Coolpad Rogue officially announced: Android 5.1 Lollipop and 4G connectivity for just $50

by: Jimmy WestenbergSeptember 21, 2015


Finding an inexpensive Android handset is pretty easy nowadays, but the term ‘inexpensive’ is pretty subjective for many folks out there. Sure, the Moto G 2015, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and ASUS ZenFone 2 are great values for the money, but all three of these devices cost over $150 if you’re buying them outright. If you’re looking for a smartphone that’s significantly cheaper in price and don’t mind making some sacrifices, Coolpad has just announced a new smartphone that may be worth your while.

The Coolpad Rogue has just been made official, and it will be available both online and in-store from T-Mobile for just $49.99 on Wednesday, September 30th. Yes, $50 is insanely cheap for a smartphone, but that low price point doesn’t come without quite a few caveats.

The Coolpad Rogue features a 4.0-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 800 x 480, a dual- core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with an Adreno 304 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. Also included on this smartphone is a 2MP rear-facing camera, a .3MP front-facing shooter and support for LTE bands 2, 4, 12 and AWS3. It runs a customized version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which isn’t something we normally see on a $50 smartphone.

The Coolpad Rogue’s specs certainly aren’t anything special. But for $50, this might be a viable option for first-time smartphone buyers or for parents looking to get their kids an inexpensive handset.

  • PUA – SVM

    Sick phone.. This is exactly the kind of device I want for app development practice…

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  • Keith Ho

    It’s kinda expensive. I wish it was cheaper.

    • Brad Burbank

      I’ll bet it will run like utter ass.

      • SameOlSong1

        Yeah most likely. Imo it’ll also probably be the first Android experience for some and they will think Android is garbage after trying it and assume Apple is the end all be all of good phones. Ok, maybe I’m reaching but point is sometimes it just isn’t worth it…. even if it is cheap.

        • true story

          buying a 50$ phone. and complaining that it doesn’t work like a 700$ phone.?

          • Stiffy Weiner

            I sure hate it when my raspberry pi doesn’t run like a $5,000 workstation!

  • R.G. Etienne

    Obviously inspired from Acer Liquid MT, especially when you take the lock screen into consideration.

  • Modman

    They need to lose the circle home button. Way to apple. Crummy specs. My favorite cheap device used to be huawei ascend. Now after an sgs2 sgs3 and a one plus one I usually at least need a 200 to 400 dollar phone. You will get what you pay for here. Still better data speed than iPhone 3gs 4gs. Since it has 4G.

  • David Miles

    T-Mobile WiFi calling? I’m going to guess no.

    • Ron Lawrence

      It supports WiFi calling according to the TMo website.

  • GNT01

    Grandpa phone

  • Michael Payton

    If you’ve got decent Verizon or Sprint service in your area the 2015 Moto E is $40-50 on their Prepaid plans. (Unlocked GSM is $100 on Amazon) It is, bar none, the best sub-$150 phone out today.

    • Airyl

      No it isn’t. It doesn’t even have a flash. It’s got a goddamn qHD display for crying out loud.

      • pseudo

        Nothing wrong with qHD, I agree with you about the flash though. My Vodafone smart 4 turbo has a flash and it’s £50 ($75)

  • coldspring22 .

    Not really worth it. These days, entry level phones with 2GB memory, 5.5″ HD screen resolution, octa core cpu from quality brand name can be had for around $150 (for example Redmi Note 2, Lenovo K3 Note). Maybe saving up $700 for flagship is hard, but $150 should be doable for most people.

    • pseudo

      Entry level is more like snapdragon 410, 1Gb RAM for below $100. With 4.5 inch screens.

      • remus

        AGREE…this is a return back or never get another from this producer

    • Ronnie the Boy Wonder

      And that is 3 times the cost. Some people like to throw money at a full tablet, cell phone bare minimum.
      I have an iPad and 8 inch Samsung. I need a phone and an occasional web look up on the go, that’s it. The iPad is used for gaming as the games are more polished on it because developers know exactly the hardware. Android they water down to try to catch as many devices as possible, many with different hardware.

      I also don’t like whipping out a $500-$800 phone on a city street, bus, walking. One kid back when the first iPhone came out got it robbed from him at a bus stop returning from the Apple Store to a local university. He just had to play with it in public.

  • Darlon Scalian

    nah’ although its only 50 bucks i dont think its woth it.pua svm is right, for practice dev this might be the phone to go.

  • remus