Coolpad Cool Play 6 Review – Brute Force, Dual Cameras
Coolpad Cool Play 6 is the second ‘Cool’ series phone and also the current Coolpad Flagship in India. For a price of under 15,000 INR, the handset offers some serious muscle power including 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 653 chipset, and dual rear cameras. It lies in a fiercely competitive zone where it’s accompanied by the likes of Xiaomi Mi A1 and Moto G5s Plus. Has it got what it takes to battle the best? Let’s find out in our Cool Play 6 Review.
Key Specifications of Coolpad Cool Play 6:
|Model||Coolpad Cool Play 6|
|Display||5.5 inch full HD IPS display|
|Processor||Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor|
|Camera||13MP rear and 8 MP front camera|
|Dimensions and Weight||152.4×75.2×8.45mm and 175 grams|
|Software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with Journey UI|
Design and Build
The Coolpad Cool Play 6 looks a lot like its predecessor the Cool 1 Dual. It has a partial metal unibody design with 2.5D glass on the front. The dual rear camera module juts out a bit and the bezels adjoining the display have been painted black. The fingerprint reader is present on the rear right below the camera module. There is USB Type-C port on the bottom flanked by speaker grills on both sides.
The handset is 8.5mm thick and isn’t exactly lightweight (175 grams). It does look attractive, but the design pales in comparison to the full metal bodies that are increasingly becoming common these days. Also, the phone is sturdily built and there are no flexes and creaks in the body.
The 5.5-inch display on the phone has full HD resolution. The panel used is quite vibrant and viewing angles are wide too. The software also has the option to tweak colors from display settings. The maximum brightness is also sufficient enough for times you might have to use it outdoors.
Camera and Images
Coolpad is using one Monochrome and one color sensor on the Cool Play 6. The second sensor is used to enhance details of images clicked by the first sensor and also to measure the depth of objects in the frame to add background blur to images (using the SLR mode).
The Camera can capture good images in daylight, but the software falters in low lighting. When the lighting is inadequate, details are sketchy and the camera also struggles to focus. The 8MP front camera can shoot decent enough selfies that are good enough for social media purposes. You can record 4K videos using the rear cameras and 1080p videos from the front camera.
Processor and Software
The Cool Play 6 is powered by octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor that combines four Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four regular Cortex-A53 cores ticking at 1.5GHz. The chipset is paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. So, obviously, there is no dearth of computing power here. The phone can handle everything you throw at it with perfect ease.
This powerful engine on the phone has to drive Android Nougat based Journey OS on the phone. Coolpad has also guaranteed Android Oreo update for Cool Play 6. We like the approach Coolpad has for its new Android skin. Thinks are quite close to stock Android here, at least in terms of design.
The last generation model had LeEco’s software and the new UI from Coolpad Cool Play 6 will need some more work (as is always the case with new software) and will only reach its full potential after a few more updates.
As of now, the performance is good enough for heavy-duty gaming and for general day to day usage, but we did encounter a few bugs and kinks that Coolpad will expectedly iron out in the next few OTA updates.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 4060mAh battery on the phone can easily last for more than one day. Battery backup on the phone is pretty good. The software includes battery saver mode and other tools to extend mileage in critical times, but fast charging isn’t supported.
The Cool Play 6 includes loads of hardware to justify its price tag of Rs. 14,999. This is the only phone in this budget that has Snapdragon 653 chipset and 6GB RAM. The bottom line is that this is a good option for gaming enthusiasts who are restricted by a budget.