ThL T100S - smartphone based on the 8-core MT6592 processor

    In November 2013, MediaTek officially introduced the real eight-core MT6592 processor, which, according to the company, found a balance between performance and power consumption. Most Octa Core devices use the big.LITTLE architecture, in which at any given moment either a block of productive or a block of energy-efficient cores is functioning. MT6592, by contrast, can work in any configuration, including all eight at the same time.

    Devices running on the MT6592 massively went on sale by the end of 2013. Now on the market there are already enough smartphones with this processor, but we decided to review the most popular and stylish among them. Meet the Iron Man - ThL T100s.
    His first batch amounted to only 2000 devices! The release of the T100 in China caused such a huge stir that the whole batch was sold out in just 9 minutes! The Ironman version already has our communication standards - GSM and WCDMA. The new T100S is really nothing but a flagship. This is one of the most productive Chinese devices to date. But first things first!


    The ThL T100S is based on the MT6592 octa-core processor with a frequency of 1.7 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory and a slot for memory cards. The display has FHD resolution and is protected by third generation Corning Gorilla Glass. In addition, the smartphone was equipped with 13 megapixel cameras from Sony, two SIM slots, a 2300 mAh battery, OTG, NFC functions, and Android 4.2.2 is responsible for the work.

    imageScreen: 5 ", 1920 × 1080 px, FHD, OGS IPS
    imageProcessor: MT6592 (Cortex-A7, 1.7 GHz, 8 cores) Video accelerator
    image: Mali 450-MP 700MHz
    imageOperating system: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
    imageRAM: 2 GB
    imageUser memory: 32 GB + MicroSD slot
    imageCamera:front - 13 megapixels, back - 13 megapixels
    imageCommunication: 2 SIM-cards (GSM / GPRS / EDGE + UMTS / HSPA +)
    imageOptional: GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, OTG, accelerometer, gyroscope, indicator, light and distance sensor
    imageBattery: 2300 mAh
    imageDimensions: 144.3 × 70.4 × 8.4 mm
    imageWeight: 145 Gram


    The first thing you can see on the box is the new company logo. If before the logo was similar to HTC, now it is unique. Thus, apparently the company decided to emphasize the uniqueness of its smartphone, because earlier the devices were more like clones of other famous smartphones.

    In addition to the smartphone, the kit included: a charger with a plug for our sockets, a USB cable, a wired headset, a protective film and documentation in English and Russian. AND WARRANTY coupon! To the Russian representative office. For a year, first you only need to register a coupon on the website This is already really high-quality service from the Pandawill store!

    The output charging current is 1 A. The smartphone can be charged both from the network and from the computer using a USB cable. A full charge takes about 3 hours. In addition, the factory one film on the screen is already neatly glued. The headset is budget, for high-quality listening to music is not suitable.


    The case is made of now popular polycarbonate. This material allows you to achieve maximum strength and solidity, but it is not prone to collecting scratches and prints. Monolithic glass is flush with the rest of the elements. Above and below are metal inserts.

    The front camera and voice speaker are traditionally located at the top of the front panel. In addition, light and distance sensors were also placed there. There is also an indicator that only flashes red when the battery is discharged and constantly lights up when charging. About calls and SMS alerts does not show.

    Touch buttons without backlight are combined with the color of the smartphone. With excellent lighting, these buttons are easy to notice, but in low light only the memory or poke method will save. There is a backlight, vibration feedback too.

    On the back side are the camera eye, LED flash, speaker and an additional noise reduction microphone. The surface of the lid is a little rough and velvety. The case is pleasant to the touch and almost does not get dirty with fingerprints.

    Below is a modest company logo.

    External speaker below. He is single and small. The sound is quite loud and of medium quality.

    The upper end with a rough corrugation is occupied by a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microUSB connector. The smartphone supports working with Flash-drives via USB-interface (OTG).

    On the right is a lock button on a glossy plastic background. To unlock, you do not need to shift the handset or reach with your second hand - everything is clearly under the thumb.

    If you look at the gadget in profile, you can see how its back cover gently bends. Accordingly, the smartphone lies in the hand, like a glove and does not even think to slip out. At the bottom there is a recess for removing the rear panel and a microphone hole.

    It is worth noting the small thickness of the case and weight. And strangely enough, I still consider the design to be one of the main advantages of the device: it has already become almost at the level of well-known manufacturers, and somewhere even surpasses them.


    As befits the flagship, Iron Man is equipped with a high-quality display. The device received a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

    Since OGS (“one glass solution” technology is used here, the screen and glass are one unit), the picture quality becomes slightly better than without OGS. However, in real life, the only difference is that with OGS, the image is as close to the screen surface as possible.

    The color rendering is natural, the brightness is slightly above average (it can be adjusted in a small range either manually or automatically), viewing angles are maximum.

    The density is quite high - 441 PPI, in which it is not so easy to make out individual pixels.

    The sensor, of course, capacitive type, fulfills up to 5 simultaneous touches. Sensitivity is good, no problems were noticed.


    The cover is removed in the usual way, that is, using a special hook. It is not easy to remove it, but it lies tightly. On its inner side there is an NFC antenna.

    2300 mAh battery and 44g weight. But it is possible to install a battery at 2700 mAh (sold separately).

