CoolPad Note 3 : An Under 9K Phone With Fingerprint Sensor And 3GB RAM


As the market for smartphones getting increased, eventually the featuers vs price equation is changing. Someone on the Internet already put this in right way, ” The good phones are getting cheaper and cheap phones are getting good.” Getting a smart phone is no more a question of money now. There are some really good variants under 10k price bracket with adjustable sacrifices. Smart Phone manufacturing companies making quality devices for average consumers with less price.

The largest smartphone company in chaina, CoolPad, announced CoolPad Note 3, as a successor to CoolPad Note 2. This device got some unique and great features what will attract your sight. That too, this device is available under 9k at Amazon. Considering the Chinese companies trying to attract average consumers in India, CoolPad would be competing with companies like Xiaomi, Meizu considering the price. So Let’s take a look at the device and what its got.

Fingerprint Sensor


This is an eye-catching feature of the device considering the price tag. It is a touch ID scanner which is being located at center of the backside, like Nexus 5X and 6P. To use this, you have to register your fingerprints. This scanner detects accurately without any fault and works nice.

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CoolPad Note 3 lets you do some really cool things using this scanner.

  • You can unlock your device just by touching your finger on the scanner. You can unlock the device without even turning on the power button using the scanner or you can pres the power button and unlock it using scanner. Default security code unlock is also there.
  • There is an app called FP lock app using which you can set an app to open only after you authenticate it using your finger.
  • On the phone dialler you can use your finger print to answer a call or record a call.

Design and Display

CoolPad note 3 is made out of plastic, yet looks elegant and gives premium feel. It has curved edges on four sides and physical navigation buttons on front. It is of white color on the back. It’s pretty quality is good, actually. This is a 4G micro dual SIM device.

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Coming to display, CoolPad Note 3 features a 5.5 inch (1280 x 720 resolution having pixel density of 267ppi) HD IPS display. The screen comes with no protection. Considering the bigger screen, 720p resolution might seem less, but considering the price bracket, this is a great display. You would say the display is good with brightness and nice color production.
The dimensions of this device are 77.03 x 152.04 x 9.21mm and weighs approx 170 grams in hand. Overall it has nice design considering the price.

Processing Unit and Software

CoolPad Note 3 comes with 1.3GHz Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor coupled with Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. It has 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, which can be expandable upto 64GB using Micro SD Card slot. This device runs CoolUI 6.0 on top based on Android Lollipop V5.1.

As you might have already guessed it, you would experience a smooth performance from this device. No hitching while using it, and it handles multi tasking very well. You can play some games in this device or play HD videos without any issue. The software is also of light weight, and runs pretty smoothly. CoolUI offers unique features such as cool store, Cool Service etc and comes with pre-installed apps such as WhatsApp, Amazon, Facebook, WeChat etc.

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Camera Department
CoolPad Note 3 comes with 13MP primary sensor with LED flash (f/2.0 aperture) on the back and 5MP front facing camera having 1.4 micron pixles.

Even though these numbers look great on paper, CoolPad Note 3 would give you decent performance. You can get some nice shots using this device. Considering the price, you won’t be expecting great image processing and ability to shoot 4K videos on this device

Connectivity and Battery Life

CoolPad Note 3 supports 4G and it is a dual SIM device. Other default features such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n are present in this device. This device also supports OTG transfer to USB. It comes with following sensors installed : Magnetometer, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

CoolPad Note 3 comes with 3000mAh non-removable battery on the back. Even if you are an average user, you will definitely be able to last your day using this device without searching for a charger.

Final Word
This is a great device with Fingerprint Scanner and 3GB RAM just for the price under 9k. You can definitely give this device a try if it fits into your budget.