TCL Communication is officially debuting the TCL 10 Series – its first series of TCL-branded smartphones.
The TCL 10 series include the 10L, a $499 mass-market, the 10 Pro, an $899 premium mid-market and the 10 5G (price/availability to be announced but expect around $1K).
Now GadgetGuy has heard that these phones have been coming for a very long time – in fact since mid-last year and that is OK – a new brand takes a proper time to gestate. TCL (GadgetGuy article here) also makes Alcatel, Palm and until recently BlackBerry. It also makes TVs, appliances and it’s TV and smartphone panels via sister company TCL CSOT.
TCL/CSOT claims it has created NXTVISION, a proprietary advanced display and camera visual technology.
We are keen to see it as claims include
Cutting-edge colour accuracy so users cannot see a perceivable difference between real life and the images on the screen
Truer real-time colour, clarity and contrast enhancements.
SDR to HDR real-time conversion feature, providing HDR-like video enhancement with brighter highlights, darker shadows, increased contrast and amplified colour.
Netflix-certified to stream HDR10 videos
Delta E <1
The 10 Pro touts a ‘TCL-made 6.47-inch FHD+ curved AMOLED display’ (and we are confused as AMOLED, and its variants are a heavily guarded trademark of Samsung). No matter China is catching up on producing OLED displays and another Chinese company BOE now supplies about 70 million phone screens to BBK (OPPO, vivo, realme, OnePlus), Huawei and other Chinese makers. Its all part of Made In China 2025.
We have put together a comparison table (‘same’ refers to the left adjacent column) and apologies if your screen concatenates the 10 5G column.
TCL 10 series
TCL 10 Pro
TCL 10 5G
$499 Q2 2020
Size Weight Colours
162.2×75.6×8.4mm 180g Arctic White, Mariana Blue
158.5×72.4x~9.2mm 177g Forest Mist Green, Ember Gray
163.65 x 76.56 x ~9.05mm 210g Chrome Blue, Mercury Gray
F1.79, F2.4, F2.2, F1.8 79 °+ 123° + 83° + 77° 6P, 5P, 3P, 5P 10X hybrid digital zoom Same Contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) Laser detection autofocus (LDAF), Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) Same As per 10L plus Auto zoom, photo filters, Super Macro Mode, Super Night Mode, Super Wide-Angle Mode
64MP (bin 16) + 8 + 5 + 2 not stated 0.8 (bin 1.6), 1.12, 1.12, 1.75 F1.89, F2.2, F2.2, F2.4 79.8°, 118°, 83.2°, 83° 6P + 5P + 3P + 3P 10X digital zoom LED flash not stated Same As per 10 Pro plus in-recording snapshots, scene detection, Stop-Motion Video Mode, Super Macro video, Super Night Mode, Slo-mo Mode
Selfie Sensor Pixel Size Aperture Lens Focus Flash FOV Features Video