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Coolpad Modena 2 Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Manuel Masiero (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 11/15/2016

Cool Pad. The successor of the affordable mainstream model Modena can really live up to the company name Coolpad – the Chinese Modena 2 is one of the "coolest" smartphones we reviewed so far. But can the smartphone convince with more than just cool case temperatures? We will find out.

For the original German review, see here.

Compared to the low-resolution predecessor, the Coolpad Modena 2 now has an HD screen with 1280x720 pixels, while the screen size is still 5.5-inches. Instead of a Qualcomm processor, Coolpad now uses a MediaTek SoC with four cores for the second generation of the Modena series. The internal eMMC storage was doubled from 8 GB to 16 GB and the memory from 1 GB to 2 GB.

Coolpad charges around 180 Euros (~$192, RRP) for the Modena 2. This means the affordable mainstream device competes in a smartphone segment with a lot of rivals. For this article, we use the following devices: UMi Super (Euro Edition), Lenovo Moto G4 PlayZTE Blade V7 LiteUMi Max as well as the Archos 50 Power. We also compare the Modena 2 with Coolpad's own devices Modena and Coolpad Torino S.

 

 

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Coolpad Modena 2 (Modena Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive, Multi-Touch, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, , 10.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset port, Card Reader: MicroSD (up to 32 GB), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Magnetometer
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, 2G GSM: 900/1800/1900 MHz ; 3G HSPA+: 900/2100 MHz; 4G LTE FDD: 1 (2100), 3 (1800), 8 (900), 7 (2600) 20 (800), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.85 x 154.5 x 76.5 ( = 0.31 x 6.08 x 3.01 in)
Battery
2500 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 180 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 4 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix LED Flash, Sony Sensor IMX219, Autofocus, f/2.2, HDR
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.2, HDR
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power adapter, USB cable, CoolUI 8.0, 24 Months Warranty, SAR unknown, fanless
Weight
143 g ( = 5.04 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 43 g ( = 1.52 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
180 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Modena 2 is available in the colors gray and champagne (gold). At 155 x 77 millimeters it is more of a phablet, and it can hardly be called compact. The smartphone with a thickness of 7.9 millimeters and a weight of 143 grams still has a comfortable handling.

The 2.5D cover glass at the front of the chassis is slightly rounded in the frame. The bezels around the 5.5-inch display look pretty small, but the screen-to-body ratio is only average at 70.6% – for comparison: a UMi Max manages 73.7%.

The case is made of polycarbonate and you can slightly dent the rear with some pressure, but you can hardly hear any creaking sounds. Both the volume rocker and the power button are convenient in terms of quality, but they are a bit wobbly. The pressure points of the plastic buttons are well-defined, though.

All in all, the Coolpad Modena 2 is quite stable and also well-built for this price range, but the plastic case does lack a certain kind of sophistication.

Size Comparison

154.5 mm / 6.08 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 7.85 mm / 0.3091 inch 143 g0.3153 lbs153 mm / 6.02 inch 77.5 mm / 3.05 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 158 g0.3483 lbs151 mm / 5.94 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs150.8 mm / 5.94 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs144.4 mm / 5.69 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 137 g0.302 lbs145 mm / 5.71 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs143.8 mm / 5.66 inch 70.2 mm / 2.76 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 135 g0.2976 lbs139 mm / 5.47 inch 67.8 mm / 2.67 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 119 g0.2624 lbs

Connectivity

The internal storage capacity is 16 GB and you can use around 10.2 GB for your own files and apps after the initial setup. If you waive the dual-SIM capabilities of the mainstream smartphone, the hybrid slot can also be equipped with a microSD-card to expand the capacity by up to 32 GB (according to the manufacturer). Our test model had no problems with our 64 GB reference memory card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro M401). The manufacturer supports the transfer of apps to the external memory card (A2SD functionality), but the microSD cannot be used as internal storage for the Modena 2.

At the bottom of the Modena 2 is a micro-USB 2.0 port that can be used to charge the LTE smartphone. Peripherals like USB drives or external keyboards cannot be attached via OTG adapter. Besides an integrated FM radio, the Coolpad smartphone is also equipped with a status LED for notifications.

