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TCL Launches Its First Phones With 5G Under $500

TCL Communication has officially announced the TCL 10 Series of smartphones. First detailed earlier this year at CES, the 10 Series comprises three phones: the budget 10L, the premium 10 Pro and a 5G variant aptly named the 10 5G. The first group of mobile products, what it calls the 10 Series, will start hitting Australia, Europe, the UK, and North America in the coming weeks.

Chinese giant TCL, best known for its excellent TVs, is rebranding its mobile line under its own name after years of using brands like Alcatel, BlackBerry and Palm to market its phones.

TCL is well-known for its display technology and brings this expertise to its latest line of smartphones. TCL NXTVISION, a proprietary advanced display, and camera visual technology are integrated into the new 10-Series with color, clarity, and contrast enhancements, including SDR to HDR real-time conversion.

The 10 Pro, which will retail for $449 (£399, approximately AU$800), features a 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display with a fingerprint sensor underneath. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor with 6GB and 128GB of storage, expandable via microSD card.

The phone has four rear cameras: a 64-megapixel main shooter with a 16-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel macro for close-ups and a 2-megapixel for improved low-light photos. There’s also a 24-megapixel front sensor found in a teardrop notch at the top of the screen.

Also present are a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4,500-mAh battery, and Android 10 software. TCL promises we’ll get an upgrade to Android 11 in the future.

The 10L is the budget phone of the three. Priced at $249 (£199, approximately AU$500) it switches from AMOLED to a 6.53-inch full HD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with either 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage, also expandable via microSD. A fingerprint sensor is around the back underneath four rear cameras: A 48-megapixel main, 8-megapixel superwide, 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

A 16-megapixel front camera can be found in a hole-punch on the phone’s upper left corner. Like the Pro, the 10L also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The 10L runs Android 10, but TCL has not detailed on if it will be upgraded to Android 11. Neither devices have IP-rated water resistance or wireless charging. Both phones will be available this quarter, though TCL hasn’t revealed when exactly they’ll go on sale.

TCL is pricing the 10 5G at a much more affordable $399 (£399, approximately AU$800). The phone falls somewhere between the 10 Pro and 10L. It has a 6.53-inch full HD LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable to another 1TB through microSD), 4,500-mAh battery and can wirelessly charge other devices.

On the camera front, it has a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel 118-degree ultrawide-angle sensor, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. A 16-megapixel front camera can be found in a cutout in the upper left corner. Like the 10L there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone as well as 3.5mm headphone jack.

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