5000mAh THL 5000 officially listed, best all round phone for 2014?


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We had already posted exclusive news details about the THL 5000, now the phone is officially listed on the English THL website.

The THL 5000 is one of the first THL phones to be released that has actually made us stop in our tracks and say ‘WOW’. No the phone isn’t a Snapdragon fire breather, and no it isn’t the most beautiful phone in the world, but it is possibly the best all round phone we have ever seen!

The major selling point of the THL 5000 is it’s 5000mAh battery which will reportedly give the user 1000hours or standby time or 47 hours of continued talk time. But a large battery isn’t the only stand-out feature!

The display is a 5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 panel with Corning Gorilla Glass, practically unheard of on a phone designed for battery life. The rear 13 mega-pixel Sony IMX135 camera has an f1.8 aperture, again unheard of on a phone of this type!

thl 5000 specifications

Audio is handled by a professional NXP-box audio amp to boost stereo performance. Then there is NFC support, quick charging, OTG, plus the usual goodies including Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, octacore processor, 2GB RAM and a compass.

THL are currently listing the THL 5000 as available for wholesale ordering, but also list a number of well known resellers on their site who will be offering the THL 5000 once it goes on sale.

Could the THL 5000 be the best all round smartphone for 2014? We certainly think it could.

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143 Comments

  1. Roger
    May 28, 2014

    I think I have just found my next phone, depending on the price.

    • May 28, 2014

      I’m tempted too, hope the ROM is good

      • POY
        May 28, 2014

        I wish they did the big battery but only a quad core, the 8 core will just chew it

        • Airyl
          May 29, 2014

          Doubt that an 8 core processor will chew a 5000mAh battery that easily.

        • Georgi Nikolov
          September 14, 2014

          You’re right. My quad core Neo N003 play easily all the stuff than Thl 5000. Thl 5000 overheat on the display and on the back. Display sucks. White color is super overrated. Something is wrong with that phone. Big lag for 8 core device.

  2. David C
    May 28, 2014

    4G?

    • May 28, 2014

      No 4G Mediatek phones are possible until the MT6595 is launched

    • harry
      May 28, 2014

      No 4g …
      even in 3g we have to be careful becuase it supports 850mhz not 900MHz …

  3. harry
    May 28, 2014

    @Gizchina:disqus any rough idea on price tag??

  4. Brooklyn701
    May 28, 2014

    This thing just fucking rocks. So looking forward to it. I also hope the ROM is good and hope it gets an update to 4.4.2 soon.

  5. $2548414
    May 28, 2014

    Price and availability still not known..but given specs are very tempting..and 5000 mAh. Battery in 8.9 mm thickness..has to be measured with a micrometer..Andi..this one deserves an full review ASAP also the camera with Sony IMX 135 should be good..

    • Влади Цветков
      May 28, 2014

      Yeah – this one really deserves a review – THLbetter provide you with a device ASAP 🙂

    • rhs
      May 28, 2014

      Thickness is 10.2 not 8.9.

      • desponent
        May 29, 2014

        where did you get that info?

  6. Squizzy911
    May 28, 2014

    How thick will it be ?

    • deep zpain
      May 28, 2014

      8.9mm

  7. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Witht hat size i really doubt the battery it’s going to have a real 5000mah capacity.
    Probably it will be more around 3000mah at best, we all know how chinese brands tweak the specifications of their products.

    Besides that it looks really good.

    • desponent
      May 28, 2014

      Not all Chinese brands do shady shit like those, THL is fairly well known enough that if they really do it the repercussion could be disastrous for them.

    • Airyl
      May 28, 2014

      Don’t be so quick to judge. ThL are usually very honest about their specs, even back during their KIRF days. It’s also very unlikely that they’re going to lie about the battery since that’s it’s main selling point. That’s the first thing people are going to check.

    • JLau1995
      May 28, 2014

      It has an Amprius battery inside. Amprius is a new American battery technology company which created batteries that have 20-25% higher energy density than usual batteries. THL is one of the first smartphone manufacturers to ever use an Amprius battery. Also Google search Amprius and watch the YouTube video of someone removing the back cover of this handset and you will see.

  8. junior_poa
    May 28, 2014

    Perfect for my sister!!!

    • perv
      April 17, 2015

      I have something for your sister…….. In my pants !

  9. Giocas
    May 28, 2014

    It’s dual sim?

    • Gartstell
      May 28, 2014

      Of course.

      I think (not sure) all mediateck phones are dual Sim

      • Giocas
        May 28, 2014

        Not so sure. I didn’t found this info anywhere.

