Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has been taking the average-priced phone market by storm. Maintaining its legacy, Xiaomi recently added two new books to its shelf, namely the Redmi 3s and Redmi 3s Prime; two excellent machines in the given price range. If you thought Xiaomi is the only one in the league then well, it’s time to break the ice. We present to you the all new Coolpad with its new Mega 2.5D that is making its presence felt in the market!
Available at only flash sales at just INR6999, the Mega 2.5D is greatly focused on design and secondary camera. One might think Mega to be a competitor to the Redmi series, but we find it to be inclined towards a slightly different category of users whose concern is a wider, more elegant display. So enough with the briefing. Let’s take a closer look on the device.
Design & Display
Talking about looks, it’s nothing less than a high-end stylish smart-phone. In its gold form, one might feel as if carrying a really expensive model. The finishing of the chassis is quite smooth and elegant. The Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) manufactured curved glass, namely the 2.5D definitely assures protection from scratches to a great extent.
The 5.5inch display with HD resolution makes it something mediocre in this segment of smartphones. As the screen is wide, the pixel density is quite low due to which the edge seems a bit jagged around texts. Since the navigation keys are onscreen, you get some sleek free space at the bottom. Display performance is pretty great in terms of color and contrast. But you might be put off by the touch as it might not seem as responsive as expected.
Coming to the size of the screen, it is somewhat irksome to live with such a long and wide phone. Using it single-handedly can be annoying for many. But the Mega 2.5D weighs merely 143gms and is pretty slim and sleek. Despite a metal frame, the entire back is carved out of plastic but all in all, the phone seems to have promising aesthetics. Given the price range, the absence of a fingerprint scanner doesn’t bother that much.
Under The Hood
Android Marshmallow cannot even be recognized due to Coolpad’s CoolUI 8.0 skin running over it. The changes seem a bit excessive and too unessential in my opinion. The C-button is quite similar to Xiaomi’s Quick Ball implementation, which usually presents you with a floating circular overlay which sticks to the edges of the display. I personally find that quite annoying. It tends to get in between your ongoing activities.
There are certain glitches that we came across the UI. The notification shade is translucent which makes it impossible to read an email notification without having to open the app. The theme app that comes as a bundle with the phone is pretty downgraded due to the fact that there are not many options and the apps not so fun and interactive to live with.
The overall performance of the phone is pretty average. The phone runs cool and simple on most occasions but starts to get heated when you use the camera. The heavy skin with a cheap chipset is the reason for its hindered performance on most fronts. The 3GB RAM seems to be asleep throughout as it makes no difference. So all in all, what can suit you is the price range but then that’s not what we are accustomed to these days.
An overview of the specifications taken into account so far-
|Dimensions (mm)||153.00 x 76.80 x 7.85|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||2500|
|Screen size (inches)||5.5|
|Processor make||MediaTek MT6735P|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||32|
|Operating System||Android 6.0|
|Skin||Cool UI 8.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/ g/ n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D supports 8-Megapixel cameras for both front and rear. But the 8-MP cameras only do a standard job at best. Various modes are made available to you like Beauty, Video, Night, Panorama and GIF modes. The focusing speed is too slow due to the shutter lag so one needs to be extremely steady to click a proper picture. As for selfies, there are various beauty modes with facial enhancements options. The quality of the front camera is quite good indoors as well as outdoors.
With both the SIMs active, one can manage to get up-to 15-17 hours of working from Mega 2.5D. Coolpad includes a Long Standby Power which doesn’t seem to do anything to prolong the battery life as it appears to simply change the launcher without actually shutting down the unwanted processes. All in all, the phone is quite standard as it doesn’t really compare well with the Redmi series but given the price range that it fits in, that wide HD screen is quite an add on the Coolpad collection. One might be let down by the specifications but the aesthetics can make Mega 2.5D look promising. But then again, one can’t buy a smart-phone purely based on how it looks. Nevertheless, the Coolpad is certainly onto something with the introduction of this new player and we can only hope that what lies within is only going to get better!