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LeEco Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: Why LeEco’s New Phone Is the Redmi Pro Killer! (Almost)

by Joe 33

First, there were single camera smartphones. As smartphone cameras progressed, the MegaPixel count increased, as did the aperture size. Then came the craze for dual camera phones. The craze died down for a while and this year, all thanks to a few companies like Huawei and LG, dual cameras are back in action. But looks like this time, dual cameras are here to revolutionize the smartphone camera segment as almost all major smartphone companies are reportedly working on a dual camera phone this year.

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro Comparison

Xiaomi unveiled its first ever dual camera smartphone, the Redmi Pro, a few days back and like always, the phone brings tremendous value for your money. But LeEco was very quick to fight back, and now, we have an even cheaper dual camera device, the Cool1 Dual, released by LeEco in collaboration with Coolpad. We know both LeEco and Xiaomi are top notch Chinese companies and they have changed the way we look at budget smartphones.

Now that you have two dual camera smartphones available in the mid-range price segment, it’s quite hard to choose between the Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro. This is where the article comes into the picture, as today we compare the key specs and features of the Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro to see whether any particular model has an edge over the other. Turns out, there are a few key differences and some major ones which could affect your buying decision.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: DESIGN

As always, design is going to be something that’s based on your personal preference. Both are pretty good looking smartphones and there will be some who prefer the Xiaomi Redmi Pro’s design and some others who like the Cool1 Dual’s Design.

cool1 dual vs Redmi Pro

Both feature metal bodies but the LeEco Cool1 Dual comes with a smooth texture. On the other hand, the Redmi Pro has a brushed metal texture. Personally, I like the brushed metal finish on the Pro but I am sure there will be some readers who’ll disagree.

There are other differences as well. The Cool1 dual comes with capacitive keys, while the Redmi Pro comes with a home button up front with two capacitive buttons. As you might have guessed, this means that the fingerprint sensor is also on the front of the Redmi Pro. On the other hand, the Cool1 Dual features a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device. The dual cameras are arranged vertically on both the models, but the Cool1 Dual’s module is integrated in one single housing, while you will clearly see two separate sensors on the Redmi Pro. Both have USB Type-C port as well.

Cool1 Dual Dimensions: 152 x 74.8 x 8.2mm Weight: 173 grams

Redmi Pro Dimensions: 151.5 x 76.2 x 8.15mm Weight: 174 grams

Considering both are 5.5-inch smartphones, they have very similar dimensions. Even the thickness is almost the same, measuring around 8.2mm. As for the weight, it’s once again surprisingly similar, as you can see above.

So, looks like LeEco Cool1 Dual was made for taking on the Redmi Pro from the start. Can’t really pick out a winner here, as both have very similar figures.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: DISPLAY

These two phones are using very different displays.

The Cool1 Dual comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display with 72% NTSC and 450 nit brightness. On the other hand, the Redmi Pro comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p OLED display with 100% NTSC color gamut but with a brightness of 350 nits. Redmi’s OLED panel should be richer in color but the Cool1 Dual should have a brighter screen.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: HARDWARE

Once again, both smartphones have different specs. The Cool1 Dual comes with the Snapdragon 652 octa-core chip (4x Cortex A72 + 4 x Cortex A53) clocked at 1.8GHz. Since we want to level the playing ground, in this comparison, I am going to consider the mid-range variant of the Cool1 Dual that features 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, costing 1499 Yuan, exactly as the Redmi Pro’s standard edition.

The Redmi Pro, on the other hand, comes with MediaTek’s Helio X20 chip clocked at 2.15GHz (2xA72 + 4xA53 + 4xA53) with 3GB of RAM. Yes, the base variant of the phone, which retails at 1499 Yuan comes with just 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of internal storage as well.

Now, at this point, the Cool1 Dual really looks like the better smartphone with SD652 and 4GB RAM. However, there’s one major flaw in the Cool1. The phone does not have a MicroSD card slot, which is a big disappointment. So, for the two variants (which have just 32GB ROM) of the device, you will be stuck with 32GB of internal storage. On the other hand, the Redmi Pro has an edge in this department, considering it comes with MicroSD card slot (although a hybrid one) expandable up to 128GB.

Now, it comes down to your choice. Either you can opt for a faster processor (better GPU), larger RAM and better third party ROM support (hail Snapdragon!) by choosing the Cool1 Dual (i.e. if you can somehow be satisfied with 32GB internal storage), or you can choose the Redmi Pro, whose Helio X20 is also quite a good performer and comes with expandable storage.

In case you are wondering, both have eMMC 5.1 storages.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: Cameras

Now, this is one area which I am sure everyone is interested to see. Once again, the two companies have used different technologies on their respective smartphones. Both have dual cameras and both are aligned vertically, however, the technology is different.

The Redmi Pro as we know comes with two camera sensors, a primary Sony 13MP sensor along with a 5MP sensor from Samsung that acts as a secondary sensor for depth information. The setup is said to take amazing Bokeh images, replicating similar quality as a DSLR.

