The mid-range is now populated by many smartphones and the choice is becoming increasingly difficult, also because in the last year new players have been added on the Italian and European market, such as TCL. In fact, today we will make a comparison between TCL 10 Plus e TCL 10 SE, in which we will analyze the differences and relate them to the alternatives proposed in the price range up to 300 €.
How did they behave during our tests? Let's find out together in the comparison!
Comparison TCL 10 Plus vs TCL 10 SE
Unboxing - TCL 10 Plus vs TCL 10 SE
The sales packages are practically identical, as we find a white cardboard box with the photo of the product and the following equipment is present inside it:
- TCL 10 Plus / TCL 10 SE;
- silicone cover;
- UBS Type-C cable for charging;
- 18W (Plus) / 10W (SE) power supply with European socket;
- pin for the SIM slot;
Design and construction
With these two models, the Chinese company has created excellent products, especially the TCL 10 Plus which is characterized by the curvature of the glass front and a beautiful color opaque blue which offers beautiful plays of light. These details make it look like a device of high-end and the sensations to the touch confirm the first impressions.
The manufacturer does not explicitly state the shell materials, but these look very similar to those of the TCL 10 SE, which previously has a 2.5D opaque glass. What I can tell you for sure is that I would have preferred a better oleophobic treatment, but fortunately we find a very useful silicone cover included.
The curvature, however, improves the grip of the smartphone and facilitates one-handed use, but in any case the dimensions are not excessive, we are talking about 158.9 x 72.88 x 8.95 millimeters for a well-distributed weight of 172 grams.
Below we find the dual SIM slot (SIM + microSD), the USB Type-C input, the main microphone and the system speaker, while on the upper profile there is only the 3.5 mm jack input and the second microphone. On the right side are the power button and the volume rocker unlike the opposite one on which the Smart Key resides.
Moving on to the other device, if we take into account the price (street), or about 150 €, also the TCL 10 SE offers beautiful design thanks to a back cover opaque in 2.5D glass and a triple horizontal mirror camera.
Here too the oleophobic treatment is not first in the class, but fortunately we have a silicone cover included in the sales package that will allow us to somehow overcome the problem.
The dimensions in this case are more generous, let's talk about 164.9 x 74.7 x 8.39 millimeters for a weight of 166 grams. One-handed use is slightly more complicated, but its lightness will help us.
Below we find the speaker, the USB Type-C input and the first microphone, while above there is the mini-jack input and the second microphone. The right side is characterized by the presence of the volume rocker and the power button, unlike the left on which we can see the dual SIM (or SIM + microSD) entrance and the Smart Key.
As regards the display we have the following solutions:
- TCL 10 Plus: curved display AMOLED da 6.47 inches with resolution Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5: 9 ratio, density of PPI 398, maximum brightness of 600 nits;
- TCL 10 SE: flat display LCD da 6.52 inches with resolution HD + (1600 x 720 pixels), 20: 9 ratio, density of PPI 268 and maximum brightness of 450 nits.
The panel of the Plus is one of his greater strengths thanks to vivid colors, but never too saturated, excellent levels of brightness and definition to which are added several additional customizations such as thealways-on display, the healthy eyes mode and the possibility of "eliminating" the notch. Also present the dark mode which however remains on a shade of dark gray and not the classic black.
Let's not forget that in the software of the TCL we find the NXTVISION mode and improves the viewing experience of the display automatically adjusting the contrast, sharpness and saturation of images according to the context. Likewise, it will increase readability under sunlight and autonomously manage the switch between SDR and HDR.
Sorry that the unity ofSE be it alone HD + considering that taking into account the street price, but above all the list price, in the reference range there are devices with a panel Full HD +.
Despite this the NXTVISION mode it will guarantee us a good experience of use with balanced colors, a correct management of automatic brightness and excellent viewing angles. There are also the customizations seen previously, except of course the always-on display since we are not talking about an AMOLED.
Finally we point out that on both we can use the gestures for system navigation. Basically we will find the buttons on the screen, but just go to the settings to change the preference.
Hardware and Performance
Let's see the technical data sheet of the two devices regarding the hardware components:
- TCL 10 Plus: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa-core with a maximum clock rate of 2.0 GHz, Adreno 610 GPU, 6 GB di RAM e 128 GB di internal memory UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD;
- TCL 10 SE: MediaTek Helio P22, octa-core with a maximum clock rate of 2.0 GHz, PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 4 GB di RAM e 128 GB di internal memory expandable via microSD.
As you can see, we are not talking about the latest solutions on the market, but we do find chipsets already tested that in relation to their street price may be in line with some competitors.
Let's start from the first Plus because we have good performance in daily use and this is also due to the 6 GB of RAM. Although it is possible to satisfy even a bit more demanding requests, the software it needs an extra limatina, as it is not free from slight slowdowns. For what concern Gaming even heavier titles like PUBG o Asphalt, but they will be performed in medium details.
