T-Mobile's Coolpad Rogue is a $50 smartphone with LTE connectivity and Android 5.1 Lollipop

T-Mobile's Coolpad Rogue is a $50 smartphone with LTE connectivity and Android 5.1 Lollipop
As the smartphone market matures, it looks like budget-friendly handsets are starting to gain importance in the US, a market where smartphone makers have traditionally found success with their premium offerings. If inexpensive smartphones such as the Asus Zenfone 2, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, or the Motorola Moto G (2015) are still a bit above your budget, you might want to check out the Coolpad Rogue, a smartphone that will launch next Wednesday on T-Mobile priced at $50 unlocked. The Rogue will be the first Coolpad smartphone to come to the US through official channels. 

As you can imagine, Coolpad had to cut a lot of corners to launch a $50 smartphone, but it looks like the specs are quite decent given the ultra low price. 

The Coolpad Rogue comes with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels (WVGA) at a PPI of 233. Under the hood, the smartphone features a 1.1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset (unknown model, but probably a Snapdragon 200 series chip) with an Adreno 304GPU and 1GB of RAM. The Coolpad Rogue comes with just 4GB of internal storage space, but you can expand it by up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. The handset also comes with LTE compatibility, which is a very nice thing to have on such a cheap smartphone. The biggest cuts were made in the camera department, one where the Rogue comes with a lackluster 2MP primary camera and a 0.3MP selfie shooter on the front. 

On the software side, the Coolpad Rogue runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is the latest version of Android currently available. While it's very nice to see such a cheap handset launch with Android 5.1 Lollipop, we wouldn't get our hopes up for a timely update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, if at all. 

What do you guys think of the Coolpad Rogue? Can you ask for better specs from a $50 smartphone?

source: Coolpad

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9 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

iPhone 6s Plus REAL competitor !!!!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Do us all a favor and deactivate your account.

7. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

why? why do you hate me bro ?

2. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Sounds better than my SE Arc S

4. jerrycutshaw

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

wow a great option for a "kid phone"

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No it is not, you will be left with 1.3GB of free space, of which maybe maybe 200 is usable by the user. Install like 2 apps and your done for. I deal with this all day, and the latest phones preinstalled apps take up nearly 800MB after updates, now take away the 150MB the phone needs or else it literally wont do crap, and you are left with nothing. Now if all they need is a phone, get a flip phone, lasts longer more robust etc. A great kid phone is the Lumia 435 because you can install apps to sd card. Android should never come with less than 8GB of storage.

5. olatgf

Posts: 37; Member since: May 02, 2015

More like a 'Learner's' smartphone.

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

At such a cheap price, dunno why someone would get a basic phone over this... unless they're just really afraid to use a smartphone of course.

9. Elfmonster unregistered

1 gb ram = same as iPhone 6

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