Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad launched its new budget offering called the Note 3 in India in October last year. The phone was first introduced in the brand’s home market in July 2015, and received a warm welcome from the consumers as the company scored more than 2.6 million pre-orders for the handset in one week after the launch. The brand also announced that it crossed over 5,00,000 registrations on its online sales partner Amazon India within 2 days and sold 15,000 units of the device in five minutes.

The Coolpad Note 3 is one of the best budget smartphones with fingerprint sensor in the jaw-dropping sub-Rs 9,000 price range. If you are planning to buy the Coolpad Note 3, let’s discuss its specifications in details.

Coolpad Note 3: features of the budget offering with fingerprint sensor


Talking about the design first, the Coolpad Note 3 comes with curved edges with a soft matte finish, which the brand calls Baby Skin. The back cover of the handset is removable and its fingerprint sensor sits on the back below the main camera. The handset has a chrome finish rim around the front panel that also sports soft matte finish and has capacitive touch buttons. It measures 9.3mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 155 grams.

Display and OS

The Note 3 sports a phablet-grade 5.5-inch display bearing a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The IPS LCD screen offers a mediocre pixel density of 267 pixels per inch. It delivers a decent media viewing experience and gets narrow bezels around the screen. Software-wise, the Coolpad Note 3 runs Android 5.1 and comes with the brand’s UI called Cool UI. The fingerprint sensor of the phone can bring you straight to the home screen or open apps.


The Note 3 is powered by a powerful 1.3GHz octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor, which is further supported by a Mali T720 MP2 graphics processor and a meaty 3GB of RAM, which delivers impressive performance and lag-free gaming experience. In the AnTuTu benchmark, the device scores 35,617 points, which is over the Yureka Plus and XOLO Black. The phone ships with 16GB of internal memory, which can be further increased via a microSD card.


The Coolpad Note 3 offers decent camera specifications. It comes with a 13-megapixel primary snapper with autofocus, a CMOS sensor, an LED flash, Face Detection, HDR, Geo Tagging, ISO control, Tough to Focus, White Balance presets, and Self Timer. The phone also gets a 5-megapixel secondary snapper for selfies and video calling. Overall, it offers decent camera specifications for the asking price.

Connectivity and battery

In terms of connectivity, the Coolpad Note 3 offers 4G LTE connectivity, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB, USB OTG, and A-GPS. Coming to the battery, the Note 3 is backed by a 3,000mAh unit, which is of a non-removable nature. The phone’s battery can last full day on a normal usage, depending on usage and the app used.


The Coolpad Note 3 has been priced at Rs 8,999, and offers hardware specifications that are available only in the high-end devices, which usually are priced around Rs 30,000 or above. The Note 3 brings high-end specs in the sub-Rs 9,000 range offering a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security, an HD display, a powerful processor, a meaty RAM, a large 3,000mAh battery, and is a future-ready device with 4G LTE connectivity. If you are looking for a budget 4G LTE offering with a phablet-grade display, the Note 3 is one of the best choices for you. So, are you going for it? Or have any other device on your mind? Share in the comments.