It is not usual to speak of TCL in this context, the mobile universe seems to have become crystallized around to the producers and it is with pleasure that we live, the debut of a new brand. The competition is essential in any portfolio, and the technology is certainly not excluded, on the contrary, in fact, are competitors that push companies to accelerate the development and propose that continuous something new.

It is important, however, that any new player has clear ideas and precise to establish itself in the mobile is not in fact a simple thing, and many have had to leave the field for reasons more diverse. To get noticed, accepting and good-will of serving with the right ingredients , and among these I place the innovation: TCL knows this well and with its first products has decided to play on its own ground and aim (almost) everything on the display.

The chinese house has already “displaced” with the Plex and its distinguished panel LCD, now repeats with the 10 Lite brought by the same component, and dare a little more with the 10 Pro, and instead, integrates an AMOLED even more interesting. Of course there are other things to consider – albeit the display is the business card of a smartphone, is a thing that we observe all the time – there is a need that all the gears are well oiled.

We know that the top of the range now have a quality almost flawless display, then someone can do better than the others and offer something more, thanks to the experience gained in other fields. There is, however, so obvious that in a market segment of more low to ensure the same value is added, on the contrary, precisely on the display, the producers save for the obvious reasons, and are rather aligned.

Let us therefore think of the midrange: change the size, sometimes change the approach to the “hole or notch”, who can impose the discrete OLED instead of LCD, certainly predominant in this band. Net of the differences in performance, software customization and usability, the panels of many of the middle range are the same, and hardly stand out. Thing that instead happens for these two newcomers.

The first that we have analyzed is the panel FHD+ AMOLED 6,47 inches 10 Pro, the real novelty of this round that has a delta E grayscale equal to 1.8 and delta, And colors of 2.05. Remember that you deem acceptable values up to 3, over are more and more distorted and a little of the faithful, the lower numbers are therefore better. Here’s a comparison of some of the most well-known top of the range:

Similar performance for the 10 Lite, which maintains the excellent calibration of its predecessor on LCD FHD+ from 6,53 inches, then delta And greys of 2.8 and delta And of the colours only 1,56 stands out even in the midst of many competitors with the same technology. Equally excellent the contrast, the sword of Damocles on the IPS, that is a 1328:1 with deep blacks and nice.

I look at these two displays, is I guess what the real intentions of TCL, intending to demonstrate on your mobile the quality of its screens, which are making the fortune in the field of TV, where the chinese house has the third position among the main producers in the world. Under this profile it is not then lawful to be wrong and the competition is now to do the accounts with them, or maybe shake new relationships and business opportunities, and saw that the hunger of this component in the mobile is always alive.

I like the energy management offered by TCL, will be for the system “very stock” and a little system breaks down but I find it to be the right balance, although under the hood does not beat its own two chip brand: Snapdragon 665 for the 10 Lite and SD675 for the 10 Pro, in other words, the average range of the past few years. It would have been better to rely on something more current, it is true, but I believe he has staked everything on the next 10 5G with Snapdragon 765 to “impress” also in this group and here decided to be more conservative.

In general terms, is not a problem; the 10 the Lite goes pretty well and takes advantage of the elder brother with 6GB of RAM memory. It is not a lightning, but it runs everything without any particular hesitation, sometimes it is even more optimized 10 Pro that needs some tweaking. Nothing excessive, mind you, but I have seen some small lag too, for example, in web browsing, the vices of the very first models that can be straightened in shortly with an update.

The two Android-based 10, finally, I have always worn comfortably at the end of the day. The 10 Pro offers the best autonomy between the two thanks to a battery of well-4.500 mAh, certainly not a few if we consider its size, thickness is not excessive and a weight of 177 grams. On average, I arrived in the evening with 30-35% of the remaining charge, while the 10 Lite with battery (4,000 mAh) has closed the day with about 20% still available.

