THL T100S Review – Octacore smartphone for $309.00


With so many Chinese Android phones now available will THL’s flagship T100S offer enough to win over from its rivals? Keep reading for the full THL T100S review.

Since Mediatek launched their 8-core MT6592 processor the Chinese Android landscape has boiled over with new octa-core phones with their own unique styling and features. This brings us to the THL T100S which we have been testing over the past few weeks.

The THL T100S is one of the first 8-core Meditek phones to go on sale in China and one of only a few which can be ordered internationally, but it has plenty of rivals from the likes of Zopo, TCL, GooPhone, Huawei and others.

THL T100S Specifications

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THL T100S Design

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The THL T100S has been designed from the ground up to replace the THL W11 aka Monkey King. The new phone features a few similar aspects with the older phone such as the 5-inch display and dual 13 mega-pixel cameras, but other than that this is a new phone.

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Opening the packaging reveals the sleek black and wedge-like THL 100S. The design reminds us of an Oppo N1, or Sony Xperia phone with glass taking up almost the entire front of the phone with just a thin sliver of anodised metal above and below.

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Just below the surface of the glass sits a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display, capitative touch buttons below the screen allow you to easily navigate though the preinstalled Android 4.2 OS, and finally there is a 13 mega-pixel front facing camera to the top.

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Looking down from the front of the phone shows you just how sharp the corners are on the T100 when compared to the more rounded Samsung designs of previous THL phones. Those corners don’t translate to well in the comfort department , which brings us on to the sides of the phone.

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Taking a look from the base of the phone shows that the T100S doesn’t have the traditional profile of phones seen in the past. Rather than having flat edges the sides of the THL jut out slightly to a point before curving around the back of the phone. The design is a unique one but again doesn’t feel all that great in the hand, and actually makes the phone feel a lot thicker than 8.4mm.

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On to the back we have a Xiaomi Mi3 look. A simple rubberised black rear for added grip, THL logo external rear speaker at the bottom and 13 mega-pixel main camera on in the top left hand corner.

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Up to the top of the phone we have a micro USB, plus a 3.5mm head phone jack.

Along the right there is a power button in a good position for use with your thumb (if you are right handed) and there is a volume rocker on the left. The physical buttons on the phone feel better than most Chinese phones we have tested, they aren’t loose at all and they feel solid in use.

zopo zp998 vs thl t100s hands on

For a 5-inch phone the dimensions 144.3 x 70.4 x 8.4mm aren’t the most svelte of phones, it is a little wider than most but our big concern is the length. The THL T100S is a much longer phone than other 5-inch models we have tested.

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The last flagship THL phone had a built in battery, but THL have changed this for the T100S which features a removable rear panel allowing you to get at the replaceable 2300mAh battery, dual-SIM compartments and micro SD card reader.

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The rear panel also holds the NFC antenna which can be used for file transfer, syncing with other hardware etc.

Build-quality is good, but nothing to shout about. The rear case flexes a little if squeezed the phone does bend under pressure, and the very lightweight doesn’t really give a premium feel, but the overall fit of the parts is good, and there are no creaks or rattles when in use.

THL T100S Display

Going to the 5-inch display of the THL T100S after using larger screen device seems very odd for me. Over the past month I have been using a 5.9-inch Oppo N1 and the 5.5-inch Zopo ZP998 and now the 5-inch panel on the T100S feels a little cramped in comparison.

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But that is just personal preference and as far as 5-inch panels go the THL T100S has a very nice unit! As mentioned in the specifications the display is a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 FHD, IPS multitouch unit offering great all round visibility.

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Most of the time I ran the display at around 1/4 of full brightness which was enough for indoor use, but outdoors on a sunny day might require you to boost it up to it’s full brightness.

Colours are bright and blacks are nice and black (as they should be). It’s a great display is what I’m saying, it’s not mind blowing (I suppose we will have to wait for 2K for that) but compated to other phones the THL certainly holds it’s own in the screen department.

THL T100S Performance

One of the main selling points of the T100S is it’s 8-core MT6592 processor from Mediatek. The chipset is a 1.7Ghz Cortex A7 set up with 8 x A7 cores running simultaneously. In comparison, the octa-core Exynos chip from Samsung uses big.LITTLE to run different processes depending on what you require the phone to do resulting in only a few of the cores running at the same time.

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Although the Cortex A7 architecture is quite old compared to what other chipsets are now offering, the CPU still performance amazingly well and is capable of reaching benchmarks which would have only been possible on high-end Qualcomm phones just a few months ago!