Other features of the Redmi Pro’s camera module include 5P lens, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and color temperature flash. The phone is capable of capturing 1080p and 720p videos at 30fps. Slo-motion videos are captured at 720p @ 120fps. Up front, you get a 5MP shooter with f/2.0 and 85-degree wide angle lens.

Coming to the Cool1 Dual, it uses a slightly different setup. There are two 13MP sensors in the module, one RGB sensor and another monochrome sensor. Information from both the sensors are combined to create images, which should technically feature less noise and better clarity, especially in low light conditions.

Other features of this module include 4K and 1080p video support at 30fps, Slo-mo videos at [email protected], f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 6P lens and color temperature flash. Up front, you get an 8MP f/2.2 aperture sensor with 80-degree wide angle lens.

On paper, the Cool1 Dual seems to have an edge over the Redmi Pro. In fact, during the announcement, LeEco had mentioned that its phone uses dual camera 2.0 technology (RGB + Monochrome setup) as compared to Dual Camera 1.0 tech used by Redmi Pro (Primary cam + Depth sensor). Cool1’s ability to take 4K videos is also a big advantage.

So, at least on paper, Cool1 Dual’s camera could have an edge. We hope that real life images taken from both the phones will confirm this.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: BATTERY

As I mentioned above, it’s clear that the company is targeting the Redmi Pro, trying to beat the competition in the segment. So, even in this department, they both have almost identical specs. The Cool1 Dual comes with a 4060mAh battery while the Redmi Pro comes with a 4050mAh battery. Both have fast charging, so it won’t take too long to fill the juice up to 100%. Can’t really choose a particular model in this department.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: CONNECTIVITY

Both have very similar specs, with Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi display, Infrared sensor, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, USB Type-C common on the two models. However, the Cool1 Dual comes with 5GHz Wi-Fi ac standard which is faster than the Wi-Fi n standard on the Redmi Pro.

Both have fingerprint sensors, with Redmi Pro having it on the front, embedded into the home button, while the Cool1 having it at the back of the phone.

Both the models come with Android Marshmallow running out of the box. The Cool1 Dual features EUI 5.6 while the Redmi Pro, as tradition comes with MIUI 8.

There are two color options for the Cool1 Dual — Silver and Gold, while there are three colors available for the Redmi Pro — Gray, Silver, and Gold.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: PRICING

Cool1 Dual is priced cheaper than the Redmi Pro, starting at 1099 Yuan ($167). There are two other variants, retailing at $226 and $257. On the other hand, the Redmi Pro starts at 1499 Yuan ($226) and goes on till $300.

 

Cool1 Dual vs Redmi Pro: VERDICT

It’s actually easy to pick out a winner in this comparison. The LeEco Cool1 Dual would be a great option if you want a phone which is cheaper, probably with a slightly better camera, 4K video support and Wi-Fi ac.

On the other hand, if you can’t live with 32GB storage (a major deal breaker), want a richer OLED display and love MIUI, then Redmi Pro would be a good buy.

If not for the non-expandable storage, the LeEco would have been the ultimate Redmi Pro killer bringing 4K video support, Wi-Fi ac and better graphics performance at a cheaper price tag.

What do you think?

 

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  • Nikolaos Niachos

    Do we have any information about the sensors being used in the cool1??

    • david

      i read here in gizmochina the specs of cool1 and it there is NO OTG and no NFC too.. but im not sure.

      • Nikolaos Niachos

        I’ve read that it will support otg and fm radio . And sorry for the misunderstanding but i meant camera sensors! Do we know anything?

  • Jh1

    If pricing was the same, I’d pick the redmi pro. Both processors are beyond what I require performance wise, so the Sd652s better gpu doesn’t play much of a factor for me. I prefer miui, the home button and the overall look of the redmi. However, the price difference makes the cool1 a more appealing option. Curious to see a camera comparison test between the two.

    • Adam Nazifi

      Please i have another question, what about the mt6268, im looking to buying a lenovo vibe shot powered by this processor, how would it be able to handle gaming,and daily tasks ?

      • Jh1

        To the best of my knowledge, the mt6268 is a very old (2010) SoC that is no longer being used. I believe the Lenovo vibe shot comes with a SD 615, which was one of Qualcomm’s most disappointing SoC’s. Adequate for Web browsing and basic activities, but lousy gaming performance, and prone to overheating.

      • Jh1

        I can’t find any SoC besides the SD 615 listed for the Lenovo vibe shot. I’d be very suspicious of one claimed to have the mt6268. What are you looking for in a phone? Camera, gaming, battery life, etc?

        • Adam Nazifi

          There are two versions of the vibe shot,one is SD615 and the other the mtk. I want a good camera and battery life, but i love gaming, i can sacrifice that since im on a budget. The reason like the vibe shot is the camera

          • Jh1

            I found a version with the mtk 6753, which is a decent processor, but not a gaming powerhouse by any means. Perfectly fine for everyday use though (I have one in my m2 note). I personally would take it over the SD 615 though. Have you considered a xiaomi mi4 or Mi4c? They should both be adequate at gaming and have decent cameras. They are available for around $120 now.

