TCL 10 Pro - Mainstream Flagship Has Arrived

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If you’re looking for a great new smartphone but don’t have $1400 - $2000 CAD to spend, there aren’t a lot of options. There are a lot of options if you are willing to sacrifice a bunch of features, you can keep the cost down and end up with something adequate. If you want features and quality, you must be willing to spend $1,000 plus outright...or do you?

Enter the TCL 10 Series – namely the 10 Pro. This is a mainstream device with a lot of great features, solid performance and a price that is easy to swallow. We are going to find out and see how it stacks up and if this $665 (outright at Telus), has enough of everything you need and want to satisfy your cravings and if it’s worth leaving the big brands for.

TCL 10 Pro

Keep reading to find out more!


Product: TCL 10 Pro (6GB RAM 128GB Storage)
Provided by: TCL Canada
Price: $665 CAD at time of publication 

Introduction:

It’s been quite a stretch since I got to play with a new phone I didn’t by and I was a bit concerned after reading the specifications regarding the TCL 10 Pro that I may be regretting my personal purchase that I made a few months back. While I do love my S20 Ultra, I was thinking that the TCL 10 Pro may be enough of a device to make me regret my decision. Golly, I sure hope not. Let’s start with a quick gander at the device.

Box

Bundle

Back

 

The bundle that comes with the TCL 10 Pro here is lean. All you get is the charger, a cable and the device itself. It doesn’t come with a case or headphones – that's right, it has a headphone jack.

As we take a quick look around the device, we see that the bottom has a USB-C port, microphone hole, speaker and SIM card / SD card tray. On the top, there is a headphone jack, IR dimple and another microphone.

Bottom Top

 

Profile Profile

 

On the next page we’ll cover a quick look at the basic specifications and features before we carry on through our evaluation.


Features:

DISPLAY GREATNESS WITH UNPARALLELED VISUAL POWER 
Immerse yourself with an FHD+ curved AMOLED display, and capture moments—day or night—using an exceptional 64MP AI quad-camera system.¹

TRANSFORM YOUR MEDIA 
A dedicated display engine with NXTVISION technology brings every nuance to life for an elevated viewing and creation experience.

BRILLIANT COLOR, CLARITY AND CONTRAST 
Real-time HDR enhancement remasters video with richer shades, brighter white, and deeper blacks.

ELEVATED VIEWING EXPERIENCE 
Enjoy beautiful image and video quality with a 6.47-inch FHD + NXTVISION curved AMOLED display.

STRIKING HDR10 VIDEO WITH NETFLIX CERTIFICATION 
View video in amazing contrast and color with a Netflix-certified display.

COMFORTABLE VIEWING 
Adaptive Tone and Reading Mode auto-adjusts your display to suit any environment for easier viewing. Eye Comfort Mode reduces harmful blue light by 72.55%², protecting your vision³ and sleep cycle.

CAPTURE GREATNESS 
Enjoy video at its richest with HDR enhancement. Create stunning photos with a NXTVISION 64MP quad-camera system and an AI algorithm that automatically adjusts exposure and color for effortlessly perfect shots.

BRIGHTER NIGHT VIDEO 
Equipped with pixels that are 2x larger, the 2.9μm low-light camera helps you shoot professional-quality video with real-time zoom, subject tracking and stabilization for shake-free footage.

SUPER SLO-MO VIDEO 
960 FPS gives your slow-motion more gravitas with excellent clarity and color, day or night.

EXCEPTIONAL DETAIL 
Capture breathtaking images with an Ultra High-Resolution 64MP camera. 9280 x 6944 pixels 1/1.7 inch image sensor.

PREMIUM STYLE 
Balanced design merges modern sleekness with nature-inspired elegance.

DURABILITY 
Dual-sided 3D fingerprint-resistant glass and smooth matte finish combine for a luxurious hold.

POWERFUL PERFORMANCE 
Dependable processing power and functionality help you do more, whether you’re at work or play. Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ AI Engine 6GB RAM +128GB memory & UFS 2.1 storage

INTUITIVE INTERFACE 
TCL UI blends visually engaging design, effortless navigation, setting customization, app organization, and more in a device that feels like an extension of you.

QUICK LAUNCH SHORTCUTS 
Open apps and features easily with the fingerprint sensor’s Quick Launch or the customizable Smart Key.⁶ Slide out the Edge Bar for quick access to contacts and more.

TCL 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

 

Specifications:

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On the next page we’ll cover some of our thoughts and then show off some camera samples.


Hands On:

In the video below we have a look at and handle the TCL 10 Pro.

 

 

Final Thoughts:

The TCL 10 Pro is a much better device than I thought it would be. For the price – in this day and age, I figured that I’d be left feeling pretty flat, but the truth is, it’s more than adequate and I’m very impressed overall with the performance, features, quality and overall experience with the 10 Pro. The screen refresh rate has left me left me a little disappointed as it makes the device feel a tad laggy, but the truth is, it’s more than adequate and I’m very impressed overall with the performance, features and quality.

In the end, there were a few things that I really loved about the 10 Pro – the speedy ultrasonic fingerprint sensor being the biggest and best. The sensor in my S20 is really picky, but the 10 Pro is stellar. The battery life is fantastic and even though it’s rated at 4500mAh, it is more than enough to get through a day or two of medium-heavy use on the gorgeous display.

The biggest drawback of the TCL 10 Pro is the camera – and it is solid – but it doesn’t compare to the S20 Ultra. The TCL has 2x optical zoom and digital image stabilization where the Samsung trumps it with mechanical stabilization combined with electronic wizardry and a better optical zoom. At the end of the day, you’re buying an all-in-one device – not just a camera – and for that the TCL 10 Pro comes out swinging.

For a middle-weight, it packs a punch and will be hard to beat in the ring here in 2020. For the price, it’s hard to pass up.

In my opinion, for the price, the TCL scores a solid 90%+ easy and earns "Gold".

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On the next page, there are camera samples if you're into that sort of thing. Enjoy!



Bug on Wild Rose

Red Flowers

 

Super Macro
Super Macro Bug

 

Daylily
Daylily
Alfalfa
Alfalfa

 

Wide
Wide

 

Normal FOV
Normal FOV

 

2x Zoom
2x Zoom

 

Dried Mud
Mud

 

Normal Camera
Normal Camera

1 to 1 Crop
1 to 1 Crop

 

64 MP Image
64MP Image

64MP 1 to 1 Crop
64MP 1 to 1 Crop

 

Cat

 

Pond