TCL 10 Pro: The TV brand takes on smartphone 2020
TCL 10 Pro: The TV brand takes on smartphone 2020

TCL 10 Pro: The TV brand takes on smartphone 2020: TCL has mostly been known in the US for its range of TVs and for being the manufacturer behind phones from blackberry and Alcatel. But in 2020 it's looking to establish itself as its own brand in the mobile space and it's starting that push with the TCL 10 Pro.


I've spent about a week with the TCL 10 Pro. So let's talk about its ups and downs first impressions matter and the TCL 10 Pro is off to a great start with fantastic hardware for context. This is a $450 phone and in that price range.

TCL 10 Pro review


You don't always get this kind of curved glass on both sides of the phone. I love the feeling of the frosted back panel and the light to dark gray gradient on my unit looks really nice. there's also no camera bump whatsoever on this phone with all four of its lenses sitting totally flush in this glossy strip flanked by two LED flashes for some reason.

This is really impressive hardware for a sub $500 phone though the transition from glass to the metal frame isn't quite as smooth as on some more expensive phone. You can definitely feel it in your hand if you aren't using a case. But it's really not a big deal.

There’s also an IR blaster next to the headphone jack up top which is a sentence. I haven't gotten to say in a long time and it's nice you can use it to control your TV without needing your remote control. I'm not really sure why this feature disappeared from other phones in the first place up front.


TCL 10 Pro Full Specifications






LAUNCH

April 06, 2020 Announced
Coming soon. Expected Release May 19, 2020



BODY

6.24 x 2.85 x 0.36 inch dimensions
177 g weight
Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame build
Single SIM (Nano-SIM)



DISPLAY

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen type display
6.47 inches display size
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio resolution
HDR10
Always-on-display



PLATFORM

Android 10, TCL UI OS
Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 chipset
Octa – core CPU
Adreno 612 GPU



MEMORY

Micro SDXC card slot
128GB internal storage ROM
6GB RAM
UFS 2.1




MAIN CAMERA

Quad
64 MP (wide), PDAF
16 MP (ultra-wide)
5 MP (macro)
2 MP (depth)
Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama features
4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps video


SELFIE CAMERA

Single
24 MP (wide)
1080p@30fps video


BATTERY

Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
Fast charging 18W, 50% in 35 min
Quick Charge 3.0


PRICE

About 450 EUR

TCL 10 Pro: The TV brand takes on smartphone 2020
TCL 10 Pro: display


TCL 10 Pro display


The TCL 10 Pro has a 6.5 inch 1080p screen that's tuned with TCL's NXT vision display tech an XD vision next vision. Anyway it handles things like SDR to HDR conversion and automatically adjusts settings like contrast and saturation.

I'm really more into muted natural colors. So I mostly leave NXT vision off and even then the temper has a pretty punchy display. But this is definitely a nice feature to have if you're into punchy colors and HDR content.

Processor



The TCL 10 pro is running Android 10 with TCL UI and it's a pretty clean interface. Overall there aren't too many pre-installed apps or duplicate features and I like the customizable smart key that lets you launch various apps or actions with a single double or long-press.

There’s also a familiar edge bar feature that tries to make use of the curved screen to give you shortcuts to your favorite apps and contacts and even a short ruler. But I never really use this kind of feature and I sort of wish. The display wasn't curved in the first place since accidental touches are definitely an issue on the 10 Pro.

TCL 10 Pro: The TV brand takes on smartphone 2020
TCL 10 Pro: Cameras


TCL 10 Pro camera review


Let’s talk about the cameras because that's really where this phone starts to fall apart. The main camera of the four is a 64 megapixel sensor that shoots at 16 megapixels by default. It’s passable at best but colors are way overdone. The camera over sharpens like crazy and even shooting at 6 p.m. on an overcast day.

It can't handle the different exposure levels and totally blows out the sky things get even worse once you switch to the wide-angle lens. Which doesn't even feel like it belongs on the same phone colors are wildly different.

There’s absolutely zero detail. I really like having a wide-angle lens in general but they really could have done without this one as for the other two cameras. You get a macro lens and a sensor that aids in low-light video again colors are totally different on a macro lens.

Price


But at the very least it does capture fairly detailed photos as close as two centimeters. Here’s the thing though you can get a pixel 3a for $50 cheaper than a temper and get one of the best performing cameras on the market.

If the rumors are true the upcoming pixel 4a will be even better for around the same price. You can also pick up the Galaxy a51 or even the iPhone se for the same $400. Once again get better cameras or spend 50 bucks more than the TCL 10 Pro and pick up the one plus 70.

Which has a 90 Hertz display and super flexible oxygen OS software. It’s tough to recommend the TCL pro over the competition at its current price. But it's a great starting point for TCL to build its own mobile brand.

If the cameras aren't your main priority there's still a lot to like about the 10 Pro. We’ve also got a full written review of the TCL 10 Pro and the cheaper TCL 10. That’s all for now thanks for watching and we'll see you in the next one.

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