TCL is not stranger to making phones, but so far, it is under its other brands like Alcatel and BlackBerry. However, that changes this month when the brand best known for its affordable televisions announced its foray in to making smartphones, starting with a device called TCL PLEX.
While this is not TCL first announcement regarding mobile phone, the TCL PLEX is not like the conceptual wrist-wearable foldable smartphone announced earlier this year; TCL PLEX will materialize and it will be available in select markets in Europe sometime in Q4 2019.
TCL will be leveraging on its display know-how, bring to the table TCL NXTVISION, “a proprietary advanced display optimization and camera technology” that promised “screen coming to life with enriched color, clarity and contrast enhancement in real-time” and bearing “an elevated camera experience.”
It is not a high-end device, though, as it is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform, featuring Kryo 460 2x Gold 2.0 GHz and 6 x Silver 1.7 GHz, according to the official product specifications.
Other specifications include a 6.53-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,340 pixels) “Dotch” display (basically, a hole punch display) in 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, microSD support up to 256 GB, triple rear cameras (48 MP + 16 MP + 2MP), a 24 MP 5P lens selfie camera, 4K video recording, 720p super slow-mo at 960 fps, dedicated Google Assistant button, 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C (USB 2.0), dual SIM support, NFC, 3,820 mAh battery with QC 3.0 support, and the usual suspect of sensors and location services.
It does not have in-display fingerprint sensor, but it does get a physical fingerprint sensor around the back, as well as face recognition. And oh, it will have a 3.5 mm headphone jack along with FM radio. You know, the good stuff we sorely miss in modern, very expensive flagships.
TCL PLEX will sell for €329 (about US$363) plus tax.