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As usual we ran Antutu, Nenamark 2, Quadrant and 3D Mark for review purposes on the THL T100S. Screen shots can be seen below, but the results are as follows:

  • Antutu: 26,664
  • Quadrant: 13,430
  • Nenamark: 50.4fps
  • 3D Mark Ice storm: 5013
  • 3D Mark Ice storm Extreme: 3512

Impressive benchmarks for a phone costing just $310!

As we all know though benchmarks don’t necessarily mean great real life user experience so how does the THL T100S perform in real world situations? Well moving from screen to screen is fast and fluid, and launching apps is responsive enough but it never feels ‘fast’.

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Areas which really disappoint are opening the camera or gallery app. Rather than a fluid animation the app stutters open. I’m sure this is more to do with optimisation of the OS, however it makes the phone feel slow and laggy.

In all honesty I feel that there is very little difference in speed when compared to a good quality quad-core phone. Switching from the THL T100S to the JiaYu G5 with a 1.5Ghz Quad-core processor I notice very little difference in performance, and in reality the JiaYu feels more polished and nice to use. My quad-core Snapdragon S4 Xiaomi Mi2 still blows the THL away in terms of real life performance as does the Snapdragon 600 Oppo N1.

These criticisms aren’t to say the phone is slow, as it isn’t. but it isn’t as fast, fluid and responsive as I hoped an 8-core (octa-core) phone would be!

THL T100S Camera

Both camera’s on the THL T100S are 13 mega-pixel units. The main camera offers a 13 mega-pixel sensor with F2.0 aperture and LED flash, while the front ‘selfie’ camera has a similar 13 mega-pixel sensor also with an f2.0 aperture.

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Starting at the front, any fan of ‘selfie’ photos is going to enjoy the quality of photos the THL T100S takes! For a front camera the images are great quality and capture enough light even during low-light indoor photo shoots.

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The rear camera has the same specs as the front, but as a main camera it does’t impress quite as much! Photos taken with the rear camera in well lit conditions are good quality with nice colour replication and plenty of detail.

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Front camera sample

Indoor photos in lower light conditions look good on the surface but zooming a little shows too much noise.

 THL T100S camera samples

Personally the idea of a good quality camera on a smartphone is for capturing photos at a moments notice. In my case this usually means a photo of my kids as they ride BMX at the local skatepark or of friends while mountain biking. In these situations the T100S fails to impress. The slow speed of the camera app to open, and slow image capture results in a missed photo of just a screen full of blurs. Even with the handy image tracking feature, photos of moving objects are still hit and miss.

If you are more likely to take photos of the scenery, statues and stationary group photos then the T100S will fit the bill quite well, but it isn’t as good as other phones on the market especially the more camera-centric options available.

THL T100S Battery

With a 5-inch FHD display, and 8-core processor you would have hoped that THL had been more generous in the battery department, but unfortunately we only get a single 2300mAh battery with the phone.

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Thankfully the battery is removable so you can carry a spare with you if needed, but it would still have been better to see a 3000mAh unit (or larger) on a phone of this calibre. As it stands though we were able to get about 11 hours of use from the T100S on a single charge, about a work days’ worth under “ideal” conditions. Ideal being switching 3G on and off as needed, calls over 2G general web browsing, gaming during breaks and reading emails.

In reality though I rarely switch 3G off, I use GPS alot, take up to 100 photos a day, have emails on push (from 3 accounts) and browse the web frequently. Under these conditions the T100s struggled to last a full work day and need a top up by lunch time!

THL T100s Connectivity

The THL T100S has multiple connection options and we had no problems using any of the options throughout our test.

GSM 2G, WCDMA 3G worked fine with our China Unicom SIM card (it should also be ok in Europe but 3G won’t work in the U.S). Dual SIM means I can run 2 sims at once, a feature I never personally use, but a popular one with other users.

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Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) worked flawlessly throughout the review and offered a good strong signal, ad did Bluetooth, and the NFC feature meant transferring photos between devices is fast and painless. GPS is better on the THL T100S than it is on most Mediatek powered phones. As usual the GPS was slow to get locked on at first but after that found a fix after a minute or so in previous tests.

THL T100S Conclusion and Cost

To some it up the THL T100S is a good phone with great benchmarks and good cameras, but that’s not what I was hoping for with the first octa-core THL phone! I wanted to test this phone and be blown away by it’s speed, I wanted the f2.0 rear camera to step things up a notch and in general hoped that this would truly be the phone to usher in the octa-core generation!

In reality there is little difference in general performance (CPU, usage, and camera) from the octa-core THL T100S than there is compared to a good quality quad-core Chinese Android smartphone which would cost less and will probably be much easier to buy.

I admire THL for their new deign philosophy, build-quality and for building a phone with so many features at such a low-price, but I believe a better phone could have been built if a little more development time had been taken.

