Coolpad Mega 2.5D: The best budget selfie phone



After days and days of excited waiting, I finally have the Coolpad Mega 2.5D in my hands. Watch this for my initial reactions.

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At 6,999 rupees for each device, I wasn't expecting the moon from this latest new baby from the Coolpad stable. But the phone exceeded my expectations on two crucial fronts - look and camera.

Appearance


Available in black, white and royal gold, I was hoping to get my hands on the gold device. I've only ever owned phones in black and white and gold seemed really special. I wasn't wrong. The phone looks and feels like a high-end phone with curved edges - slim, sleek and incredibly light. In fact, I wasn't sure if the battery was in the phone - that's how light it felt (143 grams). Check it out.


The screen size at 5.5" is the best that you can ask for and I was glad to see that clarity and brightness were not compromised. The touch sensitivity is not spectacular but reasonably good. The back of the phone is made of plastic and there are metal frames on the sides.

Camera

The number one USP of this budget phone is its 8MP front camera with a wide 83.6 degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture that seek to provide you with stellar selfies and grofies (group selfies). I've reviewed selfie phones before and let me tell you - this one really works wonders. Apart from the excellent results from the smart beautification mode, the editing options are completely cutting edge although they bring down the resolution of the photo drastically. You can soften your skin, slim your face, add a becoming blush and make your eyes bigger in quite a natural way. Of course, the results are unnatural if you take them to the highest level. I'd recommend using each effect to a maximum value of 15. Here are a few examples.

With no editing
With the slimming effect - there is some loss of quality
One feature which is quirky but unnecessary is the camera's ability to guess your sex and age. So I got 'nymph' (girl) and ages varying from 16 to 19. That was great for my ego but not exactly accurate. The back camera also has a resolution of 8MP which is not great but pretty decent for a phone of this price. However, when I actually tried it out, I was stunned by the clarity and detailing. The camera performed particularly well with close-up images. In wide angle images, there was focus only on the subject - everything else got a bit blurred. I am yet to test it in the outdoors but I'll do that tomorrow and you can expect a review on my travel blog soon. The only cons are the camera's tendency to shake while clicking selfies (your hands have to be really steady) and thus produce blurry images and the lack of a front flash in low-light conditions.

Indoor photograph with Coolpad Mega 2.5D
Close-up photo with the Coolpad Mega

Performance 


The phone promises to be fast, considering that it comes with a 3GB RAM (astonishing for this price category), 1GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735P processor and 16GB in-built memory (expandable up to 32GB). With a 2500 mAh battery, the phone should last for up to 9 hours and at the time of writing this post, the battery had barely dipped in 8 hours, although with minimal usage. This dual-SIM phone offers Android 6.0 Marshmallow as an OS with Cool UI 8.0 which includes several interesting features like single hand unlocking and screenshots of multiple scrolls. Coolpad Mega 2.5D comes with a hybrid SIM slot (you can use two micro SIMs or one micro SIM and a micro SD card) and 4G compatibility. Since I've only used the phone for a day, I'll be able to advise you better on these aspects in my "a day with the Coolpad Mega 2.5D" review, coming up soon on Trail-stained Fingers.

At a glance

OS Android Version Android 6.0
OS Name Android
OSVendor Google
Chipset Type MT6735P
Frequency Quad-core 1.0GHZ
Hardware Form Factor PDA
Network Mode(GSM2G+GSM 3G (Video Calling) 4G+4G
PCBA dimension(in mm) 68.7*52*7.8
Processor MT6735P
Antenna Type Bulit-in
Battery Battery Type Li-ion
Battery  (in Volt) 4.35V
Battery Capacity 2500mAh
Talk Time >9hrs
Standby Time >200hrs
Charger Charger Input and Output voltage/Ampier  200~240V/5V/1.5A
Charger Certification (CE or others) BIS
Charger PIN type (2 or 3 Pin) 2
Storage Expandable Memory 32GB
ROM 16GB
RAM 3GB 
Sensors Proximity, Light and G sensor
Memory card HOT Swapable Yes
Design Form Factor PDA
Weight  140g
Dimensions 76.8*153*7.85mm
Screen type (External or Internal) Internal
Screen Resolution HD, 1280X720
Touchpad technology(Capacitive/resistive) Capacitive
Screen type  HD
Colour Depth 16M
Screen Size 5.5"
Multitouch Yes
Audio Formats Supported aac, amr, awb, mka, mid, mp3, m4a, ogg,wav, flac, imy, mp2
VIdeo Formats Supported webm, ts, mp4, mov, mkv, m4v, flv, f4v, avi, 3gpp, 3g2
Video Resolution 1080P
Video Frame Rate 30fps
FM Yes
FM (MTK/others) MTK
FM radio (Supported freq. band) 87.5MHz-108MHz
Frequency Band WCDMA:900/2100MHz,
GSM:900/1800/1900MHz
FDD:1800/850MHz                  TDD:2300MHZ
Camera Rear camera (Pixel Size core brand) 8.0MP
Front camera (Pixel Size core brand) 8.0MP
Rear camera description(auto focus/FF/auto focus with flash) AF
Multi Shot Yes
Night Mode Yes
Video Recording Yes
Video Storage Capacity limited by user space
Wide Screen Video Yes


Coolpad Mega 2.5D is available exclusively on Amazon.in and comes with a pair of earphones, charger and USB cable. The first flash sale is on August 24, for which registrations began on 10th August. Don't forget to follow Trail-stained Fingers for the second detailed review.