Coolpad Max is a sleek 4GB RAM phone with an SD617 inside (full specs)

China’s Coolpad have launched their newest phone for the Indian market, the Coolpad Max.

It isn’t quite a 6-incher as the name would suggest, but still fairly conscious with a 5.5-inch display (FHD) and a body that makes the phone feel great in the hand.

Under the metal unibody, the Coolpad Max has an octa-core Snapdragon 617 (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz) SoC with the Adreno 405 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 2800mAh battery.

Cameras on the phone are a 13 mega-pixel ISOCELL with PDAF on the rear, and a 5 mega-pixel selfie camera on the front. It runs Android 5.1 with Cool UI 8.0 on top, but the experience is fairly stock with some value additions, including the ‘Dual Space’ feature which lets you use a couple of accounts on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.

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Coolpad have given the Max a price tag of 24,999 INR, which honestly doesn’t seem as bad after using the phone in its metal glory.

Coolpad Max Specifications

  • 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • 13 mega-pixel rear camera
  • 5 mega-pixel front camera
  • 2800mAh battery
  • Dual Hybrid SIM slot
  • Android 5.1 (Cool UI 8.0)

Coolpad Max Photos

Would you fancy one if Coolpad made the Max available in your market?

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  1. HBK
    May 20, 2016

    Sleek and Stupid. Lol.
    One can buy Xiaomi Mi5 with SD820 or Lenovo Vibe x3 with SD808 or Oneplus 2 with SD810 and countless other better phones for this price.

    • Stef
      May 20, 2016

      As far as performance -to anything other than games- goes, SoC matters less and less by the day. Any modern 4GB would feel faster these days than most 3GB phones (apart from those running AOSP probably due to the better RAM management).

      Modern mobile CPUs are fast enough and rarely peak. On the other hand RAM amount is still low enough that a bunch of apps have to reload during the day. More RAM ensures less reloads which ensures better performance even with a slower SoC…

      • Samuel Odan
        May 20, 2016

        So, does this justify buying a cheaper phone for the same price as a premium flagship phone?

        • Stef
          May 20, 2016

          Obviously not. Other things matter in phones a lot, like battery life, camera performance, ergonomics … etc.

          I merely said that for pure speed having more ram , thus less loading, is preferable than simply adding more power to the cpu.

          • Mesterio
            May 20, 2016

            It is all an intricate balance. It is like fries and burgers, if your balance isn’t right the meal is ruined 🙂

      • flipp0
        May 20, 2016

        Not sure about the importance of ram. My Redmi Note 3 Pro (2 GB ram) feels noticeably faster than my Nexus 6 (3 GB ram+Stock Android) in everday use (without gaming), The explanation must be that snapdragon 650 is much faster compared to Snapdragon 805. My own impression is that the soc is more important than ram, not just in this case but also in general.

        • Stef
          May 20, 2016

          You probably kill your background apps.

          Nexus 6 keeps more apps in the background so it uses the SoC less, so it doesn’t matter that the SoC is slower.

          On a level plainfield best CPU wins, but rarely (if ever) it is a level plainfield.

          In Games -clearly- the best SoC wins, in everything else more Ram matters more.

        • Karly Johnston
          May 23, 2016

          If you don’t use all of the RAM you will not notice any difference in speed.

  2. Assefa Hanson
    May 20, 2016

    interesting gold rim around the fingerprint scanner

  3. Mezz
    May 20, 2016

    i don’t understand what is ‘Max’ in this smartphone.

    • balcobomber25
      May 20, 2016

      The black border around the screen.

      • Assefa Hanson
        May 20, 2016

        +100000 lol

  4. jasneskis
    May 20, 2016

    No, not interested, it is not a Max, why call it that, 5.5″ is not max. Max emplies 6″ or more screen.

    • Arnie Linson
      May 20, 2016

      By max they meant the price, it’s there most expensive phone 😀

      • jasneskis
        May 20, 2016

        Thanks, now I know. Still not interested, too much for too little.

  5. Arnie Linson
    May 20, 2016

    This phone is trash, what the hell were coolpad thinking – let’s name it max and price it maximum.

  6. Hallex
    May 22, 2016

    2800mah with 6″ screen ? LOL

  7. trapchan
    May 23, 2016

    Most powerful … Snapdragon 617 … 6″ FHD screen …. 2800mah … Maximum joke indeed

  8. trapchan
    May 23, 2016

    Better buy 2014 flagship with Snapdragon 801. You get much better overall package (camera, screen, quality) compared to these lackluster so called modern mid ranger.

    Either go cheap, or go flagship. Mid ranger is waste of money, worst of both world.