On Tuesday, Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad launched its new budget smartphone, the Coolpad Cool 3 in India. The handset finds itself in the crowded sub-Rs 6000 price segment in the country. Currently, two other handsets from competing manufacturers are available for the same price. These handsets are the Redmi 6A from Xiaomi and the Zenfone Lite L1 from Taiwanese electronics major ASUS. Let us now do a spec-by-spec comparison of these three handsets and find out which among these devices makes for a more sensible purchase in case you are on the lookout for a brand new budget handset.
We will start things off by talking about the pricing of these three handsets
Coolpad Cool 3 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs. Asus Zenfone Lite L1: Price in India
The Coolpad Cool 3 comes in a single 2GB RAM variant with 16GB of internal storage that has been priced at INR 5,999. The Xiaomi Redmi 6A, on the other hand, comes in two versions; a base 2GB+16GB variant priced at INR 5,999 and a pricier 2GB+32GB variant that costs INR 6,499. For the sake of this article, we will only consider the base variant of this comparison. Lastly, we have the ASUS Zenfone Lite L1 which also comes in a single 2GB+16GB version. While the Zenfone Lite L1 was launched for INR 7,999, ASUS gradually reduced the price of the handset to INR 5,999. As of this writing, the ASUS Zenfone Lite is going for a discounted price of INR 4,999.
Coolpad Cool 3 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs. Asus Zenfone Lite L1: Hardware specifications
The Coolpad Cool 3 gets a 5.71-inch LCD panel with a dewdrop notch at the top. This panel has a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels and. The Cool 3 is the only device in this comparison article to come with a notched display. In comparison, the Redmi 6A gets a 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels in the 18:9 aspect ratio. Moving on to the Zenfone Lite L1, this handset also gets a 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel with the same 720×1440 pixels resolution. Of the three, at least on paper, the displays on the Redmi 6A and the Zenfone Lite L1 are on par.
Moving on to the hardware, the Coolpad Cool 3 gets an entry level SoC from Unisoc, which was earlier known as Spreadtrum. The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, uses the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 SoC. The ASUS Zenfone Lite L1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. On paper, the Helio A22 chipset thanks to its 12 nm manufacturing process looks like the better of the three. In day to day usage, however, the performance difference could be marginal. All three devices in this comparison come with a 3,500 mAh battery.
Moving on to the camera, the Coolpad cool 3 gets an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 0.3-megapixel depth sensor. At the same time, the Redmi 6A gets a single 13-megapixel f/2.2 camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 front-facing camera. As for the ASUS Zenfone Lite L1, this device gets a 13-megapixel, f/2.0 rear camera, and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 front-facing camera.
Coolpad Cool 3 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs. Asus Zenfone Lite L1: Verdict
Looking at the overall specifications of all three handsets, at least on paper, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A has the overall edge when it comes to sheer performance. The SoC used by the Redmi is based on the 12 nm manufacturing process as opposed to the 28nm manufacturing process on the SD430 SoC used on the Zenfone Lite L1. Overall though, the Zenfone does stack up well in all other areas. Our winner as far as this comparison is concerned, however, is the Redmi 6A.