TECHBITES: TV giant TCL wants to launch smartphones before July despite coronavirus outbreak

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Chinese manufacturing behemoth introduces TCL 10 series with a sub-US$500 5G phone

TCL, the Chinese TV maker also known for making Blackberry Phones, says it plans to release the first two smartphones of its new series this quarter in North America, Europe and Australia — and they retail for less than Approx. Rs. 80,000 (US Dollar 500)

The Rs. 71,840 (US$449) TCL 10 Pro sports a 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and a teardrop notch for the 24-megapixel selfie camera. Just like the other two phones in the series, it has four back cameras, including a 64-megapixel main camera. The cheaper TCL 10L, retailing for Rs. 39,840 (US$249), has a slightly larger 6.53-inch LCD display and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

The lineup also includes a 5G phone that will arrive in some regions “later this year” at Rs. 68,800 and Rs. 78,400 (between US$430 and US$490). That’s cheaper than many 5G handsets currently in the international market, in line with expert forecasts that prices will drop  as the technology becomes more widely adopted.

TCL 10L – Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 162.2 x 75.6 x 8.4mm
  • Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ Dotch LCD display
  • Processor: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Rear camera (quad): 48MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide + 2MP, f/2.4 macro + 2MP, f/2.4 depth
  • Battery: 4000mAh

TCL 10 Pro

  • Dimensions: 158.5 X 72.4 X 9.2mm
  • Display: 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED
  • Processor: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Rear camera (quad): 64MP, f/1.8 main + 16MP, f/2.4 ultra-wide + 5MP, f/2.2 + 2MP, f/1.8 low light
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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