If you compare the THL T100S with phones with similar levels of hardware this octa-core phone appears to be a bargain and if you are upgrading from an early quad-core phone then it could be worth considering. If however you have one of the more polished MT6589T phones launched later in 2013, I would recommend waiting to see what other 8-core phones launch before taking the plunge.

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Thanks to Antelife who sent us this review THL T100S phone. Anteilfe currently have the THL T100S in stock and priced at $309.99, and are offering the phone with shipping from their Spanish warehouse to European customers.

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119 Comments

  1. bridgebuilder78
    January 3, 2014

    Andi, you look like a much happier version of van Gogh.

  2. matstrobe
    January 3, 2014

    You should do a side-by-side photo comparison with one of those “mainstream” phones with “great camera”. Then, we will know if the camera of this THL is good or bad. 😉

    • January 3, 2014

      I can do a shoot out with the Oppo N1 to give you some ideas 😉

      • POY
        March 17, 2014

        Hi Andi,

        Do you know of any mt6592 phones which support faster charge? I wonder if you could add charging time to your reviews as some phones, like my W8S take forever to charge

        Thanks!

  3. SYHMS
    January 3, 2014

    Right now the most affordable octa core phone is Goophone. I wonder how it will perfom in your hands. If you anyhow happen to get one of them, please make a detailed review like you did with this one. Cheers …

  4. Jo
    January 3, 2014

    Can you do a gps test with the app “GPS Test” and post a screenshot ? This app shows the connection strenght with every sattelite. This is a good indication of how good you GPS Antenna is.

    • Jo
      January 3, 2014

      btw, nice review ! 😉

  5. matrody
    January 3, 2014

    Nice review Andi! I’m very disappointed, I really wanted to buy this phone I just waited for this review but I think I won’t buy.

    • matrody
      January 3, 2014

      What do you think Andi? This one or the Zte Nubia Z5s mini? Your opinion is the first for me.
      cheers

      • January 3, 2014

        The Nubia Z5s mini hands down

  6. manohar basavaraju
    January 3, 2014

    @Andi: Can you please compare this phone with TCL Idol X+ if you get an opportunity soon ?
    Also according to you which is the best Octacore phone we should decide buying at present ?
    Or should we wait till the 6595 chips get into production & then buy phones with latest LTE chips ?
    your expert opinion is highly appreciated… Thanks in advance.. Take care.

    • January 3, 2014

      If I get chance I will. At present the only octacore I am interested in is the Meizu MX3 😉 Of the Mediatek 8core phones non of them really excite me at the mo.

      • manohar basavaraju
        January 3, 2014

        Thanks Andi. Meizu phones are one class apart.
        But, they charge premium for their standard quality & performance also…

  7. bridgebuilder78
    January 3, 2014

    Andi, you look like a much happier version of van Gogh.

    • Andi Sykes
      January 3, 2014

      haha thanks 🙂

  8. Guest
    January 3, 2014

    You should do a side-by-side photo comparison with one of those “mainstream” phones with “great camera”. Then, we will know if the camera of this THL is good or bad. 😉

    • Andi Sykes
      January 3, 2014

      I can do a shoot out with the Oppo N1 to give you some ideas 😉

    • POY
      March 17, 2014

      Hi Andi,

      Do you know of any mt6592 phones which support faster charge? I wonder if you could add charging time to your reviews as some phones, like my W8S take forever to charge

      Thanks!

  9. lKinder_Bueno
    January 3, 2014

    I think thl has run too much for release this phone. It should have other weeks of work. For example look at the other octa core phones, they will be released after a bit of time.

  10. Yury
    January 3, 2014

    too much for thl, too much…
    we cant compare xiaomi and thl in all meanings – quality, price, rom.

    • highwind
      January 3, 2014

      availability, hype, design
      (just to add a few 😉

  11. Guest
    January 3, 2014

    Right now the most affordable octa core phone is Goophone. I wonder how it will perfom in your hands. If you anyhow happen to get one of them, please make a detailed review like you did with this one. Cheers …

  12. Nahúm Pérez Mesa
    January 3, 2014

    By far the best review i had read here! you had been honest and i simply love the review! 😉 in terms of the model analized is so good, BUT the only thing for me that disapont me, is the battery, the size for a 5″ inch and the @1,7Ghz instead of @2,0Ghz version of the MT6592 or even better the brother MT6595 @2Ghz with LTE 4G 😉

    And yes Andi in Spain (i’m Spanish but i’m living in Belgium) are stock of this model without customs problems for Europe costumers 😉

    Thanks for bring us your passion to us!!! i Love your work and honestly i prefer to read you instead the Spanish version of blog ^^

  13. Luis Aldo
    January 3, 2014

    And the review of zopo zp998? XD

    • January 7, 2014

      he has written the review here,you can search it,very good review. i shared it in my blog.

