$160 Octacore KingSing T1 Unboxing and hands on

octacore kingsing t1 review

We get our hands on the octacore Kingsing T1 Android smartphone to see just how good a $160 octacore smartphone can actually be.

Here in China we have plenty of smartphone options with well below $200 with octacore processors, but those prices don’t always translate so well once resellers get hold of them. KingSing, a new smartphone maker from China, have made it their aim to release afforbdale devices aimed at international markets, their flagship device being this the KingSing T1.

KingSing T1 in the box

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The KingSing T1 comes in either black or white and gets the following accessories as standard;

  • 1 x screen protector (applied)
  • 1 x spare screen protector
  • 1 x earbuds
  • 1 x mains charger
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x 2800mAh battery
  • 1 x flip cover
  • 1 x instruction manual

KingSing T1 Specifications

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Just looking at the phone’s photos it would be easy to think that this is yet another Note 3 size phablet, but in fact the T1 has a 5-inch (qHD) display rather than a 5.7-inch panel giving it a more comfortable and convenient form factor. However, there are a few details which the KingSing T1 designers did carry over from the Note 3 look including the textured, leather look removable rear panel (available in either white or black), removable battery and including flip cover with smart viewing window.

octacore kingsing t1 review

In this day and age a 5-inch 960 x 540 display does sound a little out of date, but the unit on the T1 actually surprised me and offers bright colours and only begins to look pixellated on closer inspection. The advantage of having a lower resolution display means that the 1.7Ghz Octacore MT6592 processor and 1GB RAM are free to work on other processing duties and the 2800mAh battery should last quite a while longer.

octacore kingsing t1 review

The rest of the hardware includes a 2 mega-pixel front camera, 8 mega-pixel rear, dual SIM support (GSM, WCDMA), micro SD memory card and a near standard Android 4.2 OS.

KingSing T1 photo gallery

A few hands on photos of the octacore KingSing T1.

KingSing T1 Unboxing and hands on

KingSing T1 Sample Photos

Close up photos turn out quite well on the KingSing S1. Samples below are unedited images downloaded directly from the camera.

KingSing T1 screenshots

KingSing T1 First Impressions

As an entry-level smartphone for the customer who cares more about an 8-core processor than visuals and camera performance, the KingSing T1 is an interesting phone. The 5-inch display performs much better than the 960 x 540 resolution might suggest, and the 2800mAh battery easily provides more than enough juice for well over a days worth of usage.

octacore kingsing t1 review

Although not a phone which I would personally own, I can certainly see the appeal and at this price there are few other smartphones which offer an octacore chip with a larger display. More details of the KingSing T1 can be found on their official website, and a quick Google should show up more than a few companies offering the T1 for $160 or less.

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  1. $2548414
    April 29, 2014

    More than any thing which needs to to be noticed and reported in any hands on is..
    1. Quality of display and touch –is this a nice OGS from Sony/Sharp.
    2. 8 MP Cam, but is the sensor a good one like a SONY IMX ? which will take reasonable photos. With the component prices tumbling a $ 100 Octacore is soon to be a reality- thanks to China.

  2. deep zpain
    April 29, 2014

    lenovo a850+ is also 160$ priced octacore phone with 5.5″ qHD display.

    • Airyl
      May 1, 2014

      The Kingsing is slightly faster with a 1.7GHz CPU, but other than that there’s no difference.

  3. May 1, 2014

    5″ screen without gorilla glass is a big error. everything could be acceptable.

  4. Kelinu
    October 8, 2014

    I have a Kingsing T1 but I have problems with the battery. The first one would not charge while the second switches off when it says it has 30% remaining. Is this normal or am i doing something wrong. Thanks for any help.

  5. Jim Beam
    January 17, 2016


    How can i buy new battery for my kingsing t1?
    Thx for any help.