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TCL 10 Pro review: premium looks, budget performance

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You’ve probably already heard of TCL thanks to their surprisingly good Roku-powered TVs, but you’re much less likely to think of them as a phone manufacturer. That’s because while TCL has certainly made its fair share of phones over the years, it’s tended to put other brands’ names on them, like the BlackBerry Key2.

That makes the $449 TCL 10 Pro a little bit special because this is a big attempt from the company to make a name for itself in the world of smartphones. TCL’s logo is right there on the back of the device and, thankfully for TCL, it makes a great first impression thanks to a big screen, minimal bezels, and a sleek camera array.

In the world of TVs, TCL’s logo has become a signifier of affordable quality, and it seems to be going for the same result in smartphones. But its modest $449 price tag means the TCL 10 Pro is launching into an increasingly crowded segment that includes the likes of the Samsung Galaxy A51 and Apple’s new iPhone SE. Good first impressions aren’t enough if this phone wants to be competitive when it launches on May 19th in the US.

The TCL 10 Pro features a handset design that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a flagship phone just a couple of years ago, and I mean that in a good way. It’s got reasonably small bezels, a display that curves around its sides, and a small, centrally positioned display notch. It all means that despite its big, 6.47-inch display, the phone doesn’t feel too bulky to hold.

I also really like how TCL has managed to sidestep the industry’s recent trend toward massive camera bumps with an almost entirely flat back. There are still four cameras here, but TCL has successfully recessed them into the rear of the phone. The flash modules protrude ever so slightly, but I think it’s a big improvement over other much more expensive devices that invariably wobble when you put them down on a flat surface. It’s mainly an aesthetic point, but I think it contributes to a much sleeker and more premium-feeling phone.

TCL 10 Pro, side-on, showing Google Assistant button

There’s a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side of the TCL 10 Pro, but it’s a little easily to accidentally press.

TCL 10 Pro from above, showing headphone jack

You’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the device.

There’s a USB-C port on the bottom which can charge at up to 18W, but you won’t be able to charge this phone wirelessly. At this price point that’s not an immediate deal-breaker, but it’s a feature that’s slowly appearing on cheaper phones like the recent iPhone SE. The 10 Pro has an IP52 water resistance rating, which means that it can deal with light sprays of water, but it won’t survive being completely immersed. Again, at this price that’s not unusual.

It’s a little hard to evaluate a phone’s battery life given everyone’s home-based lifestyles at the moment, but I had no problems with the 10 Pro’s battery life. I was averaging anywhere between four and six hours of screentime between charges, which is okay, but a little low considering this phone’s relatively big 4,500mAh battery. Regardless, it should be enough to get you through a day of use without any difficulty.

There’s a headphone jack on the top of the device, and opposite its side-mounted volume rocker and power buttons, there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button. TCL originally said it was going to let you remap this button, but confirmed to me that this feature hasn’t made it into the final phone. Whether you can remap it or not is a little besides the point, however, because I found it was far too easy to accidentally press. I was constantly activating Google Assistant when putting the phone into my pocket, for example. Eventually, I disabled it entirely in the phone’s accessibility settings menu.

The rear cameras on the TCL 10 Pro

The TCL 10 Pro has four rear cameras.

The 10 Pro is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable storage, which in 2020 terms translates to solid midrange Android specs. In day-to-day use it more or less did everything I needed it to, but I experienced occasional stuttering while switching between apps, and gaming performance was middling. Normally, I’d say that these specs are to be expected at this price point were it not for the fact that you can get Apple’s most powerful processor in the similarly priced iPhone SE (2020). Apple’s budget phone is definitely the exception rather than the rule, however, and the 10 Pro compares more favorably to its Android competitors.

In terms of software, TCL has made some sensible tweaks to Android, and in other cases where it misses the mark, you can easily undo its choices.

