It is clear from the name of Coolpad Note 3 Lite that it coolpad note 3 It has a Lite version which was launched in the month of October last year. It was the first smartphone equipped with a fingerprint sensor in the Rs 10,000 range. In today’s date, this company is making this feature a part of even cheaper handsets.

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at first glance coolpad note 3 lite impressed us, but after a while our minds did change. Will Coolpad be able to break into the entry-level Android market with this handset? Let’s know.

look and design
The Coolpadon Note 3 Lite has all the qualities of a budget phone, but it manages to make a mark because of its good design choice. The gold trim on the edge, the camera lens and the fingerprint sensor make the phone attractive. The quality of the plastic and the finish of the handset is quite good. Along with being strong, the phone also gives a feeling of being durable.

The front part has a 5-inch HD IPS display with scratch protection. There is a visible black border at the edges of the screen, which doesn’t go well with this slim phone. The capacitive buttons for navigation work well, but they are not backlit. Above the display is a 5-megapixel front camera along with a notification LED.

The power and volume buttons are placed on either side of the phone and there is no problem in using them with one hand. The design of the rear cover is grip giving and it is also possible to remove it. There is also a 13-megapixel front camera along with LED flash and fingerprint sensor. The speaker is at the bottom of the rear panel. The company logo is present on it. If you do not like white plastic, then there is an option of black for you.

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Like its senior version, the Note 3 Lite is a good build quality smartphone. Its front panel is not the most attractive, it looks better than the rear.

Specifications and software
When the device belongs to the budget segment, then the specifications will also be from the budget segment. But Coolpad has tried to do better in this department. The quad-core MediaTek MT6735 chipset has been used in this. It is also the cheapest phone equipped with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. You can also expand the storage up to 32 GB with the help of microSD card. The phone has two MicroSIM slots and both support 4G LTE.

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The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, on top of which CoolUI 6.0 skin has been used. We wrote about this interface in detail in our review of the Coolpad Note 3. You’ll find a one-layer UI by default and you can also get a two-layer setup if you want.

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You’ll find apps from the company like Cool Service, Cool Store, and Explore. With FP Lock, you can lock any of your apps with fingerprint. And only you will be able to use them. With Rock Wallpaper you can change the wallpaper.

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The interface works flawlessly, but the skin doesn’t look polished. For example, you don’t get many theme options. The custom icons in every theme will sometimes confuse you. It also has several third-party apps that can be removed if needed.

The viewing angles of the HD display are good and there is no problem in reading on it in sunlight. It would have been better if the brightness was a little higher to use outdoors. The touchscreen gives good response but it gets fingerprinted easily. Call quality is good and we did not face any problem even on 4G network.

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The fingerprint sensor is very accurate and does the job in just one go on most occasions. You will be able to unlock the handset by placing your finger at any angle. Five fingerprint scanners can be stored in the handset. And you can also decide which fingerprint is allowed to open the app, make phone calls and take photos.

Note 3 Lite delivered decent results in benchmark tests. You will be able to play games like Ski Safari 2 easily on it. The phone also did not face any problem in running games like Dead Trigger 2. We did not face much problem in multitasking. 1.8 GB RAM is available at all times.

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The default music player is well designed. Many useful features have also been given in the video player. You can edit video. Can take screengrab. The alert sound from the rear speaker is decent but it is not for multimedia.

The good thing is that Coolpad has not changed the camera setup for the Lite version. The 13-megapixel rear camera takes pictures of landscape and macros with detail in natural light. However, we realized that the closeup shot lacked sharpness. Noise was high in pictures taken indoors and in low light. Panoramas are stitched easily and their quality is also good.

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You will be able to record videos of 1080 pixels and their quality is decent. The camera software is not very good and there is no option to change it. However, its interface is simple and easy to use. The front camera of 5 megapixels is effective in taking selfies, but only in daylight.

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The 2500mAh battery lasted for 9 hours and 11 minutes in our video loop test. The battery lasted easily for a day in normal usage on 4G network.

our decision
Available at Rs 6999, the Coolpad Note 3 Lite is a great package on paper. Compared to the original version, not much compromise has been done in this version. It is the only phone in this price range that comes with fingerprint sensor, 3 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. It was bound to happen sooner or later and Coolpad won it. The display of this phone is also good. Fingerprint sensor works fast. The battery life of this phone with a strong build is also commendable.

However, despite all this, it is not the best handset in its segment. Superb specifications do not deliver the expected performance in normal use. There is room to work on the camera, design and CoolUI skin. In this range, the phones of Oppo and Gionee come with better finishes. In such a situation, you have to decide which feature and specification you need more.

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