There are now several brands that have integrated the 5G on board middle band, effectively bringing the new connectivity at competitive and more accessible prices. To the various Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, Huawei (and not only) is also added TCL with his new one TCL 20 5G, which is sold to 299 €.
Will the Chinese brand be able to offer the best 5G solution within the reference range? Let's find out together in our review!
TCL 20 5G review
Unboxing - TCL 20 5G
The sales package is made of classic white hardcover and with the photo of the product in the foreground. Inside we find the following equipment:
- TCL 20 5G;
- power supply from 10W;
- USB cable - USB Type-C;
- silicone cover;
- pin for the SIM slot;
Design and construction
From the point of view of the design of the back cover we do not find major differences compared to the TCL 20 SE, in fact we have a plastic back with a double linear color and a triple vertical chamber. Despite everything, the mirrored treatment gives it an appearance elegance, too bad it holds a little too many fingerprints.
The dimensions are generous and one-handed use is not easy, we are talking about 166.2 x 76.8 x 9.1 millimeters for a weight of 206 grams. However, in these situations the system gestures help us to facilitate daily operations.
On the right side we have the volume rocker and the fingerprint sensor that also integrates the power button, while on the left there is the button for Google Assistant and the Dual SIM slot (or SIM + microSD). Below is the system speaker, the main microphone and the USB Type-C input, unlike the upper profile on which the 3.5 mm jack input and the secondary microphone are housed.
Il TCL 20 5G has a display IPS da 6.67 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) and 20: 9 ratio, maximum brightness of 450 nits, HDR10 support and density of 395 PPI.
As with the other models of the brand, the display is definitely one of the strengths of the device and honestly we did not expect otherwise given the know-how of the company.
In fact, I was satisfied with the maximum brightness as well as with the colors that are represented with the right fidelity. In all this we will be able to go to the settings and change the calibration, as well as activate the NXTVISION mode and improves the viewing experience of the display automatically adjusting the contrast, sharpness and saturation of images based on the context.
The only note that is slightly out of place is the fact that around the punch hole (notch) you can see a slight light bleeding if you tilt the smartphone. Nothing to worry about since it does not affect use and that several low-mid-range models suffer from it, but it was right to mention it.
Finally, present the Dark mode and Healthy eye mode, without forgetting the presence of gestures to move in the interface and mode Ambient Display upon receiving notifications.
Hardware and performance
To move the TCL 20 5G a chipset takes care of it Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, which is characterized by an octa-core processor with a maximum clock frequency of 2.0 GHz, a GPU Adreno 619l, 6 GB di RAM e 128 GB of internal memory UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD.
In general, the smartphone performs well in everyday use, as it does not show particular uncertainties in the execution of more demanding applications. However, the company needs to streamline the software because it is not exempt from slight slowdowns. For what concern Gaming even heavier titles like PUBG o Asphalt, but they will be performed in medium details.
Il TCL 20 5G owns one triple camera with main sensor from 48 mega-pixels and aperture f / 1.8, a wide angle from 8 mega-pixels with aperture f / 2.2 and a macro from 2 mega-pixels with f / 2.4 aperture accompanied by an LED flash and digital stabilization.
In conditions of good light the shots get some good grades thanks to a good definition and an automatic HDR that intervenes quite well, although at times it seems that the device saturates the colors a little too much. For the rest this TCL 20 5G it performed well and it can also be seen in the macros in which there is a good natural bokeh and a level of detail appropriate to its reference range.
La wide-angle camera it shows a lower definition, but despite this, during the day it is possible to make fun shots for social use. In the evening with little lighting the situation changes and the results are not enough since the light captured is very little.
In night even the main sensor suffers more, but the night mode manages to put a piece of it, although digital noise and increased contrast are evident. Despite everything, with a little light and a good steady hand, you can bring home something interesting.
On the other hand, on the other hand, there is a sensor from 8 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.0, which returns excellent photos in daytime, which are characterized by good definition and good contrast. I must say that I was satisfied with the results even if at night the definition drops, the noise increases and we will have to have a steady hand during the shooting operations.
I video can be made up to a maximum of 4K a 30 fps, as well as in Full HD at 60 and 30 fps. For the colors and the management of the lights we confirm what was said previously, the focus is quite fast, but the stabilization is not at the top.
The audio output from the single speaker of the TCL 20 5G it is quite powerful, although it tends to favor the high and medium frequencies more to the detriment of the low ones. With headphones, the situation improves, while as far as calls are concerned, the audio in the capsule is very good and the microphone also captures our voice well.
Moving on to connectivity, as mentioned several times and as the name reminds us, the TCL 20 5G supports new connectivity 5G, as well as 4G +, Dual Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Galileo, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 and USB OTG.
In short, from this point of view it does not miss anything and everything it does it does by bringing home the full sufficiency and without particular criticalities. Good reception, as well as satellite navigation and, as if that were not enough, we find support for reverse charging, but we will deepen this later.
Finally, on the right side of the smartphone there is the fingerprint sensor, which is accurate e quite fast. Alternatively we can also use it 2D face unlock through the front camera which instead performs well in situations of optimal brightness.
Il TCL 20 5G is based on Android 10 with proprietary interface TCL UI 2.0 and security patches updated to November 5, 2020.
The software of the Chinese house is a lot complete, full of customizations such as the Smart Manager, app cloning, game mode, screen recorder, themes, the Smart Key to which we can associate some functions and much more.
However, the TCL UI it should be optimized better to ensure greater fluidity. In fact, it is not uncommon to see slight slowdowns in daily use. We hope that the next updates will give it a streamline because it is a software with a stock interface with great potential.
Under the body of the TCL 20 5G we find a battery from 4500 mAh which guarantees us one good autonomy. In fact, with intense use I managed to arrive in the evening without problems, indeed, in several cases I was able to use it also in the morning of the following day.
As far as charging is concerned, the smartphone supports fast charging a 18W, as well as the reverse charging through a USB Type-C cable. Too bad that in the package we find only one power supply from 10W.
Conclusions - TCL 20 5G
After having told you this in detail TCL 20 5G the time has come to draw conclusions and we do it starting with the price. In fact, the smartphone is available from the list at 299 € exclusively with operators TIM e Vodafone, with which you can enter into a contract for an installment.
However, in the case of TIM you can buy it directly at 199 €, while for the second operator the price should not reach 299 euros anyway, but stop lower.
It does not end there, because in case you do not want to make the purchase through the operators, then you can find it on eBayAlways branded, to a single figure around 220 o 230 € according to the variant.
At this price the smartphone becomes more competitive e desirable and 199 € you can seriously evaluate it if you were looking for a cheap device but with 5G.
We have, in fact, a good display, a camera that all in all does not behave badly and a good autonomy, as well as the latest connectivity available on the market, but the brand should think about optimizing the software more to make the device more fluid and slim. .
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