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KOOLNEE K1 Trio – a high-end phone with Face ID and MTK6763 CPU

There are already some smartphone manufacturers in the market for Chinese smartphones. Besides Xiaomi, Doogee, Ulefone, Vernee, Cubot and so on. Koolnee has now appeared on our radar. With the Koolnee K1 Trio they bring a 6 inch smartphone with modern hardware on the market.

KOOLNEE K1 Trio - a high-end phone with Face ID and MTK6763 CPU

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.01 inch 2160 x 1080 pixels screen 
  • CPU: MTK6763 Octa Core 2.0GHz 
  • System: Android 7.1
  • Storage: 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM 
  • Cameras: 16.0MP + 2.0MP dual back cameras and 8.0MP front camera
  • Sensors: Gyroscope, Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Fingerprint Sensor
  • Features: GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS
  • Bluetooth: 4.1 + EDR
  • SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, 2 x Nano SIM card and a TF card can be inserted at the same time

Even if the manufacturer is new, the smartphone design does not bring much innovation with it. The rough template seems to be the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. If you look more closely, the parallels to the MAZE Alpha X can not be denied. This is partly due to the  tri-bezel-less  design of the smartphone. Just the upper edge of the screen is noticeably thin, so that the space for the front camera is eliminated. This wanders (as with Mix 2 and Alpha X) to the bottom, to the right of the home button. With dimensions of 15.73 x 7.52 x 0.84 cmbut it is in all respects a little larger than the direct competitor. This is also reflected in the slightly higher weight of 214 g. Although you are moving here in a very small frame, in direct comparison, but this could be crucial.

A MAZE Alpha X clone?

KOOLNEE K1 Trio - a high-end phone with Face ID and MTK6763 CPU

With the display there are no big surprises, a 6-inch screen diagonal has become established. Nice that the manufacturer sets to a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. Whether the display can compete with that of the Alpha X must show a test. Because the MAZE device has scored a lot, especially with the display.

Somewhat unusual is the distribution of the keys. The Home button graces the lower front of the phone while the Power button is on the right. Opposite is but the volume rocker; that one is rather used as an iPhone user. The Nano-SIM slot, on the other hand, is on the top. In addition to the micro-USB port on the bottom, you still get the jack connection. On the back is the dual camera , which protrudes slightly out of the case. Underneath you have the Koolnee lettering. The Koolnee K1 Trio is available in black and blue . It should be noted that the case frame in blue design offers a slightly golden shimmer.


KOOLNEE K1 Trio - a high-end phone with Face ID and MTK6763 CPU

So far so good, but what keeps the new manufacturer ready for hardware specifications? Installed is the MediaTek MTK6763, also known as Helio P23. In any case, this looks forward, after all, this CPU is only recently in smart phones such as the Vernee X use. The eight cores clock with a maximum of 2.0 GHz and are divided into two Cortex A-53 clusters. In addition Koolnee donated 6 GB of RAM. In combination with the 128 GB of internal memory, it is clear that this is an upper middle-class smartphone. In addition, there is a battery capacity of 4,200 mAh. In direct comparison to the MAZE Alpha X, the Koolnee could be ahead of the pack in terms of battery life.


Cameras on China smartphones are known to be somewhat critical. The manufacturer installed here befitting a dual camera, consisting of a 16 MP and a 2 megapixel sensor. What added value the second camera should bring with such a video, unfortunately, remains a bit hazy. For this one sets with the front camera on an 8 megapixel sensor from the house Sony. The front camera should also allow a face unlocking. The positioning on the bottom of the smartphone, this function seems to be pointless – too bad!

KOOLNEE K1 Trio - a high-end phone with Face ID and MTK6763 CPU

Features & connectivity

In addition to the already mentioned Face Unlock, there is of course still the classic fingerprint sensor on the front. Since this was rather average on the MAZE Alpha X, there would be potential for the Koolnee to catch up. Otherwise you do without extraordinary features. But one offers but a total of coherent package of connectivity options. The SIM slot is a hybrid slot, so either two SIM cards or a SIM card plus microSD card. In addition, there is a micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm jack . The European market was also thought of with the implementation of LTE Volume 20 . Additionally you get Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11b / g / n WiFi, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS.


By choosing the hardware components and the complete design, the comparison to the Alpha X is very close. I like the choice of processor, the memory combination and compliance with all connectivity standards. Also, the manufacturer does not seem to want to start any big experiments. After all, you keep the design simple, but with a modern touch. Only the cameras, and especially the front camera, are so far a thorn in my side! Why advertise with face recognition when the camera is so questionably positioned?

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