Coolpad Announces Conjr: Affordable 5-inch Smartphoneby Matt Humrick on January 5, 2017 6:00 AM EST
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Today at CES 2017, Coolpad announced a new low-cost smartphone. The Conjr has a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display and an aluminum unibody construction. A capacitive fingerprint scanner is located on the back along with a mono speaker that looks like it could be muffled when sitting on a table.
The front is covered edge to edge with glass. It has capacitive navigation buttons below the 5-inch screen, which helps free up some screen space for content. There’s a notification light in the upper bezel, along with an 8MP selfie camera with a dedicated LED flash, an interesting feature at this price point.
A single-piece volume rocker is located near the top on the left edge, slightly offset from the power button that sits near the midpoint on the right edge. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a microUSB 2.0 port on the bottom.
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.0GHz
Mali-T720MP2 @ 450MHz
|NAND||16GB + microSD|
|Display||5.0-inch 1280x720 IPS LCD|
|Dimensions||143 x 72 x 8.66 mm
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)
|Network||FDD-LTE (2 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 12)
WCDMA (1 / 2 / 4 / 5)
GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900)
|SIM Size||2x NanoSIM|
|Front Camera||8MP, f/2.2, LED flash|
|Rear Camera||13MP, f/2.2, AF, OIS, LED flash|
|Connectivity||802.11b/g/n, BT 4.0, microUSB 2.0|
|Launch OS||Android 6.0 with Cool UI 8.0|
Inside is a MediaTek MT6735CP SoC. With only four Cortex-A53 cores running at a lowly 1GHz, the Conjr will not be a top performer, even compared to other low-cost phones. The Mali-T720MP2 GPU is not well suited for 3D gaming either, but should be enough for simple 2D games.
It does have 3GB of LPDDR3 memory, which should help with multitasking, but internal storage is only 16GB. Thankfully, the Conjr does have a microSD slot for storage expansion.
The integrated MediaTek Category 4 LTE modem will work on US GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile but not Sprint, Verizon, or US Cellular..
Coolpad did not announce exact pricing or availability, but did say the Conjr, which comes in either gold or gray colors, will cost less than $200 USD.
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realbabilu - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkMatt, do you cover mi event too at CES2017?
TheCurve - Friday, January 6, 2017 - linkIt would seem he did:
Murloc - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linknice but why ship with an old OS.
WorldWithoutMadness - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkThis phone is very low end. From their point of view, nougat doesn't have much benefit either and for security, you don't buy this phone and expect security as one of its feature
Flunk - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkAnd that's the sort of attitude that makes OEMs not bother updating their OSes.
WinterCharm - Saturday, January 7, 2017 - linkHow is security not a priority on EVERY device?!
This is what I hate about shit tier OEMs.
philehidiot - Monday, January 9, 2017 - linkAre there any OEMs (aside from specialists) which actually take security seriously? By this I mean releasing Android security patches as they come out and so on. I thought HTC was pretty good but it seemed to take them a relative age to release the patches for their flagship model for Quadrooter even though (and someone correct me here if I'm wrong) the patches had already been produced by the SoC manufacturer for the affected devices and they just needed to deploy it.
It just seems mad to me that you buy a very expensive device and don't get the support. Mine is at October 2016 and this is just unacceptable to me. If Google want me to use Android pay then they'd sure as hell better get the OEMs to get their act together.
Laststop311 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - linkYou are whining about the phone not being updated enough but its a sub 200 dollar phone. That's the buy it price without contracts or any monthly payment for the actual phone. Of course it's not going to be as nice as a 750 dollar galaxy.
Yaldabaoth - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link"The integrated MediaTek Category 4 LTE modem will work on US GSM carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular but not Sprint or Verizon."
US Cellular is a CDMA carrier.
negusp - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkLooks cool but imo there are way too many good/decent budget smartphones out there now.
Not to mention that they already have great dev support (moto g4, Honor 5X, etc.).
Phones like these will languish at the wayside.