Coolpad recently launched the Cool 1 handset in India for Rs. 13,999. The Coolpad Cool 1 comes with dual cameras on the back and is powered by Snapdragon 652 octa core processor. Is the Cool 1 worth the price and is the camera really good?

Unboxing : Inside the box you will get the handset, user manual, warranty card, screen guard, SIM tray ejector pin, USB Type C data cable and travel charger (5V/2A). SAR Value as mentioned on the box : 1.471W/kg @ 1g head and 0.807W/kg @ 1g body.

Coolpad Cool 1 Design, Display and OS

The Coolpad Cool 1 looks great, it is using a metal body with matte finishing with shiny silver borders. The handset looks exactly like the LeEco handset (LeEco is Coolpad’s largest shareholder), there is a text on the back that says LeEco inside.

Coolpad Cool 1 box pack

Build quality and finishing is excellent. Handset looks premium and feels really good when using / holding.   Cool 1 weight is 170 grams and dimensions are 75 x 152 x 8 (mm). There are dual nano SIM slots. The SD card slot is missing on the Coolpad Cool 1 handset.

Coolpad Cool 1 dual nano SIM slots

There is LED notification and following sensors – accelerometer, proximity, light, gyro, hall and magnetic.

Cool 1 sports a 5.5 inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. There are borders on the screen but they don’t look that odd. The display also comes with corning gorilla glass protection. Color reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are very good.

Coolpad Cool 1 review

This handset is running EUI 5.8.017S over Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.

Coolpad Cool 1 Memory and Storage

There is 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM. On first boot you will get around 22 GB free space and free RAM is around 2.1GB.

Coolpad Cool 1 back panel

Coolpad Cool 1 Performance

The performance was smooth and lag free thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 64 bit octa core processor that the Cool 1 houses. It is clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with Adreno 510 GPU. Handset heats up with heavy usage – max battery temperature I encountered was 43 degrees (heat buildup is under control).

Coolpad Cool 1 13MP dual cameras and finger print sensor

Coolpad Cool 1 Benchmark

Quadrant : 36690
AnTuTu : 75356  / 19083 – 2nd time 81974  / 19811
Nenamark 2 : 59.7fps
Disk Speed : 189 MB/s read / 152 MB/s write
Multi Touch : 10 point

Coolpad Cool 1 ports and buttons, IR, USB Type C and audio jack

Coolpad Cool 1 Gaming

Hardware is well known, and quite powerful it can play many games. Asphalt 8 in high visual quality mode did very well, smooth and lag free.

Coolpad Cool 1 Camera

There are dual 13MP cameras on the back (13MP + 13MP) using SONY BSI sensor with f/2.0 aperture. One lens captures in black and white mode and other captures in color mode. With wide aperture mode you can shoot first, focus later. You can change the focus point and control the blurriness in the background (Bokeh effect) something what DSLR cameras can do. When using wide aperture mode it takes some time processing the images.

The dual cameras on the back are quite capable, if you know how to use them. Even for inexperienced user the output will still be much better than most smartphones.

Front camera is a 8MP shooter. This handset can record slow motion and 4K videos. Camera quality is excellent.

Coolpad Cool 1 Camera Rating 4.3 out of 5

Coolpad Cool 1 rear and front camera sample

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Others

There is finger print sensor on the back with mirror finishing, looks great and is fast and accurate. Sound is loud and clear, no issues with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. There is audio jack and Infrared sensor. You can use the IR sensor to control electronic devices i.e. use your handset like a remote.

Reliance Jio works but you need to use that in SIM slot 1 (VoLTE support) – it does not work in SIM slot 2.

Google Play store by default was always using WiFi mode. To allow the app to use WiFi or Mobile net mode follow the steps mentioned below.

Go to system tool from main menu, then select downloads then tap the settings option in downloads and change to ‘No Limit’, this will enable you to download Play Store new apps/ updates using Mobile net too.

Coolpad Cool 1 Battery

There is a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. It gives very good backup. I was able to use the handset for almost 2 days with mixed usage. On a full charge you can expect 4 to 6 hours of non-stop moderate to heavy usage.

