“While the Dazen 1 holds no surprises as far as its retail box is concerned, it still stands out as one to shortlist if you’re on a budget”
The monsoons haven’t really begun in earnest, but as far as we’re concerned, the rains never really stopped. It’s raining new smartphones, and a majority of them, especially in the recent past, have come from Chinese brands. The latest to enter the fray is Coolpad, which recently made its debut in the Indian market with the Dazen range of smartphones. The Dazen X7 (first impressions) looks like a worthy contender in the mid-range, but its sibling, the budget Dazen 1 piqued our interest.
Priced at Rs 6,999, the Dazen 1 (first impressions) currently holds the distinction of being the most affordable smartphone in India that boasts 2GB of RAM, and that’s enough for us to sit up and take notice. While we’ll only be able to figure out if it’s worthy of your hard-earned dough after a full-blown review, let’s take a quick look at its retail box and the accessories included.
The Dazen 1 comes in a large brown cardboard box that defies the compact size of the smartphone. We’d like to point out that the box does remind us of the packaging used by Xiaomi and YU, but let’s just focus on the device at hand here. There’s Dazen 1 and Coolpad branding on top of the box, while the rear sports a sticker with the usual regulatory info, box contents and pricing.
Opening the lid reveals the smartphone lying on top of a cardboard tray, with the removable battery placed right below that. There’s a cavity underneath, and here you’ll find the usual documentation, along with a two-pin wall charger carrying a 1A rating and a micro-USB cable. There’s no headset provided.
To recap the specs, the Dazen 1 sports a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. There’s 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further increased up to 32GB. The camera department features an 8MP autofocus primary shooter with an LED flash and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP secondary snapper. The juice is provided by a 2,500mAh battery. The Dazen 1 is a dual-SIM device, and as one of its highlights, also includes support for the Indian 4G LTE bands. Android KitKat makes up the software side of things, with the brand’s custom skin dubbed CoolUI running on top. It will be going on sale on June 9th exclusively via Snapdeal and the pre-registrations have already kicked off. Stay tuned for more details on how it stacks up against its closest rivals, which include the YU Yuphoria (first impressions | FAQs), the Lenovo A6000 Plus (review) and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (review).