Software

The operating system of the Chinese smartphone is the pretty modern Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Coolpad did not release any information about a possible update to Android 7.0 Nougat yet. The design differs a lot from stock Android and the UI was heavily customized. 

Coolpad's own Cool UI in version 8.0 reminds us of Apple's iOS – installed apps are listed on the home screen and there is no app drawer. Shortcuts for the settings can be used with a swipe from bottom to top. The settings as well as the multi-tasking menus are also similar to the iOS design.

Communication and GPS

The WLAN module of the Modena 2 supports the IEEE 802.11 standards b/g/n with a maximum transfer rate of 150 Mbps. Both the range and the signal stability are good. In direct proximity to our router (Telekom Speedport W921V), we determined a dampening of -42 dBm. The transfer rates between the smartphone and the reference router Linksys EA8500 are comparable to modern entry-level devices. We saw steady rates without any noteworthy fluctuations during our review. Wireless communication is also possible via Bluetooth 4.0.

Mobile Internet connections on the Modena 2 can be established at up to 150 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream, respectively (LTE Cat. 4). However, the smartphone does not support a lot of GSM and UMTS standards and we only get tri-band GSM as well as dual-band UMTS. The two slots of the Coolpad smartphone can be equipped with two Nano-SIM cards, but only one can use LTE networks, while the other one is limited to GSM speeds.

 

 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
UMI Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 16 GB eMMC Flash
103 MBit/s ∼100% +131%
Coolpad Modena 2
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44.5 MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
UMI Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 16 GB eMMC Flash
98.8 MBit/s ∼100% +104%
Coolpad Modena 2
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
48.4 MBit/s ∼49%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Moto Z
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
491 MBit/s ∼100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
109 MBit/s ∼22%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.6 MBit/s ∼9%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Moto Z
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
360 MBit/s ∼100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼30%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
46.7 MBit/s ∼13%
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors

The GPS module of the Modena 2 locates the position quickly and reliably outdoors with an accuracy down to about 3 meters. We could not locate the position indoors, though. Our practical test, where we compare the GPS performance of the mainstream smartphone with the GPS bicycle computer Garmin Edge 500, does show a pretty high deviation of 440 meters on the Coolpad device.

GPS test Coolpad Modena
GPS test Coolpad Modena
GPS test Coolpad Modena
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

The voice quality of the Coolpad Modena 2 was not perfect during test calls in the Vodafone network, but the maximum volume was sufficient. Voices were slightly distorted and unnatural at the earpiece, but our call partner confirmed a good quality of the integrated microphone.

Phone app
Number pad

Cameras

Picture main camera
Picture front camera

The 8 MP main camera has a resolution of 3280x2464 pixels in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera module has an aperture of f/2.2 as well as a Sony CMOS sensor (IMX 219), which is also used for the Blackview A8 Max, for example. The pixel size is 1.12 micro meters. 

The Modena 2 takes decent pictures, but they lack details and could be crisper (scene 2: river) and the colors look faded. The dynamic range is on the level of the competition. Low-light pictures (scene 3: night) are quite bright, but the sharpness clearly suffers from the longer exposure. We can also see a lot of picture noise.

Similar to the rear camera, the 85-degree wide angle front camera has an 8 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. The results are good for a device in this price range, even though bright areas are often over-exposed.

Videos on the Modena 2 can be recorded in 720p at 30 frames per second.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Accessories and Warranty

The box of the Modena 2 includes a modular 5-Watt power adapter (5V, 1A), a USB cable as well as the usual brochures.

According to the warranty card, the manufacturer's warranty is 24 months starting from the day of purchase.

Input Devices and Handling

Contrary to the first-generation Modena, Coolpad now uses onscreen elements for navigation – the three typical Android buttons are located at the bottom of the display. Inputs are precise all over the capacitive multi-touchscreen (5 touch points). Text inputs are possible via the preloaded TouchPal (2015) keyboard.

Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode
Onscreen keyboard, landscape mode

Display

Subpixel array

The IPS display has a diagonal size of around 14 centimeters (5.5-inches) and features the HD resolution (1280x720 pixels), which results in a pixel density of about 265 PPI. You can see individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, but the content is still sufficiently crisp in practice.

We can determine a maximum luminance of 499 nits on a white background, which is quite a lot for a mainstream device. The result is very similar at 494 nits with an even distribution of bright and dark surfaces (APL 50). The automatic brightness control via adaptive ambient light sensor can reach up to 488 nits.

479
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
478
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 499 cd/m² Average: 468 cd/m² Minimum: 10.73 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 482 cd/m²
Contrast: 765:1 (Black: 0.63 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 7.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 1.91
Coolpad Modena 2
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Coolpad Modena
IPS, 960x540, 5.5
UMI Max
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
UMI Super Euro Edition
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Coolpad Torino S
IPS, 1280x720, 4.7
Archos 50 Power
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Lenovo Moto Z
AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
Screen
12%
30%
29%
11%
1%
5%
11%
34%
Brightness middle
482
345
-28%
522
8%
418
-13%
312
-35%
360
-25%
304
-37%
412
-15%
485
1%
Brightness
468
338
-28%
498
6%
410
-12%
302
-35%
358
-24%
311
-34%
414
-12%
490
5%
Brightness Distribution
86
93
8%
86
0%
85
-1%
79
-8%
87
1%
83
-3%
94
9%
92
7%
Black Level *
0.63
0.29
54%
0.23
63%
0.31
51%
0.15
76%
0.45
29%
0.31
51%
0.42
33%
Contrast
765
1190
56%
2270
197%
1348
76%
2080
172%
800
5%
981
28%
981
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.5
5.59
14%
6.9
-6%
4.4
32%
8.2
-26%
6.8
-5%
5.9
9%
5.6
14%
2.1
68%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.4
10.58
15%
12.3
1%
6.5
48%
16.5
-33%
11.3
9%
14.3
-15%
9.7
22%
5.5
56%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.3
6.75
8%
9.2
-26%
3.6
51%
9.2
-26%
6.2
15%
4.6
37%
6.9
5%
2.6
64%
Gamma
1.91 115%
2.38 92%
2.38 92%
2.36 93%
2.29 96%
2.14 103%
2.51 88%
2.4 92%
2.23 99%
CCT
7249 90%
8290 78%
8687 75%
6993 93%
9017 72%
7975 82%
7088 92%
8422 77%
6843 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.14
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100

* ... smaller is better

Both the black value and the contrast ratio (765:1) are typical for an inexpensive mainstream smartphone. The contrast is not improved in the APL 50 test – we measure 784:1 in combination with a black value of 0.63 cd/m². The average DeltaE deviations compared to the sRGB reference are quite high at 6.5 (colors) and 7.3 (grayscale), respectively – the target range would be smaller than 3. The color temperature of 7249 K is just slightly raised compared to the ideal value at 6500 K.

CalMAN Colorspace (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space sRGB)

The display leaves a pretty good impression outdoors, but the display content is still hard to see under direct sunlight. The good viewing-angle stability is typical for an IPS display, but we can notice a distinct brightness reduction from very flat viewing angles.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use, sunny
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
58 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 36 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 93 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The Coolpad Modena 2 is equipped with a MediaTek MT6735 SoC, which is only clocked at 1 GHz. The processor is manufactured in a 28-nm process and consists of four CPU cores based on the 64-bit capable Cortex-A53 architecture. Everyday performance is actually solid, but both the system as well as the browser performance fall behind the direct competition from UMi (models Super and Max). The GPU performance is also below average for this price range. We can notice stutters and delays when you launch apps, and this is not limited to multi-tasking.

The performance of the 16 GB internal storage is pretty average within our comparison, both in terms of read as well as write performance. The transfer rates of the integrated microSD-card reader are average for an inexpensive mainstream smartphone at 36 MB/s (read) and 18 MB/s (write) in combination with our reference memory card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro M401: up to 95 MB/s read, 80 MB/s write).

