TCL 3S aka Mi 4i killer on pre-sale for $140

The Xiaomi Mi 4i turned out to be a bit of a disappointment after all the hype, mostly because of the resource heavy ROM.

TCL have a phone with pretty much the same specifications but a lighter price tag on sale. What should also be light besides the price is the ROM, which could make a lot of difference to the overall usability.

Just to recap the specifications of the TCL 3S, if you aren’t aware; the phone has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p display, a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera and an 8 mega-pixel front camera. As mentioned, this pretty much echoes the specs sheet of the Xiaomi Mi 4i… with a difference in the generation of the SoC: the Mi 4i uses the second-gen Snapdragon 615 while the TCL 3S appears to be using the first-gen model clocked at 1.5GHz.

READ: Xiaomi Mi 4i Review

The Xiaomi Mi 4i just had its kernel sources made public, so that should help. Nonetheless, how the TCL 3S performs will be something you’ll probably be very interested in knowing. The Mi 4i is around US$205 in the markets where Xiaomi is selling the phone; resellers are offering it for US$250 and upwards.

The TCL 3S, on the other hand, is listed for US$140 on That does seem like quite an attractive price for a phone like that; we’ll try and get our hands on one for review.

Meanwhile, let us know which one you’d rather go for — the Xiaomi Mi 4i or the TCL 3S (or something else altogether?).

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