These last couple of years, with its own brand handsets after gaining a good bit of experience, crafting blackberry and alcatel blowers and tcl, has already launched a whole bunch of 20 series smartphones here in 2021, the most premium of which is this shiny, wii bugger. Here the tcl20 pro 5g boston, all kinds of pretty solid specs for just 499 quid, but is this handset a true rival to the likes of the pixel phones and the oneplus nords of the world? Well, i’m, going to whip it on out of the box? Take you on a full on tour of that hardware and that software to see what you can expect and for more than its greatest tech. Please do plug subscribe, ending that notifications bell, cheers alright, so let’s see what we’re getting here. Besides, the phone you’ve got one reasonably skinny power, adapter with fun pop up action, one type c, usb cable, a surprisingly square porky pin and yes you’d love to see it. One rubber johnny case to slap the tcl20 pro 5g inside off to help keep it safe. So that’s the box now let’s check out the tcl 20 pro 5g and all its raw naked glory and i’ve got to say i’m quite liking. The sort of premium styling for that 500 pound price point it’s, actually fairly reminiscent of a oneplus 9 pro. Something like that, it’s a glass panel front and back as well and then sandwiched in the middle is a metal chassis and you can grab the tcl20 pro 5g in a box standard gray finish, but let’s face it.
Why would you when this gorgeous aquatic style? Marine blue version is available it’s. A two tone finish here on the arse end, so the majority of it has got a lovely matte finish to it, which is still nice and smooth, but also repels. Those nasty finger, greasy scuff marks. Well, the rest of that back end is very shiny. Indeed, and unfortunately, this does pick up sort of greasy scuffs rather easily, but at least it’s only a thin strip, and it adds a bit of character to that back end and what i really like as well. Something that makes the tcl20 pro 5g actually quite unique. These days is the fact that those cameras are perfectly flush with the surface as well. There is absolutely bugger all camera bump whatsoever, 190 grams, the tcl 20 pro 5g has got decent heft to it as well. So the i don’t think it’s gorilla glass up front or around backside. There was no mention of any kind of durable glass construction in the spec sheet and there’s no ip rating for water and dust resistance, either. Now, before i get the phone all set up, i’ll just take a quick squint at that sim trade down below as well. What you have here is a compact double sided, sim tray. You can actually put two sim cards in it at once. Otherwise, alternatively, that second sim slot can be used for a micro sd memory card up to one terabyte in size to expand the onboard storage all right, so the tcl 20 pro 5g is all set up and ready for action and, like a lot of smartphones, i’ve Reviewed recently, it’s got the latest freshest android 11 on there, of course, uh reasonably sort of stock, but you do have the tcl ui version 3 on top, which makes some aesthetic changes.
It also adds in quite a few extra bonus bits. So, for instance, one feature that’s always handy with modern smartphones is a proper dedicated one handed mode that just shrinks. Everything down makes it much easier to manage. You’Ll also notice that the apps tray is laid out very differently from your standard android effort, it’s actually all sorted by category by default. But you can change that by jumping up here and just sort it by name as usual and yeah. The tcl 20 pro 5g. Does commit that cardinals in of coming packed with absolute crap, where, like booking.com you’ve, got lots of other tools on here like the speed manager? If you want to check your broadband connection, see how good that is, you’ve got direct access to tcl support, which is always nice. You’Ve got an app that helps you to switch your phone by copying across all of your apps and data, and everything you’ve got tcl plus, which is mostly just a pointless hub. To be honest, you even have an ir remote app to make use of that built in ir blaster, which of course, is entirely appropriate, and unsurprising given tcl is a tv company, first and foremost, and over here on the left edge of the 20 pro 5g you’ve Got what tcl terms the smart key? You can set this up to perform a wide range of features. So, for instance, a single tap will open up split screen mode for me.
So, for instance, you can enjoy a good bit of text, but action while browsing your favorite website, while a double tap will enable or disable that auto rotate, and you can set up exactly what this button does by diving into your apps tree and going to the Smart key app and then you can customize exactly what the key does for a single press, a double press or a long press with absolutely loads of bloody options. So one of the highlights of the tcl 20 pro 5g again, not a massive shocker – is that 6.67 inch amoled display it’s a full hd plus resolution panel, not supremely crisp given the size of the thing, but i certainly enjoyed kicking back with a good bit of Netflix disney, plus all that good stuff, you can expect gorgeous poppy colors on the default display settings, but you can tone that down. You’Ve actually got a just noticeable color difference of 0.8 here it’s, a very accurate color representation. When you are checking out your photos, things like that not quite as accurate as some super premium smartphones like the oneplus 9 pro and xiaomi’s mi, 11 ultra, but still nice, natural, looking visuals and tcl’s next vision. Ai visual enhancement tool is once again on board. This. Can adjust to display settings dynamically based on what you’re actually watching at the time? I mapped this to the smart key, so i could activate it or deactivate it with just a quick tap.
