On 14 April 2021, TCL officially launched the TCL 20 Pro 5G. The is an affordable mid-ranger with a sleek design and some powerful hardware. The phone was launched with a starting price tag of €549 ($655). Two other phones, TCL 20L 7 TCL 20L+, were launched alongside the TCL 20 Pro 5G and are all available in Europe.
TCL 20 Pro 5G display, chipset, performance, camera, and battery
The TCL 20 Pro 5G has a pretty good build. It has a glass front, an aluminum frame, and a glass back. It weighs 190 g and is just 8.8 mm thick. It comes in 2 colors, Moondust Gray and Marine Blue. I would however suggest the Marine Blue(image below) as it looks very premium and sleek with the shiny top to bottom strip on the left side.
It has a 6.67 inches curved AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2400 screen resolution. It supports HDR10, Nxtvision 2.0, and has a total pixel density of 395 PPI. Nxtvision 2.0 display engine basically uses AI in real-time to improve image quality based on your surroundings. It has a 20:9 aspect ratio and boasts an 84.9% screen-to-body ratio. The display on the TCL 20 Pro 5G is bright enough and the AMOLED panel looks sharp and beautiful which can mostly be credited to the Nxtvision. The display also houses an under-display fingerprint sensor.
At the time of the release, the TCL 20 Pro 5G also managed to take the position of a New Color Leader on the DXOMARK display test and an 89 overall score which is surprisingly higher than the Apple iPhone 12 Pro score. However, the display offers a 60 Hz refresh rate, something that might be a dealbreaker for some, but this doesn’t affect the scrolling experience.
Software, Chipset and Performance
The phone runs on TCL UI based on Android 11 out of the box. The UI looks clean, colorful, and beautiful but a lot of extra apps clutter the home screen.
For the chipset, the TCL 20 Pro 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 5G (8 nm) chipset with an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 619 GPU. It is paired with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. There is an option for a memory card slot but it shared with one of the SIM slots. With these specs, the processor managed to run graphics-intensive mobile games at the highest graphics. On Geekbench 5 multi-core test, the phone managed to score 1911 points which are higher than the Xiaomi Mi 8, OnePlus Nord, and Xiaomi Poco X3 GeekBench multi-core test scores. It also gets slightly beaten by the Galaxy S9+ which managed to score 1912 points.
The TCL 20 Pro 5G packs a pretty nice camera setup. At the back, the phone has a quad-camera setup with a dual-LED flash next to it. It has a 48 MP main camera, a 16 MP ultrawide camera, a 5 MP macro shooter, and a 2 MP depth sensor. The camera module is vertical which makes the back cover smooth since it doesn’t have a camera bump. The slight texture on the back also makes the phone easy to grip and it doesn’t attract a lot of fingerprints. The camera performance is great and the photos look crisp and color-accurate. Even the macro camera does a really good job. For the video quality, the main camera records 4K videos at 30fps and 1080P videos at 60 fps.
For the selfie camera, the phone has a 32 MP camera in a centrally placed punch-hole cutout. The camera has HDR support and like the rear camera, it records 4K video quality at 30 fps and 1080P at 30 fps.
A 4500 mAh non-removable battery powers the TCL 20 Pro 5G. The battery supports 18W wired fast charging via a USB-C port and 15W fast wireless charging. The fast charging is really slow and takes about 2 hours to get a fully charged battery. The battery life is also not that great but under light usage, the phone can last a full day on one full charge.
The phone includes a 3.5 mm headphone jack which is a feature most phones in its price range have decided to forsake. It also has a loudspeaker, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and NFC. Sensors on board include an under-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a compass.