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
18.25 MB/s ∼21%
UMI Max
18.07 MB/s ∼21% -1%
UMI Super Euro Edition
17.88 MB/s ∼21% -2%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
12.62 MB/s ∼14% -31%
Coolpad Torino S
16.54 MB/s ∼19% -9%
Archos 50 Power
MB/s ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
51.1 MB/s ∼59% +180%
Lenovo Moto Z
45.64 MB/s ∼52% +150%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
35.59 MB/s ∼37%
UMI Max
36.64 MB/s ∼38% +3%
UMI Super Euro Edition
36.22 MB/s ∼38% +2%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
22.77 MB/s ∼24% -36%
Coolpad Torino S
25.79 MB/s ∼27% -28%
Archos 50 Power
MB/s ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
65.5 MB/s ∼68% +84%
Lenovo Moto Z
78.51 MB/s ∼81% +121%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
6.79 MB/s ∼3%
Coolpad Modena
3.88 MB/s ∼1% -43%
UMI Max
10.91 MB/s ∼4% +61%
UMI Super Euro Edition
11.88 MB/s ∼5% +75%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
8.26 MB/s ∼3% +22%
Coolpad Torino S
6.94 MB/s ∼3% +2%
Archos 50 Power
8.78 MB/s ∼3% +29%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
28.31 MB/s ∼11% +317%
Lenovo Moto Z
74.93 MB/s ∼29% +1004%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
23.03 MB/s ∼10%
Coolpad Modena
11.97 MB/s ∼5% -48%
UMI Max
26.66 MB/s ∼12% +16%
UMI Super Euro Edition
28.17 MB/s ∼12% +22%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
18.24 MB/s ∼8% -21%
Coolpad Torino S
18.34 MB/s ∼8% -20%
Archos 50 Power
26.47 MB/s ∼12% +15%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
17.9 MB/s ∼8% -22%
Lenovo Moto Z
117.15 MB/s ∼52% +409%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
42.56 MB/s ∼7%
Coolpad Modena
7.73 MB/s ∼1% -82%
UMI Max
69.5 MB/s ∼12% +63%
UMI Super Euro Edition
126.95 MB/s ∼22% +198%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
70.33 MB/s ∼12% +65%
Coolpad Torino S
41.81 MB/s ∼7% -2%
Archos 50 Power
41.43 MB/s ∼7% -3%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
43.95 MB/s ∼7% +3%
Lenovo Moto Z
168.32 MB/s ∼29% +295%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
147.04 MB/s ∼8%
Coolpad Modena
121.99 MB/s ∼7% -17%
UMI Max
257.9 MB/s ∼14% +75%
UMI Super Euro Edition
257.8 MB/s ∼14% +75%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
187.34 MB/s ∼11% +27%
Coolpad Torino S
140.34 MB/s ∼8% -5%
Archos 50 Power
199.7 MB/s ∼11% +36%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
144.12 MB/s ∼8% -2%
Lenovo Moto Z
439.66 MB/s ∼25% +199%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
24875 Points ∼8%
Coolpad Modena
18230 Points ∼6% -27%
UMI Max
49057 Points ∼17% +97%
UMI Super Euro Edition
50072 Points ∼17% +101%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
23822 Points ∼8% -4%
Coolpad Torino S
22766 Points ∼8% -8%
Archos 50 Power
23996 Points ∼8% -4%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
28399 Points ∼10% +14%
Lenovo Moto Z
129197 Points ∼44% +419%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena
1372 Points ∼4%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1147 Points ∼3%
Coolpad Torino S
1511 Points ∼4%
Archos 50 Power
1331 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Moto Z
5450 Points ∼14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena
471 Points ∼10%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
404 Points ∼8%
Coolpad Torino S
494 Points ∼10%
Archos 50 Power
471 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Moto Z
2080 Points ∼42%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
1274 Points ∼4%
UMI Max
2701 Points ∼8% +112%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2818 Points ∼8% +121%
Lenovo Moto Z
3946 Points ∼11% +210%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
459 Points ∼7%
UMI Max
734 Points ∼12% +60%
UMI Super Euro Edition
727 Points ∼12% +58%
Lenovo Moto Z
1480 Points ∼23% +222%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
621 Points ∼13%
UMI Max
1239 Points ∼25% +100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1144 Points ∼23% +84%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
618 Points ∼13% 0%
Coolpad Torino S
