TCL’s smartphones in 2020

Today at CES 2020 TCL Communication previewed its all-new TCL 10-Series smartphone lineup, including the company’s first 5G phone set to launch globally later this year. With the 10L, 10 Pro and 10 5G.

“The 2020 TCL smartphone lineup is our most ambitious effort yet to bring beautifully crafted, modern smartphones to the masses while keeping our devices accessibly priced,” said Shane Lee, General Manager, Global Product Center at TCL Communication. “With each of these new devices, we focused on creating a complete smartphone experience capable of meeting the everyday needs of our customers, while delivering on the quality and value consumers have come to expect from TCL.”

TCL declined to walk us through their spec sheets it plans to reveal most of those details at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a few months. We do know a few things, though. That 5G model? It uses one of Qualcomm’s 700-series chipsets, most likely the Snapdragon 765. TCL wouldn’t explain what processors the other phones used, though they all ran with similar levels of snappiness, so it’s a safe bet the 10L and 10 Pro use 600-series chipsets like the Snapdragon 675. All three of the phones also ran only mildly tweaked versions of Android 10, so software purists might not find much to complain about. (That light touch with software probably goes a long way in explaining how snappy these things feel, too.

All of these devices appear to have roughly 6.5-inch screens, and they’re almost certainly running in the neighborhood of 1080p. The Pro’s display, with its curved edges, is arguably the most eye-catching. They all also rely on a bit of extra hardware TCL’s Nxtvision engine to ensure that what you see on these screens are as true-to-life as the company could manage.

The new phones will be available in the US and Canada beginning in Q2 2020, starting at under $500.

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