There are a plethora of budget smartphones in the $150-250 price range that are fine devices. If you're looking to go even cheaper than that, things get a little sketchy. T-Mobile and Coolpad are teaming up (yes, Coolpad) to offer the Rogue. It's only $50 and has Android 5.1. The specs are not impressive, but hey, fifty bucks.
Here are the specs for the Coolpad Rogue. It's a blast from the past.
- 4" WVGA Display
- SoC: Dual Core 1.1GHz Adreno 304 (Snapdragon 200 series)
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB ROM plus microSD card
- 2MP Rear facing camera / 0.3MP Front Facing
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- LTE: 2, 4, 12, AWS3
- Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
- Measures 126.5 x 64.4 x 13.2mm
We don't know exactly what SoC is under the hood, but it's some variant of the Snapdragon 200 based on the GPU listed. The 2MP camera sticks out as a likely example of cost savings. At that point, why even bother to have a camera? On the up side, it has band 12 LTE and can be used as a hotspot. That might make it a handy device to have around as a spare.
The Rogue comes with Android 5.1.1, which is great for such a cheap device. No telling how it'll run, though. T-Mobile will have the Rogue online and in stores on September 30th.