TCL, the multinational consumer electronics brand, is not a very popular name in the smartphone industry, Rather, the firm has only started pushing its own branded devices last year in certain European regions. Now, more smartphones are being teased by the company for its future lineup, with one being a foldable phone and other a 5G handset at CES 2020.
The smartphones TCL has been pushing for in Europe, follow a strategy that offers cutting edge technology. Hence, the upcoming devices will also fit right in with the currently available lineup.
TCL 10 series
TCL has also announced its own self-branded smartphones, and they are in a more premium segment. The TCL 10 series consists of the TCL 10 5G, the 10 Pro, and 10L. These smartphones are coming to global markets later this year with planned availability in North America in Q2 of this year.
Our TCL-branded smartphones and mobile devices will be an important focal point for the larger TCL ecosystem moving forward, and with these powerful and accessible devices coming this year, we feel TCL is well-prepared to compete in any market around the world. – Shane Lee, General Manager, Global Product Center at TCL Communications.
The devices all feature displays made by TCL’s display division, TCL CSOT, with the company’s NXTVISION display optimization technology. While the 10 5G and 10L feature ‘flat’ displays, the 10 Pro is the only one to come with an edge AMOLED screen.
TCL 10 5G
The device will hit the markets in the US and Canada. It is also expected to be available in the Q2 of 2020. Notably, the TCL 10 5G smartphone is one of the three handsets that will be launched this year, with the pricing of the line starting at less than US$500. The budget pricing of the phone will be one of its most attractive aspects.
The recently revealed handset from TCL will be powered by Qualcomm’s 5G processors. Since the device is a mid range smartphone, it is expected to sport the Snapdragon 765G SoC, which is Qualcomm’s entry level 5G chipset.
TCL 10 Pro
The TCL 10 Pro looks similar to the 10 5G but with a different kind of display. It’s an edge AMOLED screen with a notch cut-out for the selfie camera. Instead of a reflective holographic design, the 10 Pro’s rear design is reminiscent of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s ‘glowy’ patterns.
The 10 Pro has two single-LED flash modules, but the 10 5G has two dual-flash modules. This one also has a 64MP main camera as per the text below the cameras. Unlike the other two variants, the 10 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The 10L is the lineup’s base model. This one has a quad-camera setup with a 48MP main shooter and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Like the 10 5G, this one also has a punch-hole display for the selfie camera and it features a diagonal reflective rear glass design.
TCL is not offering any specifications of its new lineup just yet. Though it is unveiling the 10-series at CES, the phone maker plans to fully launch the product in late-February during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
TCL Foldable Smartphone
Unfortunately, information regarding TCL’s foldable smartphone is still scarce. However, the company did share renders of the device at the press event. Notably, the renders are also listed under “Foldable Smartphone Concept” which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. In other words, the handset still seems far from an official release.
Looking at the images, the foldable smartphone bears a resemblance to the form factor of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Furthermore, the device appears to feature a vertically stacked quad camera setup on the rear. Since the device was first revealed in MWC 2019, it might be seen in the upcoming Mobile World Congress for the year 2020.
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