First glimpse of Coolpad Mega 2.5D

Coolpad has launched its fifth smartphone Mega 2.5D in India after launching Note 3, Note 3 Lite, Note 3 Plus and Max handsets. Through this handset, the company is trying to attract those young consumers who are crazy about selfies.

Speaking to Gadgets 360, Coolpad India CEO Syed Tajuddin said that the company aims to capture 13-15 per cent share in the sub-Rs 8,000 smartphone market. He also confirmed that the first batch of Coolpad Mega 2.5D will come from China. After this the handset will be made in India itself under the ‘Make in India’ program. We spent some time with the Mega 2.5D at the launch event held in New Delhi. How did we like this smartphone at first glance? Let us tell you.

Coolpad Mega 2.5D The smartphone appears to have a full-metal body while only the frame is made of metal. It feels sturdy, but it is not easy to use with one hand due to the 5.5-inch display. We found it difficult to reach the notification shade with one hand while using the Mega 2.5D. Apart from this, since the edges are not curved, it feels very sharp in the hands. The weight of 140 grams is low considering its size.

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The power buttons are on the right side. It is not easily accessible. The volume buttons are on the left. The audio jack is at the top and the micro-USB port and microphone are at the bottom. Coolpad branding is present below the display on the front panel.

The rear panel of Coolpad Mega 2.5D is very clean. The primary camera with LED flash is present on the rear panel. Speaker grills with Coolpad branding are provided at the bottom.

The pixel density of the 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display is 294 ppi. As is clear from the name, its front part has 2.5D curved glass. During use, we found that its display was sharp but the black levels were not very good. Viewing angles were fine.

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The important feature of Coolpad Mega 2.5D is the 8 megapixel front camera which the company is presenting in great detail. The sensor of the front camera has F/2.2 aperture and it is equipped with a field of view of 83.6 degrees. The handset also has an 8-megapixel rear camera with Sony sensor. Features like smart beautification and edge detection are provided in the camera app. Apart from Night, Beauty and Pro mode, photo and video modes have been provided in it.

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In the short time we spent with the Coolpad Mega 2.5D, we found that images taken from the rear camera were crisp in suitable lighting. However, some of them lacked details. The pictures taken from the front camera were vibrant. In low light, pictures taken from the front camera were better than those from the rear camera. However, these were also a bit blurry and the lack of detail was clearly visible. You will have to wait for our review for the camera performance.

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This phone comes with the company’s CoolUI 8.0 skin which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is highly customized. You won’t find an app drawer. All app icons are divided into three home screens. The company has told about the ‘Screenshot 2.0’ tool. With its help, users will be able to take screenshots with a three-finger gesture. Coolpad Maga 2.5D uses 1 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor with 3 GB RAM. The inbuilt storage is 16 GB and users will also be able to use a 32 GB microSD card. In the short time we spent with the phone, we found that it works fast. There was no problem in moving from one app to another. However, we will give the final verdict on the performance and software of Coolpad Mega 2.5D in the review.

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The smartphone has a 2500 mAh battery. It is claimed to provide talk time of up to 9 hours and standby time of up to 200 hours. The phone supports 4G LTE.

last thoughts
At Rs 6,999, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a good package. However, the quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor seems less powerful for this price range. This phone will be available through flash sale. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see what is the demand for this phone?

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S is also available as an alternative to Coolpad Mega 2.5D for the customers. Its price is also Rs 6,999 and it comes with metal body and 4100 mAh battery.

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