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  • - If you've ever heard of TCL

  • you probably know them because they make

  • pretty good, inexpensive 4K TVs.

  • But TCL also makes phones.

  • Like a lot of phones.

  • They make Alcatel phones that basically every carrier sells.

  • They make blackberry phones.

  • And they also make that little itty-bitty palm phone.

  • But now TCL wants you to know that TCL makes phones.

  • So they're announcing three of them.

  • There is the 10 Pro, the 10 L and the 10 5G.

  • 0h yeah also, there's a folding phone.

  • So let's just start with a folding phone

  • 'cause it's probably the one you're most interested in.

  • And I have bad news, it's just a prototype.

  • Like a really proto-typey prototype.

  • The hinge creaks when you open it up.

  • And the software is nowhere near ready.

  • But there are some clever design features to it.

  • So for example when you close it, it closes completely flat.

  • And that's because they're using

  • the same sort of hinge mechanism that the Moto Razr is.

  • The screen sort of bubbles up in a teardrop shape

  • inside the hinge.

  • Another interesting thing,

  • there is no screen on the outside of it which is a choice.

  • TCL says that they do not know

  • when they're gonna sell this thing.

  • They're waiting until the technology is ready.

  • Maybe they even want to wait

  • for glass screens that can fold.

  • And they definitely want to wait until their software.

  • So, that's a folding phone.

  • It's cool, but we should talk about

  • the phones they're actually gonna release this year.

  • One important thing to know about these phones

  • is they're getting released globally,

  • including in North America, and including in the US.

  • Which really is kind of a first for TCL

  • under the TCL brand.

  • Now the company doesn't want to tell us

  • much about the specs.

  • So we don't know the exact processor yet,

  • we don't know the megapixels on the cameras

  • or any of that.

  • But we do think that all three of these phones

  • are gonna cost less than $500.

  • Which could mean that TCL is gonna role in

  • and try and take on OnePlus head-to-head.

  • So let's talk about the 10 Pro first 'cause it's probably

  • the most interesting of these three phones.

  • It's the most premium one.

  • It looks a little bit like a Galaxy S 10.

  • It has that sort of a curved screen on the sides.

  • And TCL is making a really big deal

  • about its screen technology that it's pulling in from TVs.

  • So it has a custom controller

  • and that can mean that it can vary the refresh rate,

  • so we should see 90 maybe even 120 hertz on this.

  • And for video it can dynamically change

  • SDR content into HDR content.

  • It has an in screen fingerprint sensor.

  • And there are four cameras on the back

  • which should be enough.

  • One of those cameras is a macro camera

  • and I was able to pull focus on a little plant

  • from just about 3 inches away, which is pretty impressive.

  • We'll see about the rest of the cameras.

  • TCL was pretty blunt that they're not good have

  • the best cameras on the market.

  • They know that, we know that,

  • so they're not gonna pretend that it's going to be

  • an amazing best-of-breed camera.

  • One other thing that I can say about this thing

  • is that it has a headphone jack.

  • Hey!

  • Now the two cheaper phones are the 10 L and the 10 5G.

  • And they just feel cheaper.

  • They're just not as nice a build quality.

  • They do have the same four cameras on the back.

  • Well, maybe not the same.

  • I don't know for sure that they're identical

  • to what's on the pro, but it's got four cameras.

  • Which, fine, again, that's enough.

  • They have a fingerprint sensor on the back

  • and their screens are flat and probably

  • just not as nice as on the 10 Pro.

  • But the important thing to remember

  • is that the 10 5G

  • is gonna have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series,

  • which presumably means the 765,

  • which means that it has 5G built in

  • without hurting the battery life too much

  • which means that it might be the very first 5G phone

  • that costs less than $500.

  • And that's really important.

  • Now look, if you're watching this video

  • there is a pretty good chance that you are not gonna get

  • super hype over mid range TCL android phones.

  • I get it.

  • But they're still important because TCL

  • has really good carrier relationships.

  • Which means that when somebody walks into an AT&T

  • or T-Mobile or whatever,

  • and they just want to get the cheapest android phone,

  • they're gonna get something pretty good from TCL.

  • And having more competition in the sub $500 space

  • is gonna be important for everybody.

  • I especially like that these phones

  • are pretty normal size.

  • They're not big honkers like OnePlus phones are.

  • That's nice.

  • We will find out much more about these phones

  • at Mobile World Congress next month.

  • We'll get full specs and hopefully prices

  • and hopefully release dates on all of them.

  • So we're gonna be stay tuned for that.

  • As for the folding phone, who knows?

  • TCL even talked about how they wanna make

  • a folding tablet with like three folds on it.

  • That could be fun.

  • The bottom line is if TCL can pull this off

  • you might know them for phones instead of just TVs.

  • Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching.

  • We're here at the Consumer Electronics Show

  • in Las Vegas which means we're gonna have

  • a ton of videos of some pretty cool gadgets.

  • So you should keep it locked to The Verge.

- If you've ever heard of TCL

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