After Xiaomi, Meizu and Phicomm, CoolPad is the latest Chinese brand to enter the Indian market. The Dazen X7 is the CoolPad version of the mid-range smartphone and is priced at Rs 17,999.
While the Dazen 1 priced at Rs 6,999 and feels like a serious competitor to the Redmi 2 ( read our review here), the Dazen X7 has some hits and misses. We tested the Dazen X7 for a week and here’s our take on the CoolPad phone.
Specs: 5.2-inch FHD display | Octa-core 1.7 GHz processor |13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera | 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage | Android 4.4.2 with CoolUI skin | 2700 mAh battery |
Price: Rs 17,999
Design, display: The metal frame on the side makes the Dazen X7 look very stylish, a form factor that mid-budget users will appreciate. The Dazen X7 has a full glass body, both on the back and front and while that makes for an exclusive look, it also makes the device a bit slippery. The 5.2-inch full HD screen is sharp and you can easily read in the harsh sunlight. The Dazen X7 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection although I noticed some scratches on the front screen already.
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Performance, UI: The CoolPad does not score very high in the GeekBench 3 test in multi-core, being just above the S4. In Antutu Benchmarks the phone scores just below the Xiaomi Mi 3 and above the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. However, don’t let that be the only determinant for the CoolPad Dazen X7’s performance.
This is a fairly smooth device and I didn’t experience any issues at least when switching between apps. The one major issue I want to point out is related to connectivity. Sometimes the apps just would not download on WiFi even though it was clear that other apps like Facebook were working fine on the same WiFi network.
The phone can also get seriously hot. When I say hot, I mean scorching hot. From playing a game to even taking pictures, just about anything will get CoolPad to turn into a piece of hot metal. In a country, where 45 degrees celsius is the normal temperature for some months, it is not very pleasant to hold a phone that gets heated up so quickly.
Other than the occasional connectivity issue and the heating problem, the CoolPad Dazen X7 does the job well. From Asphalt 8 to even your basic games, all the apps ran without any lag.
The CoolPad UI will remind you a lot of the Xiaomi and the Phicomm. CoolPad’s UI has some magnification gestures where you can magnify the screen if tap thrice. It is a little confusing and honestly I find no use for magnifying the screen on a 5.2-inch device, simply because it is a very jarring experience.
Camera: The rear camera for the Dazen is 13 mp and the front camera is 8 megapixels. For selfies this is definitely one of the best front cameras, I have used till date. Even the beauty mode is not so terrible and while the results border on making your skin look perfect, the colour reproduction is pretty accurate.
The rear camera is also fairly sharp and has a pro-mode to let you tinker with ISO, Shutter-speed. I managed to get decent results even though I played around with the settings on a random basis.
The camera’s results in close-up shots are particularly good, although if you take shots at full zoom the results can be a bit pixelated. The one major problem I have with the camera is that the colour reproduction is not always very accurate, although on a full HD screen it all looks very good, which will be enough to satisfy most users.
Battery: Battery is another factor which is a big problem in the CoolPad Dazen X7. Even with the Internet off, and no apps running in the background, the phone runs out of charge, which I think is a problem. If you start playing a game which is heavy on graphics like Asphalt 8 or even browse for half an hour, the battery levels drop very quickly. For a Rs 17,999 smartphone, it definitely does not impress on the battery front.
Verdict: The CoolPad Dazen X7 delivers in terms of performance and has a really good camera to back it up. What lets the phone down is its battery and heating issues. But given that there are options like Xiaomi Mi 4i, Asus Zenfone 2 and others available for Rs 12,999, the CoolPad Dazen X7 will have an uphill task convincing the budget-conscious Indian buyer.