Cheap Coolpad Splatter is the newest unlocked Android Nougat phone released in the US

Cheap Coolpad Splatter is the newest unlocked Android Nougat phone released in the US
Coolpad, which you may know as the maker of various affordable smartphones sold via T-Mobile, this week released a new Android handset that's being offered unlocked in the US. Called Coolpad Splatter, the new phone can be bought from Amazon for $139.99.

The Coolpad Splatter doesn't seem to have any particular strengths, other than being a cheap, decent handset. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor aided by 2 GB of RAM. On the back, the device has an 8 MP camera with LED flash, while the front hosts a 5 MP selfie camera. Moreover, you're getting 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2500 mAh battery.

Coolpad says the Splatter supports Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, but it's not clear if this is available out of the box (the phone's product page at Amazon doesn't mention Alexa at all). In any case, the handset runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and is compatible with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Cricket. Any buyers here?



sources: Amazon, Coolpad

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7 Comments

1. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

At least IPS panel... At least...

2. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

They really could have picked a better name...

3. MichaelSanFrancisco

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You want a better name, you have to pay a premium price. Budget phones get names that tell everyone "This is a cheap ass phone" in the same vane as in the old days if you had a MetroPCS account, that said "I'm a deadbeat who didn't survive a credit check." As Sam the tow truck driver says when he's hauling away your car, "That's the way the weenie wobbles kid."

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I mean, they are trying to "sell" this phone, right? The OEM has a vested interest in trying to sell this phone, even if it is cheap. Sure, the margins can't be all that good, but they are planning to turn a small profit, no? They aren't going to name it just to make it fail... the name they picked insinuates that the thing is going to "splatter" or shatter if it falls on concrete or something. I don't get why they picked such a stupid name for it if they are seriously planning on selling them.

5. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

"Coolpad" doesn't inspire much confidence either. Maybe they just gave up all hope.

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Its like any brand that is new to the scene, or has a slightly bad reputation... they can certainly work on that. Hyundai used to have a bad reputation, and now they have a good one. Kia is following in Hyundai's footsteps, slowly. Daewoo just about disappeared off the planet. If Huawei is like Hyundai, then Coolpad is going to go either down the Kia road or the Daewoo road; only one of these leads to anything good. The name "Coolpad" is not so terrible, it at least insinuates the idea that the device will be shaped like a traditional smartphone, and that the device might be socially adept in some sense. Now, this Coolpad "Splatter" is supposed to come to Cricket as the Coolpad Canvas, if the rumors are true, and that is a decent name. Perhaps "Splatter" was somebody's idea of a name that would insinuate the creative act of paint being thrown onto a canvas... idk. I think they picked a dumb name, but that's just my opinion. In any case, low-end budgets abound in this world, and so low-end or entry-level phones are indeed needed since not everyone can afford an iPhone.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Chinese OEM seldom gives a rat ass to English name. They do pay greater attention to having a prosperous Chinese name. Besides, the problem with coolpad is not how it sound rather its brand recognition.

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