After many unofficially leaked announcements, the Cool S1 Changer has made its way to the official launch in China. The unveiling of the phone has happened soon after the release of the other phones in this series - Cool 1 Dual in August and Cool Changer 1C in November.
The Smartphone comes in three memory/ storage variants to suit the users' requirement. The phone manufactured by the joint collaboration of Chinese giants LeEco and Coolpad, is the third in the new ‘Cool' series announced by the companies. The first product was declared after a week of appointment of Jia Yueting, the CEO of LeEco, as the Chairman of Coolpad.
Cool S1 Changer is priced at CNY 3,199 (roughly INR 31,185) for 6GB/ 128 GB option, CNY 2,699 (around INR 26,310) for 6GB/64 GB variant and CNY 2,499 (INR 24,360) for the 4GB/32GB model.
There was a series of leaks related to the specifications and price of this phone on various websites prior to its launch. In November, China's TENNA listed specifications of the phone and they match the actual features too.
The handset sports a 5.5-inch full HD screen with a pixel density of 1080. The body of the phone is made up of metal and is available in Gold, Silver and Black colours. It boasts of two front-facing premium speakers that has Clari-Fi audio enhancement by Harman Kardon. The AKG headphone devices, which come with the phone are claimed to cost around CNY 999 or INR 9,780.
In the shooting department, the device is laden with a 16-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor that has PDAF, EIS technology and dual LED flash enablement. The camera is capable of 4K video recording at 30fps. The front snapper of the device is of 8-megapixel.
The back of the phone is packed with very efficient 4070mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0. The dual SIM phone is powered by Adreno530 GPU Snapdragon 821 processor. The 4G VoLTE supporting handset comes with connectivity options that include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Type-C USB support, OTG and Bluetooth 4.1.
Cool S1 Changer runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based on EUI 5.8 user interface of LeEco. The phone is out in the market and expects to face a tough competition from OnePlus 3T, which has already become a sensation.
It was in June 2016 that LeEco was declared as the largest stakeholder in shares of Coolpad, the Chinese Smartphone manufacturing company. The percentage of shares held by the former was reported to be 28.9 percent. In a bid to expand its sale in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, LeEco went on to combine its ecosystem model with the billions of brilliant terminals of Coolpad.
The integration, which is popular for launching high-end Smartphones in comparatively budgeted range is coming out with decent phones and hopes to reap increased profits in the coming year. There was no word by the brand's officials on release of Cool S1 in other countries apart from China.