Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is a significantly better phone than the Coolpad Cool1 (3GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)!

Coolpad Cool1 (3GB RAM)  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
Coolpad Cool1 Xiaomi Mi A1
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Excellence Score
22.0
38.4
Value for Money Score
61.1
74.3
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 15,100 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 MarshmallowLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 510 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 13MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Dual 6P Lens, Sony BSI Sensor, Slow Motion Video, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR, DSLR Mode Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4 um Pixel Size, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.2 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 167 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4060 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby 450 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 2.0 Yes
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time: 120 hrs, Video Playback Time: 40 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0); USB Type-C; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The phone is built impressively well and feels sturdy
  • The quality and placement of the buttons are good too
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back, is quick to authenticate, and ergonomic to use
  • Good sharp display - offers good viewing angles, colour reproduction and brightness levels - also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it against scratches - overall easily one of the best displays in the budget segment
  • Uses Leeco's EUI (Leeco is now the parent company) just without LeEco’s ‘Supertainment’ streaming services - it is swift, and works well, keeping bloatware to a minimum
  • The phone handles multitasking and general app performance with great ease - the speedy octa-core SoC and ample RAM ensure that there are rarely any slowdowns when launching apps or playing games - even demanding ones run smoothly - this is easily one of the best-performing phones in this price bracket
  • Reasonably good heat management
  • Media playback is also good, as the SoC is capable of handling 4K video, and high-bitrate files are also a non-issue
  • The single speaker at the bottom thankfully doesn’t get blocked when you hold the phone horizontally - and can pump out decent volume for media and alerts
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • Decent rear camera, especially in daylight conditions - the dual camera setup allows for a nice bokeh effect
  • The front 8-megapixel camera too is decent for selfies in good lighting but not so much under artificial or low-light
  • Excellent battery life - with normal usage, you can get a little more than a day and a half on a single charge
  • Charges fairly quickly too thanks to the 10W included adapter
  • Support the modern USB standard (USB Type C)
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A little bit heavy, and on the thicker side, due to its large battery
  • No expandable storage
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
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