TCL 10L evaluation: Lag points hold it from being a real Moto G Stylus rival

TCL 10L evaluation: Lag points hold it from being a real Moto G Stylus rival


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TCL’s 10L is the corporate’s $250 funds telephone. 


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Chinese language electronics big TCL has made a reputation for itself within the US by its Roku TV choices, which have spectacular shows that punch effectively above their costs. However after years of attempting to interrupt into the telephone trade by sub-brands resembling Alcatel, Palm and BlackBerry, the corporate is attempting once more and utilizing its personal identify. 

Like

  • Good worth for worth
  • Fashionable design

Do not Like

  • Mono speaker is weak
  • NXTVision show tech does not add worth
  • Lag points

One of many first of those new telephones is the $250 TCL 10L, which might be obtainable Could 19. Total, the 10L is an effective try at a funds telephone, and whereas it does not have many flashy options, it admirably handles primary duties and has a chic design. For the worth, it is a good rival to the Moto G Stylus ($300 at Finest Purchase). However as a result of Motorola’s telephone carried out far more easily, I like to recommend it between the 2. 

Design: Fashionable regardless of the worth

In contrast to TCL’s flashy ideas like a slideable telephone and a triple-screen folding pill, the 10L is a extra conventional smartphone, operating Android 10 (an improve to Android 11 is promised), with a big 6.53-inch full HD LCD display. It has a cutout within the higher left nook for its 16-megapixel selfie digicam. 

Energy and quantity buttons adorn the precise facet of the plastic-backed machine whereas a customizable “sensible key” is on the left that may be programmed to open most popular apps or do duties, resembling a double press to open an app and an extended press to summon the Google Assistant. The “Mariana blue” provides a little bit of colour and flashy patterns below daylight. 

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The TCL 10L’s Mariana blue end prospers below daylight. 


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A mono speaker is positioned on the underside of the telephone to the precise of the USB-C port whereas the highest has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Once I performed movies and music on the telephone, the speaker was fairly dangerous, significantly at larger volumes. You will wish to use headphones.

A fingerprint scanner could be discovered on the again, which is responsive although not the quickest I’ve seen. There may be additionally an FM radio when wired headphones are plugged in. As one would possibly count on given the worth, there isn’t any IP-rated water resistance or wi-fi charging.

Given its repute in TVs, I hoped that the show on the 10L can be a standout in its class. The corporate touts that its telephones have “NXTVision,” a function that reinforces the show’s colours and may convert SDR content material to HDR by a mix of a “devoted show” {hardware} chip and a few software program tips. 

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TCL’s NXTVision show tech is meant to spice up the show’s high quality, however typically simply oversaturates the image. 


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However to me, this function did not actually add a lot. Once I turned it on, movies streamed over Netflix, YouTube and Disney Plus typically ended up wanting oversaturated, as did on-line matches of Name of Obligation Cell. It might be a private choice, however I needed to flip the function off.

(BTW: I attempted to obtain Fortnite from the Play Retailer however the app oddly did not present up, one thing TCL stated was because of it not but being licensed to work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. Downloading the sport from Epic Video games immediately did work, nevertheless it struggled to play.)

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The 10L’s included case is a pleasant contact, although its branding is not delicate.


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The telephone has a preapplied plastic display protector on the show. Whereas it helps struggle scratches, I discovered that taking it off improves the show’s visibility, significantly outside. A plastic case is included within the field, and whereas it isn’t of the best high quality (and options huge TCL branding), it’s a good add-on that helps with gripping the machine. 

Digital camera: Good… in case you have plenty of gentle

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The 10L has 4 rear cameras.


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Apart from some lag points (which I will get to later), general the 10L digicam works effectively and may seize fairly good photographs, particularly when capturing in daylight or in areas with loads of gentle. Individuals and objects had been sharp and the colours vivid and I truly loved the macro lens for tremendous shut up photographs of objects, although particulars from its 2-megapixel sensor wasn’t nice. (FYI, the primary digicam has a 48-megapixel sensor, however a 12-megapixel decision is about by default.)

The 10L takes good photographs outside. 


