Tianhe H920+, first quad-core MT6589T Turbo phone available internationally!


The sheer volume of Chinese phone launches, news and rumours, inevitably means that we do miss the odd phone now and then, which is the case with the Tianhe H920+! A quad-core MT6589T Turbo phone on sale now.

While chatting to a friend on QQ earlier today, I asked when will international customers be likely to by a 1.5Ghz MT6589T phone, the answer was simply ‘Now’. After a brief discussion I soon found out that a number of resellers are now selling the Tianhe H920+ Android phone which comes equipped with the latest Mediatek chip!

The H920+ lends much of it’s styling from the HTC Butterfly and actually offers the same size 5-inch display at the same 1920 x 1080 resolution, making this Chinese handset a full 1080 phone!

Looking overt the hardware you can see that some compromises have been made to get that Turbo CPU and 1080 panel on the phone. There is just 4GB ROM for example and the main camera is an 8 mega-pixel sensor, but neither of these items should effect the overall performance.

tianhe h920+ rear

As with most MTK phones the Tianhe H920+ has space for a SD card, dual-sim support and has a removable battery, however we aren’t quite sure how big the battery is. We had a quick search and found the H920+ on sale from around $270.

Have any of you had any experience with the Tianhe brand? Do you have one of the new H920+ phones? Let us know in the comments section.

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56 Comments

  1. XrainX
    May 29, 2013

    If the + case version is like the normal H920, the battery should be the same as H920: 2800mAh.
    But the H920 is sold now under $200 on AliExpress MT6589 and 720p display.

    So I will wait for more T smartphone versions which will end in a price under $200.

  2. MrPsanter
    May 29, 2013

    270 $ is a bit too much for a phone with only 4 GB… even with a 1080P screen.

    • Manos
      May 29, 2013

      +1

  3. aquaguy
    May 29, 2013

    It makes me wonder then how come UMI is claiming the shortages for MTK6589T chips for its Turbo version. Your thoughts Andi ??

    • May 29, 2013

      They have to much demand and such a small factory, they are just having trouble keeping up.

      • aquaguy
        May 29, 2013

        so the problem is with UMI and not Mediatek ?

  4. May 29, 2013

    i can’t find the manufacturer’s website

    • May 29, 2013

      I actually think Star make the Tianhe phones

  5. May 29, 2013

    I thought Umi X2 Turbo has been available since 23 May or so?

    • Hansaplasr
      May 29, 2013

      Where got?

  6. Camaman
    May 29, 2013

    The biggest problem is not so much keeping up with the rumors but rather finding out what is actually a pre-sale and what is in stock.

    Almost none of the sale sites offer disclosure on these issues!!

    Andi since you have a lot of insight into these matters and have their ear on occasion, maybe you should put in a word or two at the more popular ones. others will follow their example.

    Most of them are working on search filters and that is good, but they need to up their game in more options and better transparency. 🙂

  7. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    If the + case version is like the normal H920, the battery should be the same as H920: 2800mAh.
    But the H920 is sold now under $200 on AliExpress MT6589 and 720p display.

    So I will wait for more T smartphone versions which will end in a price under $200.

  8. nobitakun
    May 29, 2013

    i don’t really think i will get a mtk6589t mobile for 270$ here in spain. i would say it will come to europe (if so) and will be 300€, at minimum. I don’t really get why people want to spend 50% more in their phones just for having a shop near home which sells it. I buy to chinese dealers and i will never spend more “bucks for nothing” in these english shops whose benefit is clear. but, well, it’s my opinnion

  9. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    270 $ is a bit too much for a phone with only 4 GB… even with a 1080P screen.

    • Guest
      May 30, 2013

      +1

  10. May 29, 2013

    Tianhe – just that makes me cringe
    geez what a name

    • antipodean
      May 29, 2013

      I.m wearing a nice warm hat labelled Tianhe, or rather it’s got that in Chinese characters – means swan, flies high. Howabout sansan for tinned food – means three umbrellas?

      • May 30, 2013

        LOL i guess in chinese characters ain’t that bad, but it sounds weird and for a phone even weirder
        – sansan – means three umbrellas – that’s funny 😀

        • antipodean
          June 1, 2013

          After a facepalm and caffeine ingestion, I guess few Chinese read these comments. The “swan” hat is tiane, but I still like the idea of a phone named after the Milky Way (star constellation)

  11. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    It makes me wonder then how come UMI is claiming the shortages for MTK6589T chips for its Turbo version. Your thoughts Andi ??

