Coolpad Note 5 Review: A Fully-Loaded Phone For Rs 10,999

by October 7, 2016 7 comments

Coolpad has launched the Note 5 exclusively for the Indian market. The latest progeny of the Note series, Note 5 comes with a supercool all metal body with a 2.5D glass (one that’s curved at the edges) on top, both of which combine to make for an elegant design. The phone will be exclusively available on at a price of INR 10,999 and shall be available in variants of royal gold, space grey starting October 2016 via open sale from 18th October 2016.  We got to lay our hands on the royal gold one and found it absolutely delightful to hold. The nice part is the grip with the matte metallic design ensuring the phone remains firmly clasped within our hand.

Cool display and great performance

Coolpad Note 5 features a 5.5 inch display FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080(~401ppi) with 78% (screen-to-body ratio). The phone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the customised Cool UI 8.0 interface. It is loaded with 4GB RAM along with Qualcomm SD 617 Octacore processor and has a meaty 32 GB of internal storage – expandable to 64GB. Such power specs are reason enough to estimate the utility of this beast of a phone and it didn’t disappoint us either. We were able to run multiple apps with ease and experienced no lag at all. The gaming experience wasn’t a drag either and we experience no heating issues at all while playing all popular games on it.

Decent camera

Coolpad Note 5 has a front facing camera of 8 MP with LED Flash and a 13 MP primary shooter again with LED flash, making it one of those rare phones with a front LED flash. We were able to shoot decent videos and photos under average light conditions. The quality though not top-of-the-mark but is appreciable given the positioning of the phone. The battery capacity is 4010 mAh which should easily last you for more than a day with moderate usage.

Connectivity, sound and other notable features

With 4G now getting a foothold in India and with further upcoming spectrum auctions, the LTE ecosystem in India will only strengthen. Flowing with the stream, the phone is 4G-enabled and provides a satisfactory experience while making calls and browsing data. For a budget phone, the sound experience is pretty decent with music of all genres being loud and clear in the immediate vicinity. The phone weighs 173.4g but actually feels light in hands owing to its quality metal design and better grip. The Note 5 is also equipped with an Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and Fingerprint Sensor to unlock. The phone supports OTG but this is a standard feature available across phones now.

Bottomline: Is definitely a fully-loaded phone for the price and our experience with previously-reviewed Coolpad devices is good as well. However, as with most budget phones, people still have apprehensions about their quality.


Key specs:

5.5 inch display FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080(~401ppi) with 78% (screen-to-body ratio), Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the customised Cool UI 8.0 interface, 2G/3G/4G, 4GB RAM along with Qualcomm SD 617 Octacore processor, 32 GB of internal storage – expandable to 64GB, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, dual SIM (one hybrid), Chipset MSM 8952, 173.4gm, 152*75.7*8.85mm dimensions, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and Fingerprint Sensor, 8 MP with LED Flash and a 13 MP primary shooter again with LED flash.


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  1. Subhash
    #1 Subhash 8 October, 2016, 02:35

    Don’t buy coolpad devices as they are not getting timely updates and are very buggy.
    For details visit coolpad forum and see your self.

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  2. Nocountry
    #2 Nocountry 8 October, 2016, 06:18

    Whopping 32GB? Which world are you in? Makes. Me wonder if this is a paid article..

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    • Adeesh Sharma
      Adeesh Sharma Author 26 October, 2016, 06:25

      Well 32 GB for a Rs 11k phone does get people to stand up and take notice. Let me also make it clear that we at PCQuest are not in the business of writing paid reviews.

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  3. Naresh
    #3 Naresh 25 October, 2016, 15:59

    I had purchased Coolpad Note-3 prone from Amazon the next day it was launched in India and received the phone within 3 days. But to my disappointment, I found the phone defective. It started first time smoothly. Then when I restarted it first time it got a system update download automatically. But after update, the phone unable to restart again. It tried to restart but after the staring sound and vibration it failed to start. It automatically go on staring but every time failed to start. This goes on till the battery discharged as it is a fixed battery phone. When I informed the issue to Amazon they promptly picked up the defective phone and replaced with another phone. But to my dismay the same problem repeated exactly like earlier phone. I understood it as software issue and the problem will be present for all phones of this model. I informed Amazon the issue and requested refund and they agreed to that. I found so many good review of this phone in the Internet because of its excellent configuration, but such software issue will make the customer suffer. I didn’t expect such issue from the 2nd largest cell phone manufacturer of China. This phone was assembled in India which may be the reason of such Indian quality of the phone.

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