735 Points ∼15% +18%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
716 Points ∼15% +15%
Lenovo Moto Z
1828 Points ∼37% +194%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
106 Points ∼1%
UMI Max
521 Points ∼5% +392%
UMI Super Euro Edition
523 Points ∼5% +393%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
101 Points ∼1% -5%
Coolpad Torino S
41 Points ∼0% -61%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
42 Points ∼0% -60%
Lenovo Moto Z
3718 Points ∼33% +3408%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
130 Points ∼2%
Coolpad Modena
0 Points ∼0% -100%
UMI Max
598 Points ∼7% +360%
UMI Super Euro Edition
595 Points ∼7% +358%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
124 Points ∼1% -5%
Coolpad Torino S
52 Points ∼1% -60%
Archos 50 Power
122 Points ∼1% -6%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
53 Points ∼1% -59%
Lenovo Moto Z
3023 Points ∼36% +2225%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
7061 Points ∼8%
UMI Max
12239 Points ∼14% +73%
UMI Super Euro Edition
11654 Points ∼13% +65%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
7026 Points ∼8% 0%
Coolpad Torino S
9205 Points ∼11% +30%
Archos 50 Power
6981 Points ∼8% -1%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
9256 Points ∼11% +31%
Lenovo Moto Z
20948 Points ∼24% +197%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
2789 Points ∼1%
UMI Max
10612 Points ∼2% +280%
UMI Super Euro Edition
10567 Points ∼2% +279%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2645 Points ∼0% -5%
Coolpad Torino S
3858 Points ∼1% +38%
Archos 50 Power
2581 Points ∼0% -7%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
3858 Points ∼1% +38%
Lenovo Moto Z
26659 Points ∼5% +856%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
3222 Points ∼1%
UMI Max
10942 Points ∼5% +240%
UMI Super Euro Edition
10791 Points ∼5% +235%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
3070 Points ∼1% -5%
Coolpad Torino S
4430 Points ∼2% +37%
Archos 50 Power
3001 Points ∼1% -7%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
4432 Points ∼2% +38%
Lenovo Moto Z
25135 Points ∼11% +680%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
5 fps ∼0%
UMI Max
17 fps ∼0% +240%
UMI Super Euro Edition
17 fps ∼0% +240%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
4.9 fps ∼0% -2%
Coolpad Torino S
9.8 fps ∼0% +96%
Archos 50 Power
4.9 fps ∼0% -2%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
5.2 fps ∼0% +4%
Lenovo Moto Z
77 fps ∼1% +1440%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
8.9 fps ∼0%
UMI Max
17 fps ∼1% +91%
UMI Super Euro Edition
18 fps ∼1% +102%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
8.2 fps ∼0% -8%
Coolpad Torino S
5.3 fps ∼0% -40%
Archos 50 Power
8.6 fps ∼0% -3%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
9.6 fps ∼0% +8%
Lenovo Moto Z
53 fps ∼2% +496%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
1.8 fps ∼0%
UMI Max
7.1 fps ∼1% +294%
UMI Super Euro Edition
7.1 fps ∼1% +294%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
3.4 fps ∼1% +89%
Coolpad Torino S
4.3 fps ∼1% +139%
Archos 50 Power
1.6 fps ∼0% -11%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
1.8 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto Z
41 fps ∼7% +2178%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
4 fps ∼1%
UMI Max
7.1 fps ∼2% +78%
UMI Super Euro Edition
7.5 fps ∼2% +88%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1.8 fps ∼0% -55%
Coolpad Torino S
1.8 fps ∼0% -55%
Archos 50 Power
3.6 fps ∼1% -10%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
4.1 fps ∼1% +3%
Lenovo Moto Z
26 fps ∼7% +550%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
2.9 fps ∼0%
UMI Max
4.7 fps ∼0% +62%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4.7 fps ∼0% +62%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2.5 fps ∼0% -14%
Archos 50 Power
0.87 fps ∼0% -70%
Lenovo Moto Z
27 fps ∼1% +831%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
1.2 fps ∼0%
UMI Max
4.7 fps ∼0% +292%
UMI Super Euro Edition
5.1 fps ∼0% +325%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1.2 fps ∼0% 0%