For example, I grew to rely a lot on the Edge Bar, which gives you an easy shortcut to access your frequently used apps. It’s not unique to TCL’s take on Android and you’ll find a similar feature on Samsung’s recent phones or the Motorola Edge, but its implementation is solid and I found it useful for quickly accessing my password manager and authentication apps.

TCL 10 Pro shown with Edge Bar shortcut onscreen.

An “Edge Bar” can be used to provide shortcuts to frequently-used apps.

On the other hand, I quickly turned off TCL’s SDR to HDR conversion feature, which deepens blacks and makes highlights brighter in standard dynamic range content to make it look like HDR content. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but I think it makes images look a little processed and unnatural.

Aside from the misjudged SDR to HDR conversion feature, I generally liked the way the TCL 10 Pro’s 1080p OLED display looked. It’s bright, it’s colorful, and when you’re watching actual HDR content it looks great. My biggest issue with the display is that its colors can be a little oversaturated, but switching the display to its “gentle” color profile goes a long way toward solving the issue, even if it still ends up looking a little too vibrant for my liking.

The TCL 10 Pro features an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, which I found was about as reliable as any other in-display sensor I’ve used. It failed on me at most once a day during my time with the phone, which isn’t bad.

Unfortunately, once you’ve unlocked the phone its display can also be a pain to use because its curved sides are far too prone to accidental touches. I’d grab the phone to turn it into landscape mode when watching YouTube, for example, and accidentally open an ad in the process. This isn’t a problem that’s unique to the curved screen on the 10 Pro, but it felt less manageable here.

I also had problems with the small size of the lower bezel, since TCL hasn’t done a great job at optimizing this phone when you’ve got Android 10’s new gesture controls turned on. With the navigation buttons gone, the 10 Pro’s keyboard is way too far down the screen. Some people hate the fact that other manufacturers like OnePlus insert a blank space underneath their keyboards, but when I used the TCL 10 Pro side by side with the OnePlus 8 Pro, it was much easier to type on a keyboard further up the screen.

TCL has succeeded in making a high-end looking phone with small bezels. But what it hasn’t done is optimized this phone’s software with these small bezels in mind. It’s a flashy design, but that style comes at the expense of usability.


It’s a similar story when it comes to the TCL 10 Pro’s cameras. They look great on the outside, but their actual performance leaves a lot to be desired.

The 10 Pro has four rear cameras, a main 64-megapixel sensor, a 16-megapixel ultrawide, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth-sensing camera. There’s a 24-megapixel camera on the front.

These specs sound like you might get a half-decent photography experience, but the 10 Pro’s photos end up looking overly processed, unnatural, and at times completely fluorescent. It’s all summed up fairly nicely by the trees on the top left of the following image. Not only are they completely oversaturated, they’re so sharpened that they look almost cut out against the sky. The same shot taken on a Pixel 3 shows how the trees are supposed to look and provides an idea of what sort of camera performance you could get out of the similarly priced Pixel 3A.

TCL 10 Pro (left) vs Pixel 3 (right).

When it comes to faces, the 10 Pro makes them look a little soft and brightened, and low-light performance is really unimpressive. This one shot of a bookcase came out looking like it had an Instagram filter applied to it thanks to the way its cameras messed up the white balance and contrast.

Likewise, the quality of video recording is nothing special. The 10 Pro can go up to 4K at 30fps and does slow-motion video up to 960fps at 720p. Although the image stabilization is generally fine, the same issues with oversaturation were also present when recording video, and I also observed some flicker and shakiness during playback. These may have been acceptable compromises even a couple of months ago, but the iPhone SE 2 has just significantly raised the bar for video recording performance at this price level.

The TCL 10 Pro photographed from the front on.

Photography performance doesn’t live up to the amount of hardware in the 10 Pro.

