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Coolpad Max vs Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Smartron t.phone: Specs battle in premium mid-budget

CoolPad Max is the new premium mid-budget phone that can challenge the Xiaomi Mi 5. Here's a look at the competition.

Written by Karthekayan Iyer | Updated: May 23, 2016 9:03 am
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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.

Read more: Coolpad Max launched at Rs 24,999: Here are the key specs, features

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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.

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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.

Watch: Xiaomi Mi 5 Video Review

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.

Also read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review: A great phone, but just not perfect yet

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    May 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    My mobile produced by coolpad qiku Terra is in celltronix service center Coimbatore India since twenty nine February not repaired yet jobsheet JS16022900868 pathetic after s service.. Paid full money 8k for LCD repair .not done after 3months..no response from qiku coolpad. I recommend not to buy this phone.
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      Jun 11, 2016 at 8:52 am
      anytime our first choice must be Indian b If not than at least no china b As he is our enemy
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        Ankush Rajput
        May 23, 2016 at 3:54 am
        what makes u think sd617 is premium? even moto G4 has better specs than this!
        1. Mamta Gerg
          May 26, 2016 at 11:03 am
          I am more interested in Smartron T Phone. Its a company funded by Sachin Tendulkar. Coolpad and xiaomi both are Chinese b and have received negative customer reviews. Talking about Chinese b, Vivo on the other hand has done very well, especially in the Indian market. The company, in support to Make in India initiative, also has manufacturing units in India. The way Vivo is bringing innovative product it seems like the company has very bright future.
          1. Serama Serama
            May 23, 2016 at 6:41 am
            Recently i bought a mobile call itel, and the mobile sucks, after i have done lots of research and find itel mobile is from a chinese cheating company called transsion, their mobiles' spec are all fake, for example, their mobile's camera are only 2MP but they write it 8MP on the package, we indians are not ok? It may has a very cheap price but the functions are sucks and iitel mobiles a really trash.lt;br/gt;In fact, Huawei, Geonee, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Lenovo, Meizu, Coolpad are the original mobiles and they are very por bs in China as well, all of them have real factories in China, but nowadays there are so many trash Chinese mobile companies are coming into India also, some of them don’t even have a factory in China, they buy products from mobile manufacture and faked with their products’ sepc, trying to cheat on India customers, here are some of these cheating company and b lists:lt;br/gt;1. itel mobiles, the company name is Transsion, which has three bs: itel , Tecno , Infinix, it is a cheating company because in China it doesn’t even has its own factory, only has one small emble factory, all the models are buying from another manufactures such as Shiding,Transsion is just a trading company who buy design from designing company and then give order to model manufactures, you can ask any Chinese friend, what is sure that nobody knows Transsion (Itel/Tecno/Infinix) in China, in China there is no Itel/Tecno/Infinix,and there is no body in China even know these bs, Itel/Tecno/Infinix are just like trash, they export all this electronics trash to India and Africa. Guys, trust me, buy original phones and don’t get cheated by these trash.lt;br/gt;2. H-Horse, another Chinese mobile company which are focus on cheap fake mobiles, it may looks very nice of the outside design but the chipboard inside is high-copy, and what is more, this company doesn’t have its own factory, all the products are buying from some small factories.lt;br/gt;3. Tianyu mobiles, another Trading company without any D Dept, all the products are fake or outsourced with small factories, the quality is very bad.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;To be continued…
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