Review: THL T6C 3G Smartphone with 5-inch Display for RM320

THL T6C rear
THL T6C rear
THL T6C rear

THL T6C is one of the budget smartphones for people who need more than a feature phone without breaking their bank. Read on for my THL T6c smartphone review to learn more about its specs, performance, and price.

Who is THL?

Have not heard about THL? It is okay, neither I know about the brand when I was contacted by DD4.com in the end of 2015.

Apparently, THL (Technology, Happy, Life — technology-based happy life) is an established smartphone brand in China with over 300 brand experience stores in 2012. It is founded by Shenzhen Hongjiayuan Communication Technology Co., Ltd in 2008.

Design

In the white package box, you get a THL T6C smartphone, a quick start guide, microUSB cable, USB power adapter, and a back cover phone case.

THL T6C package
THL T6C package

My review unit is White colour, Black colour is also available. The smartphone has curved edges at the top and bottom. Chrome lines at the left and right sides.

The power button at the right side and volume rocker at the opposite are transparent buttons. Both microUSB port and headphone jack are located at the top. 3 permanent non-back-lit capacitive buttons (options, home, back) at the front bottom.

The protruding rear camera has single LED flash. The rear bottom is a row of speaker grills. The patterned rear cover improves grip, reduce oily finger prints.

Open up the rear cover to reveal the 1900mAh removable lithium-ion battery and dual sim slot with microSD memory card slot.

Overall, THL T6C design is simple and nothing too fancy (chrome line and transparent buttons). The build does not feel cheap or frangible.

Display

THL T6C front

THL T6C front

THL T6C has a 5-inch IPS 5-point multi-touch display with FWVGA 854×480 pixels resolution (16:9 aspect ratio). It is bright and vibrant, the viewing angle is good. You seldom get a 5-inch IPS display smartphone at this price range.You seldom get a 5-inch IPS display smartphone at this price range.

You seldom get a 5-inch IPS display smartphone at this price range.

Software

THL T6C stock ROM runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with an active wireless update (latest update version on January 16th, 2016). The skin applies material design and cheerful icons.

THL smartphone interface design
THL smartphone interface design

I am impressed that it does not pre-installed useless 3rd party bloatware. Only total 26 apps in app drawer consist of basic Android apps and Google apps. *thumb up*

Plus, THL smartphone has an “App Permission Manager” allows you to monitor each app’s permission and block as you wish.

THL smartphone app permission manager
THL smartphone app permission manager

Performance

THL T6C is powered by a Mediatek MT6580 quad-core 1.3Ghz processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, supporting microSD memory card up to 32GB. The usable free storage out of the box is 5GB.

THL T6C Antutu benchmark score
THL T6C Antutu benchmark score

In AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.1 test, the budget smartphone scored 18,688 and failed in 3D test. Yes, it is very far far behind the top smartphones that scored over 70,000 points.

THL T6C ain’t your top performance phone.

In my real-life test, it is okay for most people’s daily phone usage. No problem for web browsing, watching online video and playing a game (Temple Run 2).

The mono speaker has high volume output but lost in details. The WiFi reception is kind of weaker than my other smart devices.

By the way, T6C is a 3G smartphone with Dual SIM Dual Standby mode.

Camera

THL T6C has 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 0.3MP front camera. The cameras’ performance is disappointing. Photos are blur and lost of details as if it is over post-processing to reduce noises.

