Not long ago, VentureBeat got a hold of a leaked T-Mobile roadmap that showed a few upcoming devices set to be released on the network. For the most part, they’ve already been either released or at least leaked, examined in detail or even made official, either on T-Mobile or with variants on other networks, such as Boost and Virgin’s version of the LG Stylo 2. One that was left in the cold until now, however, was the Coolpad Catalyst, pictured above in concept form. Meant to replace the $50 Coolpad Rogue, the budget handset ups the ante a bit specs-wise and throws in 4G LTE compatibility. Whether the price is upped along with said ante, however, was not mentioned.
Improving on the Rogue in every perceivable way, the Catalyst doubles the processor cores, bringing the count to four. The screen size is kicked up by one inch, with a resolution bump to 854 x 480 to compensate. While it poses no threat, visually, to even the likes of 2012’s Samsung Galaxy S3, the image quality is sure to be more than up to the task for daily reading and light media consumption. The back of the new handset bears a 5 megapixel camera, while a 2 megapixel selfie snapper adorning the front of the device. Unfortunately, other details were sparse, leaving us in the dark on important things like the amount of RAM and internal storage, as well as the battery size. The addition of LTE and the bumps mentioned above are, on their own, more than enough to warrant an upgrade from the Rogue, but it will be interesting to see just how much Coolpad can cram into a phone meant to sell for bottom dollar.
Like its predecessor, the Catalyst will be running a fairly lightweight version of Android 5.1 Lollipop at launch. When and if there will be a Marshmallow or Android N update is anybody’s guess, given the specs putting this phone just below a Moto E.While no definite dates were given, our sources at VentureBeat believe that the Catalyst is going to be joining a smattering of other low and mid range devices in a frenzy of releases onto T-Mobile taking place somewhere between May and July of this year.