Coolpad Mega 3 first impressions: provides a safe haven for your Jio SIMs with its triple SIM slots
Catering to people’s need for an extra SIM slot after the Reliance Jio rage, Coolpad launched the Mega 3 in India. The smartphone rocks three SIM slots along with a dedicated microSD card slot and comes at a mouth-watering price of Rs 6,999. We were present at the launch event and got some time to play with the smartphone. Here’s a quick read about our hand on experience.
The Mega 3 stands out from the crowd of similar-looking smartphones by sporting a pronounced textured back panel crafted out of plastic. The finish on the phone felt like corduroy. Neither did the device look nor did it feel cheap. The texture on the back added to grip.
The port and button placement was usual. But unlike most smartphones these days, the Mega 3 sports a removable back panel and snapping it off you find the three micro-SIM slots. The phone wasn’t the most convenient to handle, but most of the actions can be performed using one hand.
The display spans 5.5 inches and sports HD resolution. We would have loved a full HD screen but for the price, the screen looked sharp enough. Colours were good as well, though we weren’t impressed by the screen brightness and viewing angles.
The Mega 3 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 chip and gets 2 gigs of RAM. While we didn’t encounter any issues during our short session with the phone, the specifications do leave us in a bit of doubt about heavy usage.
The phone ships with 16GB of built-in storage, out of which around 10.3 gigs can be used to store personal content. The phone runs Android Marshmallow with CoolUI on top.
We found a few preloaded first party and third party applications including Cool Service, Cool Store, Cool Manager, Amazon Shopping, and UC Browser. There was a themes app and Rock Wallpaper as well, both of which are standard for most Coolpad smartphones.
The Coolpad Mega 3 gets an 8MP shooter on the back aided by an LEd flash, and the selfie camera is rated at 8-megapixels as well. The default camera application was minimal with the usual shooting modes and features including HDR, Panorama, Beauty modes, and a few real-time filters. We clicked some quick test shots and found that the shutter speed was average but the colour reproduction was close to natural. We’ll have more to say on the shooting prowess of the device after we test the cameras in different lighting conditions.
The Mega 3 is backed by 3,050mAh battery and considering the specifications, that should be more than enough to power the smartphone for a full day. A power saving mode has been provided to extend the battery life.
At its price, the Mega 3 competes with its own sibling, the Coolpad Mega 2.5D (first impressions), which looks more stylish and offers a better camera configuration. There’s Xiaomi Redmi 3S (review) as well, which is arguably the best selling smartphone in the segment. However, the Mega 3, with support for three SIMs, has an edge of over the other devices. Our full review will shed more light on the device’s capabilities and its stance in the market. The review will be out before you can count to three.