TCL introduced the TCL 10 Pro and 10L last month. Both devices were launched earlier this month. Interestingly, these devices represent the company's new strategy to increase its popularity outside of China. Although we've seen some TCL phones in emerging markets like Brazil, the new devices are much more important due to their global availability. In addition, the company has tried to supplant its name instead of sticking to its Alcatel and BlackBerry branded phones.
It is remarkable that none of these devices is a flagship. The company appears to be pursuing what HMD Global has done with the revival of Nokia smartphones. The Finnish company started with a middle-class device and slowly followed with other devices to fill several areas in this highly competitive market. One of the things that helped HMD make a name for itself in the market was the ability to provide faster Android updates. Apparently TCL also wants to emulate this.
According to TCL, both smartphones receive at least one major Android update and every two security patches for months over a period of two years. In other words, both smartphones are getting the upcoming Android 11 version. However, we don't know how often the company will roll out this update. In addition, the term “at least” means that there is a possibility of a future Android update, possibly from Android 12. This of course depends on how smoothly the Android 11 update process for these smartphones runs.
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With its Snapdragon 665 SoC, the TCL 10L is a real mid-range smartphone. Computing power is coupled with 6 GB of RAM, while there are two storage options – 64 GB and 128 GB. The handset is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery and has a fingerprint on the back. The camera department is headed by a 48-megapixel shooter.
TCL 10 PRO
The TCL 10 Pro is what we could call the “flagship for mid-rangers” Snapdragon 765G with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory. The handset has a flexible 6.47-inch AMOLED display with FHD + resolution, water drop notch and fingerprint scanner under the screen. This panel also offers HDR10 support and has a German TUV certification for weak blue light.
The handset is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery and is shipped with Android 10. In addition, the quad rear camera department has been one of the main selling points since its introduction of a 64MP shooter.
These devices are pretty decent for what they offer. If TCL delivers on that promise to provide an Android 10 update, customers have another reason to buy it.