  14. highwind
    January 3, 2014

    Thanks for the review!
    The “speed increase” in menu / basic apps you did expect is probably not going to happen with any other MT6592 device either, because those arent multi-threaded applications (in other words: it is no difference if you use a Mediatek quadcore or octacore because they only run on a single core anyways).
    Those things all “feel” faster on Snapdragon because the A15 has much better single-thread performance than the A7.
    Aside from that THL T100S is by far the best looking “china phone” available and as soon as they bring out a MT6595 powered version, I will probably buy it.

  15. Guest
    January 3, 2014

    Can you do a gps test with the app “GPS Test” and post a screenshot ? This app shows the connection strenght with every sattelite. This is a good indication of how good you GPS Antenna is.

    • Guest
      January 3, 2014

      btw, nice review ! 😉

    • Andi Sykes
      January 3, 2014

      Thanks Jo 🙂

  16. matrody
    January 3, 2014

    Nice review Andi! I’m very disappointed, I really wanted to buy this phone I just waited for this review but I think I won’t buy.

    • matrody
      January 3, 2014

      What do you think Andi? This one or the Zte Nubia Z5s mini? Your opinion is the first for me.
      cheers

    • Andi Sykes
      January 3, 2014

      The Nubia Z5s mini hands down

  17. manohar basavaraju
    January 3, 2014

    @Andi: Can you please compare this phone with TCL Idol X+ if you get an opportunity soon ?
    Also according to you which is the best Octacore phone we should decide buying at present ?
    Or should we wait till the 6595 chips get into production & then buy phones with latest LTE chips ?
    your expert opinion is highly appreciated… Thanks in advance.. Take care.

    • Andi Sykes
      January 3, 2014

      If I get chance I will. At present the only octacore I am interested in is the Meizu MX3 😉 Of the Mediatek 8core phones non of them really excite me at the mo.

    • manohar basavaraju
      January 4, 2014

      Thanks Andi. Meizu phones are one class apart.
      But, they charge premium for their standard quality & performance also…

  18. Giz Freak
    January 3, 2014

    Thanks for the detailed and honest review. I hope my preordered Newman K2S will be more fitting my desires.

  19. lKinder_Bueno
    January 3, 2014

    I think thl has run too much for release this phone. It should have other weeks of work. For example look at the other octa core phones, they will be released after a bit of time.

  20. Yury
    January 3, 2014

    too much for thl, too much…
    we cant compare xiaomi and thl in all meanings – quality, price, rom.

    • provokanter Tabellenführer
      January 3, 2014

      availability, hype, design
      (just to add a few 😉

  21. Nahúm Pérez Mesa
    January 3, 2014

    By far the best review i had read here! you had been honest and i simply love the review! 😉 in terms of the model analized is so good, BUT the only thing for me that disapont me, is the battery, the size for a 5″ inch and the @1,7Ghz instead of @2,0Ghz version of the MT6592 or even better the brother MT6595 @2Ghz with LTE 4G 😉

    And yes Andi in Spain (i’m Spanish but i’m living in Belgium) are stock of this model without customs problems for Europe costumers 😉

    Thanks for bring us your passion to us!!! i Love your work and honestly i prefer to read you instead the Spanish version of blog ^^

  22. Luis Aldo
    January 3, 2014

    And the review of zopo zp998? XD

    • Coolicool
      January 8, 2014

      he has written the review here,you can search it,very good review. i shared it in my blog.

  23. provokanter Tabellenführer
    January 3, 2014

    Thanks for the review!
    The “speed increase” in menu / basic apps you did expect is probably not going to happen with any other MT6592 device either, because those arent multi-threaded applications (in other words: it is no difference if you use a Mediatek quadcore or octacore because they only run on a single core anyways).
    Those things all “feel” faster on Snapdragon because the A15 has much better single-thread performance than the A7.
    Aside from that THL T100S is by far the best looking “china phone” available and as soon as they bring out a MT6595 powered version, I will probably buy it.

  24. Maar
    January 3, 2014

    Great review Andi! I just ordered one earlier today because I think I cannot go wrong with it. The phone seems to have everything I require from it and your review was also very helpful. Thanks for that. I ordered it from my favorite Chinese online shop FocalPrice.com

    • KU DE TA
      January 4, 2014

      I just can’t see this site in Gizchina’s Chinese Store Directory..

      • Maar
        January 4, 2014

        Yes, I see Andi didn’t put it there yet.

