Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad launched its first budget smartphone with 6 GB of RAM in India. The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is priced at Rs 14,999 and is available in Soft Gold and Black color options. We got our hands on the Coolpad Cool Play 6 and used it for a limited time at launch and here are our first impressions.

Design

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is quite similar to the Cool1 smartphone. The smartphone has an all-metal unibody design with a matte finish back. Despite a 5.5-inch screen size, the handset doesn’t feel large and is comfortable for one-handed use. The rear panel houses the rear dual camera setup, 13MP + 13MP with dual LED flash. Under the camera, there is a fingerprint sensor and the company logo. The front of the device has an 8MP selfie camera at the top, as well as the earpiece and a proximity sensor. At the bottom there are three backlit capacitive keys that are not part of the screen.

On the sides, the right side houses the power button and volume rockers while the SIM card tray sits on the left. The bottom of the device consists of USB Type – C and stereo speakers, while the top has the 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the CoolPlay 6 looks like a solid smartphone and certainly has a bit of a premium feel.



Display

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 Comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and 403 ppi. In our opinion, the screen is dynamic and offers good visibility even under the sun. The viewing angles are also quite good. But that being said, the device has dark bezels thick enough to get you noticed and therefore leave the viewing experience a bit flawed. The screen offers different modes such as Vivid, Natural and Eye Care modes. It even offers display size and font size toggles for better readability.

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Equipment
Cool Play 6 is powered by a 1.4GHz 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the handset offers 64 GB internal support but it is not expandable. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back. The smartphone comes with dual SIM support. The device is backed by a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support. On the connectivity side, the dual-sim 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C smartphone.



Software

Coolpad Cool Play 6 is working Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system based on the company’s own Journey user interface. The user interface is clean and there is no app drawer, which means all apps are placed on the home screen. The smartphone is also preinstalled with apps like Facebook, Amazon, UC News, UC Browser, Xender, which can be uninstalled.


Camera
The Cool Play 6 comes with a dual rear camera setup with two 13MP modules for depth of field and monochrome features. The camera has an f / 2.0 aperture and a two-color LED flash. There is also an 8 MP front camera with an aperture of / 2.2 for selfies. While the rear camera is capable of recording 720p, 1080p and 4K video, the front camera offers 480p, 720p and 1080p. Some of the camera modes included in the Cool Play 6 are Panorama mode, Long exposure, and Professional mode. The blur effect in the images we captured was quite appropriate and the images turned out well. Even the front camera did a decent job. Wait for our review for more details.

What we think
Based on our first impressions, we think the Coolpad Cool Play 6 is a pretty decent smartphone. Priced at Rs 14,999, it competes with devices like those that have been proven. Stay tuned as we bring you the full device review soon.

(The correspondent traveled to Dubai at the invitation of Coolpad)

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Srinivasan Sampathkumar

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