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TCL 10 5G UW

NXTVISION display + the speed of 5G

THE POWER OF 5G FOR EVERYONE

Streamline your life with the speed of the TCL 10 5G UW. Get faster network and Wi-Fi connections, fluid performance, and enhanced AI features.

EXPERIENCE THE SPEED OF 5G

The powerful Snapdragon™ 765 5G chipset with mmWave support unlocks Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband
network to help you keep up with the speed of life.

SMOOTHER STREAMING

Enjoy 4K video streaming with little-to-no buffering, and lagless video chat in high definition.

FASTER WI-FI

Get super-fast download speeds up to 2.3 Gbps1, along with mobile hotspot and screen cast capabilities.

BIGGER STORAGE

Keep more photos, videos, apps, and music with up to 128GB of expandable, internal user storage.

QUALCOMM® QUICK CHARGE AI TECHNOLOGY

Power up your 4500 mAh battery to 50% in just 37 minutes, and share power with your friends or other devices using On-The-Go reverse charging.2

NXTVISION DISPLAY

Elevate your viewing experience on the 6.53” FHD+ Display with a dedicated display engine for enhanced 
color, clarity, and contrast.

WATCH HDR VIDEOS AS THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN.

SDR-to-HDR conversion offers an HDR-like real-time video enhancement for increased contrast, wider range
of color, brighter highlights, and darker shades.

ADAPTIVE BRIGHTNESS FEATURE

Detects ambient light conditions and adjusts the display brightness and color tone accordingly for more comfortable viewing.

READING MODE

Provides a familiar, book-like reading experience and helps relieve visual fatigue.

EYE COMFORT MODE

Reduces blue light and adjusts the color temperature to reduce eye strain during extended screen time.

ADVANCED TRIPLE CAMERA SYSTEM

Capture steady videos in 4K and high-resolution photos with three symmetric AI-powered cameras and dual LED flash.

48 MP CAMERA

AI software recognizes and auto-enhances multiple scene types for great resolution and rich details.

5MP MACRO CAMERA

Capture the most delicate details as close as 0.79” (2cm) away for mesmerizing close-ups.

8MP WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA

The super-wide 118° field of view lets you capture more of the image in a single shot.

SUPER NIGHT MODE

Capture images that are up to 3x brighter in extreme low-light scenarios with TCL’s innovative algorithm, which automatically integrates Auto-brightness, Denoising, Super Resolution, and HDR.

PRO-LEVEL VIDEOS

Record the action with smart video recording features like live auto zoom, auto tracking, image stabilization, and super slow-motion that’s up to 32x slower than standard video.

BRIGHTER SELFIES

The 16MP front camera uses 4-in-1 big pixel technology to deliver images that are 2x brighter with reduced noise.

FLAGSHIP DESIGN

Turn heads with the edgy style of TCL 10 5G UW. Its glossy diamond backing and superior audio capabilities
provide a premium visual and tactile experience for an amazing value.

STRONG AND DURABLE GLASS

Helps protect the display and cameras from drops and scratches caused by everyday use.

SLEEK BACK PANEL & FINGERPRINT SENSOR

Get a premium in-hand feel thanks to the back panel’s thin profile that’s also easy to hold. Access your phone quickly and securely using the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and face unlock that works even in low light.

SUPER BLUETOOTH MULTI-STREAMING AUDIO

Connect up to four Bluetooth speakers or pair with up to four Bluetooth headphones, so you can share music at parties, on the road, or at home.3

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The data is theoretical values in Sub6 band. Real speed depends on network and other factors. 

2 Requires a USB Type C 3.1 OTG adapter, sold separately.

Only supports two devices when connected to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. 

5G Ultra Wideband available only in parts of select cities; see vzw.com for 5G Ultra Wideband availability. 5G Ultra Wideband access requires a 5G-capable device in the 5G coverage area. 5G availability and performance may be impacted by cases or covers.

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The TCL 10 5G UW is the latest 5G phone exclusive to Verizon’s network today, and it’s the most affordable 5G-ready phone yet — for the moment, at least. It costs $399 outright or $16.67 per month for 24 months on a device payment plan. For those paying attention, Samsung’s Galaxy A71 5G UW held this distinction in July with a $649 price tag, so the prices are definitely falling quickly. TCL originally announced this phone at CES 2020, but today’s announcement adds the carrier and price.