Check out the original photos below: (full-size image available)

THL T6C Specification

  • CPU: Mediatek MTK6580 Quad-core 1.3GHz processor
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB (support up to 32GB microSD memory card)
  • Display: 5-inch (854×480 pixels), IPS
  • Battery: 1900mAh
  • Camera: 5MP (rear) with LED flash , 0.3MP (front)
  • Standby: 2 SIM 2 Standby
  • Data Transfer: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, micro USB, audio jack
  • Dimensions: 143.9 x 71.6 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 123 g

Competition

THL T6C competitions with similar specs and price range are:

  • LEAGOO Alfa 6 — Mediatek MTK6580 Quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 4.5-inch IPS display, 1600mAh battery, 5MP/2MP cameras
  • ASUS Zenfone C — Intel Z2520 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (support 64GB microSD card), 4.5-inch TFT display, 5MP/0.3MP cameras

Conclusion

THL T6C is an affordable Android smartphone that works for most people. I like its clean custom ROM and app permission manager. Performance is okay with a quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. The camera quality is disappointed. I do not understand why the rear camera has to be protruding, it is not super-resolution nor optical zoom.

THL T6C is selling on DD4.com for USD$74.99 (~RM320).

[box type=”info”]Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free for the review. Opinions are my own.[/box]

ASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) with 5000mAh Battery Life

ASUS ZenFone Max
ASUS ZenFone Max
ASUS ZenFone Max

ASUS ZenFone Max with 5000mAh long battery life is now available in Malaysia. Keep your power bank at home!

ZenFone Max battery life

ZenFone Max uses a 5000mAh lithium-polymer non-removable battery. The “monster battery” offer up to 38 days standby-time. You can left the phone on and it will still has battery juice left when you pick it up after a month!

What can do you with a fully charged ZenFone Max 5000mAh battery? Here are some ideas:

  • You can talk non-stop over 3G call for 1.5 day!
  • You can surf web using WiFi for 1 day 8 hours!
  • You can listen to your favourite music for 3 days non-stop!
  • You watch videos for 22.6 hours!
ZenFone Max can OTG charge other devices
ZenFone Max can OTG charge other devices

A friend with a power bank when my phone battery is low is a godsend. With the free OTG cable in the package, ZenFone Max can turns into an instant power bank to charge other devices. The 5000mAh battery can fully charge an iPhone 6S about 3x times!

13MP laser auto-focus camera

ASUS ZenFone Max’s 13MP PixelMaster camera has F/2.0 wide aperture lens, 0.03s laser auto-focus, allowing you to take high resolution photos with zero shutter lag and reduce blurring. Portrait photos with flash on will look more nature with ZenFone Max’s Dual-LED real-tone flash. The front camera is 5MP with 85º wide-angle.

PixelMaster 2.0 technology offer many camera modes to capture your moments: Backlight HDR mode, Low Light mode, Beatification, Selfie Panorama, etc.

Design

ASUS ZenFone Max available in Black and White
ASUS ZenFone Max available in Black and White

Though containing a big battery inside, ZenFone Max looks stylish and luxury in a slim profile — 5.2mm at thinnest edge.

The phone is surrounded by a metal-effect bezel with smooth touch. The leather-like back cover gives you a better grip. The phone dimensions are 77.5mm x 156mm x 10.55mm. Weight only 202 gram.

ZenFone Max is available in two colors: OSmiium Black or Pure White.

Specs

ZenFone Max is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, support microSD card up to 64GB. It runs 64-bit Android 5.x Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI.

The 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) IPS display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 2x drop-damage resistance of Gorilla Glass 3.

ZenFone Max has 2 micro SIM card slots supporting Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby, with SIM1 support 4G LTE Category 4 for download speed up to 150Mbps. (SIM2 is 2G/3G)

ASUS ZenFone Max price in Malaysia

With 5000mAh battery, 13MP PixelMaster camera and Qualcomm 64-bit quad-core processor, ASUS ZenFone Max retail selling price in Malaysia is RM 899 (inclusive 6% GST). You may get cheaper price on Lazada:

For more information, please visit http://www.asus.com/my/

ASUS ZenFone Zoom, the Slimmest 3x Optical Zoom Smartphone

ASUS ZenFone Zoom
ASUS ZenFone Zoom
ASUS ZenFone Zoom

ASUS ZenFone Zoom with 3x optical zoom to be available in Malaysia. ASUS took almost a year since CES 2015 to make the smartphone available in 2016.

