When it comes to the mobile industry, TCL is known as the manufacturer behind Alcatel and BlackBerry phones since it got the license to make and sell phones using the two brand names. However, things began to change following the launch of the TCL Plex last year.
Last year’s TCL Plex marked the Chinese company’s first step in pushing its own branded phones to the market. This year, there will be more, starting with the TCL 10 Pro, the TCL 10 5G, and the TCL 10L. All three phones have been brought to CES 2020 ahead of their global release later.
TCL 10 Pro
The TCL 10 Pro is expected to be a flagship device, probably a flagship killer. Its screen, whose dimension wasn’t revealed (should be about 6.5-inches), has a waterdrop notch for the selfie camera. The display is most likely AMOLED since it has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
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The screen is curved on the sides and TCL claims it has a custom-made hardware controller that converts SDR into HDR. This is a feature we have seen on some Nokia phones such as the Nokia 7.2. There is no mention of a high refresh rate but it is possible the phone has.
The TCL 10 Pro has four rear cameras arranged horizontally on the back of the phone and flanked by an LED flash at both ends. It also has a laser focus module. The primary rear camera is a 64MP sensor and another one of the sensors is a macro camera. The Verge reports that TCL was honest about the camera performance as it said it won’t be the best camera but should meet the quality of similarly priced phones.
The phone is running a custom version of Android which has been reported to be “relatively light” and has “a couple of nice touches”. There is a physical button on the left side that can be customized to three different actions. The phone also has an audio jack at the top; not my preferred position, but better than not having one at all. The battery capacity is unknown but the phone appears to be quite thick.
TCL 10 5G (T790Y)
This will be a 5G device with a price tag under $500 and a significant difference in price between it and the TCL 10 Pro.
The TCL 10 5G has a punch-hole display with the hole at the top left corner. It also has four rear cameras and two LEDs for flash arranged the same way as that of the 10 Pro. The primary camera is a 64MP sensor and there is a macro camera too.
Unlike the 10 Pro, the TCL 10 5G has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, so we can assume the screen is an LCD panel.
It has been reported that the phone will have a Snapdragon 700-series processor, and since it is a 5G phone, this leaves the Snapdragon 765 5G and Snapdragon 765 5G as the two possible options.
The TCL 10 5G is shown in blue in the image above.
TCL 10L (T770H)
The TCL 10L has the same punch-hole display as the TCL 10 5G. It also has quad rear cameras and two pill-shaped LED flash at each end. However, the primary rear camera is a 48MP sensor but it too has a macro lens.
There is no info on the processor inside the TCL 10L neither is there a mention of its battery capacity. However, the TCL 10L is said to not be as thick and bulky as the TCL 10 5G, so it most likely has a smaller battery capacity.
TCL told The Verge that more details about the three phones will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2020 this year.
You can find more CES 2020 coverage here.