    • Guest
      May 29, 2013

      They have to much demand and such a small factory, they are just having trouble keeping up.

    • Guest
      May 29, 2013

      so the problem is with UMI and not Mediatek ?

  12. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    i can’t find the manufacturer’s website

    • Guest
      May 29, 2013

      I actually think Star make the Tianhe phones

  13. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    I thought Umi X2 Turbo has been available since 23 May or so?

    • Guest
      May 29, 2013

      Where got?

  14. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    The biggest problem is not so much keeping up with the rumors but rather finding out what is actually a pre-sale and what is in stock.

    Almost none of the sale sites offer disclosure on these issues!!

    Andi since you have a lot of insight into these matters and have their ear on occasion, maybe you should put in a word or two at the more popular ones. others will follow their example.

    Most of them are working on search filters and that is good, but they need to up their game in more options and better transparency. 🙂

  15. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    i don’t really think i will get a mtk6589t mobile for 270$ here in spain. i would say it will come to europe (if so) and will be 300€, at minimum. I don’t really get why people want to spend 50% more in their phones just for having a shop near home which sells it. I buy to chinese dealers and i will never spend more “bucks for nothing” in these english shops whose benefit is clear. but, well, it’s my opinnion

  16. Guest
    May 29, 2013

    Tianhe – just that makes me cringe
    geez what a name

    • Guest
      May 30, 2013

      I.m wearing a nice warm hat labelled Tianhe, or rather it’s got that in Chinese characters – means swan, flies high. Howabout sansan for tinned food – means three umbrellas?

    • Guest
      May 30, 2013

      LOL i guess in chinese characters ain’t that bad, but it sounds weird and for a phone even weirder
      – sansan – means three umbrellas – that’s funny 😀

    • Guest
      June 2, 2013

      After a facepalm and caffeine ingestion, I guess few Chinese read these comments. The “swan” hat is tiane, but I still like the idea of a phone named after the Milky Way (star constellation)

  17. david
    June 7, 2013

    i´m boring wait for g4 basic (I’m in a joint purchase and warranty for 2 years I have put 167euros) every week out new phones that devalue the phone.
    if this phone complies with the specifications of g4? i´m drop the g4 and buy this phone on monday 17
    confirm video output mhl support otgl?
    camera rank quality g4 or xiaomi mi2a on pandawill and alibaba sell 13 mpx its interpolated o real?
    gorilla glass?,….audio chipset
    Andi please for make more life easy for buyers (an my) a new phone which are phones that meet these conditions which is the usual configuration (type of camera interpolated or real, audio chip, screen type, whether or not it gorrilla, etc). there is a page or forum that is dedicated to verify or collect this? I’m bored of looking bolls and insufficient specifications
    sorry for the english google translator

  18. Guest
    June 8, 2013

    i´m boring wait for g4 basic (I’m in a joint purchase and warranty for 2 years I have put 167euros) every week out new phones that devalue the phone.
    if this phone complies with the specifications of g4? i´m drop the g4 and buy this phone on monday 17
    confirm video output mhl support otgl?
    camera rank quality g4 or xiaomi mi2a on pandawill and alibaba sell 13 mpx its interpolated o real?
    gorilla glass?,….audio chipset
    Andi please for make more life easy for buyers (an my) a new phone which are phones that meet these conditions which is the usual configuration (type of camera interpolated or real, audio chip, screen type, whether or not it gorrilla, etc). there is a page or forum that is dedicated to verify or collect this? I’m bored of looking bolls and insufficient specifications
    sorry for the english google translator

  19. June 8, 2013

    Gorilla glass????????

  20. Guest
    June 8, 2013

    Gorilla glass????????

  21. pp
    June 9, 2013

    I have one of these arriving this week, will post impressions if anyone is interested.

    • Frederik
      June 10, 2013

      That would be really great! I’m looking forward to it!

    • amit
      July 13, 2013

      Please post …can u tell us more about the Tianhe performance
      How is the touchscreen performance…

    • Qrious
      July 13, 2013

      Waiting for your review Pp . . .

  22. Guest
    June 9, 2013

    I have one of these arriving this week, will post impressions if anyone is interested.

    • Guest
      June 10, 2013

      That would be really great! I’m looking forward to it!

    • Guest
      July 13, 2013

      Please post …can u tell us more about the Tianhe performance
      How is the touchscreen performance…

    • Guest
      July 13, 2013

      Waiting for your review Pp . . .

