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LeEco Cool1 Dual vs Sharp Z2: two great smartphones under $280

LeEco Cool1 Dual vs Sharp Z2 photo

On the one hand, we have LeEco Cool1 Dual with its dual primary camera setup; while on the other, we have Sharp Z2 with its great hardware especially its deca-core processor.

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With more people buying into the idea of having a smartphone that takes great pictures, LeEco Cool1 Dual jumps in the bandwagon. Not only that, it does it without having to break the bank. We have to thank the Chinese manufacturers for pulling out all the stops to present us with some of the most value for money smartphones.

You can find the full details of LeEco Cool1 Dual as follows:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~403 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset, Octa-core (4x1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72) processor, Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4060 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (50% in 30 minutes)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • $1699 Chinese Yuan or $245 USD

Just by glancing at LeEco Cool1 Dual's specs above, you can see that it provides us with a mixture of features and functions that put it in the mid-range segment. The smartphone is wrapped in a metal body that also comes with a fingerprint scanner.

Now let’s take a look at what’s under the hood. We can find the Snapdragon 652 chipset, an octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. All of this combines well to provide you with some nifty performance that should be able to cater for all your daily needs.

But the spotlight for LeEco Cool1 Dual is really on its dual-13MP primary camera. With more and more people prioritising camera performance when buying a smartphone – it doesn’t get any better than this. You can now shoot great photos in all its full glory, and sometimes rivalling those of a dedicated digital camera. It also comes with an 8MP secondary camera which allows you to take good selfies as well.

Storage-wise, it comes with 64GB of internal storage. Hope you can live with it, as LeEco Cool1 Dual do not have an expansion slot.

Last but not least, LeEco Cool1 Dual is being powered by a large 4060 mAh battery which should be able to supply enough juice for a day or two. And when it’s time to charge it to gain power, the fast battery charging feature ensures that you can get it up to 50% in just 30 minutes. You can expect very little downtime with this device.

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Now then, let’s turn our attention to Sharp’s Z2. First of all, let’s congratulate Taiwanese giant Foxconn, for making the bold move of acquiring Sharp from the Japanese. If previously Sharp is only known for its household consumer products, perhaps it is now time to make its smartphone lineup popular – starting with the Z2.

Without further ado, let’s get introduced to the Z2 as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 chipset, Deca-core (2x2.3GHz Cortex-A72, 4x2.0GHz Cortex-A53, 4x1.4GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T880 MP4 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, electronic image stabilisation and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/1.8 aperture and 82-degrees wide angle
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging up to 50% in just 30 minutes
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • $279 USD price tag

Even though they may be sporting a similar screen size, the Z2 has a slight advantage of having LTPS screen. We all know how good Sharp’s television set is, now we can detect similar performance on its smartphone. Next on the plate, is the availability of Gorilla Glass protection. 

One of the Z2’s strengths is on its hardware. Here we can find it blessed with the Helio X20 chipset paired with a deca-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. There’s simply nothing that this smartphone can’t run fast enough. There’s also the innovative Tri-Cluster CPU structure which allocates processing power based on the application requirements. This not only maximises the processing power but also reduces battery consumption effectively.

The Z2 might not have a dual primary camera setup, but it is no slouch either. Equipped with a 16MP camera that comes with PDAF and EIS, it lets you easily capture the best moment and shoot smooth videos as well. As for its 8MP selfie camera, it has a wide 82-degrees angle which lets you capture more stuff in the background.

Battery-wise, the 3000 mAh battery should be able to power up the Z2 for at least a day in between charging. Even then, a quick 30 minutes’ charge brings the power up to 50%.

Another note worth mentioning about the Z2 is its availability of a microSD slot. Yes, by default there’s only 32GB internal storage; but you can easily add up to 128GB that lets you install more apps and games, and put in more songs and videos of your choice.

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Conclusion:

LeEco Cool1 Dual is simply amazing with its dual 13MP primary camera and affordable pricing. Even if you are not a fan of photography, once you get the hang of it – you won’t be settling for something lesser. The only drawback is its unavailability of an expansion slot, so you may have to do some housekeeping now and then. Not to mention that it is also slightly cheaper by $34 USD.

LeEco Cool1 Dual is currently available for $1699 Chinese Yuan or $245 USD. You can choose either Gold, Silver or Rose Gold colour.

Sharp Z2 has a wonderful deca-core processor, so you know that it has the performance to boot. Great 16MP-8MP camera is also there keeping company. If you want to feel the power of a 10-core smartphone, here’s your chance to do it on the cheap.

Sharp Z2 is currently available for $399 Singapore Dollar or ~$279 USD. It is available in Silver and Gold.

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