Coolpad Note 3 Lite Teardown


The Coolpad Note 3 Lite is currently the cheapest smartphone in India with a fingerprint sensor and also is the first “Made in India” smartphone from Coolpad. We decided to open up the device and bring to you all of the internals in full glory. Dive in to check out our full teardown.


The specifications of the Coolpad Note 3 Lite are:

  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display, Scratch-resistant Glass
  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 processor with Mali-T720 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB 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


As with most of our teardowns, we start from the back. The back panel of the phone is removable and gives access to the DualSIM slot and microSD card slot. The battery is a sealed unit though and is hidden behind a plastic cover.


We need to remove 10 screws and release the clips in order to remove the plastic cover. We also need to remove the ribbon cable that connects the fingerprint sensor in order to fully detach the plastic cover.


The plastic cover houses the speaker, fingerprint sensor as well as contacts for GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi antennas. We then removed the 2500 mAH battery, which is non-user replaceable.



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Then we disconnected the ribbon cable and antenna cable that connects the microUSB assembly to the main logic. The microUSB assembly is glued to the phone and houses a microUSB port, vibrator as well as an SD card slot at the front. The back side houses the primary microphone.



The logic board is held in place by 4 screws. We removed them and the ribbon cables to release it from the phone body. At the back side of the camera body, we have the front and rear camera modules.


The primary camera module is a 13 Megapixel unit by O-Film. The front camera module is also manufactured by O-Film and has a resolution of 5 Megapixels.



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There is a metal shield that covers the SoC and other chips. We removed this to gain access to them. Removing it reveals a quad-core 64bit Mediatek MT6735V processor with ARM Mali T720 GPU and 4G LTE.


We can also find the SKhynix 16GB internal storage as well as the MT6328 power management IC and MT6169V RF transceiver.


The back side of the logic board houses the dual SIM slots and LED flash for the camera. The display unit houses the proximity and ambient light sensor module as well as the internal speaker and ribbon cables for display and digitiser.

Author: Sandeep Sarma

Sandeep Sarma is a blogger and a freelance photographer. Apart from gadgets and phones, he also has a passion for movies and cars. He currently uses the S7 Edge as his main phone. Catch him on twitter at @sandeep9sarma