the performance of this device.