While a lot of people desire a smartphone that is as sturdy
as possible and would last even an explosion, there are a selected few who would like their
(smartphone) companion to look not just good but great. For those few, Coolpad
has an eye popping offering in the form of the Note5 Lite. Just as the name
suggests, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite is a lighter and slightly more pocket
friendly version of the Coolpad Note 5. The Note 5 Lite is a beauty inside out
just like its elder sibling. The metal unibody design finished with shiny
chrome like material used to outline the back, fingerprint sensor and the
antenna bands are sure to catch the eyes of anyone watching your phone from the
other side. The front is equally pleasing with a 2.5D curved glass that lends
the display a very smooth flow and a sense of sophistication. At 148grams, the
device has a nice weight to which is helpful as you know that the phone is in
your pocket. People with bigger hands will be able to use this device with one hand easily but those with smaller
palms will have to use both hands to work efficiently. This is one of the
reasons that makes me wish that the phone had a smaller bezel area.
The visual charm of the mobile continues on the inside as
well. This device comes with Android 6.0Marshmallow with Coolpad's Cool UI 8.0.
This custom skin allows for loads of customisation and themes to change how the
interface looks should you get bored of looking at the same thing. The best
part is that despite all the graphical goodies, there is little to no lag in
performance. Everyday usage is butter smooth except for a few times here and
there which is easily forgiven. The hardware that powers the Note 5 Lite
includes a 1.0GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 CPU coupled with Mali T720MP2 GPU
and 3GB of DDR4 RAM. While the processor clocks lower than the competition it
is not far behind and makes up in the fact that it comes with 3GB of RAM which
is enough for almost every multitasking situation. You get 16GB of internal
storage out of which only a little more than 7GB is available at first boot.
You can expand the storage to 64GB using a microSD card but if you plan to use
a dual-SIM setup then that would be a problem as this device comes with a
hybrid SIM tray allowing for either 2 nano-SIM or a nano-SIM and a microSD
card at once. Gaming performance was decent as most of the games were playable
despite the frame drops and lags seen here and there. This is not the best
device in this budget when it comes to gaming but it is far from the worst and will
satisfy people who just want to pass time while on a long journey or killing
some free time. With Cool UI 8.0 you get some really handy features such as the
ability to take a screenshot or record the screen without a third party app,
quick access to commonly used things by swiping from the bottom of the screen
and the C button which we have seen on previous Coolpad devices as well.
The phone packs all the essential features when it comes to connectivity with 4G VoLTE support, Bluetooth, WiFi, FM and USB OTG. In my testing the call quality of the phone was very good. The voice is transmitted loud and clear and the in call speaker is also loud enough to hear what the other person is saying even in outdoor conditions. One thing to note is that if you choose to put two SIM cards at once the only the first slot supports 4G while the second one is limited to 2G speeds.
The 5-inch display on the device sports a 1280X720p resolution and has an IPS panel for great and wide viewing angles. The colour reproduction is vibrant and the brightness is adequate for outdoor usage. The 2.5D curved glass adds to the attractiveness but also makes the display reflective under the sun but you can still view the on-screen content if you crank up the brightness. The fingerprint sensor here can store up to 5 fingerprints and unlocks easily about 95pc times.
The rear 13MP rear camera on the Coolpad Note 5 Lite delivers a good performance in well lit conditions and but starts to show noise when dealing with extremely low light situations. Thankfully it gets a powerful LED flash that can really change and save your night shots (the close range ones at least). You get a bunch of modes including beauty, night, panorama and a pro mode as well. The camera also supports HDR and has an option to capture gif. Sadly this rear camera only shoots video at 720p or 480p which is a bit of a letdown and I expected it to shoot videos up to 1080p. The front facing 5MP auto focus camera actually performed better than I expected. The photos were well lit and it is great for taking selfies. There is an LED flash for the front camera but it is not mighty powerful but gets the job done when you do not have the support of any other light source. The front camera records video at 720p as well and the videos come out good for the most part.
The 2500mAh battery will last you a full day on moderate usage and can go beyond that if you tread carefully. On heavy usage as well the phone lasted for a little more than half a day. In my usage which consists of watching some videos during my travel to office and back, playing some games in free time, making calls and using data on 4G and WiFi, the phone lasted till evening on a single charge. The supplied charger is quick enough to get your phone going with about half an hour of charging. The phone does get a little hot while charging but that can be attributed to the metal back of the phone and nothing to worry about.
As of now you can buy the Coolpad Note 5 Lite from Amazon for a price of Rs 8,199 which is quite a decent price for what the device has to offer. Yes it is not the fastest among the competition but it is just about good enough to do all that you need it to. Where the Coolpad Note 5 Lite wins hearts are its premium looks, a metal body (which is a bit hard to come across these days), the variety of software utilities that come with Cool UI 8.0 and a camera that can capture your favorite moments beautifully.
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