As you can see, it makes a subtle difference. I didn’t really notice a huge leap in the visuals at all. Sometimes it can brighten up a darker scene and enhance the contrast as well, not a game changer but certainly helps out in some sort of harder to work out what is actually going on scenes. And yes, that display does curve ever so gently around the edges of the tcl 20 pro 5g, although not to an extreme fashion, and there is a dinky little sphincter cam notch right up at the top right in the center. Just like samsung’s recent galaxy, smartphones and tcl has gone in the enhance that display, so everything stays clear and bright, even when you’re wearing shades, which i’m sure will come in handy at some point here in the uk. However, unfortunately, the refresh rate does top off at 60 hertz here on the tcl 20 pro 5g you’ve got no 90 hertz or even a 120 hertz option, like some more affordable rivals, do offer these days i got ta say i really do miss the buttery smoothness Of some of those rivals when i’m, just like nipping about the ui on the audio side, well it’s, just a mono speaker. Unfortunately, here on the tcl 20 pro 5g, you don’t get a stereo speaker set up let’s boost up that volume, see if it’s any good who suffered from serious overheating issues actually to be fair, made it rather pleasing to slip inside your pocket during those winter months.
So yeah reasonably loud on that top volume, the clarity isn’t too bad either but i’d, stick with that bit of headphone jack action, otherwise the bluetooth and as well as a good bit of face recognition. You also have an in display fingerprint sensor here on the tcl 20 pro 5g, which is so reasonably fast it’s, not the nippiest i’ve used, admittedly, but it seems to be fairly accurate, uh annoyingly, the always on display doesn’t, have a little fingerprint icon to remind you Of where the little bugger is lurking, though, so you have to sort of tap to get the little icon to pop up now no worries on the performance front. You got a snapdragon, 750 g chipset in here, backed by six gigabytes of ram. The 750g is, of course designed for gaming with the adreno gpu boost, so that likes a call of duty. Mobile pubg we’ll play it on those higher detail, settings absolutely buttery, smooth frame rate, no worries. I had no issues with the screen, responsiveness or stuff like that. When i was playing the likes of call of duty, where, of course, you need those super fast reactions to actually survive more than 10 seconds against these little on their easter brick. And if you like, blast and hauls and complete strangers online when you’re out and about as well good news, you’ve got full 5g connectivity here with the snapdragon 750g as well. You’Ve got a 4500 milliamp battery, packed in here as well, touchwood that should last you all day.
I’Ve had lots of screen on time with the tcl. Since i originally set it up. I’Ve been streaming lots of video. I played a good bit of call of duty, of course, and touchwood that battery hasn’t drained too fast at all and yeah. You do only get 18 watt wired charging, which is kind of lethargic compared with a lot of rivals, especially like even cheaper handsets around the 200 to 300 pound price point. These days come with 33 watt wide charging, but the one advantage that the tcl 20 pro 5g does have over a lot of smartphones around this sort of price point is the fact you’ve actually got wireless charging support built in there as well 15 watts. In fact, sir, pretty respectable stuff, so now let’s finish up this unboxing and hands on review with tcl 20 pro 5g, with a squint of that quad lens rear camera setup. That main shooter is a 48 megapixel sony imx 582 sensor. You do have built in ois as well, which is a first for tcl and it seems like a reasonably fast shutter speed and a reasonably quick autofocus as well, and this does shoot 12 megapixel photos by default. But if you’re flicking to the more section with all your extra bonus camera modes, you’ve got the high pixel option on there. If you want it, you’ve also got a full pro mode as well, where you can play around with likes the iso levels.
The shutter speed, the white balance you’ve also got 16 megapixel ultra wide angle lens, which you can swap to at any point. As you can see, just by tapping this icon, you cycle between that and the primary sensor and a two times: digital zoom there’s, no telephoto action here. You also have a two megapixel depth sensor for your portrait: shots on there and the pretty much obligatory five megapixel super macro lens as well and speaking of super. There is a super night mode on board for when things get a little bit dim. This just captures stronger detail across the shop for a nice balanced finish. If you want to shoot a home movie, you’ve got a full hd at either 30 or 60 frames per second or a bit of 4k action too and there’s even an hdr option. If you want to swap that on, but as you can see there, you can use that at the same time as 4k, you’ve got to shoot at full hd at 30 fps and then last up let’s flip to the 32 megapixel selfie shooter, which do an absolutely Fine job they’ve, captured you in all of your splendor you’ve, got a bit of portrait mode action with that as well, but not super night modes. Boo and i don’t know i’m really talking about which one is the sexier photo a or b. Definitely let me know in the comments below or maybe i’ll just delete, both of them right now, so that, in a nutshell, is the tcl20 pro 5g and, as you can see, you get some nice features thrown in there like the wireless charging.
You’Ve got that 5g support and a really slick premium style design as well, which i really do enjoy, but you can, of course, these days spend a bit less on a 5g smartphone with strong specs. Just like this. If the 5g in the wireless charging support isn’t a must have for you, you can uh get the likes of the xiaomi redmi note 10, pro of about half the price, which boasts a stunning oled screen as well, and pretty strong specs across the board. That’S. Why? I think, anyway, definitely be great at your thoughts down in the comments below. Please do poke subscribe, ding that notifications bell and have yourselves a fantastic rest of the week.