If you are interested in things like benchmarks, then you’ll not be surprised to learn that the Galaxy S4 walks all over the W100 in just about every respect, although as we state above, the end result for the user is not going to be hugely noticeable unless you’re looking for optimum resolution 3D gaming or super high res movies. For everyday use, the quad core 1.2GHz processor of the W100 is more than a match for just about anything you can throw at it, and the beautifully responsive screen is a pleasure to use.
The camera is also an adequate snapper, and takes reasonable photos in decent light, as so many of these phone cameras do, but once again you’re going to suffer the same kind of noise with low light images that comes as a result of the inferior lens and firmware at this budget level. Pay $500 more and you get the higher amount of detail and less noise in the dark that the Galaxy S4 gives you, it’s your call. The S4 images are on the left below (click thumbnail to expand).
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Samsung, HTC and the other top tier brands don’t have to worry – yet – but this new phone from THL doesn’t bode well for the poor unfortunate phone makers sitting in the middle tier. They have all the same brand marketing problems of the top tier, but none of the competitive strengths, and it looks as though THL is on a mission to carve out a very lucrative chunk of this market segment.
For the consumer it’s win-win. The phone is fast, stable, responsive and comes with all the features you expect a top end smartphone to ship with, but at a fraction of the price. Apps and games run faultlessly, Google Play is fully accessible and features like the dual always-on SIMs deliver an added touch of value to an already great package.
If you’re in the market for a new Android phone or an upgrade, you’d do well to add this budget model to your list. It may not impress the phone snobs, but then again that’s a race no-one ever wins, eh?
OS Version: Android 4.2.1
Processor Speed (max): 1.2GHz Quad Core
GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP
3G: WCDMA: 850/2100MHz
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
Portable WiFi Hotspot (3G Tethering)
8 Megapixel Rear Camera + 5 Megapixel Front-Facing Camera (Interpolation 12MP Front-Facing + Rear)
Mic and Speaker
Battery Size: 1800mAh
Usage Time: 4 Hours
Battery Standby: 72 Hours
Display Size: 4.5 Inch
Display Resolution: 960×540
5 Point Capacitive Multi Touch Display
Micro SD Card up to 32GB
Video: 3GP, MPEG4
Audio: MP3, WAV, AMR, AWB
Picture: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, GIF
eBook: TXT, CHM, DOC, HTML
3.5mm Audio Out Port
2x SIM Card Slot – 1x WCDMA, 1x GSM
Micro SD Card Slot
Magnetic Field Sensor
Main product dimensions: 134x70x9mm (L x W x D)
Main product weight: 102g
Price: $159.99 / £105.95