Coolpad Rogue launching September 30 with Android 5.1.1, $50 price tag


Coolpad isn’t a name that we hear a ton of in the US, but today the device maker announced a partnership with T-Mobile that’ll see Magenta launch a new Android-powered Coolpad phone.

The Coolpad Rogue will launch online and in stores on September 20 at a price of $49.99. In exchange for your single Grant, you’ll get an Android 5.1 phone with a 4-inch 800×480 display, 1.1GHz dual-core processor with an Adreno 304 GPU, 2-megapixel rear and 0.3-megapixel front cameras, 4GB of storage, a microSD slot, and 1GB of RAM. Also included is support for LTE bands 2, 4, 12, and AWS3.

Obviously the Coolpad Rogue isn’t a specs beast, but at just $50, it could make for a cheap backup or a phone for a kid that you won’t be too upset about if it ends up getting damaged.

Via: Android Police
Sources: PRNewswire, T-Mobile

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  • besweeet

    2MP rear-facing camera? Back to the iPhone 3G days. Seems decent for its price.

    • beyondthetech

      I’m still staring at the “dual-core processor” specs in disbelief, let alone the “0.3MP front-facing camera.”

      • WK80

        Maybe there’s a warehouse in China loaded with these camera modules…

      • Ordeith

        Try noticing the “4GB of storage”. Probably the worst spec of all.

      • .3MP front facing cameras what laptops have. Nothing wrong with that for a $50 phone.

    • Trevnerdio

      My G1 had a 3.2MP rear shooter…in 2008.

  • Verizonthunder

    I am baffled with their choice to use a duo core processor… Why not a quad core media-tek?

    • steveb944

      Well it’s Snapdragon so it’s already better. Gotta keep costs down by using the 200 series.

    • AS118

      To be fair, most apps only make use of 2 cores anyways. Maybe a 3rd sometimes, but only briefly, and it’s not really utilized that much.

  • Ordeith

    4GB storage? That’s just sadistic.

    Yet another phone that makes the $80 Lumia 640 look like the deal of the year. It’s a shame T-Mobile has issues carrying or supporting it.

    • AS118

      Yeah, say what you want about the low-cost Lumia phones, but the hardware’s not bad at all for the price.

  • resource

    The specs made me cry. The LG L90 is $50 and better than this.

    • steveb944

      I’m not sure how you can call a non-LTE, nearly two year old device, not running 5.1 Lollipop…better than this.

      Better is spending more on different hardware.

  • StevenM

    Introduction of this absolutely worthless device is a step in the wrong direction, despite the price tag. All it will do is cause people who know nothing about smartphones to buy one of these solely based on price, get frustrated when their phone doesn’t do what their friend’s phone does, and they will feel they were robbed of the $50 they paid for it.

    • Trevnerdio

      Yep, and this is how people judge Android. They buy a $50-100 phone and say “Android sucks” and you’re like um, well…what exactly were you expecting?

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      So T-Mobile shouldn’t offer entry level budget phones along with their flagships?

      • Nick Ramacciato

        They’re doing it wrong. Some Windows Phones are great phones for a budget price. They’ll probably sell less than 1,000 of these.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Windows phones are garbage

        • Ordeith

          None of them are, really.

        • Nick Ramacciato

          And this isn’t? You’re so uneducated. I personally own an Android and a Lumia 640, both are kick ass. Just because you like your Android or Crapple device, doesn’t mean it’s better than anything out on the market. There’s three major OS’ that run on most smart phones today. You’re not superior in any way.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          I’m uneducated? You obviously know nothing about me including what I know. Call me when your Windows phone can do something as simple as running a web browser other than internet explorer (chrome, safari, etc.) or can download a basic banking app. I won’t hold my breath.

          “There’s three major OS’ that run on most smart phones today.”

          Single digit market share is hardly a “major” presence in the mobile OS industry.

        • Ordeith

          You’ve got to be pretty damn ignorant (that’s a form of uneducated, right?) to willfully use Google after what Assange and Snowden have discovered and revealed about them.

        • Bklynman

          Either he Apple fanboy or Android fanboy. Most likely ing like .Apple,only Apple fanboys,apple fangirls would say something like that.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Android actually, but nice try. And judging by your grammar you must be an obamaphone fanboy.

        • Bklynman

          Boo,bo,you hurt my feelings. Happy now Samsung fanboy?

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          LG G4. You’re really batting 1000 on me.

      • there fault for making a decision with out researching

  • Trevnerdio

    >Has MicroSD slot
    >Galaxy S6 doesn’t ;)

    • Mike

      Iphone 6s doesn’t

      • Trevnerdio

        But that’s Apple, they’re expected to squeeze every penny out of you and lock you down!

    • Jose Lugo

      It’s a diff manufacturer, lets not compare apples to oranges!

  • Kristen Bogren

    Its a $50 phone.. Seriously what do you expect for a $50 phone? It will be great for children or people on a fixed income.. As long as they don’t take good quality pictures or do much.. But again its a $50 phone! Anyone who wants more features pay more :)

    • Ordeith

      Or they get a low end Lumia.

      • itguy08

        With an OS that’s soon to be orphaned with a limited app selection. Stick with Android at the low end.

        • Ordeith

          I guess if you could ignore the warnings about Google from Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Android on low end hardware is miserable, but using it at all is still rather foolish.

          The Lumia 640 has an upgrade path to Windows 10, at least. And Windows 10 will soon be able to run Android and iOS apps, so there’s that.

