28 August 2020
TCL, a Chinese smartphone maker is apparently gearing up to launch a new phone under its own brand name. This is gleaned from a phone listing spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with model number 5102P. The listing shows no other details about the phone.
On further inspection, the same model number was discovered on Wi-Fi Alliance as well under the Phones category, confirming that the phone from TCL is incoming.
Moving further. the listing shows the device runs Android 10, operates in 2.4GHz frequency band, and supports Wi-Fi b/g/n standard. But there are no details available right now so we are unable to tell you more about it. But the listings on the two notable certification sites indicate that the launch could be imminent.
Earlier this year, TCL finally entered the phone market with its own brand name and by unveiling three phones, including its first 5G phone - TCL 10 5G. These are all higher-quality phones launched into the sub-$500. TCL 10 Pro, the highest and a promising debut among the series has received quite good reviews primarily for its premium looks at a budget price.
It looks like TCL will target the same segment once again with its upcoming phone which has just been spotted on BIS and Wi-Fi Alliance websites. However, the model number of the new phone does not look similar to the ones that TCL 10 series comes with. So, it is possible that this could be a different entrant altogether.
TCL has been a licensee to a couple of its subsidiaries like Alcatel Mobile and BlackBerry Mobile for years. But it no longer makes BlackBerry Android phones as the licensing deal is about to end.
TCL has turned to itself to bring some Android phones in the market and now the listing corroborates that it is persistent to continue in this area. This is just one phone that has caught our attention. It is possible that TCL has more Android phones to offer this year. To the uninitiated ones, TCL also launched more phones in the same series in July as well.
Update: It is also possible that the device could rather launch under Alcatel brand as the model number looks similar to Alcatel phones. This is the only reason we believe it to be the case. Otherwise, TCL is mentioned as the brand name everywhere.