|Launch Date||August 16, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.45 inches (13.84 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel Density||295 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A7|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 12 GB|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||3264 x 2448 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Network & Connectivity|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|SAR Value||Head: 0.732 W/kg, Body: 0.818 W/kg|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
The Coolpad Mega 5A is a very good low-end budget smartphone. We do not get a bezel-less design but there is a good HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The stock Android OS is smooth and the overall performance is also good. We get both Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device. The cameras are also decent. In terms of cons, the processor is not the best and there is no fast charging support. So if you want a good low-end device, you can go for the Coolpad Mega 5A. In case you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Honor 7S, Infinix Smart 2 and iVooMi Me3S.
Coolpad Mega 5A, a low-end budget smartphone was launched in India back in August 2018. It offers a 18:9 aspect ratio display along with Face Unlock feature. The smartphone is an offline exclusive and might be available on online portals soon. We also get a tiny secondary camera at the back for clicking portrait images. So let us check out the Coolpad Mega 5A review in order to find out if it is worth a buy or not. However, take a quick look at the specifications of the mobile first. The Coolpad Mega 5A is powered by a Spreadtrum SC9850K quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB). The phone sports a 5.45-inch HD+ display and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. In the camera department, we get a 8 megapixel primary camera along with a 0.3 megapixel secondary shooter at the back along with a 5 megapixel selfie camera on the front. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. We get a fingerprint sensor at the back. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 2500mAh non-removable battery.
The Coolpad Mega 5A is made up of polycarbonate but it feels very solid in hands. The phone looks quite good and has an aesthetic design. It has a pretty good build quality. The front of the Mega 5A looks decent because of the 18:9 HD+ display panel but we still get thick bezels on top and bottom of the display. There is a silver metallic strip running around the device, which adds glamour and also makes it look very sharp. It is a compact phone as it has a 5.45-inch screen and hence it is easy to use it with one hand. The Mega 5A is quite light and you will have no issues in using it over long period of time. The back panel has a matte finish for added grip.
On the front, there is a 5.45-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED notification, earpiece and couple of sensors. We get three on-screen buttons for navigation and hence there are no capacitive buttons below the display. The volume rocker and power/lock button are placed on the right while the SIM/microSD card slot is seen on the right side. The microUSB port and primary microphone are at the bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top. Turning towards the back side, the rear cameras along with the LED flash and secondary microphone sit at the top. They are followed by the fingerprint sensor in the middle. The Coolpad branding and the speaker holes are found at the bottom. Under the back cover, we get a 2500mAh battery. Overall, the Coolpad Mega 5A has a solid build and the design looks elegant.
The Coolpad Mega 5A features a 5.45-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a modern display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The quality is good and the color accuracy is also on point. The viewing angles are decent while sunlight legibility is good. The texts, photos and videos look crisp and clear but not as good a Full HD+ panel. Anyway, you can watch your favorite videos and play your favorite games on this budget display. There is no branded screen protection like Corning Gorilla Glass but we get a 2.5D curved glass which protects it from daily wear and tear. The touch response of the Mega 5A is fluid and it is mainly due to the smooth interface, good display quality and 2.5D curved glass. Overall, the Coolpad Mega 5A has a pretty good display for its price point.
The Coolpad Mega 5A is powered by a Spreadtrum SC9850K quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 2GB RAM. This chipset is quite basic and low-end but it can perform the basic day-to-day tasks without much lag. The UI does not show any stuttering during general usage but it does stutter a bit when you run high graphics intensive apps or games. When it comes to multitasking, you can do light multitasking without facing any issues but do not expect to run a lot of apps together. The 5A can run normal 3D games easily but you cannot play high-end games at the highest graphics settings. The Coolpad Mega 5A comes with 16GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 10GB of free space. However, you can expand it up to 64GB by adding a microSD card in case you want more storage. We get both fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock options for unlocking the device. Both of them works accurately and are quite fast.
Talking about connectivity, we get dual SIM support along with a dedicated microSD card slot. Both of them supports 4G VoLTE but they will not work simultaneously. Thus, you can use 4G on one SIM and 3G on other SIM simultaneously. The 5A has a battery capacity of 2500mAh but it is non-removable. You can get up to one day of battery life with light to moderate usage but there is no fast charing support.
Overall, the Coolpad Mega 5A is a good performer in most of the derpartments.
The Coolpad Mega 5A rocks dual cameras at the back – a 8 megapixel primary sensor and a 0.3 megapixel secondary sensor. In terms of picture quality, the photos clicked in bright outdoor lighting look quite good. They come with good amount of detail and the colors look bright and vivid as well. Although, they have a lot of grain when clicked in low light environments. The colors look dull and the details are missing. However, this problem exists in most low-end budget smartphones. The focusing mechanism is on the slower side but it is accurate. HDR pictures look decently good while macro images have nice depth of field effect. The secondary camera is for clicking portrait images but the output is below average. On the front, there is a 5 megapixel camera and it helps in clicking good selfies. We do not get a LED flash light or wide-angle lens but it can click basic selfies in good lighting conditions.
The camera app of the Mega 5A has a simple interface and is very easy to use, even for first time smartphone users. There are a lot of shooting modes but you should stick to Auto mode for best results in all kind of lighting conditions. The primary camera can capture HD videos but the quality is average. Overall, the Coolpad Mega 5A has a decent set of cameras but portrait mode is disappointing.
The loudspeaker of the Coolpad Mega 5A is located at the bottom on the back side. The audio quality is quite decent and it sounds loud as well. The audio does not distort even at the highest volume levels. Since the speaker is located on the backside, the sound easily gets muffled when the phone is kept on a flat surface. There is a native music app and it has all the necessary features for you to enjoy good music. Also, we get the Google Music app and you can stream online music using that app.
When it comes to video quality of the Mega 5A, you can watch both HD and Full HD videos without facing any lag but it will stutter if you try to run 4K videos. For the best video watching experience, just download a third-party app like MX Player since the stock app does not have a lot of features. Overall, the Coolpad Mega 5A offers a good audio and video experience.
The Coolpad Mega 5A runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box. Earlier, we used to get Cool UI on Coolpad devices but here we are getting stock Android. The interface is customizable and feature rich. There are a lot of gesture options such as Double tap to wake, draw patterns to open apps and more. We get shortcut options in the notification panel. It comes with a multitask button that will enable a side tray where you can put all the desired apps for real multitasking. Then, just select two apps and run them simultaneously in two different windows vertically. It worked well with normal apps but high-end apps did lag sometimes. Otherwise, the UI is quite lag free and fluid. We get a lot of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you plan to not use them. If you do not like stock Android, then you can download any third-party theme of your choice.
Overall, the Coolpad Mega 5A offers a stock Android experience and it is very smooth.