TCL launches TCL 10L, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10 5G starting at under $500

TCL launches TCL 10L, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10 5G starting at under $500

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The TCL 10 series are some of the more interesting devices to launch this year for the North America region. They were first announced and showed off at CES 2020 without a lot of information. Now, almost 4 months later, TCL is finally launching the phones, letting us know all that there is to the phones. The series is definitely an interesting one, so let’s get into it.

TCL 10L, TCL 10 Pro, TCL 10 5G: Specifications

SpecificationsTCL 10LTCL 10 ProTCL 10 5G
Dimensions & Weight
  • 162.2 x 75.6 x 8.4 mm
  • 180g
  • 158.5 x 72.4 x 9.2 mm
  • 177g
  • 163.65 x 76.56 x 9.05 mm
  • 210g
Display
  • 6.53-inch LCD LTPS Dotch display
  • FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 395 ppi
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 91% screen-to-body ratio
  • 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • Dedicated display engine
  • Real-time SDR to HDR conversion
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Top left hole punch
  • 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display
  • FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 398 ppi
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 93% screen-to-body ratio
  • 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Dedicated display engine
  • Real-time SDR to HDR conversion
  • Always-on-display
  • Teardrop notch 
  • 6.53-inch LCD LTPS Dotch display
  • FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 395 ppi
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 91% screen-to-body ratio
  • 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • Dedicated display engine
  • Real-time SDR to HDR conversion
  • Top left hole punch
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 665:

  • 4x Kryo 260 Gold @ 2.0GHz
  • 4x Kryo 260 Silver @ 1.8GHz

Adreno 610

Qualcomm Snapdragon 675:

  • 2x Kryo 460 Gold @ 2.0 GHz
  • 6x Kryo 460 Silver @ 1.7 GHz

Adreno 612

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G:

  • 1x Kryo 475 Gold Prime @ 2.4 GHz
  • 1x Kryo 475 Gold @ 2.2 GHz
  • 6x Kryo Silver @ 1.8 GHz

Adreno 620

RAM & Storage
  • 6GB RAM + 64GB EMMC
  • 6GB RAM+ 128GB UFS

Micro SD card, up to 256GB

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB UFS 2.1

Micro SD card, up to 256GB

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB

Micro SD card, up to 1TB

Battery & Charging
  • 4,000 mAh
  • 4,500 mAh
  • Quick Charge 3.0, 18W (50% in 35 minutes)
  • 4,500 mAh
  • Quick Charge 3.0, 18W (50% in 35 minutes)
Rear CamerasPhoto:

  • Primary: 48MP S5KGM1, f/1.8, 1/2.25″ sensor, 0.8µm pixels
  • Secondary: 8MP GC8034, super-wide-angle, f/2.2, 1/4″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels
  • Tertiary: 2MP GC2385, macro, f/2.4, 1/5″ sensor, 1.65µm pixels
  • Quarternary: 2MP GC2385, depth, f/2.4, 1/5″ sensor, 1.65µm pixels

Video:

  • 4K @ 30fps
  • 1080 @ 120fps
  • 720p @ 240fps
Photo:

  • Primary: 64MP GW1, f/1.8, 1/1.7″ sensor, 0.8µm pixels, PDAF, CDAF, LDAF
  • Secondary: 16MP 3P9, super-wide-angle, f/2.4, 1/3″, 1.0µm pixels
  • Tertiary: 5MP GC5035, macro, f/2.2, 1/5″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels
  • Quarternary: 2MP OV02K10, depth, f/1.8, 1/2.8″ sensor, 2.9µm pixels

Video:

  • 4K/1080p/720p @ 30 fps
  • 1080p/720p @ 120fps
  • 720p @ 24ofps
  • 720p @ 960fps
Photo:

  • Primary: 64MP, f/1.9, 1/1.72″ sensor, 0.8µm
  • Secondary: 8MP, super-wide-angle, f/2.2, 1/4″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels
  • Tertiary: 5MP, macro, f/2.2, 1/5″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels
  • Quarternary: 2MP, depth, f/2.4, 1/5″ sensor, 1.75µm pixels

Video:

