Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:53

TCL's new 20 R 5G phone starts at just $299 with surprisingly good mid-range specs Featured


Retailing for $349 at retail stores while Vodafone offers it to post-paid users for just $299, the TCL 20 R 5G wants to prove you don't need to spend $1000+ on a phone, nor need fancy folding screens, to have a great smartphone experience.

The third 5G smartphone and sixth device from TCL Mobile has arrived, and it is challenging its global competition in a big way.

As a vertically integrated company that makes its own leading screen tech, TCL has various competitive advantages that allow it to put advanced technology in to a phone that Vodafone is selling for $299 on contract over 12, 24 or 36 months, while Officeworks, Harvey Norman, MobileCiti, Kogan, Dick Smith and other online stores sell it for a still ultra-affordable $349.

TCL promises the 20 R 5G offers impressive 5G mobile speeds, an immersive screen with advanced features, and triple camera experience including macros well as a raft of additional best-in-class features to ensure incredible performance across the board.

This includes the well regarded 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, a 90Hz refresh rate for the 6.52-display with a 180Hz touch sampling rate, which means the screen is very responsive to finger touches, said to be a real advantage in the latest games like PUBG and Call of Duty.

Obviously, there's face unlocking, and on the back, a fingerprint sensor, which is handy when you are wearing masks, something many of us worldwide are still doing. 

There's the ability to pop in a microSD card of up to 1TB in size, which gives you lots of space to store photos, videos, TV shows and movies.

And while some lower-cost phones have omitted NFC, it's essential to have it in 2021 as it is a time when contactless transactions have quickly become the norm. With NFC and your credit or debit card linked to Google Pay, you really can leave your wallet behind and use the 20 R 5G’s NFC functionality or access to Google Pay.

Here's the official TCL 20 R 5G video, the article continues below, please watch and read on!

The TCL 20R 5G joins TCL's 20 5G ($499) and the recently launched flagship 20 Pro 5G ($799) and reinforces TCL’s goal to provide both best-in-class and best-in-value alternatives to Australian consumers.

Joseph Corrente, Channel Manager for TCL Communication Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands said: "The 20 R 5G will enable many more people to experience 5G for the first time. However, it goes much further than price alone, as we have been able to deliver some very exciting features that we believe make the 20 R 5G best-in-class. When added to our broader range, it demonstrates our leadership in 5G smartphones across affordability, accessibility, quality and performance.

“From fast 5G to contactless transactions with NFC and Google Pay, this handset is ready for when Australia opens up again. It has a beautiful display and a refresh rate that makes it great for mobile gaming, seamlessly fitting into people’s lives and reinforcing our mission to make important technologies accessible to more people than ever.”

And what about Android OS and security updates?

The TCL 20 R 5G is also verified by Google as an Android Enterprise Recommended device. This validation shows businesses and individuals that TCL 20 R 5G is committed to meeting Google’s strict enterprise requirements through regular and timely Android security patches and guaranteed major updates. 

Here's how TCL describes all of the 20 R 5G's features and benefits:

5G for All

As 5G coverage improves, and more services rely on fast mobile data speeds going into 2022 and beyond, TCL Mobile has consumers prepped and ready for the future of quick connectivity. TCL’s 20 R 5G enables seamless, high-definition video communication as well as ultra-fast download speeds, while providing a highly affordable option to make this technology accessible to more Australians than ever before.

Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, TCL 20 R 5G is a perfect balance of performance and efficiency, delivering enough power for smooth all-day swiping and scrolling. It also ensures maximum battery life thanks to the chipset’s 7nm processor, which promises 28% more power-efficiency than an equivalent 8nm processor.

Immersive Viewing

In addition to fast 5G, TCL continues to drive its innovation NXTVISION technology, with the TCL 20 R 5G offering an immersive and smooth 90Hz refresh rate display with 180Hz touch sampling rate. Every tap, scroll and swipe on TCL 20 5G display is fast and effortless, bringing an ultra-smooth visual experience. Users can also choose the adaptive refresh rate for power-saving benefits, where 90Hz refresh rate is enabled in selected scenarios.

Users can lose themselves in the 6.52-inch V-notch display with 90% screen-to-body ratio. With a peak brightness of 500 nits, the display also features NXTVISION technology that provides image and video enhancement, low blue light protection, Reading and Eye Comfort modes. On top of being easy to see, the TCL 20 R 5G is optimised to ensure maximum enjoyment and minimum eye strain.

Elegant and feature-rich

Taking pride of place on the back of the phone is a capable 13MP Triple Camera, which captures unforgettable moments with competitive detail and clarity. AI Auto-Enhancement ensures scenes are optimised with nuance, while the dedicated 2MP depth lens and 2MP macro lens add versatility from portraits to detailed close-up photography.

Consumers can safely access whatever they need in an instant with face unlock and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and last all day with a 4500mAh battery that delivers 10 hours of video, 34 hours of talk time and 210 hours of audio playback.

It is available in Granite Grey and Lazurite Blue, the TCL 20 R 5G’s sleek finish is matched with a light in-hand feel.

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