Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the most talked about smartphone these days, the HTC One follows closely, as do Sony’s Xperia Z and LG’s Optimus G Pro. But let’s face it, we can’t all afford those beasts. At least I for one can’t.
But what if I told you there’s a land somewhere far, far away where people can get quad-core smartphones for as less as 110 bucks? Impossibru, you say? Then you should meet the soon to be released Coolpad 8190Q.
This baby is said to go on sale in the near future in China for the incredibly low price of 700 Yuan, which is roughly $113. And no, you lucky dawgs living in “The Middle Kingdom” won’t be asked to sign any contract, as that price point is for the outright, unlocked, SIM-free version of the phone.
As you can imagine, the Coolpad 8190Q will not break any speed records and will certainly not be a worthy contender for a spot in the high-end smartphone niche. But, given the power-saving 1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6589 CPU and 1 GB of RAM under its hood, it’s at the worst a decent mid-ranger.
And the thing is not even outdated in the software department, being set to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out the box. As for the screen, that’s comfortably sized, at 4.5 inches, and it boasts an average 960 x 540 pixels resolution.
So what exactly is wrong with this phone that Coolpad affords to sell it so cheap? Uhm, nothing that I can think of. True, the 1,650 mAh battery, 5 MP rear-facing camera and VGA front snapper are far from ideal, but are they awful for a $110 gadget? Not at all!
And you know what the best thing about the handheld is? I mean, the second best after the price point. It’s the manufacturer’s name. Coolpad is no Samsung or Apple, but it’s definitely one of the more reliable Chinese brand names.
In fact, Coolpad is the world’s 9th smartphone maker and the third largest OEM in China, so, while I’m guessing the 8190Q will be rather plasticky and cheap-looking, the overall build quality should not be the absolute worst.
Last, but not least, we’ve seen Coolpad releasing a couple of budget phones in the US lately, so there’s a chance, albeit an outside one, this thing will also make its way to the land of the free with a similar price tag. Now how cool would that be?