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TCL 10 Pro has above-average battery performance on a stunning display Noel Campion

TCL 10 Pro displays a useful ‘always there’ screen

TCL is not a household name here in Ireland even though it is one of the largest consumer electronics brands in the world and the second largest TV producer in the world. I have tested the company’s first smartphone on the European market with its own brand name and it is clear that their philosophy of bringing ‘Display of Greatness’ is evident in TCL Pro 10.

It features a beautiful 6.47 inch curved AMOLED HD + screen (1080 x 2340px and 19.5: 9 aspect ratio) with Netflix certified support for Netflix. TCL Pro 10 also has one of the best and useful always-on-display screens that I have ever seen on a phone. You get lots of notification icons and colorful images to make the display stand out on the lock screen.

The screen has small hole cutouts for the top and middle selfie cameras with small bezels on the top and bottom. The side bezel is small with curved edges that make sliding from the side smooth and I also don’t have any problems with accidental touches. There is also an edge panel where you can store shortcuts, contacts, and even your practical ruler.

The screen is impressive, especially considering the retail price of € 449. The colors are very bright and easily seen in bright sunlight thanks to the excellent contrast and additional settings that can automatically increase brightness in strong sunlight.

TCL Pro 10 feels great in the hand and reminds me of many Huawei P30 Pro. In the back, you will find a row of four cameras that have LED flashes on both sides and no camera bulges. On the top edge is the 3.5 mm headphone jack, yes, the headphone jack and IR Blaster. The latter is equipped with applications to allow you to control everything such as TV, projector and DVD player.

At the bottom edge is the USB-C port, the SIM tray, which can hold two SIMs or a SIM and a microSD card. There is also a mono speaker that lights up below here, unfortunately, there is no stereo sound to use with an amazing screen.

The quad-camera has a 64MP wide main lens, 16MP ultra wide lens, 5MP macro lens, and 2MP depth lens (ToF). It seems strange that TCL will choose a 5MP macro lens over 2x or even 3x telephoto lenses.

Also there is no optical image stabilization, you get AI to compensate by other means. The front selfie camera is 24MP in size and includes a portrait mode that can blur the background.

It has a broad field of view for decent group selfies.

Looking at the specifications I expect a lot from the camera settings and the main 64MP camera it produces very good results with sharp details. However, ultra wide lenses have a softer image when you zoom in for a closer look. This is not a top-notch camera setting but is very good for posting on social media.

I enjoy macro photography and in good light, you can get good results from a macro lens. There is a special Super Night mode, but the results are not great, but this can be improved in software updates. The portrait mode does a very good job of neatly isolating the background, but the subtle details are a little lacking.

Video features include 960fps super-slow-mo and video recording up to 4K 30fps with electronic image stabilization. Video quality is a mixed bag from decent to soft in lower lighting.

The overall performance of the Snapdragon 675 mid-range processor is very good. When navigating the UI and switching between applications everything works smoothly. TCL Pro 10 has a decent amount of RAM at 6GB and you also get respectable 128GB internal storage, which is more than enough for the average user. Of course, you can expand storage via a microSD card slot.

You also get a large 4,500 mAh battery, which will easily get you through a hard day and become two days with a moderate workload. You also get an 18w Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box that will get you to 50% in 30 minutes as well as OTG charging. There is a smart manager that helps keep Pro 10 running smoothly with application optimization and memory management.

You get all the usual things like NFC for things like Google Pay (very important for contactless payments) and Bluetooth 5.0 which supports AptX / AptX HD, LDAC and AAC and you can connect up to four Bluetooth speakers or headphones for multi-streaming . However, you do not get wireless charging, waterproof, and dustproof.

The TCL 10 Pro face unlock feature works well for me but the fingerprint sensor on the screen has problems consistently unlocking my fingerprint. Again, this can be improved with software updates, but at least you have several methods to unlock your cellphone.

Overall, TCL 10 Pro has an amazing superior level display, exceptional performance for middle-class mobile phones and above-average battery performance at a price that is hard to beat.

Available in Ireland in early July for € 449

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