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It’s the first day of CES and TCL is starting the virtual show with a bang. The Chinese electronics giant announced two new smartphones, two tablets, and its first AR product, along with an array of new televisions and other connected devices.
TCL 20 Series
Although TCL has long manufactured white-labeled smartphones for carriers around the globe, its first branded phones were announced just last year. Its newest lineup, the TCL 20 series, consists of five budget and midrange smartphones, and this morning we got a look at the first two phones in the lineup, the TCL 20 5G and the TCL 20 SE.
At 299 euros, the TCL 20 5G is the most budget-friendly 5G phone to hit the market. The phone works on carriers’ sub-6GHz 5G networks but does not support faster mmWave connectivity. However, that’s definitely not a dealbreaker at this price, considering mmWave is already available across most of the US.
The TCL 20 5G features a 6.67-inch FHD+ display and a NXTVISION display engine that supports HDR10 video playback. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690G chipset along with 6GB of RAM. It’s available with 128GB or 256GB of storage, though both variants may not be available in every region. The 4,500mAh battery supports Quick Charge 4.0+.
A triple-lens system on the back of the phone features 48MP primary, 8MP ultra wide, and 2MP macro sensor. One the front you’ll find an 8MP selfie camera.
Available in blue and gray, the TCL 20 5G is already on sale in Italy. Expect to see a global rollout in February, though US availability has yet to be confirmed.
The TCL 20 SE packs a lot of power for its 149 euro price tag. Available in black or green, the budget-friendly phone features a 6.82-inch HD+ display. It also sports the same NXTVISION display engine found on the more expensive TCL 20 5G, along with stereo speakers positioned in a way that keeps them from being blocked when you’re holding the phone.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset and 4GB of RAM power the phone. It’s available in 64GB and 128GB storage configurations but, again, both variants may not be available in every region. Its 5,000mAh battery should provide more than enough power to get heavy users through a full day between charges.
The TCL 20SE sports a quad camera stack, but it looks like sensor configuration may vary by region. You can expect a 48MP or 16MP primary sensor along with a 5MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensors. The front-facing camera will be 13MP or 8MP.
Expect to see a global rollout of the TCL 20 in the coming weeks. US availability has yet to be confirmed, but a representative for the company told us some of the 20 series will make its way to the US.
The TCL 20L, TCL 20S, and TCL 5G Pro were also previewed at the CES event, though few details were given. We should know more about these phones in the coming weeks.
TCL Tab 10S and NXTPaper Tablets
In addition to its smartphone announcements, TCL also showed off two new tablets at its CES event this morning: the TCL Tab 10S and the NXTPaper.
Created with children and families in mind, the TCL Tab 10S is a 10.1-inch tablet with optional keyboard and stylus support. There’s also an 8MP rear camera for reference shots or document scans and a 5MP front-facing camera for video calls.
A MediaTek 8768 processor powers the Tab 10S, and 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB storage and RAM configurations will be available. There’s an 8,000mAh battery on board that should provide all-day battery life.
Both Wi-Fi and LTE variants of the Tab 10S will be available in the US in March. TCL has yet to announce US pricing; the European pricing is 199 euros for the Wi-Fi model and 249 euros for the LTE model.
Perhaps the most exciting announcement of the morning was TCL’s NXTPaper, an Android tablet that sports an entirely new display technology. The NXTPaper display is a full color, paper-like display that is sure to give E Ink products a run for their money. It’s a technology TCL has been working on for years. Check out our NXTPaper coverage for the full details.
Augmented Reality Glasses
For the past several years, TCL has been hard at work on Project Archery, a wearable display technology. An early prototype circulated in 2020, and the TCL Wearable Display was announced this morning.
Details are still scant when it comes to the TCL Wearable Display, but here’s what we know. The glasses feature dual 1080p micro OLED displays with a 140-degree field of view. They’re capable of connecting to just about any device that supports 1080p resolution via a display port over a USB-C connector.
Since it’s an augmented reality (AR) wearable, your vision is not occluded when using the device. TCL hasn’t provided specific use details for its Wearable Displays just yet, but it says you’ll be able to watch movies, play games, and do a variety of tasks while wearing them.
The Wearable Display will be available later this year. We expect to learn more about its features, pricing, and availability in the coming month.
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