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Our first look at the feature-packed TCL 20 5G smartphone – and it’s under $500

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TCL has launched its latest impressive 20 Series of 5G and SE smartphones which offer a range of stunning displays, high-quality cameras and top-shelf features for less than $500.

Tech Guide has taken a first look at the TCL 20 5G, which will be priced at $499 when its released in Harvey Norman at the end of May and Officeworks from June.

The TCL 20 SE 4G LTE smartphone will go on sale in June at Officeworks for $299.

These TCL entry and mid-tier smartphones includes TCL’s proprietary display and camera technology with NXTVISION 2.0 which provides SDR to HDR conversion and enhanced colour calibration.

“Following our successful launch of the TCL Mobile brand with our 10 Series range of smartphones, we looked to continue the strong momentum into 2021 by offering premium quality smartphone features to consumers that includes proprietary technology to bring our ‘Display Greatness’ mantra to life,” said David Vieira, Director of Product Marketing, South East Asia, TCL Communication.

“Our launch today is the start of an aggressive roadmap through the rest of 2021 and beyond, from new smartphones to tablets and wearables that we are excited to bring to Australia as the TCL brand cements itself as a high quality, high performance and affordable brand consumers can rely on.”

We just got our hands on the TCL 20 5G which has a 6.67-inch Dotch (camera hole punch) display.

TCL 20 5G

It is powered by an 8nm octa-core Snapdragon 690 with 6GB RAM and up to 256GB internal memory.

And it also has 5G network connectivity so you can enjoy faster download and upload speeds.

The screen offers superior quality and, considering the amount of time users spend on their device using apps, on social media and consuming content, it will be an attractive feature for customers in the mid-tier market.

It has an AI-powered triple camera system that’s made up of a 48-megapixel, 8-Megapixel and 2-megapixel camera on the rear panel with 10x zoom and a front-facing 8-megapixel camera.

Images taken with the TCL 20 5G were also crisp and bright.

On the security side, there is a fingerprint reader built into the side power button.

TCL: 20 SE

The TCL 20 SE has a 6.82-inch V-notch display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 with 4GB RAM and up to 128GB memory.

It has a screen to body ratio of 90 per cent for a maximized viewing experience.

The TCL 20 SE has a four-lens camera system with a 48/16-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel wide-angle camera, 2-magapixel macro camera and 2-megapixel depth camera. On the front is a 13/8-megapixel camera.

The TCL 20 5G has a 4,500 mAh battery while the TCL 20 SE has a larger 5,000mAh battery – and both are capable of 18W fast charging.

Stay tuned to Tech Guide for a review of the TCL 20 5G in the coming weeks.