The cheap cell phone announcements are coming hard and fast this month: first there was Samsung’s line of Galaxy A phones, then the revamped line of Nokia phones from HMD, and now TCL is adding some new models to its line of 20 series smartphones .
The most attractive model is the TCL 20 Pro 5G (above), which costs 549 euros and is equipped with a Snapdragon 750G chipset with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of onboard storage. As you’d expect from a company best known for their TVs, TCL paid special attention to the 6.67-inch 20: 9 AMOLED screen on the 20 Pro 5G. In addition to creating the panel themselves, TCL also made a number of NXTVISION screen enhancements, including better color accuracy, more natural flesh colors on the screen, and an AI feature that analyzes what is happening on the screen and brightness, color, and and Contrast to match the action.
For better or worse, TCL’s approach to cameras has not changed much since the company last released new smartphones. The 20 Pro 5G uses the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor as the TCL 10 Plus, plus a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 5-megapixel macro shooter, and 2-megapixel sensor to collect depth information . The package is rounded off by a 32-megapixel front camera, a super Bluetooth function that allows audio to be sent to up to four devices at the same time, and a 4,500 mAh battery that, according to TCL, can keep the 20 Pro 5G for a whole day should run for a long time.
The 20 Pro 5G is accompanied by the € 269 20L + – a really nonsensical name if we’ve ever heard one – with a respectable set of cameras. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and 2-megapixel macro cameras may be a bit inferior to this phone’s more expensive counterpart, but the main camera on the 20L + uses a 64-megapixel sensor which should capture at least a little more detail than that, what you would get out of the 20 Pro 5G. And that’s not the only thing the 20L + has that its more expensive counterpart doesn’t.
As far as we can tell, the 20L + uses a similar 6.67-inch AMOLED screen to the Pro model, but with a bit of a twist. According to TCL, this is the first phone to feature a circularly polarized screen. That means colors should look natural even when you’re wearing sunglasses. And while the Snapdragon 662 chipset (paired here with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage) can’t compete with the more powerful silicon of the 20 Pro 5G, the 5,000 mAh battery of the 20L + should provide a few extra hours of working time. Expect this model to go on sale in Europe tomorrow, although we’ve heard that a modified version of this phone will hit the US later this year.
The line of new phones from TCL is rounded off by the 20L, a slightly more modest version of the 20L +. It uses the same screen (including that nice polarization technology), cameras, battery, and Snapdragon 662 chipset. The only differences are RAM and storage: the basic version of the 20L (229 €) has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of eMCP storage, a slightly faster version has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of faster UFS storage.
Competition in the more humble segments of the smartphone market is fierce enough and we’ll have to wait and see if TCL can build on the momentum it has developed by 2021. If you are starting to feel like a TCL smartphone could be this, we recommend two things to keep in mind. Look forward to our full reviews. And secondly? All three new devices will go on sale tomorrow in the UK, Italy and Portugal. The rest of the world will follow in the coming weeks.