Coolpad Note 3 Lite Review: Budget Smartphone With Fingerprint Sensor

Coolpad Note 3 Lite detailed specifications

Release date January 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 140.80 x 70.40 x 8.90
Weight (g) 152.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2500
Removable battery No
Colours White, Black
SAR value 0.23999999463558
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad-core
Processor make MediaTek MT6735
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 32
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1
Skin Cool UI 6.0
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor  No

As many phone in the series of Coolpad note. The company now come with note 3 lite which commite that it can give the feature of phone of high price. Someday before we had given its first look which looks fairly good  but at that time we had spent very less time but now we spent required time to check the phone. Now let’s see will phone leave a good impression or not.

Look and Design
Although it is budget smartphone but its look leave a fairly good impression. The gold trim  goes  along the edges of the body, camera lens, and fingerprint sensor jazzes up the phone a bit. The  plastics does not look ordinary but it looks some metal  and the overall fit and finish of the parts is quite good, and the phone feels sturdy and durable on the whole. In the front, the company had given  5-inch HD IPS display which is committed not be scratched in any case. The screen has a extra thick black border running around it, which detracts from the otherwise sleek edge-to-edge appearance of the display. The capacitive buttons for navigation are responsive, but lack backlighting disappointed us. There’s a 5-megapixel front camera on the top along with a notification LED.
The power and volume buttons are placed ergonomically on either side of the phone and the best thing about this is that it is good  for single-handed use. The rear cover has a grippy zig zack  design and is removable. Here, we also have the 13-megapixel camera, LED flash, and fingerprint sensor. The speaker is placed towards the bottom, just below the company’s logo. If you’re not a fan of white plastic, the phone will also be available in black.
The Coolpad Note 3 Lite comes with a charger, data cable, headset , and a screen guard. The quality of the cables and power adapter is not best but we can rank it average. Just like its bigger brother, the Note 3 Lite is well put-together. The front is not its most flattering side as it looks better from the back. It’s a little thick at 8.9mm and has some heft to it, but we like that as prevents it from feeling cheap.

Coolpad strongly tries to remove the common ritual that is which budget phone the specifications are weak. The SoC of choice is a run-of-the-mill quad-core MediaTek MT6735, but the best part about this phone that it is  one of the most low price phones that packs 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. You can expand the latter by up to 32GB using a microSD card. There’s also Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS, and a non-removable 2500mAh battery. The phone has two Micro-SIM slots with 4G support on band 40 through both which is required in India.

Coming to the software ,Note 3 light like other phone of this time, comes with Android 5.1 with Coolpad’s latest custom CoolUI 6.0 skin.
You get some useful apps such as Cool Service, which still in developing mode and doesn’t show any relevant information about service centres; Cool Store, which offers a bunch of downloadable games; Xploree, a customisable keyboard with themes and a note-taking feature; FP Loand(the best) which lets you lock apps to your fingerprint so only you can open them; Rock Wallpaper, a widget which randomly changes the wallpaper; and Cool Show, to tinker with the phone’s themes, fonts, and notification sounds.
The interface works very smoothly but the skin itself lacks shine. For example, there isn’t much choice when it comes to themes, and apart from the default one, the others seem garbage and unfinished, especially the icon sets. The custom icons in each theme can get really confusing at times when you’re looking for a specific app. Coolpad also preinstalls some third-party apps such as Amazon, Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, and WPS Office; these can be uninstalled if needed.

Its very shocking and impressive that Coolpad has give a 13 megapixels camera Note 3 lite which almost impossible to see in phone at this price segment. The  rear camera manages decently detailed landscapes and macros with good colour reproduction under good natural light. However, we noticed that it looses its sharpness while taking a close-up shots. Indoor and low-light shots get quite noisy, with a noticeable dip in autofocus speed. There’s also a heavy loss of detail and the resulting images disappointed because they are not  very good. Panoramas are stitched together quickly and look good. You can take bursts of shots simply by holding down the shutter button, and this works quite well.
Video recording quality goes out at 1080p and is decent. The camera software isn’t great with metering light automatically and there’s no option to change this either. However, the interface is simple and  very easy  to use. There’s also a Pro mode but the tweakable parameters are limited to focus, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation. You can also use Pro mode with the front camera, which we don’t see too often. The 5-megapixel front shooter does a decent job with selfies, but again, only in the daytime. The front camera also disappoint you in low light.

The display is quite impressive with HD screen and good viewing angle. But we with it could be more brighter for daytime use. The touchscreen is good to use  but does attract quite a lot of fingerprint smudges. Call quality is good and we didn’t feel any problem with 4G either.
The fingerprint sensor is very accurate and works on the first attempt most times which is strange because some high price phone did not gave such a fingerprint sensor responce. You can unlock the phone by placing your finger on it at any angle. You can store up to five fingerprints and assign each to open an app, dial a number, or take a photo rather than just unlocking the phone.
The Note 3 Lite fares decently well in benchmarks considering its budget components. We got 31,770 in AnTuTu and 14fps in GFXbench. These numbers translate to good real-world performance, and sure enough, the Note 3 Lite can handle casual games like Ski Safari 2 and even some demanding ones like Dead Trigger 2, with relative ease. We didn’t face any trouble with UI performance either as multitasking is generally smooth. There’s about 1.8GB of free RAM available at any given point.
The default music player looks sexy and quite functional too. You can sort your music by folder and there are options for equaliser presets along with environmental effects to simulate sound from a large hall, etc. The video player packes lot of features, and lets you edit videos, take screengrabs, cast content via DLNA, or have it playing in a floating window while you use other apps. The rear speaker is loud enough for alerts but isn’t great for multimedia use.

The 2500mAh battery lasted for 9 hours and 11 minutes of continuous video playback, which is pretty decent. Under regular use with 4G, we managed to get nearly a full day’s worth of usage. The bundled charger is only rated at 5W, and takes a painfully long time to charge the phone fully when it’s totally dead.

The Coolpad Note 3 Lite gives   a very good package on paper for its asking price of Rs. 6,999 (108$) and doesn’t compromise too much compared to its bigger varient. It’s currently the only phone at this price point to offer a fingerprint sensor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of onboard storage, which raises the bar for an entry-level phone. It was only a matter of time before someone did it and it seems Coolpad has beaten everyone. This phone also has a good display, speedy fingerprint sensor that works well, sturdy build, and good battery life.

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ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
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Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip




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