TCL — finest identified for its well-received and wallet-friendly TVs — introduced at CES earlier this 12 months that it might be getting into the cell phone enterprise. And now, we’ve lastly received the total particulars on its first three telephones — the TCL 10 Professional, 10L, and 10 5G — which is able to all price underneath $500 after they’re launched in Q2 this 12 months.
Essentially the most attention-grabbing of the three is the TCL 10 5G, which appears to be like to fill an attention-grabbing area of interest as one of many first midrange 5G smartphones. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, which is the chipmaker’s first chipset that options an built-in 5G modem. (The flagship Snapdragon 865 nonetheless requires a separate modem chip.) Provided that the overwhelming majority of 5G telephones thus far have been expensive, $1,000-plus flagships, it’s a less expensive entry to 5G than most of what we’ve seen available on the market thus far.
Rounding out the specs are a 6.53-inch LCD show, 4 rear cameras (at 64 megapixels, Eight megapixels, 5 megapixels, and a couple of megapixels), a 4,500mAh battery, 6GB RAM, 128GB of inside storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Sadly, it’s additionally the telephone with the least quantity of availability data, with TCL solely promising it’ll be right here “later this 12 months” for €399 / £399. Whereas the corporate does plan to launch the 10 5G within the US with an unnamed service partnership, there’s no phrase but as to when that might be, how a lot it’ll price, and even which service’s 5G community it’ll run on.
Subsequent is the $449 TCL 10 Professional, which is technically the first flagship of the lineup. It’s received a barely worse processor than the 10 5G, with a Snapdragon 675, however barely higher specs, with options like a 6.47-inch curved OLED show (at 2340 x 1080 pixels) as an alternative of an LCD panel, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The digicam setup is barely totally different, with a 64-megapixel ache digicam, a devoted low-light video digicam, a macro lens, and an ultrawide lens.
In any other case, the 10 Professional largely resembles its cheaper 5G counterpart, with a 4,500mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a headphone jack.
Lastly, there’s the $249 10L, the entry-level possibility, which is successfully a funds model of the 10 Professional. The 6.53-inch show is LCD, as an alternative of OLED (though the 2340 x 1080 decision is similar). The Snapdragon 665 processor is barely weaker, the 4,000mAh battery is barely smaller, and the fingerprint sensor is on the again as an alternative of built-in into the show. There’s nonetheless 6GB of RAM, though there’s each a base 64GB storage mannequin in addition to a 128GB SKU obtainable.
There’s additionally nonetheless a quadruple rear digicam system, however the specs are worse nearly throughout the board: a 48-megapixel essential digicam, an 8-megapixel “superwide,” a 2-megapixel macro, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. And like TCL’s different telephones, there’s nonetheless a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The brand new 10-Sequence telephones aren’t the flashy foldable ideas that TCL has been keen on exhibiting off. However the brand new 10-Sequence lineup is a crucial first step for the corporate to start out establishing itself as a participant within the midrange telephone panorama that’s dominated by manufacturers like Motorola and HMD’s Nokia. To be clear, TCL will definitely have an uphill battle forward of it, contemplating the expertise and legacy that these two manufacturers have within the cellular house.
The larger concern is that whereas TCL — at the least on paper — has made a collection of competent telephones right here, there’s additionally not a lot that instantly causes them to face out among the many remainder of the lineup of midrange telephones obtainable right now. And that’s one thing TCL goes to need to deal with because it will get nearer to releasing its 10-Sequence gadgets.