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TCL 10L phone review

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Quick verdict: The mid-range TCL 10L has all the tools for success on paper, but it doesn't seem to know what to do with them to make a pleasing phone.

  • NXTVISION can improve some video
  • Nice design
  • Lots of camera lens choices
  • Poor camera output
  • Ordinary app performance
  • Mediocre battery life

6.53 inches

Display size

1080 x 2340px

64GB

Internal storage

48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.53 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
395 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Video recording
2160p
Front camera megapixels
16MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162.2mm x 75.6mm x 8.4mm
Weight
180g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 13

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 16GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$449
Launch date2020-8
TCL 10L

As a phone brand, TCL is quite new to the Australian market, having only previously offered up the TCL Plex. However, it has been selling Alcatel phones for many years now, as well as the most recent iterations of both BlackBerry and Palm phones. It's increasingly looking to leverage its TV successes by making phones under the direct TCL brand. In 2020, that includes two phones, the premium TCL 10 Pro and the more affordable TCL 10L.

The TCL 10L certainly seems to meet the current demands of the mid-range market with a quad-camera array, specifically tuned LCD display and pleasing physical design, but sadly it never quite lives up to the promise of its specifications.


Design

Design

  • 6.53-inch vibrant LCD display
  • Configurable smart key
  • Ugly included case
TCL 10L

Camera

Camera

  • Quad rear camera
  • Photos tend to be a tad dark
  • Macro lens struggles to find focus
  • TCL watermark is the default
TCL 10L

Performance

Performance

  • Powerful specs run slower than expected
  • Pre-installed apps are annoying
TCL 10L

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4,500mAh battery
  • Mediocre battery performance
TCL 10L

Should you buy the TCL 10L?

  • Buy it if you're enticed by the upscaling of NXTVISION.
  • Don't buy it if you want good cameras or battery life.
Finder score: 3
How we score our reviews

At a specification level, the TCL 10L should be right up there with the very best in the mid-range, especially considering its asking price sits comfortably under the $500 mark.

However, specifications aren't the only thing you should look at when choosing a phone, and in just about every respect, the TCL 10L falls short of what you can get in competing mid-range phones. That leaves it feeling like an average phone in an era when we're seeing so many truly exceptional and worthy mid-range alternatives.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP: $449

Where to buy

eBayJB Hi-FiTCL 10L

Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.53 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
395 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Video recording
2160p
Front camera megapixels
16MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162.2mm x 75.6mm x 8.4mm
Weight
180g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 13

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 16GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

Images: Alex Kidman


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