Coolpad Mega 2.5D First Impressions and Hands-on: A Tuff Competitor for Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    Coolpad has some affordable smartphones under their belt such as the Coolpad Note 3, Coolpad Dazen 1, etc. The Chinese company is one of the main players in the Indian market in the Indian market. The company's last device was the Coolpad Max which was relatively priced on the higher side for Rs. 24,999.

    Coolpad Mega 2.5D First Impressions and Hands-on


    Now, they are back with yet another affordable smartphone. Dubbed the Coolpad Mega 2.5D, it offers some incredible specifications at a price tag of Rs. 6,999 and well in contention with the newly launched Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime.

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    The Coolpad Max was a huge disappointment for the company and now all their hopes are pinned on the Coolpad Mega 2.5D. Coolpad sent us a review unit of the Mega 2.5D and here are our first impressions and hands-on for the same.

    Light in Weight

    The first thing we liked in the smartphone is how light it is. The smartphone weighs 140 grams and is very light when taken into hands, which is brilliant considering the fact it has a 5.5-inch huge display.

    All-Metal Body With Sharp Curved Edges

    This has been a trend for quite some time now as the entry-level smartphones are boasting of the all-metal body, which is a good thing to see, but not in the case of the Mega 2.5D. The smartphone boasts of an all-metal body, however, the curved edges are way too sharpen, which makes the smartphone can't hold in hands for longer duration.

    The power button and the SIM card slot is located on the right side of the smartphone. The volume rockers can be found on the right side. The miro USB port and microphone are located on the botton of the phone, while the 3.5mm headphone jack is on top.

    On the rear, there is a camera module located on the top center followed by a single-tone LED flash. Coolpad logo is found on the bottom of the rear and the speaker grille is located below the logo.

    A 5.5-inch 720p display

    The Coolpad Mega 2.5D comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display with a pixel density of 294PPI. The screen is decent in our short time we spent with the device, but it is a fingerprint magnet with poor viewing angles.

    A 2.5D Curved Glass

    As the smartphone's name itself suggests that the display has a 2.5D curved glass on the front, which makes it one of the cheapest device to come with a 2.5D curved glass.

    8MP Cameras

    The company is branding the smartphone as a selfie expert. The Coolpad Mega 2.5D has an 8MP front-facing camera with no flash. It also has an 8MP camera as well on the rear with support for a single tone LED flash.

    Images captured with the front-facing camera were decent enough to publish on social media sites, however, it won't justify the selfie smartphone tag as marketed by Coolpad.

    The camera application is far too slow in opening and capturing the shot. And, the device took some time to lock the focus, which is underwhelming.

    Skinned CoolUI on Top of Android Marshmallow

    As seen on other Coolpad devices, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D runs on a customized version of Android Marshmallow, namely, the CoolUI 8.0. The CoolUI lacks an app-drawer as seen on other Chinese OEM's as well. It has an iOS type 'Control Center' for accessing quick settings such as Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Mobile Data, Bluetooth, etc.

    During our time with the device, we found some lags and animation issues with the smartphone, which is a bit of a let down as we didn't even sync our Google account with the smartphone.

    Buggy Performance

    The smartphone packs in a quad-core MediaTek MT6735P chipset clocked at 1GHz along with 3GB of RAM. Though the device has 3GB of RAM, it fails to hold 10 apps in memory. Also, the CoolUi isn't optimized well enough as we faced some major lags and frame drops.

    A Smaller Battery

    The device has some battery life issues as well as we faced a heavy drain when using the camera. Battery drain of 12 percent in just 8 minutes of usage is quite a big thing. Do make note that the Coolpad Mega 2.5D comes with a smaller battery- a 2,500mAh cell is quite disappointing as the Redmi 3S comes with a 3,000mAh cell.

    Final Thoughts

    Priced at Rs. 6,999, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D has a competitive hardware when compared to the likes of Redmi 3S and Micromax Canvas Evok. The smartphone will be available via flash sales and the first sale is scheduled to happen on August 25 exclusively on


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