    Under the back cover we see: two SIM card slots, a battery and a microSD slot. There

    is a speaker below and you can see the warranty sticker on the screw. But she certainly will not stop us.

    To see the "insides of the patient" you need to unscrew 12 screws. After being unscrewed, the case should be snapped off with a plastic card.

    We remove part of the case and get access to the insides.

    Everything is quite simple here: SIM card slots in Mini and Micro format, a battery connector, MicroSD and a rear camera.

    Smartphone assembled efficiently. There are no creaks or backlashes.


    The description indicates that the ThL T100S is equipped with a 13MP rear camera and a 13MP front camera. The main camera is capable of taking pictures with a resolution of up to 4096x3072 pixels.

    The autofocus system quickly responds to a change in the situation in the frame and allows you to shoot nearby objects. The focus area can be specified manually.

    HDR support allows you to take pictures with an extended light range.

    It is equipped with an LED flash, which perfectly copes with its duties in the evening, autofocus, has an f / 2.4 aperture, there is a face recognition function, as well as the ability to record video in FullHD format.

    The front camera has similar characteristics, but as a rule it is used only for making video calls and communicating via Skype.

    The cameras are pretty good quality. If you try and successfully choose the angle and light, then it is quite possible to make a good shot.


    The ThL T100S smartphone is running the Android 4.2.2 operating system.

    The appearance of the system is practically unchanged. Perhaps the only decorations are a translucent notification curtain and color icons in the settings.

    The set of applications can be called standard, there are basic Google services, including the Play Store and other standard stock Android applications (audio and video players, calculator, clock, etc.). Of the additional ones added: file manager, notes and flashlight.

    One of the main features is the presence of the NFC module and firmware for working with it.

    As you can see, the interface here is bare without a shell from the manufacturer. Added some add-ons related to improving the sound (BesAudEnh) in the headphones and increasing the volume of the speakers (BesLoudness). ClearMotion allows you to make the image on the TV more smooth and clear. You can also calibrate the accelerometer and proximity sensor.


    The smartphone supports two SIM-cards. The interface and settings of SIM-cards are standard for MTK chipsets. In the settings you can select the main card for calls, SMS and mobile Internet. Also, the color of the honeycomb is adjusted there. Formally, 3G supports two slots, but at the same time it can work only in one, the second will constantly work in 2G only mode. To change a 3G card, you do not need to swap it with a 2G card, just change the item in the settings of the mobile network.

    In addition to voice communications, the ThL T100S received support for wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi standard b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. All communication technologies work well, at the level of analogues.

    Unfortunately, there is no support for LTE, but this is not for long. MediaTek has already unveiled its first 64-bit processor with an integrated LTE module - MT6732 single-chip system. Just when the coverage of 4G networks is already quite large, then the processor will arrive in time.


    The MT6592 has a 4-core Mali-450MP4 video accelerator with a frequency of up to 700 MHz, which is approximately 2 times faster than the Mali-400MP2 installed in MT6582. MT6592 is executed in a modern 28nm process technology, 8 Cortex-A7 cores with a frequency of 1.7 GHz are integrated. The L2 cache of the second level is increased to 1MB, the supported memory is LDDR2 533MHz / DDR3 666MHz and 13MP cameras. Video recording can be done in 1080P 30fp, 1080P 30fps H.264 decoding, as well as in 2 new HEVC / H.265 and VP9 formats.

    2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal (about 22 GB available to the user).

    As a result, the device turned out to be really the most powerful among the brothers of the Chinese and some smartphones from A-brands. See for yourself by looking at the test results below.

    On such hardware, the smartphone easily copes with high-quality video 1080 / 50p, including such popular formats as avi, mpeg and even mkv. In addition, he can handle most modern 3D games, for example: GTA: San Andreas, Dead Trigger 2, Colin McRae Rally, Deus Ex: The Fall and LEGO City My City.

    In normal operation, the device is smart, the interface works smoothly without any freezes. There is also no problem with working on the Internet, everything is fast and stable. If you need a fairly high performance and an inexpensive price tag for it, then the MTK6582 platform and its capabilities will suit you completely.


    In the Antutu Batery test, the device scored 497 points. In video playback mode, the smartphone lasted almost 6 hours, and in reading mode almost 10 hours.

    In fact, a full charge lasts for a full two days, where calls, Internet and music prevailed. If you actively use games and videos, then count on one light day.


    The Chinese smartphone market has truly reached a new level of quality. The design has already passed the stage of exact copying of successful third-party solutions and now devices are released that look like nothing else. Although in the field of innovation in design, the Chinese still do not grab stars from the sky, preferring to look back at more famous manufacturers, but who knows what will happen in a few years ... Many popular functions are already gradually being added (take, for example, the same NFC). And there are design and development departments at every factory, and their work is visible to the naked eye.


    imageNew eight-core processor.
    imageIts unique design.
    imageHigh-quality assembly.
    imageGorilla Glass 3 safety glass.
    imageRich equipment.
    imageLarge memory and microSD slot.
    imageBoth 13 MP cameras.
    imageLow price.

    imageNo LTE support. Low
    imageBad headset.


    The device is available at the Pandawill store .

    THL has released the "gold" version of the eight-core smartphone THL T100S. It can also be purchased at the store .

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