Its been over a year 5G-ready phones marked the debut in the global smartphone market. The OEMs showcased their uniquely designed smartphones (Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, Motorola and even LG that has lost its charm) to offer its consumers the next-gen device with super speeds and low latency with 5G capability. The Chinese giant TCL not so very popular brand in the smartphone arena (though well known in the TV segment) has joined the 5G bandwagon and introduced its first-ever 5G enabled smartphone- the TCL 10 5G. Alongside the 5G model, TCL announced two other smartphones under its new TCL 10 series.
The new TCL 10 series feature a modern yet similar design as the one we see in high-end smartphones. The all-screen devices with curved edges house a cut out/punch hole either at the center (TCL 10 Pro) or the top left corner (TCL 10 5G, TCL 10L). On the rear part, the TCL 10 lineup mimics the design similar to Huawei’s Leica-branded P9 phone with horizontally stacked quad cameras and a square-cut fingerprint sensor (on TCL 10 5G and TCL 10L).
Although these features are nothing out of the box what’s impressive is the TCL 10 5G phone’s price tag. The smartphone retail at €399 which is almost half the price of a 5G flagship. All of this has been made possible with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 765 SoC that has integrated a 5G modem.
The TCL 10 5G boasts a 6.5-inch ‘Dotch‘ FHD+ (2340 x 1080 resolution)display with 91% screen to body ratio. The ‘dotch’ (or the punch hole) embeds a 16 MP camera for selfies and support face beautification.
The quad-camera setup on the phone includes 64 MP primary sensor, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 118-degree FoV, a 2 MP depth sensor, and a 5 MP macro camera. It runs Android 10 OS and packs a 4500mAh battery.
Unlike other OEMs that have ditched the audio jack long ago, TCL has taken due care in this aspect. A 3.5mm audio jack is drilled at the bottom alongside the charging port.
The TCL 10 5G will be available in Chrome Blue and Mercury Gray color options in select regions later this year.
As mentioned above, TCL 10 series include two other smartphones viz., – TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L. Notably, the new TCL 10 series was first revealed at CES earlier this year.
Talking about the TCL 10 Pro, it boasts a curved-edge AMOLED display and supports HDR10 content. The display has a similar resolution as the TCL 10 5G. The quad rear camera setup bundles the same configuration as the 5G model (except the former has a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens). The rear camera setup can record 4K videos at 30fps.
The camera software offers Super Night Mode for better low light photography. Upfront it gets a 24MP camera for selfies and video calls.
Unlike the TCL 10 5G that has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the TCL 10 Pro gets an in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. The TCL 10 Pro comes in Ember Gray and Forest Mint Green option and it will be available across Europe, Australia, North America, and the UK.
Next comes the entry-level handset, the TCL 10L. The smartphone retains similar aspects as the Pro version. The only exception is the LCD panel, slightly small 4000mAh battery and quad-camera configuration that includes- 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The TCL 10L will be available in Arctic White and Mariana Blue in Europe, North America, Australia, and the UK.
|TCL 10 5G||6GB RAM/128GB||€399||Later this year|
|TCL 10 Pro||6GB RAM/128GB||€449||Q2, 2020|
|TCL 10L||6GB RAM with 64GB/128GB||€249||Q2, 2020|
Although TCL has announced the price, release date of \its new TCL 10 smartphone lineup, the company hasn’t shared the exact timeline as of when the devices will go on sale. Moreover, the devices will only be available in select regions with no sign of its release in the emerging market. Given the company is rebranding its smartphone lineup, perhaps TCL wants to test customers’ reactions in the Western market first.
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