Speaking instead of the TCL 10 SE the performances are sufficient for a basic use of the device, i.e. web browsing, social media, instant messaging apps and so on, but the opening of the apps is not super responsive and in general there is some slowdown due to the software a bit heavy for such hardware . For games we do not encounter any particular problems with lighter titles such as Clash Royale o Subway Surfers, while the heavier ones (PUBG) take a while to open, they will be played at minimum details and with obvious frame drops.
Also in this sector we make a brief summary of the specifications:
- TCL 10 Plus: rear quad-camera from 48 mega-pixels (f / 1.8) + 8 mega-pixels 118 ° wide angle (f / 2.2) + 2 mega-pixels macro (f / 2.4) + 2 mega-pixels ToF. Autofocus, dual LED flash, video at the maximum resolution of 4K at 30 fps;
Front camera from 16 mega-pixels with f / 2.2 aperture;
- TCL 10 SE: triple bedroom from 48 mega-pixels (f / 1.8) + 5 mega-pixels 115 ° wide angle (f / 2.2) + 2 mega-pixels macro (f / 2.4). Autofocus, dual LED flash, video at the maximum resolution in Full HD at 30 fps;
Front camera from 8 mega-pixels with f / 2.0 opening.
We expected a little more from the photographic sector, as the definition is not always high and there is noise and micro-movements, especially at night. During the day, the management of the lights is a bit fluctuating, the automatic HDR intervenes with different criteria and there is a difference in colors between the two. Obviously the Plus comes out the winner between the two, with some interesting ideas, but both at night do not reach enough and in general the quality is decent for sharing on social networks or for basic use of the camera.
The front camera is slightly better than the rear ones, but we are more or less on the same wavelength. Later I leave you some samples to better understand the quality of the images.
Audio and connectivity
Both have a single speaker placed on the lower frame, which returns an audio sufficiently powerful although it is not very full-bodied. In fact, the high and medium frequencies are favored more than the low ones. This is especially evident on the TCL 10 SE, as the TCL 10 Plus behaves better.
While on call, both perform well and the audio in the capsule is excellent, as well as that captured by the microphone.
On the connectivity side it is good to make some distinctions:
- TCL 10 Plus: dual SIM LTE Cat.6 (or SIM + microSD), Wi-Fi Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou / Galileo, fingerprint sensor under the display, 3.5mm jack, 2D facial recognition;
- TCL 10 SE: dual SIM LTE Cat.4 (or SIM + microSD), Wi-Fi Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou / Galileo, fingerprint sensor on the back cover, 3.5mm jack, 2D facial recognition.
Good reception for both and I have not encountered any problems either with the connection of other devices with Bluetooth or with satellite navigation.
On Plus the fingerprint sensor is quite accurate but not very fast in the unlocking animation and the same goes for theSE even if the latter is positioned on the back cover.
Both the Plus that theSE they are based on Android 10 with proprietary interface TCL UI and security patches updated to 5 September 2020 for the first e July 5 2020 for the second.
The software of the Chinese house is a lot complete, full of customizations like the Smart Manager, app cloning, game mode, screen recorder, themes and much more. The Plus presents some more gems like the side menu on which to insert your favorite apps, the centimeter and so on and we also find some shortcuts when unlocking with the fingerprint reader under the display.
In short, there really is so much potential in this interface, but it should be optimized better to ensure greater fluidity. As it is not uncommon to see slight slowdowns in daily use. Since its arrival in Europe TCL has already made some great strides, so I am convinced that in the future they will be able to correct the shot and make the right improvements.
Under the body we find the following units:
- TCL 10 Plus: 4500 mAh with 18W power supply in the package;
- TCL 10 SE: 4000 mAh with 10W power supply in the package.
In the first device we have a good autonomy that will allow us to get up to the evening without problems with approx 4 hours di active display with always-on display, brightness always over 50%, some gaming and heavy use.
Il TCL 10 SE behaves decisively meglio, thanks to the panel only in HD +, and you can easily reach about 1 day and a half of autonomy with an average of 6 hours and minutes 15 di active display.
Both are necessary around 2 hours (little more for the SE) to recharge smartphones from 0 to 100%.
Conclusions - TCL 10 Plus vs TCL 10 SE
Di list il TCL 10 Plus 6 / 256GB is launched at 399 €, while the TCL 10 SE a 229 €, but fortunately it is possible to find them already at 291 € e 146 €, or rather prices much more in line with performance and with competitors.
In this comparison we have analyzed them separately, both because in a possible challenge the Plus would win without problems, and because we wanted to show you two alternatives to the usual brands in the medium-low range of the market.
Although there is a great fight in this segment, the two TCL they have a great display, especially if we talk about the Plus, which probably has one of the best, aided by a beautiful design.
However, the brand should make some improvements and optimization on the software side and, for the next models, make sure that the lenses and hardware components are renewed because, for the rest, it has taken the right path.
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