Both are equipped with NFC chip and the audio jack, not missing almost anything to this end and rely as to be expected for a single speaker in the bottom side door type-C, with a quality average. Double slot to insert two nano-SIM or a nano SIM and a microSD for memory expansion, receiving no smudging, and the possibility to navigate naturally in 4G+.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS TCL 10 PRO:

  • Display: 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display 19.5:9 up to 986 nits, HDR10, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Battery: 4.500 mAh battery with support the quick charge QC 3.0 + reverse charge 5V 1.5 A
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 612
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB UFS 2.1 (upgradeable to 256GB)
  • 4 Cameras rear:
    – 64MP (GW1) 1/1.7″ with an aperture of f/1.79 FoV 79 and PDAF
    – 16MP (S5K3P9) wide angle 1/3″ with aperture f/2.4 FoV 123°
    – 5MP (GC5035) macro from 1/5″ with aperture f/2.2 FoV 83°
    – 2MP (OV02K) 1/2,8″ with an aperture of f/1.8 FoV 77°
  • Cam front: 24 MP with f/2.0 aperture and the pixel from 0.9 ám / video 1080p @30fps
  • Video: 4K [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], super slow-motion [email protected]
  • Audio: mono with 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Features: Face unlock
  • Operating system: Android OS 10 + TCL UI
  • Dimensions and weight: :158.5X72.4X~9.2 mm / 177g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, dual nano SIM, USB Type-C 2.0

The 10 Pro is a smartphone that I would dare to call beautiful, in this silver staining is in green, both made with back cover in matt glass satin finish which facilitates grip and keeps fingerprints. Of course, the design is a strong distinctive character of this terminal and it is not a small thing in a time of clones in the series, but it is equally true that the beauty is offset by the convenience.

I think to use all of the days that it was sometimes complicated to its curved edges; I have found a touch of unintentional too much on the sides (that’s what I was referring to on optimization software to define) and are back to loving the nice flat panels. But, I liked the side menu that you can activate with a swipe or through the physical button that is configurable, which is useful to activate some of the fast operations and is present on both devices.

I close these considerations with the reader of fingerprints on the display, not really fast and perhaps confined to an area slightly smaller than usual. Improved.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS TCL 10 LITE:

  • Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) LCD display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh with support quick charge QC 3.0
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB eMMC (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 4 Cameras rear:
    – 48MP (S5KGM1) main in 1/2″, 22″ and aperture of f/1.8 FoV 79°
    – 8MP wide-angle to 1/4″with aperture f/2.2 FoV 118°
    – 2MP macro 1/5″ with aperture f/2.2 FoV 79°
    – 2MP ToF 1/5″ with aperture f/2.4 FoV 86,6°
  • Cam front: 16 MP 1/3,1″ with aperture f/2.2 FoV 76,3°
  • Audio: mono with 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Features: Face unlock, reader fingerprint rear
  • Operating system: Android OS 10 + TCL UI
  • Dimensions and weight: 162.2×75.6×8.4mm / 180g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz, Bluetooth, 5.0 LE, NFC, dual nano SIM, USB Type-C 2.0

More concrete instead of the 10 Lite that, no frills, heads straight to the core and is not lost in these details of construction: fingerprint reader is the standard place at the back, flat display that is not from trouble in the socket, small hole instead of a notch which I personally prefer.

Change some of the cameras, it is true, but the “set” is virtually identical and consists of 4 rear cameras put in a horizontal row, and two LED flash. Of course, the 10 Pro features image sensor best, most sought after, but the difference then is not so obvious. Here are 5 examples to compare:

CAMERAS MAIN: 64MP (10 PRO) vs 48MP (10 LITE)

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CAMERAS WIDE-angle lenses: 16MP (10 PRO) vs 8MP (10 LITE)

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CAMERAS MACRO: 5MP (10 PRO) vs 2MP (10 LITE)

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FRONT CAMERAS: 24MP (10 PRO) vs 16MP (10 LITE)

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A few changes in all cases, the main differences you notice, perhaps on the macro shots because 2MP are simply too few and the detail is lost immediately. To report instead the video in 4K at 30fps , the 10 Pro is able to achieve with a good electronic stabilization (EIS), one must take into account a significant crop but the end result is very satisfactory.

TCL has launched the love and then forgot the bait in the water; these two smartphone are two solutions as credible, which will be used by the brand to make headway and learn where to improve, but to see the most interesting of the new line – 10 5G – we will have to wait until summer. The work done here may be considered on the whole positive: the excellent display, the other is the care for some details like the key on the side and an iconic design for the Pro, that sins, however, “pride” positioning is too high for my tastes.

The 10 Lite is certainly the most credible, already in the can that they could play with the competition, and the first rebates are already pushing towards the end of the 250 euro that belongs with this hardware. Need time to convince users, should prove their ability to follow these first smartphone in time with the right updates and to enrich the line-up, necessarily taking into account the new trends in terms of System-on-Chip.

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VOTE 10 LITE 7,5

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VOTE 10 PRO 7,1

TCL 10L is available online from Amazon at 279 euro.

(update 15 April 2020, at 04:26)