The ThL T100S
The ThL T100S has several features that you would expect to find in a flagship smartphone, a full HD display, a powerful processing package, plenty of internal storage and a good camera.
The key feature of the ThL T100S is its powerful octa-core CPU from MediaTek. Unlike other octa-core processors, such as Samsung’s Exynos processors, which use two different core types, the MediaTek MT6592 used in the ThL T100S has eight cores of the same type. The Cortex-A7 cores in the MediaTek MT6592 are the less powerful version – there are Cortex-A15 cores – but it’s more energy efficient.
In this review, we take a look at the ThL T100S features – processor and more – to determine how well it works.
• The ThL T100S measures 144 x 70 x 99 mm and weighs 147 grams.
• This means that it is about as wide as a Nexus 4 or 5 and about a centimeter longer and just a little bit heavier.
• The T100S is mostly black with a dark gray back cover.
• The top and bottom of the T100S are made from a hard textured material that looks like caron-fibre.
• The device has rounded corners at the back but has well-defined corners when it meets the screen.
• The back features the rear camera on the top left-hand corner with a LED flash below it. The speaker grill is also in the back, towards the bottom.
• There is a volume rocker on the left side and a power button on the right.
• The headphone jack is placed on the top of the phone with a microUSB port which can be used for charging or to connect to a PC.
• The overall design is sleek and the phone is easy to hold and feels very well built.
• The display of the ThL T100S is a 5-inch full HD display/
• The T100S display gets a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for great, true-to-life colors.
• The brightness levels are good and you can set indoor brightness to around 10 to 15 percent.
• The T100S display has a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. This gives you a clear and sharp display where the text is crisp and images are in high detail.
• The processing package on the ThL T100S is an MT6592 True Octa-Core which clocks at 1.7 GHz.
• This is backed up by a Mali-450 GPU and 2 GB of RAM
• As we mentioned before, the Cortex A7 cores used in the MT6592 are not the fastest but it is still pretty powerful.
• The AnTuTu scores of the T100S are around 26933. This means that it is faster than the HTC One and Samsung’s S3 and Galaxy Note 2. It is, however, slower than the LG G2, Galaxy Note 3 and the Xiaomi M13.
• Tested using Epic Citadel, the T1003 got 40.7 frames per second in High-Performance settings and 39.4 fps in High-Quality settings. This makes the T100S 19 percent faster than the LG G2 and 74 percent faster than Note 3.
• The Mali-450 used by the ThL T100s is competent but lags behind some others such as the Mali-T628, the Adreno 320 and the Adreno 330.
• We ran tests of raw CPU power using CF-Bench and CPU Prime Benchmark.
• For CF-Bench, the score was 42906, to put that in perspective, the LG G2 has a score of 35999 and the Galaxy Note 3 scores 24653. The scores mean that the T100 is around 19 percent faster than the LG G2 and is 74 percent faster than Note 3.
• For CPU Prime, the T100S scored 6347. To put this in perspective, the Galaxy S4 scores 4950 and the Nexus 4 2820.
• The GPS of the T100S is great. It can get a lock outside in about two seconds.
• This is probably the low point of the ThL T100S.
• The device has a 2300 mAh removable battery.
• You could get a full day of use out of this battery but it’s likely you will need to top-up to make it through the day.
• Running Epic Citadel in Guided Tour mode drains the battery in two hours.
• Streaming YouTube drains the battery in three and a half hours.
• Watching an MP4 movie drains the battery in four and a half hours.
• 3G talk time test showed that you could get 10 hours of calls.
• The ThL T100S has the standard connectivity options of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2 G GSM and 3G. In addition, it has NFC. It does not, however, support LTE.
• The T100S has two sim card slots, one is normal and the other is microSIM.
• The ThL T100S has a 13 MP rear camera and a 13 MP front-camera.
• The difference between these two cameras – besides their placement – is that the rear camera has auto-focus and flash and can video record at 1280 x 720. The front-camera has fixed focus and can only video record at 640 x 480.
• The camera app is standard and has HDR, face recognition as well as burst mode.
• Pictures are weak, lacking color and vitality. Luckily this can easily be adjusted with the built-in image editor.
• The ThL T100S uses stock Android 4.2.2
• The Battery settings allow you to set CPU power saving mode. This is supposed to limit maximum CPU performance to conserve your battery life and lower the phone’s temperature.
• While the CPU power saving mode sounds good, there is only about a 1 percent difference in performance.
• The ThL T100S has full Google Play support.
• The normal Google apps are available for use in the ThL T100S and it’s easy to get anything else you might want on Play Store.
• The ThL T100S has 32 GB of internal storage.
• There is a microSD slot so you can add around 64 GB more.
The ThL T100S can be available for around $310 plus shipping and import taxes.
The ThL brand is quite popular in China and the ThL T100S is a pretty good phone. It excels in many areas including performance. It has some weak points such as battery life and its lack of LTE but considering its price, this is forgivable.
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