Coolpad has officially launched its flagship smartphone, Coolpad Max in India. At Rs 24,999, it’s a big leap for Coolpad which is known for its sub-Rs 10,000 smartphones. Coolpad has built a reputation for its Note 3 series smartphones and now it wants to establish itself in the premium mid-segment flagship category.
Coolpad Max, which was launched first in Indonesia, is priced on par with Xiaomi’s Mi 5 which in fact beats flagship from Samsung and LG in terms of pure hardware specifications. Coolpad says it’s not competing with Xiaomi or any other smartphone brand.
Coolpad, which has transformed from an ODM to OEM, wants to establish its brand in the sub-Rs 25k smartphone space will have a tough road in the form of competition from Xiaomi Mi 5 and new entrant Smartron’s t.phone.
Here is how the three devices stack up against each other in terms of just specs
Coolpad Max: Coolpad Max looks just like all other devices available in this space. It has a unibody metal design and sports a fingerprint scanner below the camera module like Google’s Nexus 6P. Coolpad Max features a 5.5-inch full HD display with 2.5 curved Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The smartphone looks a more premium version of company’s Note 3 with little tweaks in design.
Under the hood, Coolpad Max is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Coolpad Max, however, claims to be different from all other smartphones with its Dual Space technology.
Also see: Coolpad Note 3 gets a price-cut, now available at Rs 8,499 on Amazon India
Coolpad Max’s dual space technology offers users option to keep their personal and private things in two separate space. Consider it like keeping a vault for your data. Coolpad claims that the private data is totally encrypted, which is a nice thing to have considering the data privacy issue.
If you like keeping two separate space on one smartphone, Coolpad Max will definitely appeal to you otherwise this phone seems less overwhelming than all other offerings.
Smartron t.phone: Smartron is a relatively new entrant in the smartphone space. For Smartron, t.phone is just the second product but has a huge backing from the man considered ‘God of Cricket’ himself.
Smartron, a new hardware startup funded by Sachin Tendulkar has launched t.phone, its second hardware product in India. The t.phone features metal unibody design and has a camera module at the left hand top corner, which is very similar to designs we have already seen on Vivo smartphones.
Smartron t.phone runs Android Marshmallow and comes with company’s own cloud offering with unlimited free storage space. Smartron t.phone also comes with top of the line specs like Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Smartron t.phone has a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and supports 4K video recording. Smartron t.phone is 6.98mm thick and weighs just 149 grams inspite of metal unibody design. The smartphone also has a decent 3000mAh battery with USB Type-C port and Quick Charge support.
Xiaomi Mi 5: Xiaomi Mi 5 is undoubtedly the most advanced smartphone with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. It scores the highest in Antutu benchmark with its 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version. Xiaomi has not launched 4GB RAM, 128GB storage version in India.
Xiaomi Mi 5 is the smallest of the pack with its 5.15-inch Full HD display has a 16MP primary camera with 4-axis optical image stabilisation and has a 4MP secondary camera for selfie and video calling. However, Xiaomi Mi 5 is not a perfect smartphone even with such great specifications.
In our review, we noted that ‘getting the auto-focus to work in one go was a challenge in some situations. There’s also a tendency to oversaturate colours like reds and pinks, and yes it struggles in low-light.’
Another strange thing with Xiaomi Mi 5 is the heating issue. Using the camera or gaming on Xiaomi Mi 5 caused the phone to heat up abnormally. Xiaomi Mi 5 would be a better buy only once the Chinese smartphone company fixes these issues. Read our full review of Xiaomi Mi 5 here.