Beside premium build quality and high hardware specs, the highlight of the new ZenFone Zoom is 3x optical zoom camera with Hoya 10-element lens.

Read on to learn more about ASUS ZenFone Zoom.

Slimmest 3x Optical Zoom Smartphone

ASUS ZenFone Zoom
ASUS ZenFone Zoom

ASUS ZenFone Zoom is not the first smartphone with optical zoom. For instance, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has optical zoom camera but it looks more like a compact camera, instead of a smartphone.

ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone, with 3x zoom 13MP camera packed in a slim body with only 5mm at the edges.

The innovative 10-element lens (4x aspherical lens, 4x glass lenses, 2x prism lens) was created by Hoya. The lens is configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximize incoming light and capture the best possible quality photo. Of course, the unique design also keeps the smartphone’s camera module to the slimmest.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom dual-periscope camera module design
ASUS ZenFone Zoom dual-periscope camera module design

Camera specs

ASUS ZenFone Zoom
ASUS ZenFone Zoom

Here’re the specs of ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)  rear camera:

  • 13MP with PixelMaster technology
  • Hoya 10-element camera lens
  • 3x optical zoom (focal length: 28-84mm), 12x total zoom
  • Panasonic SmartFSI sensor
  • 0.03s laser auto focus
  • 32-second long exposure
  • 5cm close-up macro
  • 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Dual-LED Real Tone LED Flash
  • Physical camera shutter and video recording buttons.

Not to forget also, the front camera is 5MP with F/2.0 aperture.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Design

At first glance, ASUS ZenFone Zoom reminds me about the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has the similar big camera part at the back. The latter has no optical zoom, though.

Unlike previous ZenFone series with plastic back cover, ZenFone Zoom has premium build quality.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom
ASUS ZenFone Zoom

The unibody metal frame is polished with a smooth finish. The back cover is real leather crafted using traditional Italian tailoring skills.

The camera module is available in Pure Black or Ceramic White colours. It is protected by a dedicated frame made from aerospace-grade alloys.

Also, every ZenFone Zoom comes with a leather strap for your confident shooting.

ASUS Malaysia Country Manager, Jimmy Lim said: “… Now, with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we offer users a smartphone that has not only the look and feel of a DSLR camera, but the advanced features to match. With ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we are putting professional photography within the reach of everyone.”

PC Grade Performance

ASUS ZenFome Zoom is not only about the optical zoom camera. Packed inside the smartphone are high-end hardware specs.

It is powered by 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom 2.5Ghz processor with 4GB dual-channel DDR3 RAM and 128GB storage. Supports LTE Category 4+ for download speed up to 250Mbit/s.

The built-in 3,000mAh battery with BoostMaster technology only takes 39 minutes to charge from 0% to 60%.

The display is 5.5-inch with 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display with 403ppi and 60ms touch-response time. The latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is used to protect the phone from drop-damage.

Price and release date in Malaysia

ASUS ZenFone Zoom price in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Zoom price in Malaysia

ASUS ZenFone Zoom price in Malaysia is RM 2,099 (inclusive 6% GST). The release date is around end-January 2016.

For more information, please visit http://asus.com/my/

Acer Malaysia Online Store in Lazada and 11Street

Acer Online Store launch

Acer Malaysia Online Store officially went live in Lazada and 11street.my on 28 September 2015.

Acer Online Store launch
Acer Online Store launch. (left) Chan Weng Hong, Director of Sales and Products, Acer Sales & Services Sdn. Bhd. and Sunny Ooi, Founder of ClickAsia.

The Acer Online Store mirror the physical concept store and provides a “shop walkthrough” experience for online customers. An online store is able to provide more information and product knowledge from Acer. New information will be updated almost real-time. The online store will also provide a visualisation of how the devices look from various angles, as well as official demo videos.

