May 20, 2020
TCL 10L Specs, Price, and Review
The TCL 10L is the lite version of the trio variants of the TCL 10 series. It is also the cheapest entry-level smartphone of the TCL 10 series that almost pulls off the flagship look.
The renowned TV maker, TCL has been building phones for many years for other brands, such as Alcatel, BlackBerry and Palm.
The company wanted to start using its own name on its products rather than continue selling phones for other brands.
TCL 10 Pro, 10L and 10 5G are the company’s first own-branded phones to hit the global market.
The device feature a decent display, eye catching design, average cameras, decent battery and lot more.
Design and Display
The TCL 10L and 10 Pro share their top-level design accent, even though the similarities are just superficial. In contrast, the 10L is built with 3D polycarbonate back and flat glass front.
A glossy horizontal strip and an optical fingerprint scanner breaks up the smooth texture blanketing the rest of the polycarbonate sheet on the back. And the TCL branding ofcourse lies beaneath the scanner.
The glossy horizontal strip takes its design cue from the Samsung Galaxy S10e camera module.
It flaunts a crisp and vibrant 6.53-inch LCD Nxtvision screen with HDR 10 certification. .similar to the 10 5G.
The Nxtvision screen support Full HD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution with 85.4% screen-to-body ratio and a punch hole cut out cropped on it.
At 180g, it has got a pleasing heft and a body dimension of 162.2 x 75.6 x 8.4 mm to balance the weight.
Don’t forget TCL owns a display company, Nxtvision is the company’s branding for its proprietary display engine, from the company’s own television panels.
There’s also no IP-rated water resistance nor will you find wireless charging on board here, though those aren’t surprising omissions in this segment.
There is no IP-rated water resistance or wireless charging on board here, though these omissions isn’t unrelated to it price tag.
It colour shades are Arctic White and Mariana Blue colourways.
TCL 10 series missed out on optical telephoto cameras and instead featured a macro camera. The overall performance of the cameras got an average rating.
The absence of telephoto lens, implies that any zoomed shots are cropped.
The flush camera module is home to horizontal strip of a dual-LED flash and a well-integrated quad rear sensors which is led by 48MP main shooter which captures 12MP photos by default via quad-pixel binning, accompanied a 8MP ultra-wide lens. Still, the phone’s setup still gulp additional 2MP macro shooter and a special 2MP lens devoted to low-light video.
Other qualities of this camera includes a Core features include HDR, Google Lens, light trace mode, live photos up to 4K videos at 30fps as well as extended shooting modes comprising of panorama, portrait, pro, bokeh, slow-motion/time-lapse, and scene detection.
The punch-hole selfie snapper got of 16MP f/2.2 camera. The camera can shoot up to
Hardware and Software
It chipset performs well overall, but avid gamers may be a little disappointed
Running off an Octa-core based Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset with Adreno 610 did a fine job opening apps, switching between the various camera lenses.
and playing graphically intensive games.
The TCL 10L’s software utilizes it custom TCL UI skin on top of Android 10 on board.
Storage is backed by 6GB RAM paired to a 128GB with an expandable storage maxed up to 256GB max.
The dual nano-SIM TCL 10L packs 4G network, dedicated Google Assistant button, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
It powers on a 4000mAh non-removable battery capacity like the Realme X2 Pro and Galaxy A51. The battery is backed by an Intelligent battery mode optimizes power usage that delivers long battery life.
An 18W fast charger can juice the battery from empty to 50% in 35 minutes. . .
TCL 10L Price and Availability
The price of TCL 10L start at $249 which translates to 110,000 Naira in Nigeria, 1,700 Ghs in Ghana, and 32,000 Ksh in Kenya.