        • desponent
          May 28, 2014

          It is, there’s video with it out there and it has two signal strength.

          • Giocas
            May 28, 2014

            Ok. And what about slot for SD card? It’s present ?

            • desponent
              May 28, 2014

              Yes, that one is clearly stated on the image in this article. It’s one heck of an all around phone, now if only the battery is removable…

    • Brooklyn701
      May 30, 2014

      It definitely is dual SIM. Just look at the Pics on the English THL site or at the pics of the THL 4400. They are essentially the same phone. Apart from the modularly changeable parts.

  10. Gartstell
    May 28, 2014

    Finally, a rational company.

    5000 mAh is for me a LOT better than ultra thickness o 38000 points on Antutu.

    • Zeca
      May 28, 2014

      I agree, but I hope that the actual capacity of the battery is really 5000mAh

  11. Rob
    May 28, 2014

    Why oh why did they not include 900Mhz 3G frequency and ship it with kitkat?!?!

    • adel
      May 28, 2014

      hi Rob
      i ordered 2 of Kingzone k1 whit flip case wireless charging and wireless charger

      thanks for your reply and helped me
      are you still enjoy your K1?

      • Rob
        May 28, 2014

        sorry, wrong Rob 🙂

        • adel
          May 28, 2014

          🙂

    • Zeca
      May 29, 2014

      Can’t enable it in the engineer mode?

  12. Roger
    May 28, 2014

    I think I have just found my next phone, depending on the price.

    • Andi Sykes
      May 28, 2014

      I’m tempted too, hope the ROM is good

    • POY
      May 28, 2014

      I wish they did the big battery but only a quad core, the 8 core will just chew it

    • Airyl
      May 29, 2014

      Doubt that an 8 core processor will chew a 5000mAh battery that easily.

    • Georgi Nikolov
      September 14, 2014

      You’re right. My quad core Neo N003 play easily all the stuff than Thl 5000. Thl 5000 overheat on the display and on the back. Display sucks. White color is super overrated. Something is wrong with that phone. Big lag for 8 core device.

  13. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    4G?

    • Andi Sykes
      May 28, 2014

      No 4G Mediatek phones are possible until the MT6595 is launched

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      No 4g …
      even in 3g we have to be careful becuase it supports 850mhz not 900MHz …

  14. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    @Gizchina:disqus any rough idea on price tag??

  15. Adam Irvine
    May 28, 2014

    If this doesn’t come out with Kitkat (4.4.2) then THL have some serious issues… They’ve already been dragging their heels for their current phones (T100, T200) / not so current phones (W8s, W100 etc…) whereas everyone else who uses Mediatek CPUs seems to be getting Kitkat out there fairly quickly!
    Come on THL, Software as well as Hardware please…

  16. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    This thing just fucking rocks. So looking forward to it. I also hope the ROM is good and hope it gets an update to 4.4.2 soon.

  17. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Price and availability still not known..but given specs are very tempting..and 5000 mAh. Battery in 8.9 mm thickness..has to be measured with a micrometer..Andi..this one deserves an full review ASAP also the camera with Sony IMX 135 should be good..

    • Влади Цветков
      May 28, 2014

      Yeah – this one really deserves a review – THLbetter provide you with a device ASAP 🙂

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      Thickness is 10.2 not 8.9.

    • desponent
      May 29, 2014

      where did you get that info?

  18. Squizzy911
    May 28, 2014

    How thick will it be ?

    • deep zpain
      May 28, 2014

      8.9mm

  19. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Witht hat size i really doubt the battery it’s going to have a real 5000mah capacity.
    Probably it will be more around 3000mah at best, we all know how chinese brands tweak the specifications of their products.

    Besides that it looks really good.

    • desponent
      May 28, 2014

      Not all Chinese brands do shady shit like those, THL is fairly well known enough that if they really do it the repercussion could be disastrous for them.

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      Don’t be so quick to judge. ThL are usually very honest about their specs, even back during their KIRF days. It’s also very unlikely that they’re going to lie about the battery since that’s it’s main selling point. That’s the first thing people are going to check.

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      It has an Amprius battery inside. Amprius is a new American battery technology company which created batteries that have 20-25% higher energy density than usual batteries. THL is one of the first smartphone manufacturers to ever use an Amprius battery. Also Google search Amprius and watch the YouTube video of someone removing the back cover of this handset and you will see.

  20. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Perfect for my sister!!!

    • Guest
      April 17, 2015

      I have something for your sister…….. In my pants !