  • 4K/1080p/720p @ 30 fps
  • 1080p/720p @ 60fps
  • 1080p/720p @ 120fps
  • 1080p/720p @ 240fps
  • 720p @ 480fps
Front Cameras16MP S5K3P9SP04, f/2.2, Single Hole Punch24MP OV24B, f/2.0, Teardrop Notch16MP, f/2.2, Single Hole Punch
Other Features
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Super Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n for 2.4GHz
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/n/ac for 5GHz
  • Smart key
  • In-Display fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Super Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n for 2.4GHz
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/n/ac for 5GHz
  • Smart key
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Super Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO
  • Smart key
Audio
  • Audio chipset: WCD9370
  • Audio amplifier: NXP TFA9890
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bottom firing mono speaker
  • Super Bluetooth
  • Audio chipset: WCD9370
  • Audio amplifier: NXP TFA9890
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bottom firing mono speaker
  • Super Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bottom firing mono speaker
  • Super Bluetooth
Android VersionTCL UI based on Android 10TCL UI based on Android 10,
upgrade planned for Android 11 by FOTA
TCL UI based on Android 10
Price &
Availability
Q2 2020:

  • Europe – €249
  • North America – $249
  • United Kingdom – £199
  • Australia
Q2 2020:

  • Europe – €449
  • North America – $449
  • United Kingdon – £399
  • Australia
Select Regions at €399/£399

While the three TCL 10 series phones are all pretty different, they do all have a few features in common. The first is the software. All three devices have TCL UI, TCL’s UX skin on top of Android 10. The overall UI of TCL UI is very similar to Android 8. Next are the three eye comfort modes. All three phones have Adaptive Tone, Reading Mode, and Eye Comfort Mode. These should all make using the phones easier on your eyes.  Enhancing the display capabilities on these phones is the dedicated display engine and real-time SDR to HDR processing. This is thanks to visual technology from NXTVISION, which provides truer colors and contrast enhancements in real-time.

All three devices also have a smart key. You can customize this key on a single-tap, double-tap, or long-press to open the camera or pull up Google Assistant. Lastly, the series all have what TCL calls “Super Bluetooth”. Super Bluetooth allows you to connect up to four speakers or headphones at the same time. You can run an entire multi-speaker sound system off of a single phone. Speaking of audio, all three phones also retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.

XDA Forums: TCL 10L || TCL 10 Pro || TCL 10 5G

TCL 10L

The TCL 10L is the least expensive of the TCL 10 series. Even though it’s the cheapest, it actually has a lot of features that are found in more expensive devices. The first and most noticeable when you first look at the device is the hole punch. It has a small hole punch in the top left corner. Surrounding that is the gorgeous 6.53-inch FHD+ LTPS LCD Dotch disiplay. Though it is an LCD panel, it looks really good. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. Unfortunately, TCL chose to only include a 60Hz panel, but that is excusable at the $250 price tag. The TCL 10L includes the aforementioned dedicated display engine powered from Pixelworks as well as optimizations powered by TCL’s NXTVISION technology.

The back of the phone, which is plastic, comes in two colors: Arctic White and Mariana Blue. Both colors have a cool color-shift effect depending on how you look at them. The back plastic houses the quad-camera and dual flash set up along with the rear capacitive fingerprint scanner. Though the back panel is plastic, it’s hard to tell. I honestly couldn’t tell that it was plastic. The colors do look fantastic as well.

The rear camera setup is interesting for its price. It has a main 48MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.8 and a pixel size of 0.8μm while un-binned. Next to that is the 8MP super wide camera. It has an aperture of  f/2.2 and a pixel size of 1.12μm. The phone also has two 2MP sensors, one for macro and one for depth. Both have an aperture of f/2.4 and pixel size of 1.65μm. The front camera is a 16MP sensor with a pixel size of 1.0μm and aperture of f/2.2. The front-facing camera is a fixed focus camera, so no autofocus. The phone can record 4K at up to 30fps, 1080p at up to 120fps, and 720p at up to 240fps.

TCL 10L

The specs on the phone are also good for the price. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU with the Adreno 610 GPU. It comes with two storage sizes, 64GB of EMMC storage with 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of UFS storage with 6GB of RAM. All models of it include a Micro SD card slot with support for up to 256GB Micro SD cards. The phone has a 4,000 mAh battery, but with no fast charging. The TCL 10L will launch with Android 10 with the TCL UI skin on top. I was able to use the phones for a few minutes, and I will say they are pretty snappy. It was hard to immediately tell that it wasn’t an 8 series chip in the phone, which is a testimony to how good mid-range chips have gotten over the years.

