Coolpad Note 5 Lite Review: It Adds Weight to the Sub 10K Segment

Coolpad Note 5 Lite is a budget smartphone under Rs 9000. Can it shake Redmi 3S’ market? Read our review.

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Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)

A 5-inch smartphone is almost a novelty in today's time of big screens, or 'Plus' size displays as they are usually marketed. Coolpad Note 5 Lite is the younger sibling to CoolPad Note 5, which was a 5.5-inch device with notched-up features.

Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)
Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

So, should you buy this one for Rs 8,199? Read our review.

Snapshot

Pros:

  • Battery life
  • Solid metal and glass construction
  • Decent camera

Cons:

  • Slow fingerprint scanner
  • No backlit keys on the front

What's Good?

The phone has a metallic body encased in a solid frame. The screen has a 2.5D glass to give it a more rounded and premium feel.

Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)
Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

The optics department works quite well for this segment, especially if social media is your preferred destination for those snaps. The 13-megapixel snapper on the back captures details, but misses out on the colour depth. The highlights seem to burn a bit too much. On the front is a 8-megapixel shooter, with a good choice of selfie options to make your eyes bigger, face thinner, and skin fairer.

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    Review: Primary camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/The Quint)
    Review: Primary camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/<b>The Quint</b>)
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    Review: Primary camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/<b>The Quint</b>)
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    Review: Primary camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/<b>The Quint</b>)
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    Review: Primary camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/The Quint)
    Review: Primary camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/<b>The Quint</b>)
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    Review: Selfie camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Jaivardhan Singh Channey/The Quint)
    Review: Selfie camera on Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Jaivardhan Singh Channey/<b>The Quint</b>)

The quad-core MediaTek processor gives it enough processing speed for a smooth experience in using regular social media and multimedia applications. But using multiple apps at once bogged it down slightly while switching between them.

Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)
Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a 3 GB RAM, with 16 GB storage on-board. The storage can be bumped up to 64 GB via a microSD card. The phone uses a hybrid SIM slot.

Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)
Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

The 2,500 mAH battery is really impressive, as it clearly lasted for almost a day and a half in our usage. This included phone calls, WhatsApp, YouTube, social media surfing, a few emails, and even music.

What’s Bad?

If you unlock the device from standby mode, the phone's fingerprint scanner is quite slow. Takes over a second for the display to turn on.

Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)
Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

Furthermore, the soft buttons in the front are not backlit. This means that you’d have to grapple in darkness to go back to the home-screen, or check the recent apps.

Why Buy It?

If you're looking for a phone which handles your basic activities, but aren't able to get lucky with the flash sales of Xiaomi smartphones, this may be your road to budget nirvana.

Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>The Quint</b>)
Review: Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

That said, if patience is a virtue you believe in, Xiaomi Redmi 3S, retailing at Rs 8,999, offers extra storage (32GB) and longer battery life (4,100 mAh).

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