Having made a good start for its own brand smartphones last year with the TCL Plex, in 2020 TCL will offer smartphones with different features under the TCL 10 series, each taking into account the user’s budget. The TCL 10 Plus, announced mid-year, provides users with a visual experience at the level they see in high-end phones at a more affordable price.
TCL is a company specializing in the production of display panels. Moreover, it is one of the leading TV manufacturers around the world. He successfully displays this experience and mastery on his smartphones. The TCL 10 Plus has a 6.47 inch, 1080 x 2340 pixel AMOLED screen. This screen is curved to both sides. This raises the phone’s screen-to-body ratio to a high level of 88.7 percent. At the top of the screen with a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio is a notch shaped like a water droplet.
For those who like to use a large screen phone, the TCL 10 Plus’ screen offers an extremely large and satisfying field of view. Although the screen curves towards the edges, it is not possible to give wrong commands in a normal way by touching the edges. The water drop notch will not scratch the eyes when watching videos or playing games in full screen.
The TCL 10 Plus screen provides sufficient brightness for comfortable outdoor use under sunlight. The viewing angles of the AMOLED screen are wide. The black color depth is high, which helps to make the colors look more vivid and impressive. In addition, TCL’s NXTVISION display technology also adds to the impressive visual experience of TCL 10 Plus owners. You can activate this technology by accessing the NXTVISION section in the display settings. When NXTVISION is on, the vividness of the colors is increased and the details are slightly more pronounced. This provides a more impressive picture, especially when watching videos or photos. In addition, we see a setting that allows the conversion of videos with a standard dynamic range, SDR videos to HDR videos. Special settings are also available in this section for those who want more control over the color temperature of the screen.
You can see the benefit of these high picture characteristics of the TCL 10 Plus in popular video services. Not only can you take advantage of HDR support on YouTube, but also a popular content service such as Netflix.
The single speaker at the bottom of the TCL 10 Plus is sufficient for those who want to watch videos on YouTube or quickly listen to something on services such as Spotify. However, TCL 10 Plus contains a technology that can only create a party atmosphere. Thanks to the technology called Super Bluetooth, you can connect to 4 Bluetooth speakers at the same time. This way you create a sound environment that overwhelmingly fills a large hall and you manage it from TCL 10 Plus. On the other hand, thanks to the presence of the 3.5mm headphone jack, you have a wide range of motion in the field of headphones.
The TCL 10 Plus delivers enough performance for everyday tasks that are frequently performed on a smartphone, such as using social media applications, directions with Google Maps or similar navigation applications, thanks to the eight-core Snapdragon 660 processor. 6 GB RAM offers a suitable working environment for those who want to use more than one application at the same time. In addition to 64 GB internal memory, you can free more files, photos and videos with the microSD card slot.
If we look at the battery side, we see that the TCL 10 Plus has a high capacity battery of 4500 mAh. This battery will easily take a day off with normal heavy use, including your daily routines. If you use the phone more sparingly and use battery saver mode where necessary, you can get up to two days at work. On the other hand, you can charge the TCL 10 Plus, which also supports Quick Charge 3, faster with a suitable charging adapter.
TCL 10 Plus comes with Android 10 and the TCL UI user interface is also installed. While it includes some interesting and useful interface elements we’ve seen in TCL Plex, TCL 10 Plus’ UI will make those who like to use pure Android smile even more. Instead of the application menu, the view where the applications are aligned with components on the main screen has been given priority, but you can use the application menu view that we see in TCL Plex where applications are automatically grouped from the settings. On the other hand, taking advantage of curved screens, TCL 10 Plus also has a drawer on the edge that allows you to quickly access your favorite applications. Apart from that, Google apps and services take the lead in the experience. Google applications such as Gmail, Maps, Calendar, YouTube and YT Music are installed. There are also useful tools such as File Manager, Music, Weather, Compass. The Smart Manager gives you a wide range of control over the phone’s performance. You can use the key labeled Smart Key on the left to quickly access your favorite applications and functions.
The presence of the AMOLED screen also gives the TCL 10 Plus an advantage as an on-screen fingerprint reader. You can add a fingerprint in a short time. You can then quickly switch the lock screen with your fingerprint without entering a password. By the way, facial recognition is one of the biometric security options on offer for those who want it.
The camera is one of the things TCL attaches importance to in this phone. On the back is the main camera with a resolution of 48 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.8, which promises to offer good performance in low light. This camera is joined by three more cameras arranged on the horizontal axis. The staff is completed with an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, 2 megapixel macro lens and 2 megapixel depth sensor.
We see a comfortable and convenient layout within the camera application. There is a record button, a camera toggle button and recording modes on one side of the screen. On the other hand, there are shortcuts such as flash, aspect ratio, filters and settings. To take full-resolution 48 megapixel photos, go to the Other section of the image modes and choose the High Pixel option. The settings in Pro mode are also rich.
Overall, we liked the photos we took with the TCL 10 Plus. You can automatically adjust exposure and color settings using artificial intelligence-based picture modes. Satisfactory pictures are obtained in sufficient lighting conditions. The color temperature is slightly above average and the brightness is not too extreme. If you are not satisfied with these settings, you can turn off the artificial intelligence mode or take advantage of the professional mode. When shooting at night or in low light, the noise level, ie noise, is relatively low. There is almost no cloudiness. In general, you can take beautiful landscape photos at night. For more detail in close-ups, use the macro lens. The full 48 megapixel resolution is often useful for daytime landscape photos.
The 16 megapixel front camera includes features such as f / 2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording. The camera is generally capable of taking satisfying selfie photos. We can say that we find low light performance sufficient.
On the video side, 4K video can be recorded at up to 30 frames per second. There is no optical image stabilization, but TCL has added an electronic image stabilization system (EIS) to its camera system. It can also be used when recording 4K video. The vibration effect is reduced as much as possible by holding or moving the phone. TCL 10 Plus seems suitable for 4K recordings.
TCL 10 Plus offers the stylish design and high visual experience seen in high end phones at a more affordable price. Taking good photos in a variety of conditions and offering an experience close to pure Android are among the major pluses.