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Coolpad Cool Play 6

Colours:
Black
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Good build and design
  • Amazing Performance
  • Decent cameras
  • Battery life is great
Cons
  • Heating issue on heavy usage
  • No microSD card slot

Specifications

General
Launch DateSeptember 4, 2017 (Official)
BrandCoolpad
ModelCool Play 6
Operating SystemAndroid v7.1 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height152.4 mm
Width75.2 mm
Thickness8.4 mm
Weight175 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursGold, Sheen Black
Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Pixel Density401 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)72.6 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 653 MSM8976 Pro
ProcessorOcta core (1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A72 + 1.44 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 510
RAM6 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory
User Available StorageUp to 51 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
SensorCMOS image sensor
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.2
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Standby timeUp to 300 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

With 6GB RAM, dual rear cameras, the Cool Play 6 is definitely a worthy phone to consider buying in the Rs. 15,000 range. It has excellent build quality, performance is excellent, and the cameras are good too. It offers latest operating system, and the company has also promised Oreo update. However, on the flip side, the software might be confusing if you’re a first-timer or someone who is moving from stock Android. Weirdly, the display gets washed out on maximum brightness which might be fixed with a software update. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone in the Rs. 15,000 price segment, the Honor 7X, Mi A1, Moto G5s Plus are better alternatives to the Cool Play 6.

Introduction:

Coolpad; a Chinese brand that has debuted in India back in 2015 with the launch of Dazen 1 in partnership with Dazen. Lot has changed in the smartphone segment since then. With Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei becoming top players in the budget segment, the sub Rs. 15,000 is a tight spot for any smartphone maker to make an impression. After a short hibernation period, Coolpad is now again back into the game. The company has recently launched the Cool Play 6 smartphone which is the cheapest 6GB RAM phone with dual rear cameras under the Rs. 15,000 price segment. But since phones are not just about specifications, we shall find out if the device is as good as it looks on paper in our today’s review. Let’s get started.

The Coolpad Cool play 6 sports a 5.5-inches Full HD (1920 X 1080) IPS display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC clocked at 1.95GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 510 GPU. There is 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Journey U.I. It also has a Fingerprint sensor on the back.

In the camera department, the Cool Play 6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, and USB 2.0 Type-C. A 4000mAh battery is on board.

Design & Display:

If you’ve used or seen Coolpad’s previous phone; the Cool 1, you can quickly notice the design resemblance. There’s not much changed in terms of design; it is a regular candy bar shaped phone with rounded edges on all corners. However, the back panel sits flat. The front portion comes with black bezels on the sides with the chromed out rim at the edges. Since the phone sports 5.5-inches size, one-handed usage is not very comfortable if you have shorthands. Thankfully, the bezels on the front are minimal giving more screen real estate for media and game consumption. The Coolpad Cool play 6 packs metal unibody design which makes it quite sturdy and offers excellent grip while holding in hands.

Moving to placements, above the display, you have the primary earpiece, an 8-megapixel front camera, the usual set of sensors like light and proximity, and a tiny LED indicator for notifications. Down below the screen, you have three-touch type capacitive buttons that are backlit and give haptic feedback when pressed. On the right side, you find the volume rockers and power button. To the left, there is just the SIM tray which takes in two Nano SIMS. Flipping the device to the rear, there are dual 13MP rear cameras, LED flash, Fingerprint sensor, and Coolpad branding. Up top, we just have the 3.5mm audio jack, and on the bottom, you have speaker grill, microphone, and USB Type-C port. Overall the build quality is quite good, and since it is all metal, there’s nothing much to complain.

The Coolpad Cool play 6 sports a 5.5-inches Full HD (1920 X 1080) IPS display with no protection on top. The screen produces good colors that are close to natural. Diving into the display settings gives you the option to change the modes like vivid, balanced, etc. The viewing angles are top notch; we didn’t find any issues while tilting the phone as well. However, one particular problem we found with the screen is that it looks washed out when setting the brightness to maximum. The brightness levels are moderate outdoors making it hard at times to access the content on the phone in bright outdoor environments.

Since it is IPS display, the colors and viewing angles were perfectly alright. With more screen real estate, we had a good time watching movies and playing games. There is no display protection, but the company did bundle a screen guard within the box, and this should keep the screen from getting smudged. Overall, barring the weird washed out colors in maximum brightness, the display of the Cool Play 6 is decent.