There is a lot to like about the TCL 10 Pro, but there are also some frustrating first-gen kinks that need to be ironed out. Yes, there’s a nice big colorful display with minimal bezels, but the phone constantly thinks you’re touching the sides of the screen. There’s a nice range of rear cameras, but TCL’s aggressive image processing can spoil the photos they take. There’s a headphone jack, but also a Google Assistant button that’s a little too easy to accidentally press.

TCL has built a lot of its recent reputation off the back of its solid midrange TVs. It just might take a little longer for its logo to stand out in the world of smartphones.

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Borderlands 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X versions announced for free

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Borderlands 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X are coming with free next-gen upgrade !!

Isn’t it great? Yes, you heard right!!

Borderlands 3 is all set to take a huge jump as Gearbox Software also confirmed the news that Borderlands 3 will be available for PS5 and Xbox Series X very soon as it is under development right now.

Not only this, but there will also be an upgrade that will be freely available for all the gaming-enthusiasts who are on PS4 right now.

So there is no need to create panic PS4 gamers !!

Borderlands 3 PS5: When it Will Make Bang on Entry

  • Right now, it will be quite early to comment on its release date. But one thing that you can be stay assured about is that it will not be very late.
  • We can expect it anytime by the end of 2020 or at the beginning of the new year of which many are deliberately waiting as people have high hopes that 2021 will bring some positivity with it as 2020’s global pandemic has exhausted everyone.

What will happen to existing Borderlands 3 players?

There is a piece of good news for existing Borderlands 3 players, as existing Borderlands 3 players will be able to transfer their saves over to the enhanced PS5 and Xbox Series X versions at no extra cost.

Features of Borderlands 3 PS5 and Xbox X

Borderlands 3 PS5

  • Borderlands 3 runs at 60 frames per second and in 4K resolution on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in single-player mode.
  • Not only this but also Borderlands 3 is coming with 2 exciting features like Four-player split-screen, and the option to do vertical split-screen in two-player co-op.
  • You can divide your screen both horizontally as well as vertically in a two-player co-op.

Gearbox said Borderlands 3 PS5 players can expect more add-on content later in 2020.

These features mentioned above, especially the vertical split-screen, have been requested by the gamers for so long, It is now fulfilled by the makers of the game.

And goodies are not over yet !!

As it’s not just locked to the Borderlands PS5 and Xbox Series X versions. They will be added to current-gen versions in a patch at some point as well.

New DLC is Coming ???

Yes, there is another good news regarding Borderlands 3 PS5 and Xbox X series, New DLC is ready to come out very soon.

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The gearbox is all set to amaze its players with a complete set of new surprises. This new DLC isn’t part of the season pass but comes to a new game mode and the added bonus of a brand new skill tree for every single Vault Hunter.

  • It will be introduced with FL4K’s new skill tree.
  • Recently a teaser was released showcasing a new crowd-control based action skill called Gravity Snare, and a brand new companion- a Hyperion Loaderbot which made gamers elated to a great extent.
  • In case you don’t know then let us let you know that right now Borderlands is available for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One
  • And in the coming times, it will be available for PS5 and Xbox Series X versions as they are under the development phase right now.

 

 

 

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The current football season offers its fans an ongoing intrigue that continues up to now. This makes it possible to place best India betting on well-tried 1xBet.in, which generate a considerable income for football fans. Thus, fans of the English Premier League were recently shocked by the news that the disqualification of Manchester city had been cancelled, which automatically excludes those who on the 5th line of the standings from the Champions League.

Now, to qualify for the group stage of the most popular European tournament, teams have to finish the season within the TOP 4 of the standings. Unlike Liverpool and Man City that have already secured qualification for the Champions League, other challengers keep fighting actively. Even despite the fact that London Chelsea is currently ranked 3rd and Leicester 4th, the Red Devils are a potential challenger of these places. Solskjaer’s team still have plenty of time to overcome their opponents, which is strongly backed by the following factors:

  1. Acquisition of B. Fernandes. With this player, the Manchurians’ starting lineup has gained enough strength. From now on, the flank attacks have become more frequent, thus creating dangerous moments at the opponent’s goal.
  2. Decent performance of Rashford and Martial. In the second half of the season, these two strikers managed to demonstrate their skills to the maximum and score goals in almost every game.
  3. Motivation. Solskjaer has motivated the team so that they would return their name and prestige to the large arena of the Champions League.

