Coolpad F1 8297 – budget Octa Core

From one of China’s biggest mobile manufacturers, comes the Coolpad F1 8297, comes with Octa Core, 2gb ram and Gorilla Glass and on a very affordable package

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: 900/2100MHz
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
Availability price updated Feb. 21, 2015
Fastcardtech priced @ $176
Merimobiles priced @ $155

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, 2 gb ram, 720p display with Corning Gorilla Glass and all a very affordable package. It’s currently one of the cheapest Octa Core available.

The phone has a basic profile look but is rich in features. A 720p HD display offers vivid image performance, an excellent 13 megapixel shooter and Dual Sim connectivity that features HSDPA+ Speed Data connection. Furthermore, underneath is a decent 2500mAh battery with very good runtimes. Although it lacks some added features like NFC Support it still offers very good value.

Overall, Despite the stale uninspired design, the CoolPad F1 8297 is a very solid budget smartphone which offers very good performance for its price. Although it’s fairly limited to 3G connectivity, its one of the best and most affordable smartphone available.

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  • Its one of the most affordable Octa cores available
  • 13 megapixel sony IMX camera
  • Comes with 2 gb ram with expandable storage
  • 5.0 inch IPS, OGS, 720p HD with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • Very good Battery Runtimes

Limitations/main disadvantages

  • No 1080p Display
  • No 4G or LTE Support
  • No NFC Support, No GLONASS Support
  • Plastic build or construction
CoolPad F1 8297 (availability)
price updated Feb. 21, 2015
Fastcardtech priced @ $176
Merimobiles priced @ $155
About Vincent
I am 27 years old and an avid fan of Phones and tablets. Writing blogs is my hobby and i have taken a keen interest in making Tablet and Phone Reviews.

9 Comments on Coolpad F1 8297 – budget Octa Core

  1. Hello,

    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 :)

    • 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,

  2. 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..

    • 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,

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

  4. Hello!

    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.


  5. 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.

    • hello Adnan,

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

      best regards,

      • Hi,
        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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