China witnesses the most aggressive pricing for smartphones with low to no margin at all. Brands like Xiaomi, LeEco, Huawei, Coolpad or Lenovo aren’t deterred a little by this close fight. They are willing to give all profits but stay afloat in the Chinese market. And now we have one more example of the same with Cool S1, made by Lenovo and Coolpad in collaboration.
The Cool S1 comes in three variant and the most expensive one carries a price of just $460. As usual, the pricing is meant just for the Chinese market with overseas users seeing a little jump whenever released.
The value for money proportion is great on this smartphone. Cool S1 has some of the beefiest features in the specs sheet. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, along with 6 Gigs of RAM. Even the internal storage stands at staggering 128 Gigabytes. As for micro-SD card is concerned, the announcement was clear on that. Still, we believe the onboard memory will be enough for most of the power users too.
Then, you have a 5.5-Inch Full HD Display with Harman Kardon front-facing speakers, which take advantage of the Clari-Fi audio enhancing technology. Camera department of the Cool S1 comprises of 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and 4K video recording, along with an 8-megapixel front shooter. All this is powered by a large 4,070 mAh battery with LeEco’s EUI 5.8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow on top.
The only controversial part of the smartphone announcement was the lack of 3.5mm audio jack. This means users will need to make use of Type-C port for listening music or taking calls via headphones.
Overall, the Cool S1 by LeEco and Coolpad is definitely one of the most exciting offerings of recent times, and we doubt seeing it anywhere else than China. And even if it does cross borders, there will be a sharp rise in the price for sure.