  21. Roger
    May 28, 2014

    It’s $300

  22. ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
    May 28, 2014

    Why no 3G on 900 Mhz?…Damn it…almost perfect!!!..Andi can you reconfirm this?

    • Giocas
      May 30, 2014

      So, just for me to understand: this phone do not work in Europe?

      • Manos
        June 1, 2014

        Its working just fine! At one Sim the fast network.

  23. Giocas
    May 28, 2014

    It’s dual sim?

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      Of course.

      I think (not sure) all mediateck phones are dual Sim

    • Giocas
      May 28, 2014

      Not so sure. I didn’t found this info anywhere.

    • desponent
      May 28, 2014

      It is, there’s video with it out there and it has two signal strength.

    • Giocas
      May 28, 2014

      Ok. And what about slot for SD card? It’s present ?

    • desponent
      May 28, 2014

      Yes, that one is clearly stated on the image in this article. It’s one heck of an all around phone, now if only the battery is removable…

    • Guest
      May 30, 2014

      It definitely is dual SIM. Just look at the Pics on the English THL site or at the pics of the THL 4400. They are essentially the same phone. Apart from the modularly changeable parts.

  24. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Finally, a rational company.

    5000 mAh is for me a LOT better than ultra thickness o 38000 points on Antutu.

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      I agree, but I hope that the actual capacity of the battery is really 5000mAh

  25. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Why oh why did they not include 900Mhz 3G frequency and ship it with kitkat?!?!

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      hi Rob
      i ordered 2 of Kingzone k1 whit flip case wireless charging and wireless charger

      thanks for your reply and helped me
      are you still enjoy your K1?

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      sorry, wrong Rob 🙂

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      🙂

    • Guest
      May 29, 2014

      Can’t enable it in the engineer mode?

  26. Adam Irvine
    May 28, 2014

    If this doesn’t come out with Kitkat (4.4.2) then THL have some serious issues… They’ve already been dragging their heels for their current phones (T100, T200) / not so current phones (W8s, W100 etc…) whereas everyone else who uses Mediatek CPUs seems to be getting Kitkat out there fairly quickly!
    Come on THL, Software as well as Hardware please…

  27. Zeca
    May 28, 2014

    Will it have KitKat?

    • Roger
      May 28, 2014

      It comes with Android 4.2, but will get a future update to KitKat.

      Just do a Google search for “thl 5000” including the quotes to find more information.

  28. ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
    May 28, 2014

    Why no 3G on 900 Mhz?…Damn it…almost perfect!!!..Andi can you reconfirm this?

    • Giocas
      May 30, 2014

      So, just for me to understand: this phone do not work in Europe?

    • Guest
      June 1, 2014

      Its working just fine! At one Sim the fast network.

  29. Allanitomwesh
    May 28, 2014

    Just price it right THL,its awesome

    • harry
      May 28, 2014

      $300 approx

  30. Guest
    May 28, 2014

    Will it have KitKat?

  31. May 28, 2014

    include 900 Mhz y 1900 Mhz 3G. Thats all.

  32. Allanitomwesh
    May 28, 2014

    Just price it right THL,its awesome

    • Guest
      May 29, 2014

      $300 approx

  33. mike
    May 28, 2014

    hope the exact same phone will be available with the mtk6595…which will then be mine for the next years!

  34. Stef
    May 29, 2014

    As big as the 5.5 inch LG g3 yet only being 5.0 inches. I mean I get the point of a thick phone to accommodate the extra battery, but this is getting silly. Too much wasted space for no good reason.

    • desponent
      May 29, 2014

      2000mAh more is a good reason enough and not every brand with phone less than half the price of “competitor” has enough R&D money to accommodate every wish.

      I’d say forget this phone exist and go buy G3.

      • Stef
        May 29, 2014

        I don’t think I understand you but LG G3 has 3000 Mah battery, not 2000 Mah (not that it is relevant to anything I said but anyway…)

        • desponent
          May 29, 2014

          And this is 5000mAh phone which cost less than half of G3. Company need r&d money, lots of it, to produce phone.

          Both from consumer and producer point of view what you demand is rather unreasonable at this point of time.

          So I’d say since you don’t see the problem comparing a $300 phone (at max) from small chinese company to $800+ phone from multi billion dollar worldwide giant corporation, why not follow your own advice and just buy G3. Let people who can appreciate what THL is trying to do do it (not saying that you’re hindering things, but you look like total moron to me from the post above).

