India is a big market for many smartphone manufacturers, and of late, we’ve been seeing phones designed specifically for our demographic, such as the recent Realme 1 (Review) and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review). Following a change in majority ownership and with fresh funding in hand, Coolpad is back with a new set of products and a renewed focus on the Indian market. The company also pans on entering the wearables space later in the year. While many companies now focus on online distribution, Coolpad’s new Note 6 will only be available offline. With prices starting at Rs. 8,999, some of the main highlights of the Coolpad Note 6 include dual selfie cameras and a big battery. Let’s see if offers a compelling enough package to recommend over our usual favourites in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price segment.
Coolpad Note 6 design and display
It’s been a while since we last reviewed a Coolpad smartphone, but the new Note 6 feels similar to some of the company’s older models. The body is made mostly of plastic, and yet it feels sturdy and well put together. The mildly curved back and sides blend well with the 2.5D curved-edge glass so you never feel any sharpness. It measures 8.62mm in thickness so it’s not particularly slim, but the weight is distributed well so we didn’t mind the hefty 170g weight too much.
The Note 6 has a traditional 16:9 display, measuring 5.5 inches diagonally, with full-HD resolution. Coolpad told Gadgets 360 that it has used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. There are multiple cutouts at the top for the two cameras, a fill light, and sensors. Below the display, you get a capacitive Home button and the Android navigation keys, none of which are backlit. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the home button, and is quick at authentication.
The SIM and microSD card tray can be found on the left. It can accommodate two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. At the bottom, we have 3.5mm headphone socket, a Micro-USB port, and a grille for the speaker. The back panel has a cutout for the camera module, which makes for a distinctive look.