Quad-core THL W8 available to order now! Benchmarks and specifications here!


The THL W8 will be THL’s first entrant in to the quad-core phone arena and at just $250 for international customers, it represents tremendous value for money!

THL have gone for the 5-inch display, quad-core route for the W8, but to keep costs low have decided to use a lower resolution 720HD 1280 x 720 panel rather than a full HD unit. The jury is still out on if 1080 is really necessary on a 5-inch phone with some customers not minding and others demanding it. There are a few benefits of a lower resolution display though, one is price, another is energy efficiency and lastly the argument that the MT6589 processor might struggle!

Speaking of the processor it is the latest quad-core Mediatek chip running at 1.2Ghz, but there is only 1GB RAM which will again save power, but is a little disappointing to see not that it has hurt Antutu scores though as the THL W8 will reach 12998 in the popular benchmark software!

thl w8 antutu

The keen-eyed of you will have noticed dual signal indicators in the above screen shot, so yes you can use a GSM and WCDMA SIM in the phone at the same time.

thl w8 dual-sim

Other features include a better than average 3.2 megapixel front camera, 8 mega-pixel rear camera, micro SD support for up to 32GB cards (if the 8GB of built-in memory isn’t enough) and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as standard!

thl w8 leaked photos

THL Mobile Store are currently listing the W8 as in stock and are promising to ship the phone to customers from March 7th. Take a look at their webstore here.

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9 Comments

  1. basyvava
    February 28, 2013

    Cheers for the good read. Does it have gorilla glass though? Can’t seem to find any info on that.

    • aaa
      February 28, 2013

      customer service replied that it doesnt have gorilla glass.

      so i keep waiting more and more

      • February 28, 2013

        Thanks for letting us know

      • basyvava
        February 28, 2013

        Thanks for the info mate. Same here, I’ll be waiting some more.

  2. emka
    February 28, 2013

    ‘Officially’ it doesn’t.
    Interesting phone – currently my top1

  3. Freeje
    February 28, 2013

    First time I’ve seen an MT6589 score almost 13000. Should use the new version of Antutu as it prevents tampering of the score. Ainol was guilty of this with their Actions quad score scoring highly in Antutu tests. The latest version saw their scores fall.

  4. February 28, 2013

    Keep up the great articles including links where to buy Abbie! Hope your team authors will start doing it as well

  5. March 1, 2013

    I’m sorry for the slight off-topic but is that store reliable? Most of the reviews are blatant rip offs from Amazon reviews of other phones. They even used reviews that mention operator $25 plans.. lol

  6. crys
    May 6, 2013

    Hi, I want to purchase this THL W8+ but not sure if it can do continuous autofocus during video recording (like ZOPO 980 and STAR S5). Can you please try this on your THL W8 / THL W8+ and reconfirm, thanks.