    • pseudoswede

      I paid $40 for a brand-new Amazon Fire Phone ($140 total price). I side-loaded Google Play Store, installed a launcher, and it’s a tank of a gaming/music/streaming device for my 8-year-old. I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t wait a few weeks when it dropped to $120; then you could say I got a solid $40 device and a $20 discount on Amazon Prime.

      • Bklynman

        What? $40.00? Then you write total of $140.00? so which is it? You paid $40 or $140.00??

        • kgraham182

          He paid $140 with comes with a free year of Amazon Prime included, so it’s like he paid $40 for the Fire phone. Similar story I paid $40 for the Lumia 640 which included a free year of Office 365 valued at $70. So it’s like I got the 640 for free since I would of bought Office 365 anyway.

        • Bklynman

          Got it,thanks.

  • steveb944

    Not bad for supported band 12, WiFi calling, and Lollipop 5.1.

  • ssjchaseutley

    How come this pile of crap gets Lollipop and not the Samsung Galaxy S4?

    • gmo8492

      Whether you like it or not its a new phone and not a 2 year old lag fest that can be updated by other means.

      • Shawn

        My S4 don’t lag I hate when ppl feel they can speak. For every single phone as a whole because of they’re personal experience.

    • Prode

      The real answer to this is t-mobile doesn’t want to update old phones since they want you to upgrade. I would say Samsung also plays a small part as well since they want you to get a new phone as well. This is the way it is always going to be with Android. If you don’t like it, its time to move to apple where you will get updates for a long time.

  • Nick Ramacciato

    Lol, so they support this shit but not any Lumia devices… ok then.

  • fencepost

    The 4GB may be a real problem if you’re even a moderate user of apps, and with only 4GB it MUST have an SD card in it for decent use. I’ve switched off between something with 4GB and a Lumia 640 now on one of the Win10 fast ring builds, and I have to run CCleaner to clear all caches in order to install app updates from the store (may no longer be the case since I removed Amazon’s mongo app). Admittedly I have more stuff on there than I should, but everything possible has been moved to the SD card.

    Other than that, the resolution for this phone isn’t great but isn’t terrible for a 4-inch screen. The camera resolution is poor but so was the resolution on my first digital camera. The bigger question is can it focus? T-Mo sent my wife an Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro as a free replacement after they redid their 4G in the Chicago area, and the camera on it is pathetic, as in “can’t focus well enough to scan a barcode” pathetic. At least I’m not taking up space with pictures.

  • John Brown

    They should just call it the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 3. There is nothing decent in this price range. I own a $150 Kyocera Hydro Wave and even it is junk. It’s rugged as heck but performance wise it might as well be a piece of junk Alcatel

    • R.M.

      metropcs is giving away the wave for free at signup.

      • CSR2

        After mail in rebate.

        • R.M.

          its not a mail in rebate. its an instant rebate offer from july 20th to sept 30th.

      • CSR2

        Just making sure we aren’t making people think metro is handing 150 dollar phones away to people off street. When Tmobile still makes people pay for It.

        • Acdc1a

          Just remember the target markets. Metro won’t give you free roaming in Mexico and Canada, Metro won’t give you free texting and data in 145 countries, and T-Mobile subscribers have priority on the towers. If none of the perks of T-mobile are worth the money to you, maybe Metro is your carrier.

        • R.M.

          That is exactly what i am saying. You can get the $150 kyocera hydro wave for free if you switch to metro pcs.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    This must be T-Mobile’s April Fool joke device for 9/30. If you are going to bring a Coolpad device make it a bigger device like 5.2 to 5.7 inch device.

  • Mike

    It has a spec that the iPhone 6 has 1gb of ram.

    • mike

      The difference is iPhone is extremely optimized to work with low specs. Most Android phones are slow with those specs. (not an iphone lover btw)

      • blakedunc235

        Well put… As an android fan myself I hate it when people bring specs into the equation like its 2010. They obviously havent used an iphone in a while. I have a nexus 6 and even I like using the iphone 6. It is well made, extremely smooth too. I mean that with the interface and how slippery the phone is

  • mIke

    Bet it makes a great phone to use as a remote control for roku, a streaming music player (with external speakers of course). Seems to be less expensive than a dedicated GPS device and a nice game device. Seriously folks. It makes a great entertainment device that also has the ability to make calls.

  • R.M.

    i think my coworker has a coolpad. it didnt come with google hangouts preinstalled, so he couldn’t use the videochat.

  • Acdc1a

    $50 for a band 12 phone? Not too bad for the kids, that’s for sure!

  • Derek

    Why is there no middle ground in the Android market. If the Phone is under a 5 inch screen, it instantly has to have a low grade camera, the minimum amount of memory possible, and often no LTE.

    I would love love LOVE a decent 4-4.5 inch screen with decent specs. Not everyone wants a phablet. Just look at how the iPhone 5c and 5s still sell like hotcakes.

    • Acdc1a

      There’s lots of choices in that market, just not available through the carriers directly. I love my Alcatel onetouch Idol 3.

    • Nick Ramacciato

      Some manufacturers are blatantly ignorant. That’s why

    • RavyStarr

      I own this phone and it is LTE compatible.

  • SammyH

    I wonder if they’ll ditch the band 12, since it’s not VoLTE capable.

  • Paul

    Yyyyeeeeeaaaahhhhh…and how often do they update their devices? Likely not that long.

  • hp

    the phone may have band 12 but the tmobile reception still sucks, at least in rural new england