Coolpad Cool1 Dual: First look, Impressions and hands on review

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Coolpad, a Chinese telecommunications equipment company entered Nepal in a grand manner. At launch, they unveiled four new smartphones namely the Coolpad Cool1 Dual, Note 3s, Mega 3, and the Mega 2.5D. Among all the phones I was really impressed by their higher end phone the Coolpad Cool1 Dual and wanted to get my hands on it. And guess what? We received our review unit yesterday! So here is our initial impression and review of the phone after using it for 2 days.

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The Coolpad Cool1 Dual comes in this fairly plain white cardboard box with Coolpad and Cool1 written on the top and middle of the lid respectively. Diving into the box, we are immediately greeted by the phone in all its majestic presence. Under the phone, we have the usual quick start guide, a protective plastic film, a sim ejector tool, a USB Type-C cable and a power brick. Holding the phone for the first time, I noticed the heft of the phone and how solid it felt in the hands. Its uni-body aluminum construction not only gives it a premium feel but also a premium look. The phone in all its metal glory with chamfered edges looks amazing.

The phone packs a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 401PPI. Powering on the device, I was not that impressed with the display as it lacked the vibrancy I was accustomed to. But little did I know that I could easily change the vividness of the display to my preference by heading to Settings-Display-Color Mode. After this small change, the display looked amazing with great contrast and vibrancy. The panel itself gets pretty bright as I had no trouble using it in direct sunlight. On the contrary, the display also gets super dim- useful for late-night movie watchers like me.

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Under the hood, the Cool1 packs an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 accompanied by the Adreno 510 GPU. The processor is backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Performance wise, I didn’t face any problems as I was easily able to browse the web, check social-medias, watch youtube, and perform other day-to-day activities without any issues. Playing games on this phone also is a pleasurable experience as I didn’t face any heating issues and the animations were very smooth. Overall, I didn’t notice any visible lags or stutters while using the phone even though its software is highly skinned.

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And speaking of software, the phone runs LeEco’s EUI 5.8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The software on this phone and I have a love-hate kind of relationship. I am not really pleased with some UI elements while I love the added functionality the UI brings over let’s say stock Android. First and foremost, let’s get the elephant in the room out. The way the quick toggles are placed on this phone is just counter productive. Having to hit the recent apps button every time I want to turn on wifi or change the brightness level is a chore. Not that it is a huge problem but I personally find it annoying. On the other hand, this gives room for more content to be shown in the notification tray. I was easily able to read my e-mail.. yes e-mail straight from the notification shade. Another neat software tweak I loved was the moving clock and notification on the lock screen.

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In the camera department, the phone packs a dual camera setup made by two f/2.0 13MP sensors accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash. Dual camera is the current craze of the market and the Cool1 keeps up with that. Among the two, the later is a monochrome sensor which is useful to collect depth information, shot true Black and White pictures, and to bring up the shadows and details. The pictures taken from these cameras are amazing with high details, shadow information, and vibrancy. Even in low light scenarios, the pictures came out be very good with the details preserved and a negligible amount of grain. The stock camera app on this phone is also packed to the gills with tons of features and modes. Mode’s like the Pro Mode and SLR Mode are very useful to get more creative with the shots and get those amazing bokeh shots respectively. Unlike other phones, the SLR mode on the Cool1 actually works and I am amazed by the result. To simply put it, the images taken from the SLR mode are bokehlicious!

The phone also has a f/2.2 8MP front camera for all your selfies. The selfies taken on this phone in ample lighting condition is very good with high details, and vibrancy. But unlike its rear counterpart, the low light performance is not what I expected it to be.

And just sitting below the dual goodness is a fingerprint scanner which works extremely well. I was easily able to unlock the phone in a jiffy. The reader also doubles as a shutter button for the camera. Taking those precious selfies couldn’t get any easier. Other sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, and a compass. The phone also supports dual sim cards and is 4G capable. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t have a micro-sd card slot for added expansion but there is the inclusion of 5GB of LeCloud storage. And finally powering the device all up is a massive 4060mAh non-user removable battery. During my testing, the phone lasted the full day on a single charge. It is safe to say that users will be able to get a day and a half worth of battery life with moderate to heavy usage from this phone on a single charge. And if the battery does run out, there is the inclusion of USB Type-C and Quick Charge 2.0. This makes charging the device much easier and less of a pain.

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This is only the Honeymoon phase folks, as there is still a lot we don’t know or haven’t found out about the phone. So far we love what the Coolpad Cool1 Dual has to offer and can’t get enough of it. Priced at Rs 30,996 this is one capable smartphone which I would highly consider buying. But this is only our initial verdict! Wait for our full review as well as the video review where we get up close and personal with the Cool1 Dual. For those like our Facebook page and subscribe to Phones In Nepal.

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