          • Stef
            May 29, 2014

            I don’t even like G3, it’s way too big, small battery for the size, uncomfortable to hold. I would never buy that phone. But I would buy this phone, if it was to use the same economy of space that LG uses, and from Chinese companies Jiayu (an equally small company). Anyway my point was and still is that this phone is way too big for what it is, I don’t understand why you thought G3 is relevant to this discussion, I only used g3 as a point of reference for space economy, I could use jiayu equally well (a very … economical company too).

            • Brooklyn701
              May 30, 2014

              Dude…. start being real….

            • Stef
              May 30, 2014

              I don’t even know what is this comment referring to…

            • Airyl
              May 31, 2014

              I don’t either. He may think you are fictional.

    • Airyl
      May 29, 2014

      Too much wasted space? I’d beg to differ. If there’s two things wrong with the current crop of phones, it’s that they’re either extremely expensive or have terribly tiny batteries. You might not have any use for it, but this thing is a godsend for someone like me.

      • Stef
        May 29, 2014

        Wasted space on the front (thick bezels). Is what I meant, just by adding 0.5mm of thickness they could accommodate the same amount of battery, without (the phone) being as huge.

        Look at LG G3, or Sharp’s phones, tiny bezels and if they wont to add something extra they do so in depth (they make the phone thicker)…

        Huge phones (in heigh and width) are a menace to productivity. You basically do the same things half as fast, which is why phones of now are much less useful than how they were two years ago: http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/phone-screen-size-2.png

      • Stef
        May 30, 2014

        But that’s not (towards) what I was referring at all… I wrote clearly that I don’t mind the thickness (I prefer a thick … well endowed phone, than a slim one with a punny battery. I do mind that itss profile is as big as that of a 5.5 phone…

        Such thick bezels are only detrimental and I don’t see why they keep getting bigger in each generation (for example htc one and S5 have thicker bezels than their predecessors). It absolutely kills ergonomics (along with battery life the most important feature of a handheld me thinks)…

        • Airyl
          May 31, 2014

          I see your point, those bezels are awfully thick.

  35. Elisha Bentzi
    May 29, 2014

    include 900 Mhz y 1900 Mhz 3G. Thats all.

  36. Guest
    May 29, 2014

    hope the exact same phone will be available with the mtk6595…which will then be mine for the next years!

  37. Fred
    May 29, 2014

    Are infrared and an SD card option part of the specs? I don’t see them anywhere to qualify it as the “best allround phone”!

    • desponent
      May 29, 2014

      Learn to read next time.

      And infra red? are you kidding me?

  38. Stef
    May 29, 2014

    As big as the 5.5 inch LG g3 yet only being 5.0 inches. I mean I get the point of a thick phone to accommodate the extra battery, but this is getting silly. Too much wasted space for no good reason.

    • desponent
      May 29, 2014

      2000mAh more is a good reason enough and not every brand with phone less than half the price of “competitor” has enough R&D money to accommodate every wish.

      I’d say forget this phone exist and go buy G3.

    • Airyl
      May 29, 2014

      Too much wasted space? I’d beg to differ. If there’s two things wrong with the current crop of phones, it’s that they’re either extremely expensive or have terribly tiny batteries. You might not have any use for it, but this thing is a godsend for someone like me.

    • Stef
      May 29, 2014

      Wasted space on the front (thick bezels). Is what I meant, just by adding 0.5mm of thickness they could accommodate the same amount of battery, without (the phone) being as huge.

      Look at LG G3, or Sharp’s phones, tiny bezels and if they wont to add something extra they do so in depth (they make the phone thicker)…

      Huge phones (in heigh and width) are a menace to productivity. You basically do the same things half as fast, which is why phones of now are much less useful than how they were two years ago:

    • Stef
      May 29, 2014

      I don’t think I understand you but LG G3 has 3000 Mah battery, not 2000 Mah (not that it is relevant to anything I said but anyway…)

    • desponent
      May 29, 2014

      And this is 5000mAh phone which cost less than half of G3. Company need r&d money, lots of it, to produce phone.

      Both from consumer and producer point of view what you demand is rather unreasonable at this point of time.

      So I’d say since you don’t see the problem comparing a $300 phone (at max) from small chinese company to $800+ phone from multi billion dollar worldwide giant corporation, why not follow your own advice and just buy G3. Let people who can appreciate what THL is trying to do do it (not saying that you’re hindering things, but you look like total moron to me from the post above).

    • Stef
      May 29, 2014

      I don’t even like G3, it’s way too big, small battery for the size, uncomfortable to hold. I would never buy that phone. But I would buy this phone, if it was to use the same economy of space that LG uses, and from Chinese companies Jiayu (an equally small company). Anyway my point was and still is that this phone is way too big for what it is, I don’t understand why you thought G3 is relevant to this discussion, I only used g3 as a point of reference for space economy, I could use jiayu equally well (a very … economical company too).