  23. Qrious
    June 19, 2013

    I found it here for $240 http://www.everbuying.com/product446811.html?lkid=13160
    Still there are 2 customer reviews, but 5/5. Worth trying!

  24. Guest
    June 19, 2013

    I found it here for $240 http://www.everbuying.com/product446811.html?lkid=13160
    Still there are 2 customer reviews, but 5/5. Worth trying!

  25. Rdmkr
    August 8, 2013

    Posting this from my H920 plus, performance, screen and design are all excellent. A phone well worth getting for the 235 dollars it costs in certain places. Feels just like a top tier phone. Storage space is fine when you plug in an sd card.

    • Qrious
      August 8, 2013

      What about the camera?

      • Rdmkr
        September 20, 2013

        Very sharp by my standards, although I can’t compare it to something else to see if it’s 8MP like this article says or 13MP as listed on the site where I bought it. 8MP with 5MP interpolation wouldn’t surprise me. But I can guarantee you there is nothing wrong with it and the quality is quite nice.

        One thing: the standard launcher installed on it is very choppy and it will scare you the first time you run this phone. However, the problem is easily solved by installing Apex launcher or another launcher app.

        • Rdmkr
          September 20, 2013

          Also it’s battery is probably smaller by 2800mAh… Inscription on the battery is not consistent with 2800, more like 2000mAh, even though 2800 is also displayed on it. Battery isn’t the strongest suit of this phone unfortunately.

  26. Guest
    August 8, 2013

    Posting this from my H920 plus, performance, screen and design are all excellent. A phone well worth getting for the 235 dollars it costs in certain places. Feels just like a top tier phone. Storage space is fine when you plug in an sd card.

    • Guest
      August 9, 2013

      What about the camera?

    • Guest
      September 20, 2013

      Very sharp by my standards, although I can’t compare it to something else to see if it’s 8MP like this article says or 13MP as listed on the site where I bought it. 8MP with 5MP interpolation wouldn’t surprise me. But I can guarantee you there is nothing wrong with it and the quality is quite nice.

      One thing: the standard launcher installed on it is very choppy and it will scare you the first time you run this phone. However, the problem is easily solved by installing Apex launcher or another launcher app.

    • Guest
      September 20, 2013

      Also it’s battery is probably smaller by 2800mAh… Inscription on the battery is not consistent with 2800, more like 2000mAh, even though 2800 is also displayed on it. Battery isn’t the strongest suit of this phone unfortunately.

  27. phil13006
    August 11, 2013

    I had a desire, this phone have no such good quality as desire but is good enough for me (more like a Samsung galaxy S2).
    Very good quality of screen, the sound is “normal”(better than my desire)
    the camera is very good like the s4 of a work friend .No difference !
    the phone signal is not so good than the samsung s4.
    i install custom rom Star h920+ from needrom and an apex launcher with sense icons, and i am fully like on htc.
    Venant d un HTC Desire j’ai franchi le pas vers ce h920+, il n’est pas d une aussi bonne qualité de fabrication le desire etait fait d aluminium, mais il convient bien a mon usage (il est comparable a un s2 en qualité)
    tres bonne qualité d ecran le son est de qualité moyenne mais mieux que mon htc desire.
    tres bon appareil photo que j ai comparé au s4 d un ami du boulot. Pas de difference pour nous !
    le signal telephone capte moins bien par contre que le samsung s4.
    J ai mis une rom custom de star h920+ … +un lanceur apex avec sense, et j ai l impression totalement d etre sur HTC !

  28. Guest
    August 11, 2013

    I had a desire, this phone have no such good quality as desire but is good enough for me (more like a Samsung galaxy S2).
    Very good quality of screen, the sound is “normal”(better than my desire)
    the camera is very good like the s4 of a work friend .No difference !
    the phone signal is not so good than the samsung s4.
    i install custom rom Star h920+ from needrom and an apex launcher with sense icons, and i am fully like on htc.
    Venant d un HTC Desire j’ai franchi le pas vers ce h920+, il n’est pas d une aussi bonne qualité de fabrication le desire etait fait d aluminium, mais il convient bien a mon usage (il est comparable a un s2 en qualité)
    tres bonne qualité d ecran le son est de qualité moyenne mais mieux que mon htc desire.
    tres bon appareil photo que j ai comparé au s4 d un ami du boulot. Pas de difference pour nous !
    le signal telephone capte moins bien par contre que le samsung s4.
    J ai mis une rom custom de star h920+ … +un lanceur apex avec sense, et j ai l impression totalement d etre sur HTC !