Coolpad Cool 1 Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / estimated battery temperature)

  • Running Benchmark app – 9 minutes / 3% / 36 degrees
  • Asphalt 8 game play – 17 minutes / 6% / 43 degrees
  • 4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – 11 minutes / 3% / 40 degrees.

It took me 2 hours 15 minutes to charge the handset from 14% to 100% using wall charger.

Verdict

A very good buy for the price and with dual camera that give excellent output when using wide aperture mode. Another handset the Honor 6X will be launched this month, that too will come with dual cameras, may be you would want to wait for a review and comparison of both the handsets.

Rating 4.2 out of 5

Coolpad Cool 1 is available for Rs. 13,999.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Hi Gogi, Cool1 4gb RAM is available at 10889 and 3gb RAM variant is available at 8999. Is it good buy at this price. ? Thanks VJ

    1. Bro, Buy 3GB Version If you are not heavy gamer. Remember its speaker quality is not up to the mark (Loudness compare to redmi note 4 or redmi 4), But everything is Superb. Go ahead at this price range. If you hate redmi note 4 single camera, wait for 5th sept for mi new release. Dual camera but it will @ 12 k and poor 3000 mah battery.

  2. Hi sir, I want to buy cool 1 with 3gb ram @ 8999 also will get cash back. Finally will get @ 7650 approx. Isn’t it nice deal? I don’t play games. But watch live tv on wifi network and day to day basic use. Will it heat a lot while watching video? I care my phone. My micromax canvas 2 plus is still running. Will it last for 2-3 years. Answer plz. It’s last day of amazon deal. Thanks!

  3. I have brought a cool 1 few months ago. But unfortunately the rear camera lens protective glass has broken. How can I replace it and what will be the price for that???

    1. You can try visiting a local mobile shop and see if they can attach a glass that will be much cheaper.

  4. plz help me…does this device support native video calling??i am nt able to make video call directly from my contact list…help me…

      1. it means i’ll have to 3rd party apps? and i facing one more problem…most of the time i m nt able to get any messages untill i open my chat app eg: telegram , whatsapp….help me to fix this…

        NB: mobite data is not set to restricted mode….

      2. one more problem….even if my mobile data is connected…i m nt able to get any messages untill i open my chat app eg:whatsapp,telegram etc…. help me to fix dis….

        NB: mobile data is not set to restricted mode…background data connect is enable….

  5. Hi Gogi . I want to buy the best phone under R’s.13000 . So plz just suggest me a phone . I want to play heavy games like clash of clans ,Real racing 3 etc. I want a phones that dont hangs, don’t gets heat up easily and it should have a good battery like Asus zenfone max .I also need good ram and internal .I dont need the best camera bcoz i am not a selfie lover . Plz suggest me a phone .I saw Ur Redmi Note 4 review and now i have chooses it . Is it a cool phoneDdoes it really have a good battery and dosent heats up then i will buy it . Jusylt i want to make it sure .Plz tell me means suggest me phone if it is better tgen RR4

    1. Go with Redmi Note 4 if you are into heavy gaming, it will give you better performance and battery life.

  6. Liked the video… one thing i want to know , is this phone support USB OTG??? if possible reply plz,,, thanks

    1. Don’t think so the issue with USB Type C is the adapter you get (Type C to micro USB) it may or may not work so cannot test if OTG works. I got 3 different Type C adapters and all failed.

  7. गोगी भाई, आपका हिन्दी में कूलपेड कूल १ का रिवयू (यू ट्यूब)बहुत अच्छा लगा। साथ ही मोबाइल भी अच्छा है। इसमें और कूलपेड नोट 5 में क्या अंतर हैं।

    1. It’s totally waste and rubbish phone (Coolpad Cool 1). As name suggests, it’s not cool phone. Heats like Ovan, very poor quality screen. My phone screen easily broke without any hard hitting.
      I regret to buy this phone. Now bought Asus Zenfone 3 @13500 during Flipkart big billion day and OMG !!!!! What a phone!!! Now fully satisfied….

  8. Hi. Could you please take picture of the part of the Coolpad Cool1 User Manual which indicates the SAR value? Thanks.

  9. How to take wide aperture mode shots? And how to take monochrome shots @gogi rana

  10. Beware Coolpad products. Inferior component quality and scarce parts support. My Coolpad Note 3 junk after 12 months. Better buy Xiaomi, atleast some parts support.