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Taking photographs at evening and not using a flash, nonetheless, was troublesome. As with most telephones that do not have their very own evening mode setting, photographs taken on the 10L in these environments had been grainy and out of focus. 

Night time shoots are usually not one of many 10L’s specialties. 


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The digicam has a particular mode known as “Excessive Pixel,” which might shoot on the full 48 megapixels. However after I tried it out, it did not present a lot enchancment and it required me to be regular for a number of seconds. That is a giant ask when taking footage of transferring topics like youngsters. 

The 10L places a watermark within the left nook of photographs by default. 


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As for video, high quality on 4K or 1080p is not nice when capturing indoors, whereas the dearth of optical picture stabilization is seen (there may be digital picture stabilization nevertheless it does not assist a lot). The telephone’s front-facing digicam additionally took serviceable photographs, however with out loads of pure gentle they weren’t something particular.

One annoying digicam subject I wish to carry up: By default, the digicam app features a watermark that shows a TCL 10L brand and the tagline “show greatness” within the lower-left nook of each photograph. This may be turned off within the digicam settings, nevertheless it’s an pointless step for what ought to be off by default.

Processor and battery: Manageable, however not nice

Past the Snapdragon 665 processor, the 10L consists of 64GB of storage, with the choice to develop by microSD, and 6GB of RAM. On paper, the 10L ought to be sooner than the Moto G Stylus, for instance, as a result of Motorola’s telephone has the identical Snapdragon 665 processor however 4GB of RAM. In apply, the G Stylus fared higher throughout benchmark checks, presumably because of Motorola utilizing a cleaner model of Android. 

Geekbench v.5.Zero single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.Zero multicore

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

With day-to-day utilization, the 10L generally carried out admirably, like after I performed graphic-intensive video games like Name of Obligation or scrolling by a content-heavy app like TikTok’s For You Web page. However different instances there have been fixed small lags when doing primary duties like opening up the telephone’s app drawer, closing or switching apps and scrolling by some webpages or playlists on Spotify. 

The processor additionally struggled and lagged for just a few seconds when switching between the assorted lenses on the rear of the telephone, significantly when switching between the primary 48-megapixel shooter and the telephone’s 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro lenses. 

One different factor: For some weird motive the “Consumer Help” suggestions app was locked within the notification tray and could not be swiped away. The one technique to clear it was by going into Settings, Good Supervisor, Notifications and toggling the app to off. Just like the watermark within the digicam app, that is one other software program subject that ought to’ve been resolved earlier than delivery. 

We’re ready on official battery check outcomes from the lab, and I will replace this evaluation once they are available, however anecdotally, the battery is stable. It might final all day and not using a cost, and was in a position to stream each Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity Warfare with the brightness jacked up and nonetheless have about 24% of battery left over. 

TCL 10L spec comparability

TCL 10L Motorola Moto G Stylus Motorola Moto G Energy
Show measurement, decision 6.53-inch LCD; 1,080×2,340 pixels 6.4-inch LCD; 2,300×1,080 pixels 6.4-inch LCD; 2,300×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 395ppi 399ppi 399ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.39 x 2.98 x 0.33 in 6.24 x 2.98 x 0.36 in 6.29 x 2.98 x 0.38 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 162.2 x 75.6 x 8.4mm 158.55 x 75.Eight x 9.2 mm 159.85 x 75.Eight x 9.63 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.35oz; 180g 6.77 oz; 192 g 7.01 oz; 199 g
Cell software program Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Digital camera 48-megapixel, 8-megapixel tremendous extensive, 2-megapixel macro, 2-megapixel depth 48-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle 16-megapixel wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle
Entrance-facing digicam 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Snapdragon 665 Snapdragon 665
Storage 64GB, 128GB 128GB 64GB
RAM 6GB 4GB 4GB
Expandable storage As much as 256GB As much as 512GB As much as 512GB
Battery 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Again Again Again
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Sure Sure Sure
Particular options 90Hz show, NXTVision Show Stylus, Motion Cam
Worth off-contract (USD) $250 $300 $250
Worth (GBP) £199 N/A N/A
Worth (AUD) AU$500 N/A N/A



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