Hands-on: ThL T100 and ThL T200 octa-core phones

Technostorm Reviews
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Specs of the ThL T100 (priced at P13,499 as of April 2014):
Dual SIM (dual 3G)
NFC, USB OTG support
Quad-core 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 chipset
Mali-450 MP graphics
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 64GB)
5-inch IPS OGS display with scratch-resistant glass (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
8-megapixel front camera
2,750mAh battery
Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2

ThL T100

Novo7 Tech, official distributor of ThL phones in the Philippines, is finally selling the ThL T100 and T200 in the country for P13,499 and P14,999, respectively. We were able to get our hands on both Android phones powered by an octa-core processor. Read on for our hands-on impressions, photos, and videos.

ThL T100 (priced at P13,499)

Dual SIM (dual 3G)
NFC, USB OTG support
Octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 chipset
Mali-450 MP graphics
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 64GB)
5-inch IPS OGS display with scratch-resistant glass (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
8-megapixel front camera
2,750mAh battery
Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2










The ThL T100, aka Monkey King 2, is a flagship smartphone encased in a boxy, all-plastic shell. The unit we got to play with has a black paint job with two different finishes; the front gets the glossy treatment, whereas the rear has a matte surface, which feels great in the hand. Although the contrast makes for a two-tone appearance, we would have preferred to see more of the latter. Another thing we would have liked to see on the T100: more rounded corners, similar to the Sony Xperia Z2.

However, we still find the ThL T100's overall design to be quite attractive. We even prefer its look to pricier but more pedestrian-looking models like the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The 5-inch, 441ppi IPS display, which makes use of a scratch-resistant cover glass and One-Glass-Solution or OGS technology, stands out here, especially given the phone's retail value of less than P14,000. We tried to damage the screen using a dinner knife, but to no avail. It's one of the the best 1080p displays we've seen on any smartphone. It is miles better than the ones on many competing models from local brands.

Although the black levels are not as rich as what you'd find on AMOLED panels, the screen produces great viewing angles and colors that are close to natural.

As with most smartphones, the ThL T100 has two cameras: a 13-megapixel camera around the back and an 8-megapixel shooter up front. The sensors are slightly slow to focus and fire, but are generally capable of producing decent pictures. And to prove our point, here are some photos taken with the device.

Inside is a MT6592 chip from MediaTek, which uses eight Cortex-A7 CPU cores. There's also a Mali-450 MP4 graphics processor and 2GB of RAM. You're likewise looking at dual-SIM slots, 32GB of built-in storage that you can expand with microSD cards of up to 64GB in capacity, as well as a removable 2,750mAh battery for at least one day of mixed usage.

In practice, the ThL T100 is fast and responsive and manages to handle most current games thrown at it with little to no lag. The phone runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 at launch, but Novo7 Tech promises an upgrade to Android KitKat soon.

Overall, we were impressed by the ThL's 5-incher, as it offers terrific value at a reasonable price. We'd even argue that it's the best phone on the local market in its price range.

ThL T200 (priced at P14,999)

Dual SIM (dual 3G)
NFC, USB OTG support
Octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 chipset
Mali-450 MP graphics
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 64GB)
6-inch IPS OGS display with scratch-resistant glass (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
8-megapixel front camera
2,600mAh battery
Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2










To tell you the truth, we didn't get to spend as much time as we would've liked with the ThL T200, aka Cyborg. With the little time that we had, what immediately comes to mind is that this thing is massive; you're looking at 6 inches of screen real estate, which boasts a full-HD resolution plus a scratch-resistant surface. The screen is also manufactured using OGS technology, so in theory, it should translate to a better viewing experience and faster response times.

As for the hardware, the ThL T200 reminds us of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, with its rectangular design with minimal, tapered edges, silver trim, and on-screen navigation buttons. The removable back cover has a textured finish to provide better grip, which is crucial for a device that requires two hands to operate. Yes, despite its relatively thin bezels, the device sees you using both hands to perform even the most trivial of smartphone tasks.

Specs-wise, the ThL T200 has the same components under the hood as the T100: a 1.7GHz octa-core chipset from MediaTek; Mali-450 MP4 graphics; 2GB of RAM; 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD expansion; dual-SIM slots; and 13- and 8-megapixel rear and front cameras. Likewise, it runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. The battery is rated at 2,600mAh, but curiously enough, Novo7 Tech representatives claim that it matches or bests the performance of the T100's 2,750mAh cell.



Although both the T200 and T100 are about equal in terms of firepower, we'd pick the latter without question. We simply prefer the more pocketable of the two handsets. How about you? Which of the two ThL devices are you more partial to?