THL not dead? THL 2016 specifications spotted during interview video


THL are a name that original GizChina followers will be very aware of, but this year the firm have been strangely quiet kicking up rumours that the phone maker and disappeared. Rumours of their demise might have come a little too early though.

At the start of this year we saw that THL released the THL 2015. The phone was meant to be their flagship model and featured details including a new design and rear fingerprint scanner, however shortly after the launch the phone maker went strangely quiet.

The lack of THL news brought up rumours that maybe they had closed shop, but a recent video shows that the brand is still very much alive and that they plan to launch a new phone named the THL 2016 for next year.

It appears that the owners of THL have been concentrating on OEM products and created a new brand named DEXP, but the THL name lives on with the THL 2016. The phone was spotted by GizChina reader Sam Evans who mentioned that a THL 2016 and THL 2016C are both planned.

The phone design and specifications appear on the video at 13:57 where we see the camera pan around and show a gold bodied device. Freezing the video at the right spot we can see that the THL 2016 features specifications normally seen on mid range devices.

thl 2016

The phone will come with a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 1.3Ghz Mediatek quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13 mega-pixel OV rear camera and 5 mega-pixel OV front. From what we can see the 4500mAh battery and slender gold design look like the main highlights.

thl 2016

The THL 2016 isn’t the flagship that many of you were hoping for, but the fact the brand is still alive and kicking could mean further phone developments throughout 2016.

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88 Comments

  1. AbdulB1
    October 25, 2015

    THL is dead now. No body will buy their phones. Everyone know Meizu , Xiaomi, Coolpad now.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      October 25, 2015

      Lenovo too

      • AbdulB1
        October 25, 2015

        NO! they have k3 note, Moto, and ZUK to help them gain overall

        • King
          October 25, 2015

          they also have the k3 music, p1 and p1m. and maybe x3 coming soon too.

        • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
          October 25, 2015

          Hey dude, you misunderstood me. I said that everyone knows Lenovo too, I didn’t mean they’re dead or something. I bought myself the K3 Note and hell even typed this message on it lol! lol Pretty awesome phone.

          • AbdulB1
            October 25, 2015

            I also own k3 note but build quality is not as good as xiaomi or meizu.

            • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
              October 28, 2015

              Somewhat right, but no a big difference. And again it costs less

    • Raul
      October 25, 2015

      Coolpad have not been relevant since F1

      • King
        October 25, 2015

        Coolpad Note 3 apparently is a phone that could be selling well in the Indian market. If they see good sales, Coolpad may be back in business. Making phones in China and selling them in other markets.

      • RuR
        October 25, 2015

        What about the note 3?

        • Dante
          October 25, 2015

          eh

        • Raul
          October 25, 2015

          I can’t comment on any of their phones from the Indian market, I am talking about their International phones or at least models that are available from chinese resellers.

      • AbdulB1
        October 25, 2015

        dazen note 3 is a strong performer

      • Riccardo Benzoni
        October 27, 2015

        absolutely agree, the best quality-price device I owned. They have never been attractive since.

        • amirexpress.ir
          October 28, 2015

          yes..unforunately the last dazen note 3 is 1280*800 HD within a price of FHD phones…they are known for low-budget market phones

    • Dante
      October 25, 2015

      coolpad is dead everywhere except india

      • AbdulB1
        October 25, 2015

        not in china

        • Dante
          October 26, 2015

          its pretty dead in china too , its subbrands are the only thing which keeps it alive there

          • AbdulB1
            October 26, 2015

            No it’s the relationship with carriers which keeps it afloat there.

    • balcobomber25
      October 25, 2015

      I’ll still buy a THL because I know I am getting a quality phone for a good price. I bough the 2015.

  2. Freeje
    October 25, 2015

    A 6735 in 2016? Have they heard of the X10?

    • E8hffff
      October 25, 2015

      I had a laugh too. When did they design the phone… THL 2013.

      • balcobomber25
        October 25, 2015

        Except the 6735 is a 2015 chip….

        • E8hffff
          October 25, 2015

          Design off road map…

          • balcobomber25
            October 25, 2015

            His comment was about the SoC.

  3. MattD
    October 25, 2015

    Maybe they planned to make a lite version along with the standard model, just like thl 5000 and 4000. In that case, those specs could be from the lite version, while the other model could spot fhd display, helio p10, 3gb of ram and a 5000+ mah battery… In this case, it would be interesting, i think!

  4. balcobomber25
    October 25, 2015

    Personally I don’t mind the specs depending on the price. For anyone who isn’t a power user the 6735 is a great little chip that can handle normal day to day to activities with ease. The best part about this though will be the battery life: 6735 + 720 + 4500 = epic battery life!

