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13MP front and rear cameras, again? Enter the octa-core THL Monkey King 2

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13MP front and rear cameras, again? Enter the octa-core THL Monkey King 2
We don't usually go into too much detail about the Chinese smartphone market, mostly because many of those are impossible/hard to come by in the West, but that doesn't mean we aren't keeping an eye out. In fact, the market in the Middle Kingdom has been proving to be increasingly relevant and worth paying attention to, and the latest phone from THL is a case in point.

Dubbed the Monkey King 2, it's the successor of the... well, the Monkey King 1. Much alike to its predecessor, it features a duo of 13MP shooters on the back and front, making this one of the hottest selfies phones out there, at least on paper. Where it excels, however, is the performance department, as the Monkey King 2 will pack MediaTek's newest, most powerful octa-core MT6592 chipset. Company to the MT6592 will play 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal (likely microSD-expandable) storage, and a 1080p display with Corning's latest Gorilla Glass 3 safeguarding it. As you can see from the snaps below, the Monkey King 2 is a looker (though we wish THL would reconsider that logo), and actually reminds of another Chinese powerhouse – the Xiaomi Mi-3.

An important detail – price – hasn't been mentioned, but given THL's track record, we'd expect something among the lines of up to $299. Best of all, THL's phones are actually relatively easy to come across, with numerous sellers offering them on platforms such as Amazon and eBay.

These are, of course, all unconfirmed at this time, though keep in mind that Chinese manufacturers are very talkative in terms of new products, unlike their more widely-recognized counterparts. In other words, it's not at all too surprising to see detailed information such as this make its way into the wild ahead of an official launch.


source: GizChina via GSM Insider

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posted on 25 Nov 2013, 02:01

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2791; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So we can't do video calls due to this heavy front cameras, they're just made for selfies.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 07:14

7. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yes you can just because its 13MP doesn't mean it can't take pictures at lower resolution.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 07:30 2

8. buccob (Posts: 1540; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Can't tell if this was a joke... but if it was not, the answer is Yes, you can do video calls because the resolution it is controlled by the Video Call App... and even low resolution front facing cameras of 1.38MP can make Full HD front facing video just like this 13MP camera.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 02:02

2. shahrooz (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Zopo P998 and THL Monkey King 2 I'm waiting for a review of you guys...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 02:06

3. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


brain wash of chinese

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 04:33

4. richie161cfc (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)


Here is the video link offering some more looks n details about the handset followed by a quick size comparison with Xiaomi Mi3
YouTube .com/ watch ?v=wlxnYKGydKE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Remove the spaces for the actual url :P

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 05:45

5. mike2959 (Posts: 263; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


The real issue is the lack of 3G and 4G radios for the US are missing. Almost every Chinese phone cannot operate on our bands.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 15:53

12. Becca7of9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2014)


Nonsense you most certainly can use almost all Chinese Clone Phones virtually world wide. I reside in Scotland and am the proud owner of a Star B94M Mobile phone which works fantastically. I am about to purchase my second Chinese phone in a week or so. Why would you pay £600+ pounds for a phone you will more than likely upgrade in a year when you can buy something better for under £150...Only someone with more money than sense would do that. I know rather a lot about technology and especially chinese phones they are exceptional and the people are very kind and helpfull. I would recommend Dracotek on Amazon UK their service is second to none. 1949deal.com and banggood.com also reliable chinese wholesalers. Do not use Aliexpress or Alibaba they are absolutely dreadfull and you will be lucky if you receive a) anything and b) what you actually ordered if they do dispatch :-D

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 06:05

6. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Monkey King?!?!? What the heck!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:47

13. Neo_Huang (Posts: 524; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_West Its an OP character from this book, very popular among Chinese kids until very recently.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:02

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Monkey King is the best phone name that is a terrible phone name yet. It's so bad it's good!

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:08

10. RandomUsername (Posts: 523; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Their logo looks like HTC's logo...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 22:56

11. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Not really that much of a looker, but it isn't bad at all either. Monkey King is a pretty awesome name for a smartphone.

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