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Coolpad Cool S1 vs OnePlus 3T: two flagship smartphones with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM and 16MP-8MP camera for under $480

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They say that you get what you pay, and if you have a budget of $480 USD, you won’t go wrong with either Coolpad Cool S1 or OnePlus 3T. Let’s check them out on what they have to offer us.

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For those who never heard of the name Coolpad before, it’s a company hailing from Shenzhen, China. And just like all its other counterparts from China, you can expect great value for money from its devices – with the Cool S1 targeting at the flagship space.

They might be facing some financial troubles, but that doesn’t stop Coolpad from coming out with the Cool S1 as per below specs:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, Quad-core (2x2.35 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Harman Kardon sound enhancement
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4070 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • January 2017 release date
  • $459 USD price tag

Cool S1 practically has everything that you could wish for from a flagship device. On the outside, you will appreciate how beautiful it is with its metal body and 2.5D curved glass making for its good looks. Then there’s also the fingerprint sensor to give you a sense of security as well as for verification purposes.

Under the hood of the Cool S1 is the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 821 chipset paired with the blazingly fast Kryo quad-core processor and 6GB RAM. There’s nothing that this beast won’t be able to run smoothly enough.

Camera-wise, you can find Cool S1 equipped with the 16MP-8MP camera setup. This should allow you some great photo-taking adventure with all the features and functions that are useable for your daily dose of social media uploads.

When it comes to storage, the Cool S1 boasts a large 128GB internal storage. That’s great though, as you should know that it does not have an expansion slot. Don’t think you will fill it fast enough, as you can still turn to cloud storage for future use.

For audio lovers, there’s the Harman Kardon speakers fitted on the Cool S1 which lets you indulge on all your audio cravings. Listen to some of the best sounds being produced from this quality smartphone.

With the 4070 mAh battery supplying juice to the Cool S1, you don’t have to worry about it running low on battery for at least a day or two in between charging. When it is time to plug it in, you can then find that it has the fast battery charging that would minimize your time being wired in.

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Would OnePlus 3T be as awesome or better? Let’s scrutinize its specs as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, Quad-core (2x2.35 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 and 6GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery + Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 minutes (Dash Charge)
  • Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2016 release date
  • $479 USD price tag

As you can see, there isn’t much difference between the two goliaths. There’s still a 5.5-inch screen, metal body, fingerprint sensor, same great hardware and 16MP-8MP camera.

But if you look close enough, then you should find that the OnePlus 3T is sporting the Optic AMOLED technology on its screen which should make it look slightly better. In terms of protection, the Gorilla Glass 4 should come in handy when you most need it.

Performance-wise, they have similar specs – so you know you got your hands on only the best hardware available. Same goes for the 16MP-8MP camera setup, which should give you an almost similar performance when taking photos.

As far as storage goes, OnePlus 3T have half the amount at just 64GB internal storage. Same problem here, as it doesn’t have an expansion slot for you to expand on. You might be doing some housekeeping every few months.

In terms of battery, there’s only a 3300 mAh battery supplying juice to it, so your best bet is a full day’s charge. But when it is time to plug it in, it won’t take long though. In just 30 minutes, it can take you all the way up to 60% with its Dash Charge feature.

One clear advantage that the OnePlus 3T has is on the software side of things. Here you can find this flagship running on Oxygen OS that is based on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 right out of the box. No messy updates, just pure vanilla OS running the show.

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Coolpad Cool S1 has everything that a flagship smartphone should have – and with a price that wouldn’t break the bank. Great looking body with 2.5D curved glass, amazing hardware, great camera, great sound system, large storage and a great battery life makes for a great flagship. It is also slightly cheaper by $20 USD.

Coolpad Cool S1 had just been released in January 2017 and is currently available for $459 USD. It is only available in Gold color.

As for OnePlus 3T, it has been making lots of waves worldwide since its release in December last year. Great screen technology, great body with Gorilla Glass protection, great hardware, great camera setup and the latest OS combines well to give you a speed demon.

OnePlus 3T is currently available for $479 USD. You can choose from Black, Graphite and Soft Gold color.

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