  25. Giz Freak
    January 3, 2014

    Thanks for the detailed and honest review. I hope my preordered Newman K2S will be more fitting my desires.

  26. Ant
    January 3, 2014

    It’s a shame they didn’t take some time to make the phone look as good as it performs.

  27. owi1122
    January 3, 2014

    Andi, please do a review of ZTE Nubia Z5S!

    • January 3, 2014

      If I can get one I will 🙂

  28. M. A.
    January 3, 2014

    Great review Andi! I just ordered one earlier today because I think I cannot go wrong with it. The phone seems to have everything I require from it and your review was also very helpful. Thanks for that. I ordered it from my favorite Chinese online shop FocalPrice.com

    • Guest
      January 4, 2014

      I just can’t see this site in Gizchina’s Chinese Store Directory..

    • M. A.
      January 4, 2014

      Yes, I see Andi didn’t put it there yet.

  29. Ant
    January 3, 2014

    It’s a shame they didn’t take some time to make the phone look as good as it performs.

  30. Guest
    January 3, 2014

    Andi, please do a review of ZTE Nubia Z5S!

    • Andi Sykes
      January 4, 2014

      If I can get one I will 🙂

  31. Dez
    January 3, 2014

    Andi, why antelife have 2300 batteries when official THL-site says that phone must be with 2700 mAh, i’d like to buy it at antelife but this thing has stopped me, could you help?

    • Stavros G
      January 4, 2014

      From the product list of THL factory:
      Battery: 2250mAh (will update to 2700mAh in January)

  32. Dez
    January 4, 2014

    Andi, why antelife have 2300 batteries when official THL-site says that phone must be with 2700 mAh, i’d like to buy it at antelife but this thing has stopped me, could you help?

    • Stavros G
      January 4, 2014

      From the product list of THL factory:
      Battery: 2250mAh (will update to 2700mAh in January)

  33. Darth_Matta
    January 4, 2014

    I’m always wondering what’s with (most) Chinese manufacturers that they don’t add LED notification light on their phones ?
    I see that this T100 doesn’t have it and Zoppo ZP998 also doesn’t have it.

    LED for notification is one of the most useful features on a phone for me and I can’t imagine to buy one without it.

    • January 7, 2014

      maybe all the manufacturers learned this from apple iphone,haha

    • itoydoank
      February 7, 2014

      my Neo N003 has it, and the led notif came with various color as well so I can set different color for different notif ^_^

  34. Jason
    January 4, 2014

    Corning Gorilla glass 1 ? wtf THL

    And 2300mah is a pain in the ass goodluck with carrying a charger all day.

  35. Darth_Matta
    January 4, 2014

    I’m always wondering what’s with (most) Chinese manufacturers that they don’t add LED notification light on their phones ?
    I see that this T100 doesn’t have it and Zoppo ZP998 also doesn’t have it.

    LED for notification is one of the most useful features on a phone for me and I can’t imagine to buy one without it.

    • Coolicool
      January 8, 2014

      maybe all the manufacturers learned this from apple iphone,haha

    • itoydoank
      February 8, 2014

      my Neo N003 has it, and the led notif came with various color as well so I can set different color for different notif ^_^

  36. Burak
    January 4, 2014

    I don’t get why the octa tore smartphone’s have less points in benchmark then quad core smartphones?

    • Sheba2011
      January 12, 2014

      Too much is made of the “cores” to the point that it has befome nothing more than a marketing term. There is a lot more at play than just how many cores your phone has that determines its overall performance. Kind of like how some V6 engines are faster than some V8s.

  37. Guest
    January 4, 2014

    Corning Gorilla glass 1 ? wtf THL

    And 2300mah is a pain in the ass goodluck with carrying a charger all day.

  38. Guest
    January 4, 2014

    I don’t get why the octa tore smartphone’s have less points in benchmark then quad core smartphones?

    • Guest
      January 12, 2014

      Too much is made of the “cores” to the point that it has befome nothing more than a marketing term. There is a lot more at play than just how many cores your phone has that determines its overall performance. Kind of like how some V6 engines are faster than some V8s.

  39. Ardi
    January 6, 2014

    Thanks Andi for the review, have you ever compared between Xiaomi Mi-3 with this THL T100S. Which one is worth ?

    • January 7, 2014

      both is ok, i like thl t100s better.

  40. Guest
    January 6, 2014

    Thanks Andi for the review, have you ever compared between Xiaomi Mi-3 with this THL T100S. Which one is worth ?

    • Coolicool
      January 8, 2014

      both is ok, i like thl t100s better.