  11. Tried to connect pen drive using USB type c OTG adapter. Not being able to detect my pen drive. Any thing to do with settings?? Please help

  12. Many say cool1 have heating issues.. is it true..? can redmi note 4 do everything that cool1 does..? or should i buy redmi note 4? please reply asap sir..

  13. I want to purchase mobile to take very good photo for my kids. My budget is around 12000. I am feeling G4 plus has overall very good quality. I have options like G4+, cool 1 ,upcoming RN4 or other. Gogiji, what is your opinion for best camera quality in this segment?

    1. Cool 1 or Honor 6x wait for comparison, also check RN4 review. After all these you will be able to choose the best one.

        1. No matching with g4 plus camera..g4 camera is a stunner in professional mode ….go ahead with g4 plus 32gb

          1. Cool 1 is the best camera phone in Rs20000! I am not joking. It is the best for taking photos.

  14. Rana, here the night shots seems to be much better than those clicked by u using OP3T. Is it really that ? Or some lighting difference was there at that time?

      1. Yep bro. I have just checked the original files. Op3T is far ahead. Thanks dear.

        And pl also tell me one thing. In Cool1 original files, the size of rear cam pics on an average is 2.50MB only. And with other phones like Honor6, Honor 4x, Samsung S6 it comes about 6MB. U can also compare with op3t pic files. There is a huge difference in size of files. So what do I conclude is that Cool1’s cam is not that great. Wt do u say about this statistics bro ?

        1. Ignore the size as long as the pictures look great on first look / on PC (original size). Cool 1’s cam is great, Oneplus 3T is better but with Wide aperture mode Cool 1 shots are awesome.

          1. Thanks bro. I used to judge cam via respective file sizes also. But u have corrected me. And now I am waiting eagerly for Cool1 v/s H6x from your side. After that I am going to make my final move.

          2. 6x review and comparison will be after the launch on 24th, so may be 25th or 26 I will do the v/s.

          3. Hello gogi
            I always follow your reviews before purchasing my mobile…Last one is Le eco 1s.But this time shall I go for Cool pad cool 1 or Redmi note 4?

  15. Nice review as usual, Gogi sir.. Camera quality seems pretty good, I like the bokeh effect. Phone looks awesome. Antutu Score is pretty same as my RN3. Wanted to buy this phone to replace my Redmi Note 3 32 GB Variant but lack of SD card is not encouraging. 32 GB Internal memory where only around 22 to 24 GB is user available is simply not enough for media consumption. SD Card is an essential feature, manufactures are omitting it just to earn a few more bucks by providing different storage options like 32 GB, 64 GB etc. I hate this hybrid SIM slot trend. ?

    1. Well in that case the next option could be the Honor 6x, not sure about its price but it is as good as Cool 1, will do a comparison once the 6x handset is launched.

      1. Rana if we consider brand strength, I am sure Honor6 is not the next option but the best option. You may refer to the existing Honor series phones quality, especially in Cam segment.

      1. You’re too humble Gogi. You should ask what he was smoking 🙂 Ideally he should ask politely if he feels anything missing in the review.

  16. Major drawback is Hybrid slot. Screen display should be QHD with sunlight display, RAM on first boot should be above 2.5gb & ROM is about 25gb, weight should be under 150g.

  17. Sorry, don’t know the exact technical terminology. Somehow I feel the photos are dull, though clarity is good. What do you say Gogi?

    1. It may looks ugly in photos, but trust it does not when u have hands over it. When screen is off, it looks almost bezel-less, thanks to black border, which matches with screen, and this also gives phone a very premium feel. When screen is on, using phone, you will not even feel bad of black border, thanks to its sharp, bright, vivid display, which will keep you mesmerized with it with the top of nice UI. Its display will be way better than RN3 or RN4. I am saying all this based on my experience with LeECO 1s.

  18. Rubbish phone in terms of memory expansion 64 gb model purchasing is a wise idea but they have don’t release it. 4 GB ram is also not a great idea with this processer besides it they could give memory card slot.

    Duel camera setup is only highlighted point against RN3 but higher price will destroy this lead.

  19. Gogi, The only matter of concern is after sales service and Resale value as it is owned by LeEco. Xiaomi has a better resale value at any day.

