“The Mega 2.5D checks all the budget bestseller boxes, at least on paper”
While Coolpad's debut was promising enough with the Dazen 1, the brand took the Indian market by storm when it launched the Coolpad Note 3 (review), the most affordable smartphone to feature a fingerprint scanner and 3GB of RAM, at the time of its launch. It was followed by Coolpad Note 3 Lite (first impressions), Note 3 Plus (first impressions), and Coolpad Max (review), the brand’s flagship. Still a relatively new player in the Indian smartphone market, Coolpad claims to have sold over one million units of its smartphones in India, which is an impressive number. To add to its sales figures, the company has now launched the Coolpad Mega 2.5D, a beautifully designed, feature-packed smartphone which, at least on paper, offers qualities that make it a potential bestseller. We checked out the device and here’s what we think about it.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a thing of beauty. It’s slim, lightweight, and fits in the hands really well despite its large 5.5-inch display. To make one-handed use easy, Coolpad has added a few software optimisations like accessing the quick setting by swiping up from the bottom of the display. You can also swipe left, right or centre on the lockscreen, which will result in the pin or pattern unlock shifting position accordingly to let you unlock the device with one hand. Unfortunately, the smartphone lacks a fingerprint sensor, a feature which the Coolpad Note 3 Lite offered for the same price. The phone sports a metal frame, but the back panel remains plastic. However, the matte finish on the rear panel is such that it gels with the metal frame nicely, and the overall, the smartphone looks premium. The phone didn’t feel slippery in the hands and didn’t attract any fingerprints or smudges during the short time we spent with it. The port and button placement is standard.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D sports a power key and a SIM tray on the right edge, while on the left spine you find a volume rocker.
The top edge carries an audio jack, and on the bottom sits a micro-USB port, along with a primary microphone. Above the display, you get the usual assortment of front camera, earpiece, and a few sensors, while below you’ll find some understated branding since the phone uses software hotkeys. The back panel is home to a primary camera module, an LED flash and a loudspeaker grille.
The HD display on the Mega 2.5D looks sharp enough. It comes with a 2.5D curved glass on top, justifying its name. The screen was bright, even when we were outdoors. The colours looked vivid, and the viewing angles were decent as well. The touch response was snappy too. The phone comes powered by a MediaTek MT6735P processor, which is a quad-core chip clocked at 1Ghz. There’s 3GB of RAM to aid the processing. Our short session with the phone was smooth. We navigated through screens and switched between apps easily. However, we’ll know the true potential of the phone once we stress test it.
The built-in storage is 16GB, out of which you get about 10GB for your personal use. The storage is expandable only up to 32GB which is a little disappointing, On top of it, the Mega 2.5D comes with a hybrid SIM slot, so if you plan to use it with two SIMs, you won’t be able to expand the storage at all. Thankfully, you do get USB OTG support on the phone.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D runs Android Marshmallow, with the brand’s latest Cool UI 8.0 on top. The company has added new themes, features like Screenshot 2.0, which lets you screenshot a scrolling page, and One Key transfer, which lets you batch transfer data from you phone. You’ll also see some third-party pre-loaded apps like Xploree Keyboard, WPS Office, and Amazon Shopping. The UI looked clean, and wasn’t very bloated, but we missed the presence of an app drawer.
The Mega 2.5D sports an 8MP autofocus Sony sensor for the primary shooter, assisted by an LED flash. The front camera is also rated at 8MP, with f/2.2 aperture, a large 1/4-inch sensor, and a wide 83.6-degree field of view. The camera app opens in portrait by default.
You find five camera modes including Night, Video, Photo, Beauty, and Pro just above the virtual shutter key. On top of the viewfinder. there’s an HDR toggle, a toggle to switch to the front camera, and an option to access Panorama, GIF, Sound & Shot shooting mode, along with accessing usual camera settings. There are a few real-time filters that can be applied to pictures while clicking as well. The camera focuses pretty quickly, and the shutter speed is decent as well.
We clicked a picture and found the primary shooter captures good colours and details. However, we’d still like to reserve our final comments till we test the shooters in different lighting conditions.
The phone is backed by a 2,500mAh battery, which is slightly disappointing. The battery rating, in our opinion, does not sound enough for you to use this phone for a whole day. That said, with built-in battery optimisation and a power saving mode, the company promises nine hours of moderate usage on a single charge.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a 4G VoLTE phone, supporting 4G on both its SIM slots, while rest of the connectivity options remain standard.
At its price, which is Rs 6,999, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D seems like a solid offering. It competes directly with the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (review). The Redmi 3S duo have the advantage of brilliant battery backup, plus the presence of a fingerprint sensor (only on the Prime variant). That said, we'll be testing the device and pitching it against the competition to tell you if its worth your money. The full review will be out in no time, so stay tuned.