Archos 50 Power
2.5 fps ∼0% +108%
Lenovo Moto Z
15 fps ∼0% +1150%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
3119 Points ∼16%
Coolpad Modena
2966 Points ∼15% -5%
UMI Max
4485 Points ∼23% +44%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4596 Points ∼23% +47%
Coolpad Torino S
3932 Points ∼20% +26%
Archos 50 Power
2824 Points ∼14% -9%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
4283 Points ∼22% +37%
Lenovo Moto Z
7637 Points ∼39% +145%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
565 Points ∼28%
Coolpad Modena
614 Points ∼30% +9%
UMI Max
10 Points ∼0% -98%
UMI Super Euro Edition
771 Points ∼38% +36%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
592 Points ∼29% +5%
Coolpad Torino S
599 Points ∼29% +6%
Archos 50 Power
9 Points ∼0% -98%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
551 Points ∼27% -2%
Lenovo Moto Z
959 Points ∼47% +70%
Graphics (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
178 Points ∼1%
Coolpad Modena
314 Points ∼1% +76%
UMI Max
666 Points ∼2% +274%
UMI Super Euro Edition
666 Points ∼2% +274%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
174 Points ∼1% -2%
Coolpad Torino S
321 Points ∼1% +80%
Archos 50 Power
173 Points ∼1% -3%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
313 Points ∼1% +76%
Lenovo Moto Z
4321 Points ∼15% +2328%
Memory (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
598 Points ∼8%
Coolpad Modena
262 Points ∼3% -56%
UMI Max
998 Points ∼13% +67%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1052 Points ∼14% +76%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
487 Points ∼6% -19%
Coolpad Torino S
607 Points ∼8% +2%
Archos 50 Power
643 Points ∼9% +8%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
741 Points ∼10% +24%
Lenovo Moto Z
2190 Points ∼29% +266%
System (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
909 Points ∼6%
Coolpad Modena
972 Points ∼6% +7%
UMI Max
2123 Points ∼13% +134%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2187 Points ∼13% +141%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
801 Points ∼5% -12%
Coolpad Torino S
1102 Points ∼7% +21%
Archos 50 Power
911 Points ∼6% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
1035 Points ∼6% +14%
Lenovo Moto Z
3398 Points ∼21% +274%
Overall (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
483 Points ∼6%
Coolpad Modena
477 Points ∼6% -1%
UMI Max
341 Points ∼4% -29%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1043 Points ∼12% +116%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
448 Points ∼5% -7%
Coolpad Torino S
602 Points ∼7% +25%
Archos 50 Power
176 Points ∼2% -64%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
603 Points ∼7% +25%
Lenovo Moto Z
2356 Points ∼28% +388%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
1975 Points ∼4%
Coolpad Modena
2721 Points ∼5% +38%
UMI Max
4231 Points ∼8% +114%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4117 Points ∼8% +108%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1910 Points ∼4% -3%
Coolpad Torino S
2364 Points ∼5% +20%
Archos 50 Power
2116 Points ∼4% +7%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
2773 Points ∼5% +40%
Lenovo Moto Z
7771 Points ∼15% +293%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
13.15 Points ∼4%
Coolpad Modena
17.904 Points ∼5% +36%
UMI Max
25.502 Points ∼7% +94%
UMI Super Euro Edition
26.211 Points ∼7% +99%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
12.729 Points ∼4% -3%
Coolpad Torino S
14.453 Points ∼4% +10%
Archos 50 Power
13.16 Points ∼4% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
17.094 Points ∼5% +30%
Lenovo Moto Z
47.5 Points ∼14% +261%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Coolpad Modena 2
19647.2 ms * ∼33%
Coolpad Modena
13569 ms * ∼23% +31%
UMI Max
9795.6 ms * ∼16% +50%
UMI Super Euro Edition
9410.2 ms * ∼16% +52%
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
19234.4 ms * ∼32% +2%
Coolpad Torino S
15784.4 ms * ∼27% +20%
Archos 50 Power
18480.5 ms * ∼31% +6%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
12952.9 ms * ∼22% +34%
Lenovo Moto Z
3154.7 ms * ∼5% +84%