Acer Online Store in 11street.my
Acer Online Store in 11street.my

“The online market in Malaysia is growing rapidly and is forecasted to hit RM5.76 billion in 2015 and Acer Malaysia hopes to tap into this market. Therefore, we expect the online store to provide customers more ease of purchase and purchasing at their own leisure,” says Chan Weng Hong, Director of Sales and Products, Acer Sales & Services Sdn. Bhd.

Both Acer Online Store in Lazada and 11street.my are managed by ClickAsia, an online computers and electronics e-tailer. Online payment is easy and secure with the payment gateways on the two shopping sites.

Promotions

Acer Online Store in Lazada
Acer Online Store in Lazada

In conjunction with the launch, Acer Online Store will offer discounts and value for money packages on lastest devices. For limited time promotion, you can buy Acer Iconia Talk S tablet for RM499 instead of the retail price of RM799 on Acer Online Store in Lazada.

Also, customers who purchase any select Acer tablet or Acer laptop will receive a freebie worth a total of RM500:

  • three-year extended warranty on their newly purchased Acer device
  • three-year free subscription of McAfee Internet Security
  • 32GB OTG SanDisk thumb drive

The offer is limited to first 100 units of devices.

For more information, please visit Acer Malaysia Facebook or call Acer Malaysia at 1800-88-1288

WD My Cloud OS 3 with Better Photo Sharing, Backup, and Synchronization

WD My Cloud OS 3

WD introduced a new My Cloud OS 3 operating system with better photo sharing, backup features, and file synchronization, as well as Software Developer Kit (SDK) and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage.

WD My Cloud OS 3
WD My Cloud OS 3

The new WD My Cloud OS 3 enable you to share files, backup and sync to your personal cloud while retaining the privacy and control with the storage device physically located in home or office.

My Cloud OS 3 features powerful new photo and video capabilities via two new user experiences: MyCloud.com and My Cloud Albums app.

MyCloud.com allows you to access your My Cloud from anywhere via a web browser. It enables file collaboration, access management and offer photos & videos gallery view. Setup only takes a minute by visiting http://mycloud.com/setup

MyCloud.com does not store or cache any of your files, the web interface only makes a P2P connection between your computer/mobile device and My Cloud storage device. Up to 5 version of your files are saved so that you can undelete a file or restore a file to a previous version.

My Cloud Albums app is available for free download on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It allows you to generate a public or private link to share a folder or “album” on My Cloud to all friends and family.

WD Sync is a new feature in My Cloud OS 3. It syncs data across multiple PCs and notebooks, ensuring your files are up to date and available from almost any device. By default, WD Sync sync user’s default folders like Documents, Pictures. You can also setup automatic camera roll backup of photos from smartphones and tablets. A new transfer tool allows you to easily move files to My Cloud devices. The My Cloud OS 3 also supports Chromebook and Chromecast.

WD also introduced My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API enable developers to build new extensions, features and capabilities to the 1.6M My Cloud personal cloud storage devices. My Cloud Device SDK is based on the Docker open platform technology. Plex (personal media management & stream) and Milestone (video surveillance solutions) are examples of WD partners who already developing new features based on the new SDK.

Beside software upgrades, a new version of My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices also available. It features two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1) — every file stores on one drive is automatically duplicated to the second drive. New My Cloud Mirror uses improved  processor and 512MB RAM for faster file transfer and application support.

Availability

WD My Cloud OS 3
The new WD My Book® Pro, held by (second from left) Simon Whitford, Senior Regional Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific, WD, and the new My Cloud Mirror held by Margaret Koh, Sales Director, Asia South, WD.

My Cloud OS 3 is available for free download at the end of September 2015 on current My Cloud personal cloud storage devices: My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4, My Cloud Expert Series EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud Business Series DL2100/DL4100.

New WD My Cloud mobile apps available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Access to My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API is available to interested developers late September 2015.

New My Cloud Mirror (Gen.2) suggested retail price is RM1,299 (4TB), RM1,729 (6TB), RM2,129 (8TB), available in October 2015. All WD My Cloud devices are available at selected retailers and are distributed by Amble Action Sdn Bhd and Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd.

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