Xiaomi’s Redmi Note has been a smashing success. So it is inevitable that it would see some imitators from local competition. CoolPad is aiming right at it with the CoolPad Note, a 5.5 inch Octacore phablet with a pricetag that significantly undercuts the Redmi.
There have been some sacrifices in order to keep the device at its ¥599 ($96, €71) price point, but it still manages to be a capable device and sits at a cool 200 yen lower than Xiaomi’s popular device.
The CoolPad Note has a 960 x 540 5.5 inch screen, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of (presumably expandable) internal storage, a 2,500mAh battery, an 8 megapixel main camera and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. It has dual SIM capabilities, ships with Android 4.2 (Cool UI 5.5)
You have probably already figured out the sacrifices that were made to make the CoolPad cheaper than its better known competition. It has less internal storage, a slightly slower CPU with fewer cores, a lower resolution screen, and weaker cameras.
But that doesn’t make it bad, and saving an extra 200 yuan might make it worth it to some.