Legend

 
Coolpad Modena 2 Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Coolpad Modena Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
UMI Max Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
UMI Super Euro Edition Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade V7 Lite Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Coolpad Torino S Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Archos 50 Power Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto G4 Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto Z Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The MediaTek SoC also includes the graphics adapter Mali-T720 (MP2) with two cores running at up to 600 MHz. Visually demanding titles from the Android Play Store like Asphalt 8: Airborne or Dead Trigger 2 do not run smoothly on the Modena 2. We had no problems with the controls via touchscreen and position sensor.

Asphalt 8 Airborne
Dead Trigger 2

Emissions

Temperature

We can measure very low surface temperatures while idling and also under load. While the idle value does not surpass 27.9 °C at the rear, we can only determine 31.2 °C under sustained workloads. Some of the competitors can get significantly warmer.

Max. Load
 30.7 °C
87 F
30.3 °C
87 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
30.8 °C
87 F
28.5 °C
83 F
 
 30.8 °C
87 F
30.6 °C
87 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
27.2 °C
81 F
29 °C
84 F
30.4 °C
87 F
27.6 °C
82 F
28.6 °C
83 F
31 °C
88 F
27.1 °C
81 F
29.1 °C
84 F
31.2 °C
88 F
Maximum: 31.2 °C = 88 F
Average: 29 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.4 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Speaker measurements: Pink Noise

The Modena 2 managed a maximum volume of 85 dB(A) in our review. This means the mono speaker at the rear of the device is quite powerful, but the sound quality is just average. The results are tinny and also slightly distorted. Our Pink noise diagram shows that low tones are hardly covered at all.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.633.72525.428.63125.332.74032.930.25033.643.26331.633.68028.425.61002722.912520.822.51602226.320021.325.525020.831.931521.241.140019.448.550019.559.363017.76580017.969100017.875.5125017.375.6160017.474.2200016.775.8250017.273.9315018.272.5400017.972.3500017.675.9630017.775.8800017.876.21000017.976.61250018.1661600018.249.2SPL3086.1N1.363.5median 17.9median 69Delta1.316.631.644.525.435.225.336.532.932.133.641.231.631.628.435.32727.520.8242226.121.325.220.829.421.239.119.444.119.552.817.759.917.965.517.869.417.370.317.470.116.769.117.268.418.272.617.976.917.668.917.765.617.869.217.964.418.152.718.249.23082.41.348.5median 17.9median 64.41.314.236.331.432.436.334.429.331.334.431.632.231.731.635.134.12635.138.134.939.438.13132.536.23126.427.228.626.427.527.725.427.527.531.121.327.526.827.523.326.830.627.122.530.638.429.922.438.446.432.921.346.45240.318.45260.847.817.560.865.85517.565.870.661.817.270.67463.816.87473.96317.373.968.957.917.468.968.857.416.668.868.857.717.368.868.65717.668.668.255.217.668.268.453.817.768.469.85517.469.874.359.417.774.375.160.417.975.169.954.818.169.966.35118.166.382.670.729.882.653.425.61.353.4median 68.4median 55median 17.7median 68.410.98.91.610.917.919.719.617.919.618.619.519.617.617.521.317.62019.223.22017.715.620.717.715.516.621.915.517.218.214.417.218.120.315.918.128.930.425.328.91424.611.81414.929.511.914.916.432.413.516.418.934.214.718.922.238.813.422.225.843.914.425.83046.910.63036.853.1836.84056.98.94039.856.39.839.83956.183936.952.68.136.936.553.66.536.535.453.86.435.437.756.46.237.74058.15.74044595.74443.658.65.743.638.6545.838.63246.15.8322437.25.62451.167.620.851.17.121.20.37.1median 35.4median 52.6median 8.1median 35.4810.33.68hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseCoolpad Modena 2UMI MaxZTE Blade V7 LiteLenovo Moto G4 Play
Coolpad Modena 2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.12 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 40.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 87% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 91% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

