Coolpad Note 3 Plus: What Has Really Changed

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Coolpad’s Note 3 was (probably still is) one of the better smartphones under Rs. 10,000. The phone got a lot of things right — screen, fingerprint scanner and general day to day performance. With the Note 3 Plus, the company has upped the screen resolution from HD (1280×720) to full HD (1920×1080) with the same 5.5-inch size. The Note 3 Plus weighs slightly more than the Note 3 at 168 grams versus 150 grams, and it is noticeable the first time you pick one up. Another thing you will notice is the Note 3 Plus’  Golden borders, which are similar to the Note 3 Lite, something that wasn’t on the original Note 3. The fingerprint scanner is also mushed pn the back and not flat as tje Note 3. The phones are similar in size and shape, and it’s hard to tell them apart other than the Note 3 comes in matte Black and the Note 3 Plus comes in Gold, but both also come in White.

Coolpad Note 3 Plus

The phone’s full HD screen is pretty decent price point. I you put it right next to the Note 3, you may find a bit of a difference in terms of high resolution and videos. The screen doesn’t have the best colour reproduction against other phones under Rs. 10,000, but on the other hand its outdoor visibility is not bad.

The camera and the audio quality are hard to tell apart. The camera on the Note 3 can take above average shots in good light, but tends to over-sharpen and struggles to focus quickly in a lot of situations.

The Note Plus comes with Mediatek’s MT6753 chipset (1.3 GHz octa-core processor, Mali T720 MP2 GPU) along with 3 GB of RAM, too. It still has Android 5.1.1 with Cool UI 6 on top, expected to be upgraded to Android 6.0 later this month. Should have been launched with it, if you ask me. Overall performance is not on par with the Note 3. Though it handles scrolling and navigating through Home screens and Settings just fine, there’s quite often stuttering while switching between apps or checking recent apps. Games like Maestria and GT Racing 2 were handled really well, though, but at the end of half an hour of a graphic intensive game, the phone’s back got quite warmer than usual, but nothing worth worrying.

Battery life is where, I think, the Note 3 Plus excels. With one SIM  card slot inserted, brightness at 30%, and usual usage, I found it lasting a full more often than not. It was one thing I didn’t have to worry about while using this Coolpad phone, and there’s surely something tweaked by the company, making it last longer than the Note 3. There’s nearly 9 Gb of available storage space, and you can expand it up to 64 GB using a microSD card. It supports 4G LTE on both SIM card slots, while running using it one slot at once.


All in all, there’s not lot a whole lot changed or upgraded here except for the scren resolution and better bettery life, so you might as well consider this only if you want better battery life over the Note 3, but the Note 3 edges it out in terms of general performance and also weighing less.

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