Coolpad has taken to CES 2020 to announce its upcoming 5G smartphone, the Coolpad Legacy 5G. Unsurprisingly, it is the cheapest 5G smartphone yet, and by a big margin. The Chinese company, best known for its low-cost gadgets, is bringing this 5G phone to the market at just $359. Only the upcoming TCL 10 5G is comparable in price as of now, though it still costs at least $100 more.
Coolpad also announced the upcoming Dyno 2 smartwatch and an update to its FamilyLabs family management app at the annual convention, which is currently underway in Las Vegas.
Coolpad Legacy 5G
The upcoming Coolpad Legacy 5G is a mid-range 5G device leveraging Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 765 SoC. This 7nm octa-core chipset features one Cortex-A76-based prime core, one Cortex-A76-based performance core, and six Cortex-A55-based power-efficient cores. It supports sub-6GHz 5G networks, which offer better reliability and coverage as compared to mmWave.
The handset sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel which is said to be powered by Pixelwork’s HDR technology. You get 4GB of RAM, 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage up to 128GB. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.
On the back of the handset is a vertically stacked dual camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. Below the cameras is an LED flash and a capacitive fingerprint sensor. For selfies, the waterdrop notch on the front houses a 16-megapixel camera. The handset also offers Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with multi-device broadcasting. There’s no NFC or Wi-Fi 6 on this device.
The Coolpad Legacy 5G comes with Android 10 out of the fox. And while the company promises monthly security updates, no commitment for major Android OS upgrades has been made yet. Nevertheless, the handset certainly looks an attractive proposition on paper.
With 5G networks becoming more widely available this year, it might find a good number of buyers who would be wanting to try out the next-gen networks on a budget.
The Coolpad Legacy 5G arrives on the US market sometime in Q2 2020. It will be available for purchase through Amazon, Coolpad online store, and select retail outlets across the nation.
Coolpad Dyno 2
In addition to the Legacy 5G smartphone, Coolpad also showcased its upcoming Dyno 2 smartwatch at CES 2020. The successor to Coolpad’s Dyno smartwatch launched at CES 2019, the new wearable for kids comes with new features and an upgraded chipset.
It keeps the original Dyno’s core feature set that includes location tracking, safe zones, and voice and text messaging but also gets a new application platform to enable new features. The Coolpad Dyno 2 is also expected to offer a better battery life. The smartwatch will be available in April 2020 with a $190 price tag.
Lastly, Coolpad has announced a big overhaul of its FamilyLabs family management app. Launched in April last year, the platform lets parents communicate with other family members, locate them, and provide remote support. Coolpad is now adding a host of new features to the app, including web filtering, daily time limits, and more.
Here’s the list of new features: Web Filtering, Restrict Usage Times, Daily Time Limits, Remote Lock/Unlock, Set & Monitor Digital Fences (Geo-Fences), Allow/Restrict Apps, Battery Monitoring, Manage Contacts and Calls, Alerts, Alarms & Reminders, and a FamilyLabs Home Screen Launcher.