Recently, Spice Mobiles teamed up with Coolpad, a product of a China-based manufacturer Yulong, to bring to the Indian market the Spice Coolpad Mi-515 Android smartphone. The Mi-515 is the first device in the Spice Coolpad series in India and we got the handset with us to scrutinise. It boasts of a quad-core processor with a 5-inch qHD display and runs the Android Jelly Bean v4.1 operating system. Does the handset deliver in terms of features and performance? Let's find out.
5-inch qHD IPS display, quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU
Design and build
From the front, the Spice Coolpad looks appealing. At the top are the earpiece and the VGA camera, while the three backlit capacitive buttons for home, menu and back are at the bottom. The rear panel is curved and made of a highly glossy surface that is highly prone to scratches. The rear panel sports the main camera and an LED flash towards the top, a brand logo in the centre and a large speaker grille on the bottom. On the sides of the phone is a shiny violet trim with the volume rocker on the left and the power button on the right. Lastly, the top features the earphone jack and the micro USB interface.
Dual SIM (GSM+WCDMA), hot-swappable microSD card slot, 2000 mAh battery
The rear panel fits very snugly on the chassis and releasing the same to access the SIM, memory card and battery is a bit tough. Once opened, you will find the hot-swappable microSD card slot and the two SIM (GSM+WCDMA) slots present. The entire chassis is very firm and the build quality does not feel like cheap plastic. The Mi-515 measures 73 x 140 x 9.9 mm and, sadly, does feel a bit on the heavier side with a weight of 161 grams.
Android Jelly Bean V4.1, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage
Compared to most quad-core Android-based budget handsets available in the market these days, the Spice Coolpad does not seem to have anything special underneath the hood. The Spice Coolpad is a dual SIM GSM+WCDMA handset and runs off the same MediaTek MT6589 chipset which is based on a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It is coupled with a PowerVR SGX544MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. The total internal storage is 4GB, of which the user can avail of just 1.8GB for his or her use. The display is a 5-inch qHD IPS display sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels with a screen density of 240 ppi.
MicroUSB and earphone jack on top, volume rocker on left
The rear panel sports a 5MP main shooter with autofocus and the front camera is a simple VGA. As per the benchmark utilities run on the handset, they seem to report the main camera being an 8MP and the front camera as a 4.9MP. Unfortunately, the cameras reveal themselves as 5MP and VGA respectively after analysing the photos taken by both the cameras. Moving on, the Mi-515 has sensors for light, proximity, accelerometer and compass while connectivity options are Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G, A-GPS, Bluetooth and a micro USB interface. The operating system installed is Android Jelly Bean v4.1 and the entire handset is fuelled by a 2000 mAh battery.
Power button on the right, violet trim around the edges
The MediaTek MT6589 chipset is capable of a full HD display panel and incorporates a rear camera of up to 13 megapixels with full HD video capabilities. The operating system it can support goes up all the way to Android v5.0 Key Lime Pie. However, manufacturers tend to reduce the features of the chipset and compromise on the camera, display, operating system and a few other areas only to cut down on the entire cost. Though this might sound feasible, the manufacturer should not compromise on the quality of the hardware included—in this case, the display panel, which is below average, and the Android version, which could have been v4.2.
Stock user interface with custom launcher
The benchmark tests carried out on the Spice Coolpad resulted in the following scores: AnTuTu – 13002, Quadrant – 4085, Nenamark2 – 45.1 and Linpack – 37.7 MFLOPS and 125.03 MFLOPS (single and multi-thread respectively). The handset has a performance that is at par with most other budget handsets in the category. These include the Xolo q700, Xolo q1000, Celkon A119Q, Gionee E3 and a few others sporting the same chipset and almost identical features.
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