    • Guest
      May 30, 2014

      Dude…. start being real….

    • Stef
      May 30, 2014

      I don’t even know what is this comment referring to…

    • Stef
      May 30, 2014

      But that’s not (towards) what I was referring at all… I wrote clearly that I don’t mind the thickness (I prefer a thick … well endowed phone, than a slim one with a punny battery. I do mind that itss profile is as big as that of a 5.5 phone…

      Such thick bezels are only detrimental and I don’t see why they keep getting bigger in each generation (for example htc one and S5 have thicker bezels than their predecessors). It absolutely kills ergonomics (along with battery life the most important feature of a handheld me thinks)…

    • Airyl
      May 31, 2014

      I don’t either. He may think you are fictional.

    • Airyl
      May 31, 2014

      I see your point, those bezels are awfully thick.

  39. Guest
    May 29, 2014

    Are infrared and an SD card option part of the specs? I don’t see them anywhere to qualify it as the “best allround phone”!

    • desponent
      May 29, 2014

      Learn to read next time.

      And infra red? are you kidding me?

  40. hed190
    May 29, 2014

    i think that, a snapdragon 801 would be better for this phone!

    • Zeca
      May 29, 2014

      If Qualcomm provided the 801 dual sim would be the best way. But with the Snap 400 dual sim would also be very good.

      • Manos
        June 1, 2014

        Lenovo has 801 dual Sim … At a bit high price…

        • Manos
          June 1, 2014

          800 not 801 ! Sorry!

    • desponent
      May 30, 2014

      and be $800

  41. Michael Strauss
    May 29, 2014

    The 5000 battery is real and not fake. Look at this photo. AMPRIUS battery.

  42. Guest
    May 29, 2014

    i think that, a snapdragon 801 would be better for this phone!

    • Guest
      May 29, 2014

      If Qualcomm provided the 801 dual sim would be the best way. But with the Snap 400 dual sim would also be very good.

    • desponent
      May 30, 2014

      and be $800

    • Guest
      June 1, 2014

      Lenovo has 801 dual Sim … At a bit high price…

    • Guest
      June 1, 2014

      800 not 801 ! Sorry!

  43. Michael Strauss
    May 29, 2014

    The 5000 battery is real and not fake. Look at this photo. AMPRIUS battery.

  44. Eran B.Y
    May 31, 2014

    Hi Andi,
    I like your site and find it very usful, and thanks for that.
    Im going to be in china in june 10th (shengai) and wants to buy the best avaible smartphone in 300$ range. Do you have a post with a reccomendation?
    Im concidering the thl 5000 or the oneplus one, but i dont know if they will be availble in stores.

  45. Eran B.Y
    May 31, 2014

    Hi Andi,
    I like your site and find it very usful, and thanks for that.
    Im going to be in china in june 10th (shengai) and wants to buy the best avaible smartphone in 300$ range. Do you have a post with a reccomendation?
    Im concidering the thl 5000 or the oneplus one, but i dont know if they will be availble in stores.

  46. haris
    July 15, 2014

    @Gizchina:disqus
    They updated some features …
    now it has 16gb ROM
    mtk6592T (2.0ghz ) processor
    F2.0 aperture
    Android kitkat …

    Disappointed that they downgrade the camera :/ now its not an all rounder for me

  47. Guest
    July 15, 2014

    @Gizchina:disqus
    They updated some features …
    now it has 16gb ROM
    mtk6592T (2.0ghz ) processor
    F2.0 aperture
    Android kitkat …

    Disappointed that they downgrade the camera :/ now its not an all rounder for me

  48. Don
    July 16, 2014

    ThL 5000 is on preselling at http://goo.gl/VV9bWm ,It costs $259.79

    • haris
      July 16, 2014

      But they have downgrade the camera ? was looking for it initially but now feeling really disappointed :/

  49. Guest
    July 16, 2014

    ThL 5000 is on preselling at http://goo.gl/VV9bWm ,It costs $259.79

    • Guest
      July 16, 2014

      But they have downgrade the camera ? was looking for it initially but now feeling really disappointed :/

  50. Manos
    July 20, 2014

    What happen to this phone? I saw a video from a Russian at YouTube that a beta version I hope they can make it and go it to the people! Also say the it will be out today 20/7 .

  51. Guest
    July 20, 2014

    What happen to this phone? I saw a video from a Russian at YouTube that a beta version I hope they can make it and go it to the people! Also say the it will be out today 20/7 .