TCL has been best known for making TVs, routers, GPS-enabled trackers, tablets, and many more things. But now it has decided to introduce themselves to the smartphone world by aiming to sell them globally, including countries like the US. This might be a warning for other smartphone companies for high competition. They would also be launching a folding phone, which the company is currently working on. TCL has always been known for its strength in screen technology as it was the one to introduce an OLED screen by its own made company. It could be folded to flat and is trying to build the same for smartphones by forming a teardrop shape into gaps inside the hinge when it closes, which would be similar to what Motorola did. They are going slow for now and waiting for better software while also experimenting in other forms. There could be a launch of tri-fold gadgets with compact size, which will open up to medium-sized tablets.
TCL 10 l
The smartphone’s camera bump has four cameras in the back with the horizontal format and LED flashes sticking out with the primary lens, macro, and depth sensor. The front has a pinhole display with a 16-megapixel camera in the left and slim bezels around the top and left-right sides. The bottom consists of a thicker bezel with a spot to let you hold the device. The 48-megapixel sensor of primary lens sets on default and shoots in 12 megapixels and delivers photos with sharpness without oversaturation in small file size. The next is super wide 8 megapixel and 2-megapixel macro lens for detailing closing of distance up to 4 centimeters. Lastly, it has a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portrait mode. TCL 10L features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665processor with 6GBs RAM, which is a good amount of RAM. It makes you handle social media with ease but can take little time for massive games to load. The non-removal lithium battery can go up to a full day or two while running on Android 10.
The phone gives a great look at a 19:5:9 ratio. The backside is smooth and glossy but doesn’t let your smartphone fall from the hands. The rear side has a fingerprint sensor, just like the old pixels. The phone has a USB type-C in the bottom with a headphone jack. The right side features volume and power button, whereas the left consists of combo microSIM, microSD card slot, and a customizable key. The 6.53-inch LCD panel is quite impressive and delivers much value to the price. It has full HD+ and TCL’s proprietary NXTVISION, which enhances its display quality. The video quality consists of 4K or 1080p, which isn’t that great for shooting indoors, and a lack of optimal stabilization could be noticed.
TCL 10 Pro
The last is TCL 10 pro consisting of a 6.5-inch edge AMOLED screen along with a waterdrop notch. The front camera consists of a quad lens rear camera setup, and the smartphone supports a 64MP sensor with a fingerprinting scanner. The company claims that the screen would live up to its television due to the custom hardware controller. This handset is the most compelling device which costs less than $500 and has features closer to galaxy S10. The phone has a fingerprint sensor, and 3.5mm headphone jack with slight edges on the curve—the custom hardware controller converts SDR video into HDR. The camera qualities couldn’t be said to be best but try to meet the variety of other phones present in this category. The macro camera turns out to be impressive as it pulls out focus from 3-4 inches. The customized version of Android is relatively light with some nice touch and phone consisting of side buttons that can be used for three different actions. The custom drawer opens up the screen, which appears like a quick swipe.
It’s hard to find such a smartphone within this range to perform all these functions to recommend this phone for the ones with a limited budget. Yes, it goes well with the price, so having expectations as iPhone would not be worth it. TCL has the right name in the television industry due to its dominant display and could give tough competition to other smartphones if it carries the same expectation.