          • Adam Nazifi

            Thanks for your help,the xiaomi doesnt have Micro SD, thats the only cons for

          • Jh1

            That’s too bad. Xiaomi and le eco have the best phones for the price currently, in my opinion, but neither offer many options with SD cards.

          • Adam Nazifi

            I’ll consider them. But hope im not bothering you i have this also (PPTV Find7/7s) What do you think about it because it has the helio x10

          • Jh1

            No bother at all. The x10 was a very good chipset, though a bit of a battery hog. Wish they were still using it and the mtk 6752 in new phones. It should definitely be able to handle gaming adequately. I believe it had some dropped frames on asphalt 8 on high graphics, but had no issues at all on medium graphics.

          • Adam Nazifi

            I dont even know what frame rates is so i probably wouldnt notice , thanks for your help now i think im going for the PPTV king 7,if not for you i’d have went for the lenovo. Thanks for your time

          • Jh1

            You’re welcome. A dropped frame is just kind of a stutter in the graphics while playing the game. I’m not very familiar with the king 7, but the x10 is a competent SoC. Definitely better for gaming than the SD 615 or mtk 6753. Hope it meets all your needs

  • greg

    I can´t beleive Leeco still doesn´t add micro sd slot.

    • Their devices are very cheap, so to get a 64GB version would not cost you allot.
      Also all those phones support USB OTG and even 1-2TB HDD`s can be plugged into that thing.

  • Ivo001

    32GB should be enough for me.
    A shame the Redmi Pro has no 5ghz wifi.

  • yoselife

    must have gorilla glass (3 or above) and FM radio

  • guix

    OLED friends, OLED…

  • MaxPower

    They both have pros and cons.
    It’s all down to personal preferences.
    I would go with the LeEcho.

  • Marius Cirsta

    With “just” 3 GB of RAM … I have 2 GB of RAM and it’s quite OK, why do you need so much RAM on a mobile phone for the love of God …
    Just force the developers to not be lazy and actually do some quality apps that don’t need all the RAM in the world.
    Also Android should handle this better so that it doesn’t consume this much RAM ….

    • Karly Johnston

      If you are heavy into the browser more RAM is a necessity unless you want it acting like an old iPhone.

      • Marius Cirsta

        I do like to browse and have many open tabs but on my PC where I can easily switch between then and forget some open. The same thing doesn’t really make sense on an Android phone, not for me at least.
        Web browsers too could be made more memory efficient though, they do use unreasonable amounts of RAM sometimes.

        • Karly Johnston

          It makes more sense on limited data plans. You can waste hundreds of MB reloading pages. Also a waste of battery.

    • Depends on the software optimization, some phones do lag with 3GB of RAM while say the Moto E still runs fine with just 1GB.
      Go figure.

      • Lazar Prodanovic

        Only Samsung Galaxy S6 did lag with 3GB ram & only back in the days…

  • Wolvie

    Too bad LeEco Cool1 don’t have SD slot, if they do have then this smatphone is the best choice ever (on the paper). But again i can live happily with 4Gb and 32GB onboard memory for that kind of damn low pricing.

    Not really a fans of OLED so for me it is no different. Good to have , but don’t have also not a problem.

    Redmi pro is using mediatek SOC, this is a BIG NO for me(sorry guys, now i am more incline to Qualcomm, sort of a fan already, so my opinion here is purely biased, no longer objective LOL). Been using several mediatek SOC smartphones before (not Xiaomi) and really not happy with their performance and durability. Changed to redmi note 3 pro with SD650 and boom bye bye problem, all are ok, rock stable baby !!!! This is why i am now only buying Qualcomm SOC, except their price is a lot more expensive compare to its mediatek competitor (Both SOC must have same SOC spec level/grade or better spec).

    The other factor is the camera, i really have to see camera samples comparison in real life low light situation from trusted independent reviewers (NOT from the manufacturers ever as they always cheated). But again i am very happy with my redmi note 3 pro camera, they are already beyond my expectation camera standard from their damn cheap price. Since i don’t have big budget (AKA Poor guy) so i cannot expect much for camera. If my smartphone can take descent sharp pictures then for me it is ok already.

  • bro-reac

    I think it is best we wait for real world user experience.
    Both are fine in their own ranks but that does not define how they will perform in the real world. umum Xperia X.

  • Pricing and performance is similar, biggest difference for me is the OLED display on the REDMI PRO, but will wait to see how the cameras actually perform.

  • Dilip Prakash

    major issue with le eco is the SD card slot and the FM module. both are absent.

  • Karly Johnston

    OLED makes the Redmi worth the extra cost.

  • vijay sud

    Is Cool1 really available anywhere, even in China from LeEco or resellers ? Just wondering, why is LeEco not accelerating the availability and introduction in Indian Market.