    • RuR
      October 25, 2015

      In the ThL 5000 the battery life is not so much epic… Maybe they are lying about the capacity, like Doogee and Elephone?

      • balcobomber25
        October 25, 2015

        The 5000 used an older MT6592 SoC, they were not anything close to power efficient. The newer 64 bit SoC’s from Mediatek are incredibly power efficient. THL has never been known to lie about specs.

        • Raul
          October 25, 2015

          Yeah THL used to be known for their quality and for the fact that they would not lie about the specs.

          • amirexpress.ir
            October 28, 2015

            and they have the lowest curropted/bad made phones whrn asking chinese sellers..means they do great in quality control..much ore than many midrange brands.hopefully they will come back with sth worthy..and jiayu too

        • quodvadis
          October 26, 2015

          This is bullshit. My MTK6592 phone can last 2 days with average use on 3000mAh battery.

          You can try to deny it with any kind of “reported findings” that isn’t your actual experience, but that won’t ever change the fact I’ve experienced myself.

          • balcobomber25
            October 26, 2015

            I used plenty of 6592 phones none of them were lasting two days with any normal usage. Even most phones today won’t last 2 days with normal usage. If your going to lie, do it convincingly.

            • Emil Borisov
              October 26, 2015

              tcl s720 is getting 8 hours SOT, and 3 days whit 4 SOT and 4 CALLS

    • quodvadis
      October 26, 2015

      lol. good for you. Thankfully, other people have better standard than that nowadays.

      Don’t believe me? Let’s see how this company will end up later.

      • balcobomber25
        October 26, 2015

        Don’t believe you about what? Everyone has different tastes when it comes to phones. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean others won’t. THL has been around a long time, they have established a fan base that will buy their phones. People know what they will get from a THL, there is no surprises like Elephone or Ulephone. You never have to guess what specs are real and which ones are imagined.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      October 27, 2015

      don’t want to stop your enthusiasm, but it seems they are on the dead side, seems the identical move made by jiayu. Trying to grab last money using the flagship name paired with modest specs and calling it a day.
      Hope I’m wrong, THL has been one of the best among mid-players.

      • balcobomber25
        October 27, 2015

        We shall see.

  5. trolleyfan
    October 25, 2015

    Dexp is a Russian brand created by computer hardware retailer DNS.

  6. AbdulB1
    October 25, 2015

    THL is dead now. No body will buy their phones. Everyone know Meizu , Xiaomi, Coolpad now.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      October 25, 2015

      Everybody knows Lenovo too! 🙂

    • AbdulB1
      October 25, 2015

      NO! they have k3 note, Moto, and ZUK to help them gain overall

    • Raul
      October 25, 2015

      Coolpad have not been relevant since F1

    • King
      October 25, 2015

      Coolpad Note 3 apparently is a phone that could be selling well in the Indian market. If they see good sales, Coolpad may be back in business. Making phones in China and selling them in other markets.

    • King
      October 25, 2015

      they also have the k3 music, p1 and p1m. and maybe x3 coming soon too.

    • RuR
      October 25, 2015

      What about the note 3?

    • Dante
      October 25, 2015

      coolpad is dead everywhere except india

    • Dante
      October 25, 2015

      eh

    • balcobomber25
      October 25, 2015

      I’ll still buy a THL because I know I am getting a quality phone for a good price. I bough the 2015. This one wouldn’t be a bad travel phone if its under $120.

    • Raul
      October 25, 2015

      I can’t comment on any of their phones from the Indian market, I am talking about their International phones or at least models that are available from chinese resellers.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      October 25, 2015

      Hey dude, you misunderstood me. I said that everyone knows Lenovo too, I didn’t mean they’re dead or something. I bought myself the K3 Note and hell even typed this message on it lol! lol Pretty awesome phone.

    • AbdulB1
      October 25, 2015

      dazen note 3 is a strong performer

    • AbdulB1
      October 25, 2015

      I also own k3 note but build quality is not as good as xiaomi or meizu.

    • AbdulB1
      October 25, 2015

      not in china

    • Dante
      October 26, 2015

      its pretty dead in china too , its subbrands are the only thing which keeps it alive there

    • AbdulB1
      October 26, 2015

      No it’s the relationship with carriers which keeps it afloat there.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      October 27, 2015

      absolutely agree, the best quality-price device I owned. They have never been attractive since.

    • Guest
      October 28, 2015

      yes..unforunately the last dazen note 3 is 1280*800 HD within a price of FHD phones…they are known for low-budget market phones

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      October 28, 2015

      Somewhat right, but no a big difference. And again it costs less

  7. Guest
    October 25, 2015

    A 6735 in 2016? Have they heard of the X10?