Best betting on the upcoming games of the English Premier League is available to all residents of India on the well-tried website 1xBet.

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Smarty SIM only deals & Plans August 2020

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Do you use Smarty SIM? Are you planning to buy a Smarty SIM? or do you want to know Smarty SIM-only deals & Plans August 2020? If yes, go through the article below and read all about Smart SIM.

Smarty is UK’s one of the finest brands for SIM purchase brands that provides incredible offers to its customers. Get all the data you need for less. SIM-only deals are rapidly gaining popularity. One of the choicest things about Smarty is that it does not tie users into a long term contract by offering handsets or very long-term plans. Rather, it offers a good collection of  SIM-only plans, all of which bundled with unlimited texts and calls.

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Why Smart SIM only?

There are various reasons that force users to use SMART SIM only. it offers something different that you would not get on other telecommunications.

Heavy Discount on unused Data

This offer is just wow! Getting something you haven’t used! This is a “buys back” deal. Users get money at the rate of  £1 /GB of data for unused data of the previous month in the following month. So, if you have left with 5 GB of data in the month of June, you would get a discount of £5 on the billing of July.

Flexible Plans

Smarty SIM plans last for a month. So, users can change their plans every month according to their needs. Sometimes we need more data and sometimes less, so Smarty SIM provides flexibility to manage great deals for them.

Referring Scheme

Referring schemes exist with most of the apps and so does with Smarty SIM. When you signup on the website, you would be given a special link called “Refer a Freind” link. You can send invites to your friends by sharing the link. When your friend signup using the same link you would get a free month. The referred friend also gets a free month and a £10 Amazon voucher. Send as many invites as you want to. Remember, you get when your friend signup using the same link.

Data-ad ons

Run out of data sometimes? Do not worry! With Smarty SIM you can take data addons very easily at the cost of £1.25 per GB of data. moreover, Data ad-ons are for a lifetime, they do not have an expiry date.

Unlimited Calls

These days almost every firm offering unlimited call packs. but Smarty is providing unlimited texts and unlimited UK standard calls with all plans and this isn’t easy.

Use SIM on other devices

Smarty SIMs can be used in your existing phone, a new handset, tablets, dongles, laptops, wifi routers, and game consoles.

Smarty SIM only deals & Plans August 2020

1) Smarty Unlimited

  • Unlimited Data
  • Unlimited calls and texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £20 per month

2) Smarty 30 GB

  • 30 GB data
  • Unlimited calls and texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £10 per month

3) Smarty 1GB

  • 1 GB data
  • Unlimited calls and texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £6 per month

4) Smarty 2 GB

  • 2 GB data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £7 per month

5) Smarty 3GB

  • 3 GB data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £8 per month

6) Smarty 4 GB

  • 1 GB data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £9 per month

7) Smarty 50 GB

  • 50 GB data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £15 per month

8) Cheap SIM plan

This is for Lebara SIM only.

  • 2GB data
  • 1000 minutes and texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £5 per month

9) 5GB + data SIM

This is for iD Mobile

  • 10GB data
  • 1000 minutes and texts
  • Time Duration: 1 month
  • Price: £8 per month

10) Cheapest SIM only deal for Unlimited data

This is for Three SIM.

  • Time: 12-month contract
  • All-you-can-eat data
  • Unlimited calls and texts
  • Price: £18 per month

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Final Words

Well, readers, It’s all about Smarty SIM-only deals & Plans August 2020. I hope now you are out of confusion and can take a firm decision on which SIM to use. Time-to-time Smarty SIM offers the best deals to its users.

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