  41. Abir
    January 6, 2014

    I used to be so interested in chinese phones for their bang for the buck proposition but upon the advent of nexus 4 and now nexus 5 and moto g, I have lost interest. Most chinese phones after buying it from online sellers who mark them up substantially come at pretty much the same price as google devices. Plus you have to deal with obvious drawbacks of buying a chinese phone
    Like chance of getting a dud after you open the box and fight over email/chat with seller who speaks like a kid from kindergarten

    No real warranty, online seller do say they can provide, but try doing that.
    Lack of quality, chinese phones will have inferior quality when compared to global brands about 90% of the time.
    Mediatek GPS sucks. Enough said?
    Some games have compatibility issues with mediatek processors.
    And my biggest gripe. Mediatek is an A$$HOLE and does not help anyone in getting newer updates of android. I believe 4.2.2 is the newest version of android running on Mediatek devices even the octacore ones.

    Some exceptions to the above are Xiaomi, Oppo and Meizu but online seller spike their prices so high that it makes better sense to buy a device from Sammy, LG even Apple from ones native county.

    P.S- Thanks Andi for the great review, I appreciate the fact that Mediatek has greatly improved GPU performance on their Soc’s.

    • From Finland
      January 8, 2014

      Moto G especially destroys the competition. These new cheap products from major brands make Chinese phones an afterthought outside China/Asia.

      The one selling point of the Chinese phones was the price/quality ratio they offered. It appears that advantage is gone because international customers pay much more for their phones. Right now you can buy an 8 Gb Moto G for 179,9$…

      The high end phones from Xiaomi, Oppo and Meizu could provide great competition to the major brands, but unfortunately the lack of local resellers in Europe make them less appealing. I’m not that confident on spending 500$ on a phone that I might have to send across the globe for warranty.

  42. Guest
    January 6, 2014

    I used to be so interested in chinese phones for their bang for the buck proposition but upon the advent of nexus 4 and now nexus 5 and moto g, I have lost interest. Most chinese phones after buying it from online sellers who mark them up substantially come at pretty much the same price as google devices. Plus you have to deal with obvious drawbacks of buying a chinese phone
    Like chance of getting a dud after you open the box and fight over email/chat with seller who speaks like a kid from kindergarten

    No real warranty, online seller do say they can provide, but try doing that.
    Lack of quality, chinese phones will have inferior quality when compared to global brands about 90% of the time.
    Mediatek GPS sucks. Enough said?
    Some games have compatibility issues with mediatek processors.
    And my biggest gripe. Mediatek is an A$$HOLE and does not help anyone in getting newer updates of android. I believe 4.2.2 is the newest version of android running on Mediatek devices even the octacore ones.

    Some exceptions to the above are Xiaomi, Oppo and Meizu but online seller spike their prices so high that it makes better sense to buy a device from Sammy, LG even Apple from ones native county.

    P.S- Thanks Andi for the great review, I appreciate the fact that Mediatek has greatly improved GPU performance on their Soc’s.

    • Guest
      January 8, 2014

      Moto G especially destroys the competition. These new cheap products from major brands make Chinese phones an afterthought outside China/Asia.

      The one selling point of the Chinese phones was the price/quality ratio they offered. It appears that advantage is gone because international customers pay much more for their phones. Right now you can buy an 8 Gb Moto G for 179,9$…

      The high end phones from Xiaomi, Oppo and Meizu could provide great competition to the major brands, but unfortunately the lack of local resellers in Europe make them less appealing. I’m not that confident on spending 500$ on a phone that I might have to send across the globe for warranty.

  43. LSteve
    January 9, 2014

    Hello!

    In another review i read that it comes without Google Now, can you confirm that?
    Is it impossible to install in later if so?

    Thanks!

    Steve

  44. Guest
    January 9, 2014

    Hello!

    In another review i read that it comes without Google Now, can you confirm that?
    Is it impossible to install in later if so?

    Thanks!

    Steve

  45. Muhammad Ahmed
    January 10, 2014

    Thl t100 camera is better or Xiaomi mi2s camera

  46. Muhammad Ahmed
    January 10, 2014

    Thl t100 camera is better or Xiaomi mi2s camera

  47. calhaus
    January 14, 2014

    Hey Andi,
    Can you test and tell us if the T100s suports 64gb micro sd cards?

    All the other websites i’ve found are really inconclusive, i’ve seen almost like 50/50% of sites saying it suports 64gb and others telling it suports 32gb…

    I bought the phone today (still waiting), i want to buy a big micro sd card to it, but i would like to know first if can buy a 64gb.