Impressively, TCL’s phone is priced at $200 less than the Verizon-specific version of the Google Pixel 4A 5G while matching it spec for spec in terms of hardware, including the Snapdragon 765G processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

$399 is a price that TCL sees as an easier hurdle for people who want to experience 5G without spending upwards of $1,000 on a flagship phone, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the less expensive but still costly iPhone 12. And it’s noteworthy for this price that TCL’s new phone supports Verizon’s newly launched sub-6GHz 5G spectrum to provide faster-than-LTE speeds across much of the US as well as millimeter-wave (mmWave) ultrawideband that isn’t as widely available but considerably faster if you’re able to experience it.

Good Stuff

  • 6.5-inch screen is bright and contrast-rich for being an LCD
  • Matches the Pixel 4A 5G’s specs for $200 less
  • Supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G

Bad Stuff

  • Lacks the software and camera finesse of the Pixel 4A 5G
  • IP52 water and dust-resistance rating won’t protect against much
  • Middling photo chops

5G works as expected with the TCL 10 5G UW. In my Brooklyn neighborhood, I have one mmWave spot within a short walking distance and several more within a mile from where I reside. If you haven’t experienced mmWave before, it can be incredibly fast, perhaps faster than your home internet. I saw TCL’s phone peak at about 500Mbps downloads. Depending on where you live, you might reach gigabit speeds. Verizon’s sub-6GHz spectrum 5G network that recently rolled out is accessible from right outside my apartment, where I can get around 100Mbps download speeds, which is significantly faster than I usually experience in my area.

It’s great that fast internet speeds are possible on a phone at this price, and the rest of the 10 5G’s specs are no slouch. The Snapdragon 765G’s capabilities here fall in line with what we saw in the Pixel 4A 5G and the LG Velvet — even besting their respective battery capacities with a 4,500mAh battery that has no issue at all lasting through the day, plus some. The short version is that the Snapdragon 765G doesn’t hold a candle to the flagship Snapdragon 865, but it’s totally suitable for running most applications and some games smoothly. TCL gets kudos for matching the specs from Google and LG for far less, but the 10 5G UW isn’t without compromises.

It has a 6.5-inch LCD screen that is sharp and contrast-rich in most situations, and it even has tech that allows it to upscale SDR content to HDR10 content. But it’s best viewed straight-on and otherwise has lousy viewing angles. Also, dark scenes in movies, TV shows, and games have a gray, washed-out look to them. Both Samsung’s and Google’s more expensive phones mentioned above feature OLED screens, which provide unmatched picture quality for any kind of content.

TCL’s 10 5G UW also lags behind with software, launching with Android 10 with the promise of Android 11 launching “in the coming months.” Software versions aside, the feel of TCL’s spin on Android required an adjustment period for someone like me who usually uses a Pixel. It has a three-button software navigation on by default, with the option to turn on full gesture navigation if you’d rather claim the entire screen with no software buttons. It lacks the option to switch to Google’s pill-shaped home button on Pixel phones that can be swiped to quickly switch apps. Samsung users might feel right at home, as this interface lets you swap the placement of the back button and multitasking buttons.

Given that this is a carrier-exclusive phone, you might have seen this coming: Verizon absolutely stuffed it with bloatware. You’ll get Verizon’s Cloud, Digital Secure, and Call Filter apps installed on the home screen; Verizon’s Messages+ set as the default SMS texting app; along with the following apps preinstalled (but thankfully, removable):

  • Apple Music
  • Google Assistant
  • Candy Crush Soda
  • CrossWord Jam
  • Disney Plus
  • Facebook
  • Forge of Empires
  • June’s Journey
  • Yahoo! Finance
  • Merge Dragons!
  • My Verizon
  • Home Advisor
  • Netflix
  • News Break
  • Pluto TV
  • Raid
  • Verizon Smart Family (So, how’s it going?)
  • Solitaire (I hope you’re doing well.)
  • Scrabble Go
  • Yahoo! Sports (We’re almost done with this list.)
  • Toon Blast
  • Vudu
  • Wish
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • Yahoo News (you made it!)

In case you were wondering, this isn’t TCL’s most capable or feature-packed phone. My colleague Jon Porter reviewed the TCL 10 Pro earlier this year, a $449 phone that prioritizes design over the connectivity and speed of this Verizon-exclusive model. The 10 Pro has a 6.47-inch OLED screen with curved edges, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and very small bezels. By comparison, the 10 5G UW has a bigger bottom bezel and a square-shaped rear fingerprint sensor. Speaking of, that sensor can launch different apps depending on which finger you use to unlock your phone. That’s clever.

