Coolpad Modena: The Cheapest Frameless Phone to date

No doubt, frameless smartphones have revolutionized the world. These phones have a unique and elegant look. Not only this, the screen actually looks bigger and more captivating without frames. In really, there are frames but the design of the screen using 2.5D glass, appears to be like frameless. But, the problems lies in the budget of these phones. Phones such as Nubia Z9 and Coolpad Modena (today’s topic).

If you are among that audience who are looking for a cheap frameless phone. Then, you are on the right track. Today we, are going to reveal the cheapest frameless phone in the market to date. Coolpad, a Chinese company have provided some impressive gadgets. But, this time they have done something great. They have made possible that the frameless phones are in the range of every person. They have done that so by introducing Coolpad Modena.

first look
First look at Coolpad Modena

We are not going for a whole review of Coolpad Modena. This is because it’s a low-spec smartphone and not that famous. Instead of the design, built and battery. Having a low budget no longer means giving up a nice design and Coolpad Modena is a clear example of it.

Back and logo
Back (logo) of Coolpad Modena

First kicking things off with the design, which is by the way, most appealing and exciting aspect of this phone. The bad thing is that the the screen bezels aren’t as nearly as thin as those that are shown on the advertisement images.

Bezels of this phone
Side bezels of Coolpad Modena

The menu, home and back buttons are pretty much awesome and simple. They further enhance the beauty of this phone.

Touch based buttons of Coolpad Modena

Despite that, the phone has a slightly curved back and relatively thin body – 8.7 mm thickness (without the protruding rear camera), which secures a better grip as far as its possible, considering the 5.5-inch display. Sadly you will have a hard time moving your thumb through the whole display (things get harder after the middle). The weight of the device is in the normal range for its size – 158 grams.

Thickness of Coolpad Modena

Moving to the screen and display. As mentioned previously, the screen size of Coolpad Modena is 5.5″ (diagonally) (~70.3% screen-to-body ratio). Well this is a big plus, considering its price is around $200. The display is somewhat a disappointment. It’s 540 x 960 pixels (~200 ppi pixel density), seriously, its not even 720P. Nonetheless, colors are vivid and contrast ratio is good thanks to the IPS panel that compensates to some extent.

Display of Coolpad Modena

The heart of Coolpad Modena is a famous chipset called Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410. It consist of a Quad Core CPU Cortex-A53, with a frequency of 1.2 GHz and 1 GB Ram. This processor is used because of its low energy consumption.


The GPU of this phone is Adreno 306, which is best for gaming. Here is a gameplay on the big screen of Coolpad Modena:

Gameplay on Coolpad Modena

The connectivity aspect of this phone is to be noted. On of the Pros is that, Coolpad Modena supports 4G LTE network. It’s also a Dual Sim phone. The total internal space is 8 GB (a little bit less) but not to worry because a micro SD slot has also been provided.

Micro SD slot of Coolpad Modena

Modena consist of two cameras. The front one is a 2 MP camera like the majority of the low-end smartphones. The rear camera is somewhat impressive. It’s a 8 MP CMOS sensor (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus and LED flash. The rear camera features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama and can shoot a Full HD video of 30 fps.

back camera of Coolpad Modena
Rear camera of Modena

Coolpad Modena is powered with a non-removable, Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery. Although the back cover can be removed, showing clearly the battery but it cannot be removed. Despite of the big screen ,the processor and the display enables the phone to get a talktime up to 10 h (2G) / up to 8 h (3G). The OS is an Android v5.1 (Lollipop) platform.

Edges Coolpad Modena
Curved edges of Modena

Summary of Coolpad Modena:

  • Display: 5.5 inch IPS with resolution 960 x 540 pixels
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal memory: 8 GB, expandable to 32GB with additional microSD
  • Back camera: 8 MP
  • Front Camera: 2 MP
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 n, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G
  • Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Dual SIM: Yes
  • Battery: 2,500 mAh
  • Dimensions: 153 x 77.5 x 8.6 mm

The Coolpad Modena is an interesting option for those looking for an economical terminal quarrelsome features and a very attractive design.

You can buy this phone from Coolpad Official Site under $200.



Started blogging at the age of 18, Roman is a techie with 3 years of blogging, SEO, and Wordpress experience, totally opposite of his health & nutrition career. He is a die-hard Xiaomi fan and an avid gamer, working hard to provide valuable information regarding Tech & Gadgets. You can contact him on this email: [email protected]

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