Following Xiaomi‘s example, we also support small growing brands. As on this occasion, we have found KOOLNEE, a small company that has sales in approximately 20 countries and is guided by the idea of always being Beyond Expectation. Something they seek to show us in the design of their KOOLNEE K1 device, a low-end phone with all the luxury and appearance of the high-end.
The first thing that attracted our attention is precisely its resemblance to the next Samsung Galaxy S9, and when we look at its low price, of course, we had to study what this model can offer us. Next, we will see, as usual, the strengths and weaknesses of this device. Will it be a clone of good benefits or will it have more inconveniences than advantages? Now we will try to verify it.
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Content / Box
Back cover x1, Cell phone x1, Manual in English x1, Power adapter x1, Screen protector x1 and USB cable x1.
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Specifications
|SIM Card Slot:||Dual SIM|
|SIM Type:||(Nano SIM + Nano SIM)|
|Display and Dimensions|
|Screen Type:||LCD IPS|
|Screen size:||6 inches|
|Screen Resolution:||1080 x 2160 Pixels 228 ppi|
|Dimensiones||15.40 x 7.19 x 0.85 cm|
|Cores:||1.5 GHz, Octa-Core|
|GPU||ARM Mali-T860 MP2|
|Bands:||4G LTE: 1800, 2100, 2600, 800 MHz / 3G: 2100, 850, 900 MHz / 2G: 1800, 1900, 850, 900 MHz|
|Wireless Connectivity:||Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Interfaces:||Nano SIM + Nano SIM Slots, 3.5 mm Audio port, USB type C.|
|Back Camera:||16 MP + 2 MP|
|Battery Capacity||3.180 mAh|
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Design and Display
Here what we have noticed first is the weight. KOOLNEL K1 is made of metal and glass materials, apparently not of the same quality as the most expensive devices, but which provide a weight of 210 grams. While its approximate dimensions are 74.0 mm x 157.0 mm x 8.8 mm, with a thickness of 8 millimeters, within the usual.
At first glance, the highlight of its design is usually the shiny finish on its back shell, which appears to be wavy, but is smooth, with a soft texture and sliding to the touch. Then we have the metallic border with a distribution of hardware buttons very similar to that found in Samsung devices, while the software buttons are on screen.
Speaking of the screen, this is one of the best features of the Koolnee K1. Without bevels and having IPS technology, the integrated panel is a beautiful 4D curved screen of 6 inches with Full HD resolution 2160 × 1080 pixels that offers an excellent visual experience. It has a ratio of 18: 9 that provides all the quality to play movies and games. Also, something worth mentioning is that it includes Gorilla Glass 3, even though it is a low-end device that is usually only protected by plastic.
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Hardware
We often show a multitude of unknown smartphones that try to get the attention of a mass of consumers, and most of these terminals come from very discreet Asian technology companies. When they are usually small companies, the little budget is expected to generate performance consequences in the equipment they manufacture, and for this reason, it is important to know what characteristics we face.
For this model, KOOLNEE has chosen a MediaTek processor, specifically an eight-core MT6750, which evidently is not a rival to the most outstanding models on the market. Even among the different ranges that Mediatek offers, this is one of the cheapest, but its decent performance makes it a recurring resource among the most popular low-end phones. Without forgetting the ARM Mali-T860 MP2 as the graphics processor, which is usually the faithful companion of this Mediatek model.
In RAM we find 4 GB, which is not a bad feature, and in storage, we get 64 GB, expandable. Both are specifications of mid-range devices that are usually found for much more than $200, which makes this device much more attractive. However, despite being a perfect combination, it can not necessarily deal with super demanding processes, even though the result of both gives a solvent use experience. He can work with multiple tasks, even while playing.
This smartphone has an integrated GPS receiver; it is a satellite navigation system that allows the determination of the exact geographical location on Earth.
Perhaps due to the weight and thickness of the phone, a high-power battery is expected, but in this case, the integrated battery has a charge capacity of 3,190 mAh and fast charge Pump Express. It is not the fastest in the market, but it is a feature difficult to find in low-end devices. The autonomy it offers is correct and precise, as an example in the next promotional trailer, we can see its performance with the capacity of up to 5 hours of video playback.
In our tests, the battery can last a day and a little more if you give it a lot of use. When it comes to charging, the back of the phone heats up a bit, but is nothing to worry about it. It takes 5 hours to charge since the battery is allowed to discharge up to 2%.
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Connectivity and Sensors
The connectivity has some absences, such as not having NFC included, and in the Bluetooth connection it is maintained in version 4.0, with profiles A2DP (Advanced audio distribution) and EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).
This Bluetooth version is compatible with many devices; computer, laptop, other smartphones, hands-free, Inateck speakers, vehicles, etc. It immediately detects that there is another Bluetooth nearby and its synchronization can be done quickly and correctly.
It offers access to 4G LTE, 3G and 2G networks at different speeds, with the Dual SIM for double Nano SIM, and Wi-Fi connection of 802.11bEl in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks.
On the other hand, it also has the 4 classic sensors of the moment, such as the accelerometer, ambient light, proximity, and the most wanted, the rear sensor for the fingerprint. The Achilles heel of this device. Why? Because of the failure or slowness of trying to recognize our fingerprint. Something difficult to forgive, when there are so many other smartphones with a fingerprint sensor.
KOOLNEE K1: Software
The KOOLNEE K1 runs on Android OS v7.0 (Nougat), a system has been on the market for a long time, and therefore many of the current phones are still manufactured in this version.
The default applications are the same, nothing new to highlight. But with the Intelligent Assist, an application to activate the proximity sensor, once you have given the power button, you pass your hand and directly enter the home screen, without going through the unlocking of the screen.
Also, with the new version of Rom V3.03, we can see that there is a new APP, facial recognition, easy to configure and much more efficient than even the fingerprint. It will work even at night, provided there is a little light to perform the facial recognition and take us directly to the home screen.
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Cameras
Although it has become quite a trend, it is still difficult to find smartphones at low cost with a double camera of average characteristics. In the KOOLNEE K1, we will have a main camera with two sensors, one of 16 MP and the other of 2 MP (F: 2.2) with LED Flash that complies, but with certain evident failures. For example, the dynamic range could be improved, also in low-light photos will noticeably lose quality and the bokeh effect is not as efficient as it should be. However, we can expect a video recording of 30 fps at 1080p maximum quality.
The front camera for selfies have 8MP, and although it does not offer surprising results, in general the entire camera configuration is fully functional.
Here some examples:
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Conclusion
In general, the KOOLNEE K1 has some features worthy of a medium-high range device for an affordable price. Its design stands out from the others, looking similar to the next Samsung Galaxy S9, even in the appearance of its screen. The rear and front cameras offer excellent quality, although we know that at night you can lose a lot of quality. And as we mentioned before, having 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM are two unusual aspects at such a low cost.
In other aspects, as the sound has a high volume, enough to listen to calls or notifications, to solve the lack of LED for notifications. The battery has a decent duration, and although you notice a slight heating in the back, it is not something to worry about, it usually happens in demanding processes.
In short, KOOLNEE K1 meets all the trends of 2017, from the double camera, a rear fingerprint on the screen without bevels, and has been able to leave us a good impression with its economic and decent characteristics.
KOOLNEE K1 Review: Where to BUY IT?
This smartphone can be found at an excellent price through our link to Gearbest, where you can choose between 3 color versions (Blue, Black and Gold):