The past few days have been busy for LeEco and Coolpad alike as these two companies, for the first time, were all set to release a smartphone in collaboration, called the Cool1 Dual. Now, this particular flagship device has just become official, revealing its powerful specs and cheap pricing. Looks like the consumers are going to benefit to a great extent with this new collaboration.
The Cool1 Dual flagship is made out of magnesium alloy and undergoes anodic oxidization, CNC edge processing, CCD precision machining and a number of other processes to ensure that you end up with a premium metal body. Looks wise, the phone seems to be inspired from the previous LeEco offerings in the market. At the bottom, you get dual speakers as well as USB Type-C port along with a microphone opening. The back features a dual camera setup, a first for LeEco as well as Coolpad, along with a fingerprint ID sensor. The dimensions are as follows: 152 x 74.8 x 8.2mm and the phone weighs 173 grams.
Before we take a look at the highlight of the LeEco Cool1, i.e. the dual camera module at the back, let’s see the other specs of the device. The Cool1 flagship comes with a capable Snapdragon 652 octa-core chip clocked at 1.8GHz with three memory variants: 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. There will be a 5.5-inch 1080p display on board.
Like the rival Redmi Pro, LeEco and Coolpad have played it smart by incorporating a very large 4060mAh battery on board. This large battery can reportedly also be used for reverse charging via the USB Type-C port. Other features of the Cool1 include universal remote function, fingerprint sensor located at the back, dual SIM dual standby with entire network support, 4G+ and EUI OS. Unfortunately, there’s no NFC.
Now coming to the important part, the cameras. The Cool1 Dual will come with a dual camera module at the back. However, the company claims that the module used inside its new device is using second generation dual camera technology, i.e. Dual Camera 2.0. The first generation dual camera tech used one regular camera sensor along with a depth of field sensor as a secondary camera, like in the case of the HTC M8 and the Redmi Pro. However, in the new generation dual camera 2.0, the Cool1 comes with one black and white camera sensor and a color sensor, whose information are clubbed together to take better-looking photos. This means that Huawei phones like the P9 and V8 are using dual camera 2.0 technology.
The company further adds that using the dual camera 2.0 technology on the Cool1, the phone can enhance the overall image clarity by 20%, reduce noise by 8% and increase brightness by 20%. So, this should mean that the phone will take better low light images as compared to a traditional single camera module. Other features of the module include 6P lens, a number of filter support and stand alone black and white mode.
On the front, the phone comes with a regular 8MP shooter.
Now, coming to the pricing of the three variants, the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM model starts at 1099 Yuan ($167), the 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM model will retail at 1499 Yuan ($226) and the 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM version will retail at 1699 Yuan ($256). There’s also a Huachen special edition model with only 2000 units available.
The phone will be up for reservations starting today at 6PM and will go on sale at JD.com, Lemall and Coolpad’s online store on August 24 at 10AM.
Another dual camera phone for the cheap and this might be a bit better than the Redmi Pro as well. What do you think? Looks like we will have to look at both these devices in detail very soon!