As the mid- tier smartphone segment that is (10-20k) still remain flat, the fight for the entry level or sub 10k is getting fierce. In last few years Coolpad achieved many milestones and established themselves well under 10k and 8k segment.
After Note 5 they have recently launched Note 5 Lite which is powered with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage along with expandable memory using a microSD card. It bears a 13-megapixel auto focus rear camera and 8 mega pixel camera, both equipped with LED flash light and uses an aluminum magnesium alloy making it durable and sturdy yet light weight at 148g. The Note 5 Lite is available with 5- inch HD IPS display (1280X970), with a dimension of 145.3*72.3*8.7mm. It comes with scratch resistant, 2.5D curved glass on top of its display. It is powered by 64 bit 1.0 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6735CP processor, assisted by Mali – T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It runs on Android 6.0 and is powered by a 2500mAh non-removable battery, with a stand by time for upto 200H. The connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3G / HSPA+, EDGE / GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. Specs wise both the Coolpad Note 5 Lite and Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime are pretty much similar, the Note 5 Lite, however, gets the lead in the imaging department with an 8-megapixel sensor at the front.
The best thing that we liked about every Coolpad devices is its reliability. Every handsets that we used by Coolpad are stable performers. In Note 5 Light too we haven’t noticed or experienced any mystery crashes or a deep effort to troubleshoot and fix. Things that we liked about this device is its built quality and looks, the smartphone is built well and feels hefty in the hand, extremely thin bezel makes for a wider display, much improved camera performance both with front and back. Talking about call quality of the smartphone was good, we never encountered any problems with it. Things which we thought this devices misses is this it doesn’t have Android Nougat out-of-the-box, a cluttered UI experience and, 1080p display may be disappointing for some. Overall Note 5 Lite is another decent device by Coolpad in under 10k segment.
Verdict: A sturdy good looking device with decent overall performance in budget segment.