Coolpad Max First Impressions : Dual Space option makes it different from rivals
Today, Coolpad launched its flagship phone Coolpad Max in Indin market. This phone is priced at Rs. 24999 and will be available from Amazon. This is the costliest Coolpad phone in the Indian market and the company aims big with this phone. At the launch event, I spent a good time with this phone to have its initial impressions. Read this article to know my views and initial impressions of Coolpad Max.
Also see: Coolpad Max Specifications
Coolpad Max First Impressions
The design of Coolpad Max is very similar to many other phones we have seen in recent times. I could find various similarities in design with iPhone 6s Plus and Meizu M3 Note. This is because metal phones with round edges are bound to have this kind of design. It will be available in Gold and Rose Gold colors. But antenna bands are in black colors to make it look different. We got the chance to check both and Rose Gold variant looks awesome.
Coolpad Max has a 5.5-inch large display protected with Gorilla Glass 4. At left edge, it has a power button and a slot to insert SIM try. As the phone comes with Hybrid slots, you can either use dual SIM or 1 nano SIM and 1 microSD card at the same time. At the top side, it has a 3.5 mm audio port. At the left edge, it has volume rocker keys very similar to iPhone. At the below side, it has speaker grill and micro USB port.
The phone does not have any buttons below the display and went with on-screen controls. These can be hidden unless you swipe up on the screen.
Rear camera and dual LED flash are on the back side. The placing is at the center of top side which is very similar to HTC One A9. Fingerprint sensor is also on the back panel. Unlike Coolpad Note 3, this sensor comes in round shape.
It comes with 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D curved glass display. Display claims to have 1500:1 contrast ratio and 95% NTSC color gamut. The display is bright and color reproduction is good. Viewing angles are also good. The display is also protected with Gorilla Glass 4. Brightness is good enough to use it comfortably even in outdoors.
Processor, RAM, and storage
Coolpad Max is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz) processor with Adreno 405 GPU and 4GB RAM. This phone offers good multi-tasking. RAM is large enough to handle most of the tasks.
It comes with 64 GB storage which is further expandable up to 64 GB. But, you cannot use second SIM in this phone if you want to use microSD card.
Coolpad Max runs on Cool UI 8.0 based on Android 5.1. Cool UI comes with heavy customizations over Android, but offers light experience. You will like the icons and transition effects.
This phone comes with dual space that allows users to have two different space in the same phone. These spaces will have different accounts of WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media applications in the same phone with BiLogin. So, you can easily carry your business and personal accounts in the same phone.
This phone comes with a 13-megapixels rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, ISOCELL CMOS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 6P lenses, PDAF. At front side, it has a 5-megapixels camera.
I couldn’t check camera in detail but was able to capture few shots in artificial lights. Images were of good quality from both of the camera. But I was expecting 16-megapixels camera at the price point.
Camera app is fine and clean. You get few camera modes including beauty mode, HDR and Panorama. Camera effects are also there to have good effects on photos. Tapping on top 3 dots open some more options including GIF, refocus and a long exposure mode.
Connectivity and battery
This phone has a fingprint sensor at the back side which can be used for multiple purpose including unlocking of phone, capturing photo and unlocking of app. FIngerprint sensor is good and responds fast.
Connectivity features of this phone are 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. It also has a microUSB port for charging and data synchronization.
It is packed with 2800 mAh battery with support to Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Battery seems to be small considering the high-end specs.
In short, Coolpad Max brings various things including stylish premium look, high-end hardware and good camera. Dual space feature is also good which helps to keep your professional and personal accounts separate. Only battery seems to be smaller considering the sepcs of this phone.
This phone is priced at Rs. 24999 which is bit higher that our expecations. It will be interesting to see if customer in India like this high priced phone from Coolpad.