    TA,

    calhaus

    • January 14, 2014

      Yep, I know I have a 64GB around here somewhere and will test it out 😉

      • calhaus
        January 16, 2014

        Thanks, i’ll wait for the answer 😀

        Meanwhile i read somewhere that 64gb formatted to fat32 should work in any phone (Dunno if this is completely true…).
        The problem with 64gb is that only some phones decided to support exfat (fat64) because of M$ licensing agreements are worst.

        So it would be good to know if i can use a 64gb card (formatted to fat32 or not i don’t care) before buy it.

        • totos1234
          March 25, 2014

          can you confrm that thl100s can use 64gb without any problem?

      • totos1234
        April 2, 2014

        Can you confirm 64gb support? THL T100S runs so fast as without 64gb TF card? 2 different THL staff response to me in conflict words, and I have understanded that It supports 64gb but it converts in a lower speed smartphone..

    • Guest
      March 26, 2014

      Calhaus, could you please give me the page’s link you’ve bought it? You said you already bought it, thanks

    • Andre Suaña Zegarra
      March 26, 2014

      Calhaus, could you please give me the page’s link in which you bought it? Thanks

  48. Guest
    January 14, 2014

    Hey Andi,
    Can you test and tell us if the T100s suports 64gb micro sd cards?

    All the other websites i’ve found are really inconclusive, i’ve seen almost like 50/50% of sites saying it suports 64gb and others telling it suports 32gb…

    I bought the phone today (still waiting), i want to buy a big micro sd card to it, but i would like to know first if can buy a 64gb.

    TA,

    calhaus

    • Andi Sykes
      January 15, 2014

      Yep, I know I have a 64GB around here somewhere and will test it out 😉

    • Guest
      January 16, 2014

      Thanks, i’ll wait for the answer 😀

      Meanwhile i read somewhere that 64gb formatted to fat32 should work in any phone (Dunno if this is completely true…).
      The problem with 64gb is that only some phones decided to support exfat (fat64) because of M$ licensing agreements are worst.

      So it would be good to know if i can use a 64gb card (formatted to fat32 or not i don’t care) before buy it.

    • Guest
      March 26, 2014

      can you confrm that thl100s can use 64gb without any problem?

    • Guest
      March 27, 2014

      Calhaus, could you please give me the page’s link you’ve bought it? You said you already bought it, thanks

    • Andre Suaña Zegarra
      March 27, 2014

      Calhaus, could you please give me the page’s link in which you bought it? Thanks

    • Guest
      April 2, 2014

      Can you confirm 64gb support? THL T100S runs so fast as without 64gb TF card? 2 different THL staff response to me in conflict words, and I have understanded that It supports 64gb but it converts in a lower speed smartphone..

  49. seek
    January 16, 2014

    i dont know toi choose which one ? thl w100s or zopo 998 ?

  50. Guest
    January 16, 2014

    i dont know toi choose which one ? thl w100s or zopo 998 ?

    • Andi Sykes
      January 16, 2014

      Zopo

  51. nati669
    February 20, 2014

    hi andy
    can you tell us if the gps work well?
    ty
    nati

  52. nati669
    February 20, 2014

    hi andy
    can you tell us if the gps work well?
    ty
    nati

  53. nati669
    February 20, 2014

    hi andy
    can you tell us if the gps work well?
    ty
    nati

  54. nati669
    February 20, 2014

    hi andy
    can you tell us if the gps work well?
    ty
    nati

  55. calagan
    March 1, 2014

    Thanks for the review.

    Now that you’ve had this phone for awhile, did you get a “chance” to confirm it’s indeed Gorilla glass? Has it survived any fall yet?

    I’m also suspicious about the resolution: most 5.0″ MTK6592 phones have a 1280×720 resolution; 1920×1080 seems too good to be true, even though this one is a bit pricier.

  56. Guest
    March 1, 2014

    Thanks for the review.

    Now that you’ve had this phone for awhile, did you get a “chance” to confirm it’s indeed Gorilla glass? Has it survived any fall yet?

    I’m also suspicious about the resolution: most 5.0″ MTK6592 phones have a 1280×720 resolution; 1920×1080 seems too good to be true, even though this one is a bit pricier.

  57. josbetnio
    March 28, 2014

    Hello Gentlemen!

    Congratulations on the review! I bought the unit and am quite pleased with the quality and performance of it, but I turn to you for the great concept that I have PORT of MIUI’s what you do. There is nothing to T100S model, ie, many members would be happy to run the MIUI in T100S. Is there any possibility?

  58. Jos Martínez
    March 28, 2014

    I have THL T100S

    Tried to use a Lexar 64GB MicroSD, which worked fine on my UMI X1 and Xperia SP, but this phone randomly detects it, and ends up with a Damaged SD Card Notification.