  20. I would suggest go for moto g4 plus instead of cool 1. Current price 13,999 + 10% off on standard charted cards. Which makes moto g4 plus anytime better deal.

    1. G4 plus is known for heating issues and no way snapdragon 617 comes close to snapdragon 652. Dual camera may have some advantage over G4plus (as mentioned by some youtube reviews). Except for the reputed brand name and good after sales G4 plus is not that worth for the price. Its an average phone for the price.

  21. Kindly explain camera quality in low light, Front camera quality, does it support OTG and the Full battery charge time.

  22. Coolpad has worst service my mobile coolpad note 3 lite is in service centre since 4 months and every time they are saying 1 week more.

    1. Do a direct chat with company , ain’t serious then do compliant in customer court asap , These companies outsource after sale services thats the worst thing they aint interested in improving brand image & its future

  23. What abt otg,front camera quality in shooting mode..sound quality in headphone..so its better than RN 3 or not ?

  24. Gogi, Very rarely we see 4.3 rating for camera from you. How is the camera compared to Moto G4 Plus? Which phone have best camera in 15k range?

      1. U sure? Comparing gogi bhais camera images of both phone suggests otherwise. Cool 1 seems to be the winner (except in fast capturing coz of absence of laser auto focus in cool 1).

    1. G4 plus camera has lazer autofocus due to this it focuses much quickly during photo shoot as well as video recording. Overall G4 plus wins by slight margin.

      1. Lol,you’re saying moto g 4+ wins (where ?), fp on front side, battery is 3000,617SoC(heater),405gpu,3d score 7436 only..and big price tag(at launching)..

        look at RN3,3s prime,cool 1s build quality, gogi is rating 4.3 for camera moto g4+ far away from that bro compare score ,overall performance only one thing moto has is dual sim+memory slot.

        1. I am only talking about camera performance that’s why I said it is better in terms of other specs, cool 1 is much superior like you said.

          1. Sachin one of my friend have moto g 4 plus and one have moto g3 ,by comparing both moto g4 plus improve a lot in all section its completely 3 or 4 step ahead than moto g3,but you should download original image that gogi provided of cool 1 and check it, its better than moto g4 plus brother. I am also fan of moto cause my sis have moto e3 power its just awesome for her, her usage is very normal, it have 3500mah battery and give 2.5 day battery back up..jio works well and sound quality is awesome.

  25. Gogi! how does its dual camera setup compare to the honor 8’s dual camera setup? Which one delivers higher quality & detailed images both in daylight and in low light?

  26. Is the charger provided is fast charger ?. As the handset supports fast charging can we use Le 2 charger to charge the device faster?

    1. It does not support fast charging, may be software update can enable it. Charger is not fast charger,it is only 5V/2A.

      1. But the reviews says It supports fast charging. But fast charger is not provided in the box.

        1. It does not support fast charging. There is no quick charge option in battery under setting. However system update can add this feature. Presently it is not there.

        2. Can some one test and let us know, If the device supports fast charging. Gogi will you able to do that?

          1. I don’t have a fast charger with me right now, will check when I have access to a fast charger.

  27. Thanks for review. Surely buy after your review of honor 6x. Pls tell us what do you do with mobiles after reviews?

  28. The budget camera king is moto g4 plus. If this has better camera then g4 / 6x the title goes to cool1.

      1. Picture quality is not just about sensor,but more about software optimisation and processing done after clicking picture.

        Xiaomi Mi5 is usingsame sensor as Google pixel phone. But Goole pixel is currently the best camera phone in market, simply because Google has put lots of efforts in optimizing camera software.

  29. This would have been a perfect phone with investment of a 2$ memory expansion slot incorporated into this phone, to enable customers to used 2 SIM slots plus a SD card. But all the chink companies are stubbornly either incorporating hybrid sim slots or omitting the memory expansion slot altogether, thus deliberately depriving their customers of the facility of usage of multimedia. And truncating their phones.
    High time they listened to their customers.

  30. Sir,please tell me how the camera quality campare to high end phone.? Is this camera quality better than one plus 3.?? Please do a camera comparison…

    1. May or may not. Only with a proper side by side comparison we can tell which one is better. But my bet is on op3