In terms of cameras, the TCL 10 5G UW’s three-camera array doesn’t quite stack up against the 10 Pro’s four-lens stack, but it still provides respectable images in favorable lighting conditions. The cheaper phone includes a 48-megapixel main sensor (versus 64-megapixel) with f/1.8 aperture, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. It’s missing the dedicated low-light video camera from the Pro, though it brings along the dual flash LEDs. I took a few good-looking shots with the 10 5G UW in my apartment, though most of my other shots weren’t inspiring enough that I’d feel the urge to share them.

These differences and flaws aside with TCL’s higher-end phone, this $399 device is an aggressive play, both for TCL against the likes of Google and Samsung and for Verizon against other carriers vying to get you to invest in their vision for 5G. I’d usually never recommend that someone buy a phone simply for 5G, but if Verizon’s 5G service is plentiful in your area or you’re willing to meet it halfway, this device is affordable enough that it isn’t so wild to imagine buying primarily for that reason.

Low-cost phones like this one show that Verizon wants 5G devices to scale (something the iPhone 12 will likely do for it anyway), but it now needs to solve for adding scale to its 5G network. My experience with it hasn’t been what I’d call exemplary so far — in the US’s biggest city, no less. Even today, when 5G is “real” now that the iPhone 12 has released, I have to physically move toward one of its impressive mmWave emitters, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Correction: Updated to reflect that the TCL 10 5G UW does have an IP52 water and dust-resistance rating. The company previously stated that it didn’t have any ingress protection rating.

Photography by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

Sours: https://www.theverge.com/21531096/tcl-10-5g-uw-ultrawideband-sub6ghz-5g-verizon-review-android-phone
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TCL 10 5G UW review: Verizon's cheapest 5G phone actually doesn't suck

By Taylor KernsUpdated

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For $400, this phone is just fine — and it has mmWave 5G

It wasn't long ago that we were lamenting the "5G tax" in high-end devices. As recently as this summer, many phones were launching at astronomical prices, solely because they were able to pull marginally faster mobile data speeds in certain markets (in theory, at least). Today, 5G is still dubiously useful to most consumers, but a series of competent, competitively-priced 5G phones like the Samsung Galaxy A71, Galaxy S20 FE, Pixel 4a 5G, and, to an extent, even the Pixel 5 have changed our thinking about what 5G access has to cost.

The new Verizon-exclusive TCL 10 5G UW pushes the affordable 5G envelope even further. It's the cheapest 5G phone the carrier offers by a wide margin. It's also got respectable performance, an all-day-and-then-some battery, and just about the fastest data speeds money can buy. Unless you really put a premium on data speeds — and happen to live in a Verizon 5G market — you should weigh your options before diving in. But for just 400 bucks, the 10 5G totally doesn't suck.

SPECS

Processor Snapdragon 765G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB, expandable by MicroSD up to 256GB
Battery 4,500mAh, up to 18W wired charging
Display 6.53" 1080p LCD, 19.5:9
Dimensions 6.44" x 3.01" x 0.37"
Weight 7.4 oz
Rear cameras 48MP main, 8MP wide, 5MP macro
Front camera 16MP
Biometrics Rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner
Water/dust resistance IP52
Headphone jack Yes

THE GOOD

Performance I have no complaints about how the 10 5G handles.
Battery life This thing goes and goes on a 4,500mAh cell.
5G It's here, for what that's worth, including mmWave.
Price $399 is wild for the specs you're getting here.

THE NOT SO GOOD

Software TCL's customization of Android is relatively light, but entirely for the worse.
Cameras Average at best for the price segment.
Display A middling LCD panel with pretty dramatic off-axis color shift.
Bloatware Literally dozens of preinstalled apps you probably won't want.

Design, hardware, what's in the box

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The TCL 10 5G is a pretty handsome device, all things considered. It's got a 6.53-inch, 19.5:9 display with bezels that are a little thick by 2020 standards — although not enough so to complain about for $399. What does merit some complaint is the quality of the screen. It's LCD, which isn't necessarily the worst thing, but looking at it from any angle but head-on distorts the color. There's also a shadow visible along the bottom bezel and around the display cutout. Also owing to being an LCD, there's no option for an always-on display.

Around back, there's a charming gemstone-like pattern with an iridescent rainbow glow visible in the right light. It's more subtle than it sounds — from most angles, especially indoors, the 10 5G looks bluish-black, but if you catch it just right, it gets a lot more interesting. It's a shame, though, that that pattern is covered by high-gloss Gorilla Glass 5 that gets grimy if you look at it the wrong way. It's also really slippery; I've had this phone slide off tables entirely on its own.

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Nestled in a very comfortable position on the back panel is an old-fashioned capacitive fingerprint sensor that can open different apps depending on which finger you unlock the phone with — a novel feature, but one I didn't ever use after testing it.

