A little less than two weeks ago U.S.-based network operator T-Mobile along with Coolpad announced that they will be bringing a new budget Android smartphone to the country on June 16.The new Android smartphone in question was the Coolpad Defiant. However, at that juncture, neither T-Mobile nor Coolpad revealed any details about the upcoming smartphone’s pricing. Nevertheless, the entry-level handset is now listed on the carrier’s online store.

Coolpad Defiant: the budget handset

The Coolpad Defiant can be bought outright on T-Mobile’s online store for just $100.

However, if one wishes to avail the smartphone on a monthly installment scheme, then he/she can purchase it by shelling out $4 per month for the next two years, as well as give a down payment of $4. The entry-level smartphone surprisingly comes pre-loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat, which is the handset’s second best feature after its low price.

Specs and features

Features and Specifications wise the Coolpad Defiant is absolutely unimpressive and can be categorized right at the bottom of Android smartphone offerings. The smartphone boasts a 5-inch FWVGA display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution. The Coolpad smartphone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 processor, which clocks at 1.4 GHz. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable memory.

However, the user will have the option of expanding the storage to an additional 32 GB via a microSD card.

Fuelled by a 2,450 mAh battery the smartphone is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front selfie shooter. The device comes with support for LTE bands along with Rich Communication Suite or RCH support.

The battery supports up to 16.5 hours talk time apart from 12 days standby time with the basic range battery.

A backup phone?

Coolpad is not a very well-known smartphone brand in the United States. However, the OEM has been in the smartphone business for over a decade and is based in China. Recently, LeEco merged with the company and since then, has been trying to expand the reach of Coolpad brand of smartphones to international markets.

The Coolpad Defiant though comes with minor and unimpressive features but is a steal at $100 as the smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. With its grainy display and modest processor and just 1 GB of RAM, it could be the ultimate backup phone. One may get worried about Android Nougat’s performance on such basic hardware specs, but Google has made the OS robust enough to work properly on even such low-end hardware.