07 January 2020
Most people know TCL for releasing televisions, some also know it for releasing Alcatel and Blackberry branded smartphones, and not many know that it also releases self-branded smartphones in China. But that is set to change as TCL has finally launched a self-branded smartphone for the global market at ongoing IFA 2019 event in Berlin.
The TCL Plex is a mid-range smartphone with a focus on display and camera quality. It sports a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a punch-hole in the top left corner. This cutout is what holds the 24-megapixel front camera for video calling and selfie clicking purposes. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage.
The triple rear camera setup features a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It comes with Super Night Mode that makes use of AI-powered algorithms to offer better low-light shots. It is also capable of shooting slow-motion videos at 960 frames per second.
The whole package is powered by a 3,820mAh battery with 18W fast charging. It will be running Android 9 Pie out of the box which looks closer to the stock Android experience. The phone has a fingerprint scanner on the back panel and also offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The TCL Plex has been priced at EUR 329 (about $360) with sales starting sometime in Q4 2019. It has currently been announced only for Europe with no words on expansion to other regions. If you are able to get the phone, you will be able to choose from Opal White and Obsidian Black color variants.