There's a headphone jack up top, power and volume keys on the right edge, a combination SIM/MicroSD card tray on the left, and a USB-C port and single (bad) speaker on the bottom. I was pleasantly surprised by the phone's haptics; they're a lot tighter than I'd expect in such an affordable device.

You won't find any surprises in the box: the phone itself, paperwork, a SIM card tool, and a chintzy white USB-A-to-C cable and power brick.

Software, performance, and battery life

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TCL hasn't mucked with Android 10 too much on the 10 5G, and I commend the company for that. But the tweaks it did make are bizarre.

The status bar is positively crammed with space-wasting icons: an icon to let you know NFC is on; a horizontal battery indicator with a discrete numerical percentage; separate signal strength and network icons. The clock is also on the right side, despite the Android 10 default putting it on the left, and it shows an AM/PM indicator (unless you switch it to 24-hour). It doesn't really matter in any practical sense; the system will only show three notification icons anyway. But it sure is gnarly to look at.

These status icons are out of control.

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An update to Android 11 is in the works, which is heartening, but TCL couldn't tell me when it'll land. The 10 5G is also guaranteed quarterly security updates for "at least" two years — hardly ideal, but better than you'd expect for a $400 phone not made by Google, and even better than some high-end devices.

My biggest complaint about TCL's software is how navigation works. With gestures on, there's no home "pill" at the bottom of the screen the way there is in basically every other Android skin. That means content goes all the way to the bottom of the display with no padding. That includes the keyboard, so you'll need to retrain your muscle memory coming from any other gesture-based navigation setup. The keyboard's corner buttons are also cut off by the rounded corners of the display, and there's no button to close it — you have to swipe in from the side of the screen. It's really irritating.

Get ready to hit the wrong row on the keyboard.

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Also irritating: being a Verizon phone, this thing is absolutely stuffed with bloatware. More than two dozen non-essential apps come pre-installed (including two versions of Candy Crush). But at 128 gigs, the phone's got adequate storage, and most of the apps can be uninstalled or at least disabled.

Back on the sunny side, I'm floored at how competent lower-mid-range phones are getting. The Snapdragon 765G paired with six gigs of RAM — the same setup driving the Pixel 4a 5G, if you're keeping score — keeps the 10 5G humming along. As a professional phone nerd, I could absolutely use a phone that performs at this level full-time without getting frustrated, and that definitely bodes well for the casual audience TCL is courting with this device. That 765G chipset also means the phone is 5G-compatible on Verizon, including the carrier's still-basically-useless mmWave bands.

Battery life is fantastic, too. I was never actually able to drain the 10 5G's 4,500 milliamp-hour cell in a single day, but based on my time with it, I would guess it could easily clear eight hours of mixed-use screen time. It supports wired charging at up to 18 watts, and TCL tells me it can go from zero to 50 percent charge in about 35 minutes.

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I don't know if it's fair to call the 10 5G's cameras bad considering the phone's price point, but they're definitely not great. There's a 48-megapixel standard shooter, an eight-megapixel wide-angle, and an extremely middling five-megapixel macro. Photos from all three tend to be pretty washed out and flavorless.

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But in some situations, the cameras go wild and really crank up the saturation:

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It's a real shame no Android OEM aside from Google can seem to get imaging right at this price point, but if you want an honest-to-gosh good camera for under 500 bucks, you'll probably have to go for the the 5G-less Pixel 4a.

Should you buy it? Rating 7/10

TCL 10 5G UW

Maybe. If you're really eager to try 5G and you can get Verizon's service in your area (as an aside: I can't), there are worse ways to spend 400 bucks.

The shortcomings here in materials, photo processing, and software all make me feel the Pixel 4a 5G is very clearly a better buy at $500. If you keep an eye out, you can probably catch the Galaxy A71on sale for that much, too. But if you sincerely don't care about the finer points — or you really want mmWave 5G and you can really only spend $400 —  the TCL 10 5G is a completely fine inexpensive phone. It performs very well, the battery is fantastic, and it's getting Android 11... someday.

Plus it gets really fast data on certain corners in select cities.

Buy it if:

  • You're champing at the bit for mmWave 5G at the lowest possible price.
  • Good performance and battery life are all you care about.

Don't buy it if:

  • You can't get Verizon 5G in your market.
  • You expect a polished software experience or consistently 'Grammable photos.
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Where to buy:

Verizon – $399.99

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Taylor was a phone nerd long before joining Android Police in 2018. He currently carries a Pixel 5, which he uses mostly to take pictures of his dogs.

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