LeEco and Coolpad are two of those Chinese companies noted for churning out great smartphones at affordable prices. When two of such companies come together, you would be right to expect nothing but super-awesome affordables. That is what we have here with the Cool1 Dual. This first effort from the collaboration between LeEco and Coolpad promises to awe buyers with features such as dual rear cameras, humongous juicer, and USB Type-C port. What exactly should you expect from this huge smartphone?
Design and Display
The Cool1 Dual is a midrange smartphone. Based on this fact, you will not be wrong to figure this is another metal-clad device. Its body is fashioned out of magnesium alloy and comes in at a thickness of 8.2 millimetres. The Cool1 Dual sports a large 5.5-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display flaunting a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Expect better image clarity than you would get on other phones or even on some laptops.
What LeEco and Coolpad seemingly expect to draw buyers to this phablet is its camera setup. Take a look at the back of the device and you will notice a combo of two 13-megapixel cameras. Overkill? Maybe not. These dual rear cameras (which understandably informed name choice) are expected to function in the same way as those found on the high-end Huawei P9 series. One of the shooters is colour and the other monochrome. LeEco claims this setup will ensure 20% enhanced image clarity, improved brightness, and better noise reduction. The main shooter boasts dual-tone LED flash as well as HD slow-mo and 4K video recording capability.
In addition to the awesome rear camera setup, you will also find an impressive 8-megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The camera has an f/2.2 aperture lens with a wide 80-degree field of view.
Hardware and Software
On the inside, the Cool1 Dual houses an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset with four cores running at 1.8 GHz and the remaining four at 1.2 GHz. Solid performance appears right on the card for this enticingly-priced smartphone. Smooth gaming should be expected with an Adreno 510 graphics solution on board. It will be made available in three variants (in terms of RAM and storage): 3GB/32GB, 4GB/32GB, and 4GB/64GB. Sadly, it does not look like storage would be expandable. The phablet boots EUI 5.6 software based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
For power, buyers will be served by an impressive 4,060mAh battery with support for fast charging. You may love this one if you are the type that plays games, watches movies, or browses the net for hours on end. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for extra layer of security. Among the connectivity features on the dual-SIM smartphone are Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port. The Cool1 Dual also offers 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE support.
Pricing and Availability
The base model of the phone will sell for an amount that converts to about $165, while the top-end model goes for around $255. The minimum amount you should expect for a unit is in the range N50,000-N65,000. There is no doubt the Cool1 Dual offers superb value at these prices. It falls in about the same category as the upper-end version of the new Xiaomi Redmi 3S. But it does enough to beat the other device, albeit at a slightly higher price. The phone will be available via select online outlets from August 24.
Cool1 Dual at a Glance
– Metal body
– 5.5″ Full HD IPS display
– Dual 13MP PDAF rear and 8MP front cameras
– 1.8GHz, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor
– 3GB/4GB RAM
– 32GB/64GB internal storage
– 4,060mAh battery with fast charging support
– 4G LTE with VoLTE
– Fingerprint scanner
– USB Type-C port