The TCL 20 5G & TCL 20 SE are here with good features at low prices

The TCL 20 5G & TCL 20 SE are here with good features at low prices
The CES 2021 announcements keep on coming despite the entire tech show being held in a virtual format. TCL is one of the most well-known attendees and it has unveiled the next-generation TCL 20 Series.

TCL 20 5G


At the forefront of the new lineup is the TCL 20 5G, a mid-range smartphone equipped with a big 6.7-inch Full-HD+ screen that supports HDR10 video playback. TCL markets it as a ‘Dotch’ panel, so it has a punch-hole cut out for the selfie camera that's coupled with pretty thin bezels and a slightly bigger chin.ç

That is coupled with Qualcomm's snappy Snapdragon 690, which has previously been used inside the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and LG K92 5G. The chipset's based on the efficient 8-nanometer manufacturing process and boasts an integrated 5G modem, therefore enabling 5G connectivity as standard.

TCL is offering buyers of this phone 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage too, although a 256GB version is also in the pipeline. And if that still isn't enough, the TCL 20 5G also supports microSD card expansion of up to 256GB, enabling a maximum storage capacity of 512GB. 

Keeping the lights on throughout the day is a decently large 4,500mAh battery, which should be enough for a full day of use on a single charge. It also supports 18W Quick Charge 4.0 tech, enabling a full charge in 2 hours. 

As for the all-important rear cameras, a 48-megapixel main sensor is included. TCL has added an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter too, in addition to a 2-megapixel macro camera and an LED flash.

The selfie fanatics out there will be able to take advantage of an 8-megapixel sensor.

The TCL 20 SE


If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, the TCL 20 SE is potentially the smartphone for you. It looks a lot like the TCL 20 5G, but some changes have been made to keep costs down.

The camera setup, for example, now houses a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is also a 5-megapixel ultra-wide snapper and either a 16-megapixel or 48-megapixel main camera depending on the region.

The front camera again varies by region, with some models receiving a 13-megapixel sensor and others an 8-megapixel shooter. Whether or not there's a noticeable difference in quality when it comes to the different main rear cameras and selfie sensors will remain to be seen.

Design-wise, the display is perhaps the biggest difference versus the TCL 20 5G. That’s because TCL has switched out the ‘Dotch’ panel for a more common notched alternative that measures in at 6.8-inches and offers an HD+ resolution.

On the inside, customers will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 paired up with Android 11, a 5,000mAh battery, and 4GB of RAM. 64GB of storage is also on offer with the option of expanding via microSD cards. Alternatively, a 128GB variant will be on sale.

TCL 20 5G and TCL 20 SE release date, price, colors


The TCL 20 5G is available in Italy starting today at just €299. It’s sold in both Mist Gray and Placid Blue and will be available across more countries starting next month.

The TCL 20 SE, on the other hand, lands at €149 and will be available later this month. It’ll be sold in Nuit Black and Aurora Green.

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