Coolpad F1 8297 – Octa Core @ 175

coolpad f1 8297From one of China’s biggest mobile manufacturers, comes the Coolpad F1 8297, comes with Octa Core, 2gb ram and Gorilla Glass and all in a $175 package.

Coolpad F1 8297 Hardware and Specifications

CPU mediatek mt6592 @ 1.7GHz Octa Core
GPU: Mali 450 MP4 @ 700MHz
Memory RAM: 2GB
Micro SD up to 32 GB
Display 5.0 inch IPS Capacitive, 5 point Multitouch
1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, OGS, 320 ppi
OS Android 4.2 Jellybean with multilingual support
Camera 13 megapixel Back Camera, SONY IMX135 heap style, F2.0 Aperture, 28mm wide angle lense, 4096 x 3072 pixels, autofocus
5.0 megapixel Front Camera
Network Dual SIM, dual active (Dual micro SIM)
2G: GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
3G: TD-SCDMA 2010-2025/1880-1920MHz
Other Features Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, OTG, FM Radio, Playstore, Micro USB 2.0, GPS and A-GPS, Gyroscope, Proximity, Light Sensor
Dimensions 141 x 71.5 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 151g
Battery Li-on @ 2500mAh
Price The Coolpad F1 8297 retails around $175 and is available here or you may check Merimobiles for the phones availability


  • its one of the most affordable octa cores available
  • 13 megapixel sony IMX camera
  • comes with 2 gb ram stock
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection

Limitations/main disadvantages

  • Only supports TD-SCDMA (China Only) 3G network
  • No WCDMA version
  • No 1080p Display
  • No NFC Support, No Glonass

Video Reference: System Reviews

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Coolpad is one of China’s biggest mobile manufacturers and the Coolpad F1 8297 is one of their budget lineups, for its price, the phone comes with an Octa Core CPU, 2gb ram, 720p display with Gorilla Glass and all in a $175 package. It’s currently one of the cheapest Octa Core available. Although it 3G only works in China and there is no WCDMA version, if you can live with those limitations, the Coolpad F1 is a very solid budget smartphone.

Availability? The Coolpad F1 8297 retails around $175 and is available here. or you may check Merimobiles for the availability


LycanWrath on February 13, 2014 at 7:03 am.


Thanks for this great review :)
I would very much like to know whether there is a website for custom ROMS for this chinese phone or any other chinese phones that are out

I have searched and have found none to date, I mean custom ROMS for chinese phones

Also this phone comes with Android 4.2, is there a rom/ custom rom with Android 4.4 out for it or can one be modded for it?

Thanks in advance for the reply :)


Vincent on February 15, 2014 at 4:31 am.

Hello LyccanWrath,

usually, the Android versions of china phones are barebones which is the primary reason why optimization are the issues. The HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9000 has Android 4.3, custom firmwares are made by independent developers. As of now, Android 4.2 Jellybean has custom firmwares

Best Regards,


LycanWrath on February 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm.

Thank you for the reply Vincent.

I hope the chinese phone manufactures are more open about their firmwares in the near future. Personally, the only reason I am interested in android is due to custom firmware and ability to easily upgrade to 4.3, 4.4, 4.xx

Since Chinese phone manufacturers generally do not provide access to their source firmware, I find it difficult to consider them when buying an Android phone..


Vincent on February 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm.

Hello lycanWrath,

unfortunately, that is one area chinese phone as well as tablet manufacturers lack. Software optimization as well as Updates seems to be lacking, they usually opt for a newer model than addressing issues with most operating system. But other big manufacturers like that of Gionee, Lenovo, Coolpad do offer support from their website.

Best Regards,


Ipela on May 15, 2014 at 3:42 am.

Do you have information on where to get the MTP drivers for that phone, or USB drivers for win 7 operating system?


Ipela on May 15, 2014 at 8:13 am.


Win 7 can not find the phone in MTP drivers whether any information can be found if even exist? Bluetooht drivers would also be found in the good, at least not on my win 7 can not find neither.



Adnan Wasi on September 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm.

I am facing the issue in Coolpad 8297 that I do not receive any bank transaction alerts, credit cards transaction alert etc basically the sender of 3 digits .

Can any one guide me please.


Vincent on September 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm.

hello Adnan,

can you elaborate on your problem? what do you mean by transactions?

best regards,


Adnan Wasi on September 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm.

Vincent actually I mean that I have activated my bank transaction\Credit card transaction alerts on my mobile and when ever i use my credit card for swapping , I do not receive transaction alerts on my mobile( Coolpad 8297).

I hope this is enough for you too understand.


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