Coolpad Cool 1 Dual with Dual camera – In-Depth Review
Rs. 13, 999
• Metal body design
• Dual Camera captures decent photographs
• Good battery life
• USB Type- C port
• Swift Performance
• Broad bezel along the display
• Brightness levels are dull in direct sunlight
• No Expandable Storage
• Slow Motion Option in camera does not work
• No Fast Charging
• Front camera captures grainy photographs
• Low Speaker sound
• No earphones packed inside the box
The latest offering after the collaboration of Coolpad and LeEco was Coolpad Cool 1 dual smartphone. A smartphone that launched soon after the launch of Lenovo’s K6 smartphone under the same price category. The competition got stiffer after the launch of Redmi 4 from Xiaomi and Huawei’s Honor 6X. Coolpad was taken over by LeEco’s CEO Jia Yueting and the outcome can easily be seen on the Coolpad Cool 1 device. On an instant look you can notice that there is a logo on the backside of the smartphone stating LeEco inside. While booting up the device, all the permission asked by the smartphone are from LeEco and the User interface is also similar to the one that’s found on LeEco smartphones. Let’s check out if Coolpad and LeEco’s partnership was successful or a complete disaster for their smartphones.
Design of Coolpad Cool 1
While all the manufacturers are following the same command of 2.5d curved display on top, Coolpad has not incorporated one on its latest Cool 1 offering. The smartphone has a unibody construction with flat screen on top and sharp edges around it.
Starting with the front, Cool 1 dual features a 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a FHD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at pixel density of 403ppi. There are broad bezels running around the display and the device has a curved back.
On first, the review unit we received was of silver colour with white front and looks decent. As you look at the screen, the display is exceptionally dark when it’s powered off and the broad bezels around it are also not visible unless you power it up. Once you boot-up the device, you’ll easily notice the bezels in its display. On top of the display there are sensors, calling speaker and selfie camera. While the Capacitive touch buttons are placed in the lower bezel with properly lit backlit.
As far as the overall design of the smartphone is concerned, I would rate it 7/10. Apart from not using a curved display, the Coolpad Cool 1 has a slippery back. The bezels around the display make it look inexpensive. The smartphone looks decent from the back however not from the front. USB Type-C port is placed at the bottom of the smartphone with speaker grills adjoining it. Sim card slot is on the left side (with no expandable storage), while the volume and power controls are placed on the right side of the smartphone. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on top of the smartphone and the company has also provided an IR blaster next to it.
Overall design of the Coolpad Cool 1 smartphone is not much innovative. Coolpad Note 5 looks better in design than Cool 1.
Performance of Coolpad Cool 1
Coolpad Cool 1 dual is powered by an Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with four cortex A72 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz. It is paired with Adreno 510 GPU for graphics and 4GB of RAM. Before we talk about the actual performance, let’s check out the benchmark scores first.
Coolpad cool 1 scored close to 80,000 in Antutu benchmark, which is more than Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone. It scored 1500 in Basemark OS 2, Vellamo 3.1 showed a result of 4980, which is better than Asus Zenfone 3 and scored more than 18,000 in 3D Mark Ice Storm, which is more than both Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and LeEco Le2 smartphone.
All the benchmark showcases the smartphone as to be decent choice and compared to other similarly priced smartphones, one could easily choose Cool 1 based on benchmark scores.
As far as performance is concerned, Cool 1 performed really well. I played Asphalt xtreme, Asphalt 8, and many other high-end games, and there was no issue with the performance. One might say that the device heats up sometimes, however, it didn’t heat up that much. Also, while charging the device, it heats up a little, but that’s normal.
Network connectivity is good on Cool 1 dual and Call volume in the speaker is decent.
Pre-loaded wallpapers on the smartphone could have been a little better as the ones it already have are less vibrant, which does not showcase the actual calibre of the display.
User interface of the Cool 1 is decent; however the recent button toggle bar is not amongst the best. Even after using the smartphone for a month, I didn’t find it user friendly.
Fingerprint scanner on the smartphone works great and I didn’t had any issues with its functioning.
Pre loaded Phone manager, file manager, remote control and FM radio works fantastic. Also, before you might face issues downloading the applications from ‘Google Playstore’ while using mobile data. Make sure you check ‘no limit’ option from the downloads app in system tools to resolve that issue.
The biggest trouble with the new Coolpad Cool 1 dual is its loudspeaker. It’s not loud, you’ll have to use a earphone to watch videos on youtube. The sound level is very low considering its dual speaker setup.
Camera Quality of Coolpad Cool 1 Dual
The camera UI in the latest Cool 1 smartphone has beauty mode, pro mode, HDR mode, stamp, night, lenses mode, slow video mode, long exposure mode, panorama mode and Gif mode. You can also go into camera settings to check Picture resolution, Shutter sound, location, QR & Bar code scanner, Grid lines, Volume Key, Facial recognition, Save face information photo, touch to take photo and timer picture features.
The SLR mode for bokeh photography is available right on top of the smartphone. In SLR mode, you can select the aperture opening by sliding the ‘touch to focus’ control up and down.
The rear camera on the Cool 1 captures great images in properly lit conditions. And it’s one of the best smartphone cameras I’ve tested in sub 15K smartphones. The camera captures the details in photographs as it is, the exposure levels are also accurate. Saturation level in the photographs is also precise. Check out the camera samples in the images.
Images captured from the front camera might not be amongst the best. Photos are not sharp however the colors are accurate. The images are overexposed which might work great in low light conditions.
Battery life and Charging
Coolpad has incorporated a USB type-C port for charging, which is a great choice for international market, but I think for Indians, it’s something new, as I travel in buses and metros, I observe people and almost every person is using a sub 15K smartphone, and all of them having a micro USB port.
Well, as for the battery life, the Cool 1 offers more than a day of battery life. Even when you use the smartphone is used for watching movies, it offers enough juice for a single day use. And if you’re using the device as your secondary smartphone, it could offer you a battery life of nearly two days in a single charge.
Coolpad Cool 1 is a decent offering from Coolpad and LeEco, however not the best. Camera, display and battery life are amongst the good features of the smartphone but design, type-c port, Loud-speaker (no earphones are provided inside the box) and UI could play a negative role to the overall sale of the smartphone. Also, there is no expandable storage option available in Cool 1. However, in the same price range, you have better smartphones available in the market such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Moto G4 Plus and Honor 6X that offer fantastic performance and specifications.