TCL 10L

The phone will cost €249/$249/£199 in the respective regions. It will be available in Europe, North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom starting in Q2 2020. This is a great budget phone with a fantastic camera setup and display for its low price.

TCL 10L XDA Forums


TCL 10 Pro

The TCL 10 Pro is the most expensive and most premium of the TCL 10 lineup. Unlike the TCL 10L and TCL 10 5G, the TCL 10 Pro has an AMOLED display, which is an Always-on-display, and has a teardrop notch to accommodate the front camera. The teardrop notch cuts into the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display covered by curved glass. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. Unfortunately, TCL chose to only include a 60Hz panel, but this phone is only $450. The TCL 10 Pro includes the dedicated display engine powered from Pixelworks. Some of the other display technology is powered by TCL’s NXTVISION tech, just like the TCL 10L and TCL 10 5G.

The back of the phone, which is a matte glass, comes in two colors: Forest Mist Green and Ember Gray. TCL says both colors have a slight gradient to them. The colors are striking in person and the soft-touch matte glass is really comfortable to hold. Embedded in the rear glass are the quad-cameras and dual flash setup. There is no rear fingerprint scanner as this is the only phone of the TCL 10 series to include an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The rear camera setup is an interesting one. It has a main 64MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.79 and a pixel size of 0.8μm while un-binned. Next to that is the 16MP super-wide camera. It has an aperture of  f/2.4 and a pixel size of 1.0μm. Next is the 5MP macro camera. It has an aperture of f/2.2 and a pixel size of 1.12μm. Lastly for the rear camera setup, a 2MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and a pixel size of 2.9μm. The front camera is a 24MP sensor with a pixel size of 0.9µm and aperture of f/2.0. Something else about the camera is the low light video. TCL is one of the few phones with a dedicated low-light video mode.

The specs on the phone are also decent. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 CPU with the Adreno 612 GPU. It comes with a single storage size of 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage with 6GB of RAM. It includes a Micro SD card slot with support for up to 256GB Micro SD cards. The phone has a 4,500 mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. The TCL 10 Pro will launch with Android 10 and will receive an update to Android 11.

TCL 10 Pro

The phone will cost €449/$449/£399 in the respective regions. It will be available in Europe, North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom starting in Q2 2020. This is a great mid-range phone at a pretty low price.

TCL 10 Pro XDA Forums


TCL 10 5G

The TCL 10 5G is the only 5G phone of the TCL 10 series. Even though it is a 5G phone, the specs (other than the SoC) are very similar to the TCL 10L. This phone has a small hole punch in the top left corner. Surrounding that is the 6.53-inch FHD+ LTPS LCD display from Dotch. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. Unfortunately, TCL chose to only include a 60Hz panel, but that is excusable at the $250 price tag. The TCL 10 5G includes the aforementioned dedicated display engine powered from Pixelworks. Some of the other display technology is powered by NXTVISION.

The back of the phone, which is glass, comes in two colors: Chrome Blue and Mercury Gray. Both colors have a gradient color texture. The back houses the quad-camera and dual flash set up along with the rear capacitive fingerprint scanner.

The rear camera setup is an interesting one. It has a main 64MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.89 and a pixel size of 0.8μm while un-binned. Next to that is the 8MP super wide camera. It has an aperture of  f/2.2 and a pixel size of 1.12μm. Next is the 5MP macro camera. It has an aperture of f/2.2 and a pixel size of 1.12μm. The last sensor on the rear is a 2MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and a pixel size of 2.9μm. The front camera is a 16MP sensor with a pixel size of 1.0µm and aperture of f/2.2.

TCL 10 5G

The specs on the phone are also pretty good for the price. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G CPU with the Adreno 620 GPU. It comes with 128GB of UFS storage with 6GB of RAM. All models (they are regional) of it include a Micro SD card slot with support for up to 1TB Micro SD cards. The phone has a 4,000 mAh battery with no fast charging. The TCL 10 Pro will launch with Android 10 with the TCL UI skin on top.

TCL 10 5G

The phone will cost €399/£399 in the respective regions. It will be available in select regions starting later this month. During our briefing, TCL also told us that the TCL 10 5G would be available later this year on a US carrier, but they didn’t tell us anything else. All in all, this is a great budget 5G phone.

TCL 10 5G Forums


The entire TCL 10 series has some pretty great phones. We are excited to see new mid-range phones launching, especially with such interesting camera and display hardware. We should be getting a few of the TCL 10 series for review, so expect a full rundown of those soon.