1.4/10
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The Coolpad Catalyst currently has an Informr score of 1.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.1 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The Coolpad Catalyst is a disappointment. This phone may cost only $100, but it's not worth that much. The hardware is uninspired and looks cheap. The rough rear panel is questionable. The screen is simply awful. Data performance was sluggish. The camera is practically useless. Did I mention that th...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Common Questions


Coolpad released the Catalyst on June 7, 2016.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Coolpad Catalyst user manual here.


Coolpad backs up the Catalyst with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Catalyst has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Coolpad support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Coolpad's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5"

The Coolpad Catalyst's screen size is 5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8909 Quad core 1.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2200 mAh battery. Coolpad's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 540 minutes (2G), 540 minutes (3G).

Coolpad Catalyst Specs

Overview
Release date June 7, 2016
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8909 Quad core 1.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.83 W/kg
Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 540 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Sandstone Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.5 x 7.1 x 1.1 cm (5.7 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 163 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 196 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Night mode, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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The Coolpad Catalyst is a disappointment. This phone may cost only $100, but it's not worth that much. The hardware is uninspired and looks cheap. The rough rear panel is questionable. The screen is simply awful. Data performance was sluggish. The camera is practically useless. Did I mention that...More

The Coolpad Catalyst is a disappointment. This phone may cost only $100, but it's not worth that much. The hardware is uninspired and looks cheap. The rough rear panel is questionable. The screen is simply awful. Data performance was sluggish. The camera is practically useless. Did I mention that the screen sucks? On the upside, battery life is decent. Moreover, phone call quality is one of the Catalyst's only redeeming features: voice calls are superb. It's nice to see stock Android, but Lollipop doesn't taste good any more.

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User Reviews


Keith

The start up time from off is too long; it's like warming up an old black and white tv. If I was bleeding. And needed 911, I'd die before I could dial

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Dolla

They stole hard earn money for crap

I hate this phone this is the second time I bought this phone at 1st I thought it was because I had the phone a while. I ended up cracking my phone money was low so I thought what the hell get another coolpad. So when I did two days with new one out the box same problem as I had with old one I had over 6mos. The freezing the not typing letters over typing letters. I'm so sick of this phone I can't believe these people will take my hard earn money for this crap l.this is what its come to in this world take your hard earn money an give you crap in return.smmfh

I hate this phone this is the second time I bought this phone at 1st I thought it was because I had the phone a while. I ended up cracking my phone money was low so I thought what the hell get another coolpad. So when I did two days with new one out the box same problem as I had with old one I had over 6mos. The freezing the not typing letters over typing letters. I'm so sick of this phone I can't believe these people will take my hard earn money for this crap l.this is what its come to in this world take your hard earn money an give you crap in return.smmfh

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John

Hate this phone

The camera stinks.not Happy with this phone.
Sabrina

I don't like this phone,I am very disappointed

I don't like this phone at all,first when adding contact's to phone it takes you to exsiting contact you already have and then when deleting text messages it deletes all messages instead of select message like my old phone, also make sure you end call when you finish talking in the phone cus even tho you think it ending call when other screen logo appears the phone is still on.I prefer my old phone cus when logo appears it means phone call ended. Also this phone is big and thick and it takes long to charge,I don't like the camera its to slow and when using instagram its slow(mayb cuz it's a big phone) I just bought this cuz my old phone stopped working.

I don't like this phone at all,first when adding contact's to phone it takes you to exsiting contact you already have and then when deleting text messages it deletes all messages instead of select message like my old phone, also make sure you end call when you finish talking in the phone cus even tho you think it ending call when other screen logo appears the phone is still on.I prefer my old phone cus when logo appears it means phone call ended. Also this phone is big and thick and it takes long to charge,I don't like the camera its to slow and when using instagram its slow(mayb cuz it's a big phone) I just bought this cuz my old phone stopped working.

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