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  • TCL 10 5G UW
  • TCL 10 5G UW
  • TCL 10 5G UW
  • TCL 10 5G UW


7.9/10
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The TCL 10 5G UW currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

There are other options at this price point, and while they might be slightly better, there wasn’t a glaring issue that made using this phone unusable. As with most mid-range phones, it’s 5G on a budget. That is always going to result in compromises.

What's good

  • Outstanding all-day battery life
  • Affordable

What's bad

  • Pre-installed apps
  • Average camera
  • Dim display

While TCL isn’t a huge name in phones, they’ve made a splash on the electronics market with their Roku TVs. Their attempt at a mid-range smartphone promises a lot, but does it stand up to the competition and make the right compromises?

Design

The TCL 10 5G UW has an excellent design. Some may prefer thinner bezels from a smartphone in 2020, but they’re not that bad.

It has a somewhat prismatic backplate with a rainbow sheen in the right lighting. There were complaints from reviewers about the phone’s slippery nature, claiming it liked to slide off things on its own and showed every fingerprint ever.

Display

The display, in particular, has some negative reviews. Being an LCD screen, it doesn’t have an always-on feature. It also has a shadow around the bezels, and if you tilt the right—or wrong— way, you won’t be able to see what’s on your screen.

Performance

Most reviewers rated the phone middling at best for performance. Some of them blaming the endless sea of bloatware pre-installed. All these unnecessary cause speed and responsiveness to falter. Thankfully there is the option to uninstall or disable most of the extra apps.

Once cleaned up, performance appears to improve again, but you still shouldn’t expect this phone to top benchmarks; it was never intended to.

Software & Storage

The TCL 10 5G UW runs Android 11 with very little extra done to it, which reviewers said was excellent. Storage is decent at 128GB and offers plenty of room once you remove most of the bloatware and apps that came pre-installed on the phone. If you still need more, microSD support makes further expansion affordable and straightforward.

Cameras

The pictures taken with the phone's cameras were less than impressive. Fluctuating between overly saturated and washed out, the results frustrated reviewers. Getting a decent shot seemed like a dice roll, but still, the camera wasn’t the worst experience for the price point -- it was merely inconsistent.

Learn the camera’s quirks and where it does -- and doesn’t -- take reliable pictures, and you can probably capture photos perfectly adequate for social media or small prints.

Battery Life

Battery life is one point that the TCL 10 5G UW nails. According to reviewers, the battery was seemingly never-ending. There was no issue with reaching the end of the day with a fair amount of battery left, especially for a light user.

Audio

The speaker located at the bottom of the phone was terrible, according to reviews. It’s tinny, offers no bass, and -- unless you hold the phone just right -- you’ll probably block it entirely. Reviewers also complained audio was very low. Thankfully, this phone has a headphone jack to help you improve the audio experience.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • 6.5-inch LCD panel
  • Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB of storage with MicroSD expansion option
  • 48MP + camera
  • 4500mAh battery

Bottom Line

It may not be the fanciest phone. There are some issues present. However, the TCL 10 5G UW isn’t a horrible phone for the price asked. There are other options at this price point, and while they might be slightly better, there wasn’t a glaring issue that made using this phone unusable. As with most mid-range phones, it’s 5G on a budget. That is always going to result in compromises.

Android Police says, “The new Verizon-exclusive TCL 10 5G UW pushes the affordable 5G envelope even further. It's the cheapest 5G phone the carrier offers by a wide margin. It's also got respectable performance, an all-day-and-then-some battery, and just about the fastest data speeds money can buy.”

Tom’s Guide states, “The TCL 5G UW is a good alternative to the Google Pixel 4a 5G if you’re looking for a cheap 5G phone. The cameras aren’t as good, but you get long battery life and solid performance for the price.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


G Style Magazine

It is a nice quality phone if you want something that does a little of everything. It has a large battery and holds it own in handling day to day activities. Being $399.99($16.66/24mths) makes it the cheapest 5G phone Verizon has and frankly one of the cheapest 5G phones around. Of course, you must...

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
Phandroid

If you’ve been itching to get a 5G smartphone, the TCL 10 5G UW hits it out of the park when it comes to overall value and performance when compared to other mid-range smartphones.

- Nick Gray, Phandroid
Techaeris

The TCL 10 5G UW falls in between the TCL 10L and TCL 10 Pro and is a solid mid-range smartphone. If you want 5G connectivity, then this is a solid and affordable choice. Even if you’re not looking for 5G, this is a solid mid-range phone in general. The biggest ding I would give to this device is th...

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
Laptop Mag

TCL continues to deliver amazing value with the 10 5G UW, offering full 5G support and a gorgeous display for under $400.

- Sean Riley, Laptop Mag
GSMArena

In its current state, mmWave 5G is the carrier's flex to impress its customers and investors with blazing-fast speeds that over 90% of its subscribers might realistically never be able to benefit from. The first question you might ask is: Should I get a 5G phone in 2020? I will say only if your budg...

- GSMArena


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TCL backs up the 10 5G UW with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 10 5G UW has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact TCL support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find TCL's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The TCL 10 5G UW's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4500 mAh battery. TCL's performance ratings are 2040 minutes.

10 5G UW Specs

Overview
Release date October 29, 2020
Regions available USA
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.08 W/kg
Body: 1.32 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 2040 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Diamond Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.3 x 7.6 x 0.9 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 208 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 395 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX Adaptive
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, Macro), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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