Monkey King

PCPOP The all new ‘Monkey King’ from THL.

You’ve probably never heard of ThL, but after today, you may not forget them.

The Chinese mobile device maker has introduced a new phone with some impressive specs, and an even more impressive name. In regard to those internals, the standout feature is a 13MP front-facing camera, for those self-conscious “selfie” takers out there. Couple that with a 13MP rear-facing camera, and this one is a double edged sword for photo enthusiasts.

If imitation is the purest form of flattery, HTC should be downright smitten with ThL.

The rest of the spec list is good as well. Nothing too exciting with a quad core MT6589, but 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is nice. So is the 5-inch 1080p screen. Still not wowed? How about a price tag that comes in at under $300 (Yuan 1,699)? Now we’re talking. All that for around $280 is just bananas!

If imitation is the purest form of flattery, HTC should be downright smitten with ThL. The logo and design are pretty blatant ripoffs of HTC, and PC Pop is noting the build quality may be just as solid. . The one place ThL clearly excels is in naming devices, as the ‘Monkey King’ demonstrates. Sure, ‘Monkey King’ is a character from a Chinese novel, but it lends itself to all kinds of juvenile jokes, which just make the world go round. While officially dubbed the W11, I’m still going to call it the Monkey King. Because, you know, it gives me a reason to say Monkey King is daily conversation.

There is no word on whether this will make it anywhere other than China, but if it comes stateside, I’ll have to give it a look. Also, first one to make a ‘Planet of the Apes’ case for this one wins my undying devotion.

  • Rayan

    Android OEMs And Chinese Knock-offs , Still A Better Love Story than Twilight !

  • Jack

    Hilarious title and article

  • Chuck Norris

    HTC <3

    • OMGgary

      You are correct. HTC is indeed much less than number 3.

  • End in sight

    I want one!

    Imagine, you walk into a bookstore and since you are looking at your phone, you accidentally walk past your ex-girlfriend walking the other way. She sees you and grabs your sleeve. You spin around and say, “uh, hi”. “Hey,” she says. Then, some guy walks up (you think it might be her new boyfriend) and takes her arm. She tries to be polite and introduces you to, yes, her boyfriend. You shake hands but you don’t really want to. You want to exit as fast as possible. Then awkwardness for a few seconds. Seeing your phone she says, “wow, so did you get the new iPhone?” You say, “no, it’s the Monkey King.”

    See how that could salvage what might otherwise be an uncomfortable and humiliating experience? I mean, that would show THEM both.

  • zezelazo

    THL have a a lot of time, obviously not in the top market i remember my self buying a windows mobile 6.5 THL phone for less than 100 bucks 4 years ago. It was amazing at that time now i want to try a THL android :)