UMI Max audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.43 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 35.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 87% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 91% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

ZTE Blade V7 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.62 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 35.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo Moto G4 Play audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (checkboxes select/deselectable)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

At 2 Watts, the Modena 2 consumes quite a lot of power while idling at the maximum luminance and activated wireless modules (WLAN, Bluetooth). This is confirmed when you compare the results with the 5.5-inch rivals. The situation is similar under load (Stability Test CPU+GPU) at 5.5 Watts – only the UMi Super with much more powerful components consumes more power in our comparison group.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.06 / 0.15 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.64 / 1.96 / 1.98 Watt
Load midlight 4.99 / 5.48 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Coolpad Modena 2
2500 mAh
Coolpad Modena
2500 mAh
UMI Max
4000 mAh
UMI Super Euro Edition
4000 mAh
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2500 mAh
Coolpad Torino S
1800 mAh
Archos 50 Power
4000 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
2800 mAh
Power Consumption
13%
14%
-19%
26%
6%
-48%
19%
Idle Minimum *
0.64
0.79
-23%
1.02
-59%
0.84
-31%
0.63
2%
0.68
-6%
1.66
-159%
0.68
-6%
Idle Average *
1.96
1.51
23%
1.53
22%
1.94
1%
1.37
30%
2.2
-12%
2.88
-47%
1.58
19%
Idle Maximum *
1.98
1.63
18%
1.62
18%
2.07
-5%
1.71
14%
2.26
-14%
3.46
-75%
1.61
19%
Load Average *
4.99
3.37
32%
2.91
42%
5.88
-18%
2.82
43%
3.47
30%
3.96
21%
3.36
33%
Load Maximum *
5.48
4.67
15%
2.93
47%
7.67
-40%
3.36
39%
3.71
32%
4.34
21%
3.91
29%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Despite the comparatively high consumption figures, the 2500 mAh lithium-ion battery in the Modena 2 manages a runtime of 8 hours and 38 minutes in our practical battery test (luminance 150 nits) – the result is not bad but still just average within the comparison.

It takes about three hours before the battery is fully charged again.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 38min
Coolpad Modena 2
2500 mAh
Coolpad Modena
2500 mAh
UMI Max
4000 mAh
UMI Super Euro Edition
4000 mAh
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2500 mAh
Coolpad Torino S
1800 mAh
Archos 50 Power
4000 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
2800 mAh
Lenovo Moto Z
2600 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
518
616
19%
588
14%
638
23%
517
0%
397
-23%
592
14%
630
22%
407
-21%

Pros

+ low temperatures
+ bright IPS display
+ good battery runtime

Cons

- slow SoC
- inaccurate GPS
- slow eMMC storage
- only HD resolution at 5.5-inches
- plastic chassis
- limited features

Verdict

In review: Coolpad Modena 2. Test model courtesy of Coolpad Germany.

The Coolpad Modena 2 is not bad, but the rivals offer more for the money – this is our short and concise verdict. Compared to the predecessor, the Chinese manufacturer did not tweak all the right aspects, because some points like the battery runtime, GPU performance, contrast and color accuracy of the IPS panel of the Modena 2 are actually worse than before. Priced at 180 Euros (~$192), we think the combination of the MediaTek entry-level SoC, 2 GB RAM and slow eMMC storage is not good enough for this price range.

It is still the same situation: The second-generation Modena cannot quite convince us in the review – the update compared to the previous model is just not big enough. 

The Coolpad Modena 2 is not a bad choice if you are looking for an inexpensive LTE smartphone with a large and bright display. Still, both the UMi Max and the Honor 5C just offer more bang for the buck.

Coolpad Modena 2 - 11/08/2016 v5.1(old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
63 / 75 → 84%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
36 / 60 → 60%
Weight
93%
Battery
91%
Display
80%
Games Performance
7 / 63 → 11%
Application Performance
29 / 70 → 41%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
53 / 91 → 58%
Camera
59%
Average
67%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-11-15 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.