- Review: Coolpad Note 3 Lite
Last week, Coolpad has launched the Torino S and Porto S smartphones in Europe. The Coolpad Note 3 Lite that was launched in India also has some unique features at a price of just Rs. 6,999. It is the most affordable smartphone to feature 3GB of RAM and also a fingerprint sensor. Now the company is teasing the launch of yet another entry-level smartphone called Coolpad Fancy in few selected Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia and Vietnam.
There are no official details mentioned about the device apart from the teased images where we got the some glimpse of the device. The Coolpad Fancy looks similar to the Torino S that was launched last week in Europe. While the Torino S includes a fingerprint sensor on the back, the Fancy comes with a similar ring like button called as ‘Cool Key’ that looks exactly same as the Fingerprint sensor. The Cool Key can be used to capture photos in the Camera app and set to open specific apps for functions like single click and double click.
Apart from the fingerprint sensor, there are no differences between both the Torino S and a Fancy. The device sports a 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720) display with a 2.5D glass. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHzand coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via a MicroSD card slot. As teased by the company, the Coolpad Fancy runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with latest Cool UI 8.0 overlaid.
The IR blaster on this device can be used to control the household electronics like TV and AC same as the remote control. It supports dual SIM dual standby with the hybrid SIM slot where you can add a MicroSD card instead of the second SIM. Talking about the camera, it has an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. While everything seems perfect, the 1,800mAh non-removable battery is a big let down. The device measures 139 x 67.8 x 7.9 mm and weighs about 120 grams.
We expect the device to be made available in White and Champagne colors, same as Torino S. Coming to the pricing, there is no clue about the pricing in the Asian countries, but the Torino S is priced at EUR 199 (approx $223 / Rs. 15,200). Hence, we can assume it to be below $200 since the Coolpad Fancy doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Stay tuned for official details as the launch is expected in the next few days.