The budget market in India has been populated with a handful of budget 4G LTE-enabled smartphones from several Chinese manufacturers. Xiaomi was among the first Chinese vendors in the country to offer budget LTE devices in the sub-Rs 10,000 range under its Redmi Note series. A couple of months back, another Chinese manufacturer called Coolpad launched a feature-loaded budget LTE-enabled phone called the Note 3 in the country to compete against the other vendors from its homeland. The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is being manufactured in India, while Coolpad is importing the Note 3 directly from China. They both are excellent budget offerings running Android and support for India’s both 4G LTE bands.
If you are planning to buy the Redmi Note Prime or Coolpad Note 3, but finding it hard to choose among them, let’s put them on the table and compare their specifications.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime vs Coolpad Note 3: budget 4G phablets compared
Comparing the design first, the Coolpad Note 3 sports a plastic body with curved edges and matte finish, which the manufacturer calls Baby Skin. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security, which is placed right below the main camera at the back. The device measures 9.3mm around the waist, and weighs 155 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime also sports a plastic body, weighs slightly higher than the Note 3 at 185 grams, and measures 9.4mm around the waist. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, both the smartphones offer quite similar design.
Display and OS
On the display-front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime and Coolpad Note 3, both the smartphones offer similar phablet-grade 5.5-inch displays bearing resolutions of 1,280 x 720 pixels and pixel densities of 267 pixels per inch. On the software-front, while the Coolpad Note 3 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Cool UI on top, the Redmi Note Prime runs the dated Android 4.4 KitKat-based MIUI 7 custom ROM from the brand. So, on the software front, the Coolpad Note 3 offers better features than the Note Prime.
Coming to the configuration, the Coolpad Note 3 is powered by a powerful 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, coupled with a handsome 3GB of RAM and a Mali T720 MP2 graphics processor. The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime on the other hand is backed by a less-powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, aided by 2-gigs of RAM and an Adreno 306 GPU. For storage, both the smartphones are equipped with 16GB of internal memory, but the Coolpad Note 3 supports higher microSD card supports for up to 64GB.
Camera features of the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime and Coolpad Note 3 are the same. They both offer 13MPrear cameras with LED flash and 1080p video recordings at 30 fps. For selfies, they are equipped with the same 5MP secondary snappers. Their camera apps come with autofocus, Continuous Shooting, Face Detection, HDR, Geo Tagging and more.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime and Coolpad Note 3, both offer dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and micro-USB 2.0 ports. As for the battery, the Coolpad Note 3 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery that delivers one day of mixed usage. The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime on the other hand is fuelled by a slightly bigger 3,100mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime and Coolpad Note 3, both are Android-powered budget 4G LTE-enabled smartphones with phablet-grade displays and large batteries. The Redmi Note Prime is a mediocre processor and RAM capacity for its price range. The Coolpad Note 3 sports a better design, enhanced security with a fingerprint sensor, a powerful processor, and the latest OS. The Redmi Note Prime has been priced at Rs7,999, while the Coolpad Note 3 is being offered slightly higher for Rs 8,999, but brings several additional features for the higher price tag.