Last year I spent time with the mid-range TCL 10 Pro, and honestly, if I hadn’t written about phones and had to use the latest and greatest, it could easily have served as my capable daily driver. I also tried the $ 400 TCL 10 5G UW and was very impressed with the first 10 series in the TCL branded phone range.
As just announced, the TCL 20 series builds on the 10 series with a total of five phones announced in April and at CES. In the last few days I had the opportunity to use a pre-produced TCL 20 Pro 5G device in the stunning marine blue color. This phone is expected to launch in the US this summer, but pricing and availability for the North American market have not yet been announced.
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Since it was only a few days ago and it is also an early production unit that is not available in retail stores, I’ll just provide a few impressions to whet your appetite for this phone. I’ll be using it more extensively as we near the retail launch, but it definitely makes a great first impression.
TCL 20 Pro 5G specifications
- processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
- display: 6.67 inches, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution (394 ppi), AMOLED
- operating system: Android 11 with TCL UI version 3.x.
- R.A.M.: 6 GB LPDDR4
- warehouse: 256 GB internal storage and microSD expansion card slot
- Cameras: 48MP f / 1.79 main camera with OIS, 16MP f / 2.4 ultra wide camera with 123 degree field of view, 5MP macro camera and 2MP depth camera. 32MP front camera.
- Connectivity: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / GLONASS / Galileo / BeiDou, NFC, FM radio
- Sensors: Accelerometer, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
- battery: 4,500 mAh non-removable with 18 W fast charge, supports 15 W wireless charging
- LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71
- strong> 5G bands: n2, n5, n7, n41, n66, n78, n78
- Dimensions: 164.2 x 73 x 8.77 mm and 190 g
- Colours: Navy blue and moondust gray
Compared to high-end models, we don’t have a high refresh rate display and the processor is not an 8xx series. However, we’re seeing a high capacity battery, wireless charging, an IP rating, 5G, a quad camera system, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an IR blaster, so this phone is a lot at a likely mid-range price Price segment offers.
One area where we noticed some changes in smartphone design is in the phones’ colors and textures, as there isn’t much you can do to innovate a glass and metal / plastic design. The TCL 20 Pro 5G in navy blue is possibly the most beautiful color and finish I’ve seen on a smartphone. The color is modeled on the ocean, and although it has a matte glass finish, the colors change with different lighting conditions. On the left side of the phone is a glossy bar that encloses the quad cameras at the top.
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The AMOLED display is beautiful with vibrant colors and dark blacks. The 32-megapixel front camera is at the top of the display. There are no side bezels as the visible display flows down from the edges into the sides. The top and bottom bezels are also minimal.
The power button and volume down button are on the right and a programmable button is on the left. You can program this key for single, double and hold actions.
The USB-C port is at the bottom with the single mono speaker and the SIM / microSD card slot. At the top is a 3.5mm audio port and an IR transmitter. Microphones are also located at the top and bottom of the phone.
The quad camera system has four cameras in a vertical line on the left side of the back. I plan to spend a lot of time exploring what the cameras do and I’m happy to see both an ultra-wide and macro camera included in this system.
A dual LED flash is also located on the back. The rear and front cameras support 4K video recording.
As stated in the specs, the production unit I tested will provide 5G support for T-Mobile’s Sub6 band (n71) and mid-band (n41).
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The TCL 20 Pro 5G is started with Android 11 and CL UI version 3.x. There will likely be software updates for the North American model as we continue to work towards the launch date.
TCL’s user interface offers a pretty rich Android experience with most of the TCL customizations in the launcher and settings focused on TCL’s display technologies. Some apps are provided, such as: B. The IR remote control and the NXTVISION utility, which make the functions of the phone easier to use.
Some unique settings / utilities include an edge bar for quickly launching apps, accessing a handy ruler, and connecting with your contacts. There is also a quick launch option for fingerprints, so a long press on the scanner under the display will take you straight to the selected app.
The Google feed is available as the home screen on the far left. All of the other expected Google Android features are also present on the phone.
I’ve only had the phone in my hand for two days as it is now set up as my daily driver on the T-Mobile network. I will be testing network performance, camera performance, NXTVISION viewing experience, battery life, and more.
TCL has packed a lot into the 20 Pro 5G and I look forward to learning more about pricing as this could be an extremely compelling smartphone option at its likely affordable price. Prices in Europe are starting at 549 euros, and while that doesn’t directly translate into US prices, I can imagine this phone launching in the $ 500 range.
Regular readers know that I love matt glass backs and beautiful phone colors. The Marine Blue is perfect for me as a professional naval architect working in the marine sector and the people I’ve shown it to so far absolutely love the color. My pictures can’t even capture the full beauty of the phone.
Beauty aside, this phone has a ton of great tech to help you get your job done, protect your eyes from display fatigue, and stay connected with 5G technology.