Camera: 6.5 / 10

LeEco, umm Coolpad, has used a dual-camera setup here. There are two 13MP cameras with an f/2.0 aperture each, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a dual-LED flash. Now this dual-rear camera setup is becoming popular, and we should be seeing a lot more phones across budgets in 2017 with this setup. As for the front camera, there is an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

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The image quality is just average. I wasn’t very impressed with it. Pictures taken outdoors, in the evening, are grainy. So you can imagine the quality of the ones taken in low light. As for the dual camera setup, it allows you to add digital shallow depth of field, which is very gimmicky. The purpose here is to blur the background to give a DSLR like shallow DoF. But I was left with blurs on the main subject. You can check the two picture of the BB8 model I took.

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The front camera is also average and sometimes manages to over sharpen your face.

The camera app offers a few modes to play around with. There is a manual mode to control your exposure, a night mode and a beauty mode which is good for taking portraits. You can also shoot 4K video with the rear camera, although it wasn’t very impressive and turns out to be grainy, just like the pictures.

Battery: 8 / 10

I was very happy with the battery performance. The handset comes with a 4,060mAh battery. It lasted me all day without any hiccups. I used a Reliance Jio SIM for tethering, played some games and even watched a few YouTube videos and still ended with about 25 percent battery in the night. Even the Work battery life benchmark results proved that it can last for a good 10 hours straight.

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Verdict and Price in India

The Coolpad Cool 1 is officially available in India for Rs 13,999 for both the variants. The 4GB RAM model will only be available online via Amazon India from 5 January while the 3GB RAM model will only be available offline. This puts the smartphone against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus and its partner brand’s LeEco Le 2.

It’s strange that the company has launched this smartphone which looks and feels just like a LeEco smartphone but has a different badge. Everything from the design to the software screams LeEco. I don’t think the absence of the LeEco entertainment package will make a huge difference.

The camera was a huge disappointment but other than that I like how swift the UI was and that large battery on the inside keeps the smartphone running for a full day. So is it better than the LeEco Le 2? Well its a close match. The performance is almost similar but you do get a 4GB RAM variant on the Cool 1. Then there is the bigger battery which will make the handset last longer. The inclusion of a 3.5mm audio jack is also great, considering the CDLA technology on the Le 2 wasn’t exceptionally good. Now you don’t get LeEco’s free entertainment package, but I don’t think that its a deal breaker.

One major thing to consider is the brand. Coolpad is still not a well established company in India, of course it is being backed up by LeEco but that doesn’t change the consumer’s perception. Considering market giants Xiaomi, Lenovo and LeEco itself, the Coolpad Cool 1 won’t be a big hit.

Publish date: December 28, 2016 3:34 pm| Modified date: December 28, 2016 3:53 pm

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