Coolpad Note 3 Lite Photo Gallery & Hands On

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Following the success of the Coolpad Note 3, the company has launched a new up device that undercuts pricing and still offers a compelling device. The phone was launched today at an event in Delhi but since we’ve had our hands on it for a while, we decided to start our coverage with a quick hands on and photo gallery ahead of our review. 

Coolpad Note 3 Lite specifications

  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 processor with Mali-T720 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Cool UI 6.0
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 140.8 x 70.4 x 8.9mm; Weight: 152g
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG
  • 2500mAh battery

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The Coolpad Note 3 Lite sports a profile that is very similar to its namesake handset. Indeed the design is almost identical but that’s not really a bad thing. While not spectacular, we found the design to be visually appealing and more importantly ergonomically sound. Worth noting is that the quality of plastics used are top-notch and feel great in the hand. The display is now slightly smaller at 5 inches and the resolution is 720p. Pixel peepers might complain but the resolution really is satisfactory. Beyond that, we felt that the brightness levels could be slightly higher to compensate for the reflectiveness.

As you’d expect, there’s a volume rocker on the left and the power button lies on the right. Nothing very surprising there but for what its worth we found the tactile feedback to be absolutely satisfactory.

The phone is available in two colors ie Champagne White and Black. We’ve got the white variant with us and you’ll notice that it has a champagne colored band running around it. As always, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack up at the top while a micro USB port lies at the bottom.

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Flip the phone over and you’ll spot the feature that really sets the handset apart. A fingerprint scanner sits loud and proud right below the 13MP camera sensor.

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Internally, the phone is powered by a Quad-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 processor and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Cool UI on top. There’s also 3GB of RAM which is quite unique in its category. The phone ships with Dual SIM slots and is 4G compatible. In terms of storage there’s 16GB built into it of which a little over 10GB is available on first boot. You can expand this via the microSD card slot. Performance is slick and smooth and in our time with it so far we’ve had nary a slow down or lag.

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For a price of Rs. 6,999, it really is quite astounding to see the level and quality of hardware on offer. We’ll reserve our judgements till the time we’ve put the handset through its paces but we like what we see and the Coolpad Note 3 Lite certainly has the potential to be a game changer in its category. Watch out for the FoneArena review of the Coolpad Note 3 Lite coming up in the next few days!

Author: Dhruv Bhutani

Your friendly neighborhood techie. Currently using a Pixel 2 XL. Catch him on Twitter (@DhruvBhutani) / Facebook .