    I’ve tried exFAT (worked on Xperia SP), didn’t work

    I’ve tried Fat32 (worked on UMI X1), didn’t work

    I formatted it with the phone (just one time, because it wasn’t recognized later) and “damaged” the MicroSD, I had to use *Windows* diskpart – to clean everything from it.

    So, I guess it’s a no go for now.

  59. josbetnio
    March 28, 2014

    Hello Gentlemen!

    Congratulations on the review! I bought the unit and am quite pleased with the quality and performance of it, but I turn to you for the great concept that I have PORT of MIUI’s what you do. There is nothing to T100S model, ie, many members would be happy to run the MIUI in T100S. Is there any possibility?

  60. JoshMiF
    March 28, 2014

    I have THL T100S

    Tried to use a Lexar 64GB MicroSD, which worked fine on my UMI X1 and Xperia SP, but this phone randomly detects it, and ends up with a Damaged SD Card Notification.

    I’ve tried exFAT (worked on Xperia SP), didn’t work

    I’ve tried Fat32 (worked on UMI X1), didn’t work

    I formatted it with the phone (just one time, because it wasn’t recognized later) and “damaged” the MicroSD, I had to use *Windows* diskpart – to clean everything from it.

    So, I guess it’s a no go for now.

  61. gean carlos Militao
    April 12, 2014

    THL NEVER, NEVER THL …

    READ POST LIKE THE APPLIANCE AND BOUGHT. I AM OF BRAZIL RECEIVED THE EQUIPMENT AND 1 AND HALF MONTH SAME PROBLEM PRESENTED IN SIDE AND TOUCH took off no longer works, PAID $ 300 AND I’M HERE WITH IT STOPPED. FOR REPAIR WILL HAVE TO PAY $ 90 TO BUY A NEW TOUCH OF OR INJURY, SO ADVISE IF YOU THINK WELL WORTH BUYING THESE DEVICES AS ASSISTANCE AFTER you will have.

  62. gean carlos Militao
    April 12, 2014

    THL NEVER, NEVER THL …

    READ POST LIKE THE APPLIANCE AND BOUGHT. I AM OF BRAZIL RECEIVED THE EQUIPMENT AND 1 AND HALF MONTH SAME PROBLEM PRESENTED IN SIDE AND TOUCH took off no longer works, PAID $ 300 AND I’M HERE WITH IT STOPPED. FOR REPAIR WILL HAVE TO PAY $ 90 TO BUY A NEW TOUCH OF OR INJURY, SO ADVISE IF YOU THINK WELL WORTH BUYING THESE DEVICES AS ASSISTANCE AFTER you will have.

  63. Zisi
    August 14, 2015

    August 2015.
    300-400m GPS accuracy, jumps out of the road, BAD gps,
    Mine THL T100S still functioning, very poor GPS, I check only the route,
    But it switches off 2-3 times a week, require to remove the battery,
    I bought a 1-1/2 years ago, every month THL, 3pcs W200, two died within 6-8 months, only one still functioning today,
    T100s, I bought 2pcs, one died after 12 months, one still functioning , the upper one,
    My wife is using it, she hardly used the GPS,

    My conclusion – poor reliability, company does not reply to less than a year repair request,
    Better pay twice for good name with local home guaranty, like Samsung, THC, LG, Sony, etc,,,
    Zisi

  64. Zisi
    August 14, 2015

    August 2015.
    300-400m GPS accuracy, jumps out of the road, BAD gps,
    Mine THL T100S still functioning, very poor GPS, I check only the route,
    But it switches off 2-3 times a week, require to remove the battery,
    I bought a 1-1/2 years ago, every month THL, 3pcs W200, two died within 6-8 months, only one still functioning today,
    T100s, I bought 2pcs, one died after 12 months, one still functioning , the upper one,
    My wife is using it, she hardly used the GPS,

    My conclusion – poor reliability, company does not reply to less than a year repair request,
    Better pay twice for good name with local home guaranty, like Samsung, THC, LG, Sony, etc,,,
    Zisi

  65. Guest
    August 14, 2015

    August 2015.
    300-400m GPS accuracy, jumps out of the road, BAD gps,
    Mine THL T100S still functioning, very poor GPS, I check only the route,
    But it switches off 2-3 times a week, require to remove the battery,
    I bought a 1-1/2 years ago, every month THL, 3pcs W200, two died within 6-8 months, only one still functioning today,
    T100s, I bought 2pcs, one died after 12 months, one still functioning , the upper one,
    My wife is using it, she hardly used the GPS,

    My conclusion – poor reliability, company does not reply to less than a year repair request,
    Better pay twice for good name with local home guaranty, like Samsung, THC, LG, Sony, etc,,,
    Zisi