Performance:

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC clocked at 1.95GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 6GB RAM. Coming to performance, the Cool Play 6 could handle everything that we threw at it without any frame drops or stuttering. With day-to-day casual to moderate tasks, the device performed butter smooth. It could even handle continuous to heavy usage with ease and never heated as well. With a whopping 6GB RAM on board, multitasking is smooth, and the animations also rendered perfectly. The Snapdragon 652 chipset is quite a performer, and it is clearly evident on the Cool Play 6.

Moving to gaming, we played most high-end games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Mortal Kombat, Modern Combat 5. We never noticed any frame drop or slowdowns while gaming, all the animations, and graphics were rendering quite smooth. Though the gameplay is great, the device slightly gets warm near the camera module. It is not unbearable, but something that is worth mentioning. There is Fingerprint sensor present on the back, and it can register up to five fingers. It unlocks the phone almost instantly; there is no delay in the unlock animation either. Overall, the Coolpad Cool Play 6 is a clear winner in terms of performance.

Cameras:

The Cool Play 6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Talking about the camera performance, under bright and outdoor conditions, the camera clicks great images that are rich in colors and details. Thanks to the dual cameras, the device can click depth-of-field Bokeh shots which turn out good. However, the software struggles to pinpoint the edges and fails to blur the background properly at times. Not on the level of the high-end flagships, but you can still click decent portrait shots that are very much social shareable. The rear camera can record 4K videos, and the quality of the video is impressive with subtle details and focusing.

In the low-light conditions, the device can click decent images, but the picture quality is not sharp as there is too much noise. Shots clicked with LED flash turn out good, but the overexposed image looks artificial. Moving to the front, the 8-megapixel selfie shooter does a fair job with selfies outdoors and in bright lighting conditions. The camera app is feature rich; it has an HDR mode, autofocus, filters, and beauty mode. Overall, the cameras of the Cool Play 6 are great and gets a thumbs up taking the pricing into account.

Battery:

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 packs a massive 4000mAH battery and there is no support for fast charge. The battery with casual to moderate usage can pull you through more than just a day. With heavy to mixed usage, it can easily get through until the end of the day. Our usage scenarios mostly include a bunch of phone calls, text messages, lots of videos, moderate gaming, multimedia and with this kind of usage we had no issues getting through one day on a single charge. There was no idle battery drain, and the battery didn’t drop fast while gaming or heavy usage as well. As we said, we had no issues pulling through the end of the day despite heavy to mixed usage.

The Cool Play 6 took close to 2 hours 45 minutes to charge fully from 1% to 100% which is decent considering the huge battery capacity. Overall, the battery life of the Coolpad Cool Play 6 is pretty impressive.

Audio & Video:

The company didn’t include earphones within the box, so you will have to invest some more money. There is equalizer support so that the audio profiles can be tweaked according to your liking. The loudspeaker is good but gets muffled on full volume. The sound quality via the headphone is good though. The default music player was able to handle most audio formats, so we never really installed a third-party music player.

In the video department, the device was able to handle 1080p Full HD videos without any problem. We were able to play videos with 4G turned on as well. There were no heating or freezing issues. The default video player lacks the support for various video formats. Hence we had to install MX Player for better playback. Overall, the audio and video department too gets a thumbs up.

Software & Ui:

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Journey U.I on top. The company has also promised to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo update but didn’t mention any time frame. Lockscreen showcases your notifications if enabled and has camera app shortcut in the right corner. Once you enter home screen by swiping up, you are greeted with app shortcuts and widgets right on the main screen since there is no app drawer. The notification toggles can be accessed by pulling down the tray from the top and swiping left from the quick toggles gives you more options.

The device comes with native phone manager app that gives you controls like cleaning the junk, managing battery, and scanning for virus. There is also App freezer application that automatically freezes the unused app to save memory. However, you too can do it manually by tapping the ‘+’ icon for freezing and ‘-’ for unfreezing. There are few utility apps like transfer, recorder, backup, weather. Apart from Google apps, UC News, Xender, Amazon, NewsDog, Keep apps come pre-installed.

Out of the 6GB of RAM, 4.6GB RAM is free when no apps are running. The available RAM is more than enough for the Android operating system to run anything. The Multitasking is smooth, and the U.I also functions very smoothly. We didn’t notice any lag while switching between apps. Overall, if you are flexible with the custom interface, the software experience on the Cool Play 6 is definitely decent and is feature rich.

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