Coolpad, though it is relatively a new brand in India it did make it mark with Note 3 and Note 3 Lite smartphones. The Max flagship smartphone did more damage to the company name than good because of the apparent reason. Now to make a good comeback from a disaster, Coolpad had chosen its strong segment; the affordable budget segment. The company has launched the Mega 2.5D selfie-centric smartphone for Rs.6,999. So, does it have what it takes to stand still in this competitive market? Let’s find that out in our full review.
Coolpad Mega 2.5D Design and Build: The coolpad Mega 2.5D is mostly plastic, hence its light in weight. The back panel is slightly curved which it makes easy to hold in hand while using it. Talking about the build, on top, you have the 3.5mm audio jack and on the bottom, it has a microUSB port, primary microphone. On the left, you have the volume rocker buttons which are tactile in nature. On the right, you have the power on/off, SIM tray. On the front, a 5.5-inches HD 2.5D curved glass display, the usual set of sensors, primary earpiece, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera which is the smartphone’s USP.
On the front, a 5.5-inches HD 2.5D curved glass display, the usual set of sensors, primary earpiece, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera which is the smartphone’s USP. Flipping the device to the rear side, you find the rear camera, LED flash, a secondary mic for noise cancellation and speaker grills. One thing that Coolpad Mega 2.5D is missing is the fingerprint sensor which has become a norm for this price segment.
Coolpad Mega 2.5D Display: The Mega 2.5D sports a 5.5-inches 2.5D curved glass display. Though it is not the greatest display, it still gets the job done for a budget smartphone. The viewing angles are good so is the sunlight legibility underboard daylight. The color reproduction of the display is quite good. We would have liked if the brightness levels of the screen were pushed up a notch, as with every 5.5-inch 720p display, the text on the edges might look a bit blurry, but that’s not something you would notice day-to-day.
We would have liked if the brightness levels of the screen were pushed up a notch, as with every 5.5-inch 720p display, the text on the edges might look a bit blurry, but that’s not something you would notice day-to-day. Thanks to the excellent contrast levels, media consumption is bliss but like we mentioned a little more brightness would have made it even better.
Coolpad Mega 2.5D Performance: The Mega 2.5D is powered by MediaTek MT6735P SoC clocked at 1GHz Quad-Core processor coupled with 3GB RAM. Though the 3GB RAM helps you with multitasking for your day-to-day tasks, the fact remains the same as the device still struggles to put up a decent performance. You can significantly notice frame drops with everyday routine tasks, and once you start throwing resource intensive applications and games, the device starts to heat up drastically.
Needless to say, the gaming experience on this is utterly terrible as it regularly drops frames, and on top of that, the heating issues simply make it unusable. Blame the underclocked chipset or wrong chipset decision; Coolpad Mega fails to put up a decent performance that one would expect from a budget smartphone. Lower your expectations with the Coolpad Mega 2.5D and you are ready to go.
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Coolpad Mega 2.5D Camera: The Coolpad Mega 2.D features an 8-megapixel rear camera with SONY sensor, LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and on the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with 83.6-degrees wide-angle lens, f/2.2 Aperture. Talking about the camera performance, as you’d expect is just average for a budget smartphone. The images lack good dynamic range, and they look faded out, but the noise levels are in check. The colors and the contrast levels are decent, but the dim brightness levels with the display make the images look dull when viewing.
Talking about the front selfie camera, the selfies clicked via the front cam is above average, thanks to the software enhancements. Overall the Coolpad Mega 2.5D’s camera can get your job done only if you are left with no other option otherwise the results are pretty average. Check out the camera samples attached below.
Coolpad Mega Software: The device runs on Android 6.0 marshmallow with Coolpad’s custom U.I on top. Just like you would expect, the device lacks a traditional app drawer, and all the apps are found on the home screen. The interface needs polishing as it looks buggy and the laggy interface adds to fuel.
Coolpad Mega Connectivity: The device comes with 4G LTE but lacks VoLTE support, the WiFi reception is decent as it stays latched to the connected network even though it is far from the router. The voice calling quality is decent. One feature that is missing is the Fingerprint sensor that is seen by default on any mid-rage to budget smartphones.
Coolpad Mega Verdict: With the current market situation and the competition, Coolpad needs to bring out something out of the box to sustain for a long time. Sadly Coolpad Mega is just isn’t enough to pull it off for the company. The biggest cons of the device are its laggy performance, terrible for gaming, and lack of Fingerprint sensor which is quite a common feature in that budget segment. Pro’s the decent camera performance, display, and good build quality.