    • E8hffff
      October 25, 2015

      I had a laugh too. When did they design the phone… THL 2013.

    • balcobomber25
      October 25, 2015

      Except the 6735 is a 2015 chip….

    • E8hffff
      October 25, 2015

      Design off road map…

    • balcobomber25
      October 25, 2015

      His comment was about the SoC.

  8. Yury
    October 25, 2015

    Nice video. Good info

  9. MattD
    October 25, 2015

    Maybe they planned to make a lite version along with the standard model, just like thl 5000 and 4000. In that case, those specs could be from the lite version, while the other model could spot fhd display, helio p10, 3gb of ram and a 5000+ mah battery… In this case, it would be interesting, i think!

  10. Dante
    October 25, 2015

    old news , thats just denis interviewing one of his Friends from dexp/thl at s chinese fair , my older comments about important devices/info coming from him got ignored so i didnt bother to include this one cuz dexp is a crappy company in support , surprisngly not thl though

  11. balcobomber25
    October 25, 2015

    Personally I don’t mind the specs depending on the price. For anyone who isn’t a power user the 6735 is a great little chip that can handle normal day to day to activities with ease. The best part about this though will be the battery life: 6735 + 720 + 4500 = epic battery life!

    • RuR
      October 25, 2015

      In the ThL 5000 the battery life is not so much epic… Maybe they are lying about the capacity, like Doogee and Elephone?

    • balcobomber25
      October 25, 2015

      The 5000 used an older MT6592 SoC, they were not anything close to power efficient. The newer 64 bit SoC’s from Mediatek are incredibly power efficient. THL has never been known to lie about specs.

    • Raul
      October 25, 2015

      Yeah THL used to be known for their quality and for the fact that they would not lie about the specs.

    • quodvadis
      October 26, 2015

      This is bullshit. My MTK6592 phone can last 2 days with average use on 3000mAh battery.

      You can try to deny it with any kind of “reported findings” that isn’t your actual experience, but that won’t ever change the fact I’ve experienced myself.

    • quodvadis
      October 26, 2015

      lol. good for you. Thankfully, other people have better standard than that nowadays.

      Don’t believe me? Let’s see how this company will end up later.

    • balcobomber25
      October 26, 2015

      I used plenty of 6592 phones none of them were lasting two days with any normal usage. Even most phones today won’t last 2 days with normal usage. If your going to lie, do it convincingly.

    • balcobomber25
      October 26, 2015

      Don’t believe you about what? Everyone has different tastes when it comes to phones. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean others won’t. THL has been around a long time, they have established a fan base that will buy their phones. People know what they will get from a THL, there is no surprises like Elephone or Ulephone. You never have to guess what specs are real and which ones are imagined.

    • Emil Borisov
      October 26, 2015

      tcl s720 is getting 8 hours SOT, and 3 days whit 4 SOT and 4 CALLS

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      October 27, 2015

      don’t want to stop your enthusiasm, but it seems they are on the dead side, seems the identical move made by jiayu. Trying to grab last money using the flagship name paired with modest specs and calling it a day.
      Hope I’m wrong, THL has been one of the best among mid-players.

    • balcobomber25
      October 28, 2015

      We shall see.

    • Guest
      October 28, 2015

      and they have the lowest curropted/bad made phones whrn asking chinese sellers..means they do great in quality control..much ore than many midrange brands.hopefully they will come back with sth worthy..and jiayu too

  12. Raul
    October 25, 2015

    Boring specs and design, I am afraid this may be the end of their smartphone ventures, if they really wanted to be competitive, they should’ve at least use Helio X10, 3 GB Ram, FHD display

  13. trolleyfan
    October 25, 2015

    Dexp is a Russian brand created by computer hardware retailer DNS.

  14. Yury
    October 25, 2015

    Nice video. Good info

  15. Dante
    October 25, 2015

    old news , thats just denis interviewing one of his Friends from dexp/thl at s chinese fair , my older comments about important devices/info coming from him got ignored so i didnt bother to include this one cuz dexp is a crappy company in support , surprisngly not thl though

  16. Raul
    October 25, 2015

    Boring specs and design, I am afraid this may be the end of their smartphone ventures, if they really wanted to be competitive, they should’ve at least use Helio X10, 3 GB Ram, FHD display

  17. October 25, 2015

    THL Has Life!

  18. 10basetom
    October 26, 2015

    THL Has Life!

  19. quodvadis
    October 26, 2015

    They’re not dead. They will be now.

  20. quodvadis
    October 26, 2015

    They’re not dead. They will be now.