Coolpad Cool Play 6

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad launched its first budget smartphone with 6GB RAM in India. The Coolpad Cool Play 6 comes with a price tag of Rs 14,999 and is available in Soft Gold and Black colour options. We got our hands on the Coolpad Cool Play 6 and used it for a limited time at the time of the launch and here are our initial impressions.

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 looks quite similar to the Cool1 smartphone. The smartphone has an all metal unibody design with a matte finish back. Despite a 5.5-inch screen size, the handset doesn’t feel big and is comfortable for one hand operation. The rear panel houses the dual rear camera setup, 13MP+13MP with dual LED flash. Underneath the camera, there is a fingerprint sensor and the company logo. The front of the device has an 8MP selfie camera at the top, along with the earpiece and a proximity sensor. At the bottom, there are three backlit capacitive keys that are not part of the display.
Moving on to the sides, the right side houses the power button and volume rockers while the SIM card tray sits on the left. The bottom of the device consists of USB Type – C and stereo speakers, while the top has the 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the CoolPlay 6 feels like a solid smartphone and certainly has a bit premium feel to it.

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution and 403 ppi. According to us, the display is vibrant and offers good visibility even under the sun. The viewing angles are also good enough. But that being said, the device has thick enough black bezels to make you notice and therefore leaving the viewing experience a bit imperfect. The display offers various modes such as Vivid, Natural and Eye Care modes. It even offers Display size and font size toggles for better readability.

Cool Play 6 is powered by 64-bit, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor coupled with 6GB RAM. In terms of storage, the handset offers 64GB internal support but it’s non-expandable. It also has a fingerprint sensor at the back. The smartphone comes with dual SIM support. The device is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support. In terms of connectivity, the dual-sim smartphone 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C.

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system based on company’s own Journey UI. The UI is clean and there is no app drawer, which means that all the apps are placed on the home screen. The smartphone also comes pre-installed with apps such as Facebook, Amazon, UC News, UC Browser, Xender, which can be uninstalled.

The Cool Play 6 comes with a dual rear camera setup with two 13MP modules for depth of field and monochrome functionalities. The camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. There’s also an 8MP front camera with /2.2 aperture for selfies. While the rear camera is capable of recording 720p, 1080p and 4K video, the front camera offers 480p, 720p and 1080p. Some of the camera modes included in the Cool Play 6 are Panorama, long exposure and Professional mode. The blur effect in the images we captured was quite appropriate and the images turned out fine. Even the front camera did a decent job. Wait for our review for more details.