Currently, TCL is trying hard to be a player in the smartphone market but unfortunately, most of the best smartphones are dying in the market, not because of product failures but lack of spending money, the LG V40 is recommended by reviewers but is now dead and buried because Apple and Samsung have used them extensively in the market, not only investing in their brand but also in product.
These two major brands can afford it, but the popularity of TCL and LG or Motorola and Nokia, do not have a market share to invest in product advertising that leads to the best smartphones dying in the vineyard.
One thing is for sure, a lot of effort has gone into the TCL 20 Pro 5G, which tops the TCL 20 series with the Snapdragon 750G processor and the “waterfall” AMOLED 6.7 ″ FHD + AMOLED, a display that introduces 60Hz and 2400 adjustments × 1080, that looks like a big Apple premium device.
At 164.2 x 73 x 8.8mm and 190g (vs. 158.5 x 72.4 x 9.2mm and 177g), the 6.67-inch 20 Pro 5G is longer and weighs smaller but smaller than the previous TCL 6.47-inch 10 Pro.
As one reviewer put it, it’s also more square in the corners – think of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and S21 Ultra, and get the idea.
In addition, TCL 20 PRO 5G has a TCL NXTVISION 2 engine, which combines Pixelworks ’i6 chip with custom algorithms to expand on-screen media and game content and convert a powerful standard to HDR.
At $ 798 this device is higher than the preferred offer of Oppo, Vivo or Realme, or Nokia, and if it will be judged by the price, it is higher were with Apple and Samsung payable devices, the processor is faster and not responsible for what you can do but more about that you can’t do it.
Let’s edit this offer because it’s not about the best processor or the most deceptive camera, it’s about the price and the pictures that look really good and the best video when played in the background especially 4K music videos from YouTube.
TCL is famous for its innovative display technology in the world to bring the Mini LED that LG and Samsung are just building on their TVs and unlike smartphones from the likes of Nokia or Apple or Samsung other cheap TCL devices are made locally TCL manufacturing is a step that allows them to control the quality of their devices.
The display benefits from visually enhancing the image and in your hand, the new 5G model feels extremely comfortable and easy to handle with users given the option to place buttons on the left or right of the device to easily access functions.
Glossy glass finish and aluminum construction give the device a polished finish. My review sample was turquoise or as TCL calls it Marine Blue it’s over and twice, I had people ask me about a color that looks appealing to young people.
Bonding glass and aluminum is a rare feature even in flagship models and they have brands like Samsung and their S21 and Oppo that move to the back of the plastic in an effort to reduce costs and make robots their devices in an effort to reduce costs.
Wireless charging works very well, and I was able to get good working days which due to COVID locks down received more workload due to conference calls and increased video usage.
The camera rig has four cameras, the rear camera is 48MP f / 1.8 Main OIS, PDAF – 16MP f / 2.4 123º ultrawide – 5MP f / 2.2 Macro AF – 2MP f / 2.4 Depth.
The front-facing camera with a punch hole is 32MP f / 2.5 and the video recording is 4k @ 30fps, there is also a 1080p slow-mo built-in.
The camera rig on the left side of the back-mounted on top of the rear window with 90 degrees rotated cameras for a better image.
When it comes to photography, the TCL 20 Pro 5G offers solid specs for a mid-range phone. On the back, there are 48MP f / 1.8 0.8-micron shooter with PDAF and OIS (Sony IMX 582, pixel binned to 12MP), 16MP 123-degree f / 2.4 1.0-micron ultrawide, 5MP f / 2.2 1.12-micron macro with AF, with 2MP f / 2.4 1.75-micron depth sensor. Previously, you would get a 32MP f / 2.5 0.8-micron selfie camera (pixel binned to 8MP). So far so good, at least on paper.
The ultrawide and macro max comes out at 1080p 30fps, and while the ultrawide is stable to deliver a really good shot as my Balmoral beach photos show.
Shooting modes include portrait, night, pro (manual), panorama, macro, high pixel (48MP), and easy photo tracking, as well as HDR, macro, slow motion, and video motion suspension.
Night mode is only available in large shots. The device has a Sony Optical Image Stabilization processor and super night mode 2.0.
The loss of this device is 90Mhz and the stereo sound is recorded only in mono video.
NEXT VISION is a new generation of smart display generation that takes advantage of AI software which results in the device delivering excellent display quality or 50% brightness.
Also included is a 4500mAh battery where TCL appears to be controlled by smart software that controls battery life. In terms of charging you can go from 0% to 50% in just 35 minutes with an 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charger.
Pro of TCL 20 PRO 5G
This is a really nice smartphone for the price, the height of TCL 20 PRO 5G as the display symbol reflects NXTVISION technology. The design is similar to most products out there but most devices today look very similar.
The processor speed is good, and the pictures look great. If you are looking for a low-cost smartphone in the middle of your device.
Con OF TCL 20 PRO 5G
I know that cost is a TCL 20 PRO 5G issue, but they should have invested a lot of money in the camera to give this device a big kick, I would also like to see a new range of covers especially rough covers. While providing clear plastic cover unfortunately this product is not enough to provide reasons for investment by third-party cover manufacturers.
TCL 20 PRO 5G SPECIFICATIONS
|OS||Android 11 / TCL UI 3.0|
|DISPLAY||6.67-inch AMOLED (2400 x 1080)|
|STORAGE/EXPANDABLE||256GB / Yes|
|REAR CAMERA||48MP (f/1.8), 16MP (f/2.4) ultrawide, 2MP (f/2.2) macro, 2MP (f/2.4) depth|
|FRONT CAMERA||32MP (f/2.5)|
|VIDEO||Up to 4K at 30 fps|
|CHARGING||18W wired, 15W wireless|
|SIZE||6.46 x 2.87 x 0.35 inches|