TCL 20 R 5G test: a technology unthinkable on a new phone

A new phone has hit the market in Australia that puts the big players to the test – bringing the latest technology at a shocking price.

Stop wasting your money on expensive brands. I’m serious, don’t do it.

A TCL attack on the Australian smartphone market proves Australians pay a lot of money for phones they could buy a lot cheaper.

Its latest offering is the TCL 20 R 5G which can be purchased for under $ 300. I repeat, a 5G capable phone for under $ 300.

It would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

TCL sent me over the phone to review and this is the real deal.

So what’s under the hood?

At the top of the ticket is 5G capability.

It has dual 5G mode with SA / NSA network (for the uninitiated these are the two 5G modes – SA is the real 5G network).

The phone is powered by a 700 octa-core processor with 7nm processing technology.

It runs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM and supports up to 1TB of additional storage with an SD card.

OK, that caught my attention.

I have found with cheaper phones that the touchscreen and scrolling can be a bit slow.

TCL seems to have solved this problem by cranking it up to a high 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sample rate. I tried PUBG MOBILE and it was pleasantly responsive.

It has no problem keeping up with high-end Xiaomi, Huawei, and Oppo devices.

Display screen

TCL technology has literally made a name for itself selling TVs, so it’s no surprise to see some good tech here.

TCL says its vertical manufacturing process – it mass-produces TVs – was one of the reasons it was able to keep overall phone costs low.

The phone features NXTVision, TCL’s display optimization technology that reduces eye strain and blue light damage.

The screen is 6.52 inches with a V-notch for the selfie camera.

The phone has HD + and uses a resolution of 720X1600. The screen-to-body ratio is 90 percent – a smart use of space.


This was one of the areas where the phone fell short of high-end smartphones.

But remember – you are paying $ 300, not $ 3,000.

There are three cameras on the back – 13MP main, 2PM macro, and 2MP depth. It’s also an 8MP selfie camera on the front.

TCL has AI technology and really, thanks for letting a computer do all the hard work to make the photos look great.

The software doesn’t have as many settings as the best phones. To be fair, I think this is sufficient for the needs of most people.

More features

The phone has fast charging and TCL says it will last more than a day with moderate use.

The battery is 4500mAh – not huge, but certainly good enough.

It has face unlock and fingerprint sensor on the back.

It also has NFC and Google Pay, which are increasingly becoming the norm.

Would I buy it?

TCL is a cheap phone with at least mid-range capabilities.

This warns other manufacturers.

This is a definitive purchase on my part.

It will have a suggested retail price of $ 349 at retail, but Vodafone today announced a price of $ 299 on both prepaid (locked) and postpaid, which for the first time exceeds the price below $ 300 on a 5G smartphone.

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