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?