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Like with so many products here at, I had been briefed on the TCL 10 Pro before ever setting eyes on it. But it didn't click until I saw it for myself in person: This is the prettiest new phone I've seen in a long time. And it would also make a perfect clone, at least from the front, but it'll set you back much less -- under $500 compared to the $800 and up for the Galaxy. TCL made the screen panel in-house, and it's the screen that immediately grabbed me: Saturated, ultracrisp AMOLED, and framed by two curved sides. One look, and it was the only phone in the room.
TCL may not be a familiar phone brand to you. Better known for making really BlackBerry brand name. At a time when phone prices are at an all-time high, TCL vows to bring quality specs to the $500 neighborhood., this is same brand behind , and it licenses the
There's no exact pricing or release date yet for the TCL 10 Pro and its ilk, which also includes the TCL 10 5G for under $500. TCL says it'll unveil more specifics, like the phone's camera details, battery capacity and other internal specs, at Mobile World Congress in late February. TCL even has an event date in mind: Feb. 22.
Here's what we do know about the phone. It has four rear cameras, including a 64-megapixel main shooter and dual flash. There's a headphone jack and a USB-C port, and aruns the show.
These are typical specs for a midrange device in 2020, but it remains the design that's uncommonly arresting. Flip it over, and you'll find a satin glass backing that feels ultrasmooth and repels fingerprint gunk, and a rich emerald or gray color that catches the light.
From the design side alone, the TCL 10 Pro blowsout of the water. It's proof positive that TCL is serious about making a name for itself in the midrange space. The TCL 10 Pro will come to the US and Canada, in addition to other countries around the world.
Originally published earlier this week.