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Coolpad Cool Play 6 vs Blu Vivo 8: sub-$250 smartphones that you can be proud of


Coolpad Cool Play 6 which is sold exclusively on Amazon comes up against Blu Vivo 8. With both smartphones having a price tag under $250 USD, there’s no denying the value that both smartphones are delivering, let’s check them out now.

For those of you who may not know Coolpad, they are a company from Shenzhen, China. Just like any other Chinese manufacturer, they are set to bring great value for money in the smartphone marketplace that will benefit us all. With a price tag at ~$250 USD, most would have wanted a mid-range performer with all the bells and whistles that you can wish for.

Let’s begin by taking a closer look at Cool Pay 6 as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653 chipset, Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A72) processor, Adreno 510 graphics and 6GB 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 Nougat 7.1.1, upgradeable to Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 4th, 2017 release date
  • 14,999 Indian Rupee or ~$235 USD price tag

With a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, you can say this is the size that almost everyone loves at the moment. Throw in an elegant metal body and fingerprint sensor, you have yourself a good look and feel smartphone.

But the Cool Play 6 is unlike your average device. With the highly-rated mid-range Snapdragon 653 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, good graphics and a whopping 6GB RAM, there’s nothing like it at the moment at this price-performance ratio. Moreover, there isn’t a smartphone that comes with 6GB RAM at this price tag.

All power and no fun will be kind of disappointing, won’t it? Here’s to lots of fun with the dual 13MP primary camera with all the features that you can ask for such as Bokeh effect. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera for all your selfie needs.

Regarding storage, 64GB of internal storage is all there is on the Cool Play 6. With no expansion slot, you will have to turn to cloud storage or even USB-on-the-go for more space.

Battery-wise, the 4000 mAh battery should be more than sufficient to be able to power up the smartphone for at least a day or two. According to Coolpad, it should be able to deliver the performance of a 4500mAh battery due to optimisations being made to its software. 

But even better is that Cool Play 6 is upgradeable to Android Oreo 8.0 – the latest operating system to hit the streets before the end of the year.

Let’s now turn our attention to Vivo 8. Surely many of you haven’t heard of the company called Blu right? Well, they are from Miami, Florida and it is surprising to have a smartphone manufacturer hailing out from the United States.

Here’s to the latest coming out from the United States, Vivo 8:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body with curved glass
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T860 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with LED flash
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 64GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4010 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (100% in less than 2 hours)
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • $249 USD price tag

There’s a lot of similarities between the two, starting with its screen size and technology. Vivo 8 also sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen with metal body and fingerprint sensor as well. But there’s the advantage of curved glass which makes it even nicer to hold. Then there’s the Gorilla Glass 3 protection to protect your precious smartphone against any uncertainties.

Performance-wise, Vivo 8 falls slightly behind with its Helio P10 chipset, a decently fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. But it still packs a punch anyway, where mid-range performance is concerned.

In terms of camera, Vivo 8 did not stand a chance at all with its 13MP primary camera. But it more than makes up for the 16MP selfie camera that also comes with LED flash. This means that you can take shots even in the dark, and your photos will still look as bright as day.

Another advantage that Vivo 8 has is in its storage. Both smartphones may share the same internal storage capacity at 64GB, but Vivo 8 includes an expansion slot that can take in an additional 64GB.

Lastly, a 4010 mAh battery is found on Vivo 8 that should have no problem supplying enough juice to the smartphone for a day or two. And when it is time to plug it in, the fast battery charging feature ensures that you only need less than 2 hours to get it up to 100%.


Coolpad Cool Play 6 is a solid mid-range smartphone that offers a lot more value than most other smartphones. Great 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, great hardware with 6GB RAM, an amazing dual 13MP primary camera setup, large 4000 mAh battery capacity, and the promise of getting the update to the upcoming Android Oreo 8.0 are all the characteristics that make it a winner. It is also slightly cheaper in this case.

Coolpad Cool Play 6 had just been released last September 4th for approximately 14,999 Indian Rupee or ~$235 USD. It is available in Gold and Black colour.

Meanwhile, for Blu Vivo 8, it is also offering its own solid mid-range experience. Great 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, great metal body with curved glass, good mid-range hardware, great 16MP selfie camera, large 4010 mAh battery with Fast battery charging makes for an irresistible combination.

Blu Vivo 8 had just been released last August 2017 for approximately $249 USD and is available in Gold and Black colour.

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