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Smartphone Reviews, TCL 20 R 5G 2021

so budget friendly 5g ready smartphones there's something we've seen an awful lot of recently i tend to unbox at least a couple of them every bloody week at the moment and tcl is the latest to add to the pile with a tcl 20 r5g but this is actually one of the most affordable 5g smartphones in 2021 at just 179 quid it'll be available here in the uk from late october so not long to wait now if you're fancy yourself one of these bad boys and now for your view and pleasure i will whip the tcl 20 or 5g on out of the box take your full on tour of the hardware and the software test out the game and grant the camera all that good stuff and for more on the latest and greatest tech please do poke subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers. so what do you actually get inside the box besides the tcl 20r5 you get one pretty dinky tcl 10 watt adapter one type c usb cable quick start guides pokey sim pin and that's it just all that and the phone itself of course uh so no protective condom case.

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TCL 20 R 5G review: Design and key features

 so the tcl 20 r5g rocks fairly standard budget design is a fully plastic frame of course with a separate back and engine now back end does actually have quite a soft texture to it which is uh which is rather nice feels nice to clutch but it is also very very smooth as you can see there as well so probably will end up slipping off the uh the arm of your surfer if you bung it on there i'm just personally rather glad that it's a matte finish on the back end of the tcl20 r5g so it doesn't seem to pick up greasy fingerprints when you're fondling the thing and pretty easy to wipe down you do have a rear mounted fingerprint sensor on this thing as well which is increasingly rare in 2021 it tends to be edge mounted or an in-display fingerprint sensor but seems to be well positioned ever so slightly indented so you can sort of fumble around and find it with your fingertip without having to look every time and that camera chassis does poke a little bit out of that back end of the tcl20 r5g as well something enough to cause a bit of wobble when the things line flat on a desk and you're poking and putting that screen now this is a 6.52 inch blower as well and fairly thick bezel surrounding that display so it is a bit of a hand filler that's for sure quite a chunky monkey as well and got a decent heft to it you've got a choice of two colors with the tcl20 r5g this is the uh not particularly exciting granite gray model but if you look at the box you can also pick it up in lazarite blue what is lazarite well i'm glad that you asked lazarite is a tectosilicate mineral with sulfate sulfur and chloride that's according to good old wikipedia cheers wiki and if you have a bit of a squint inside the sim tray as well you'll see the space for two sims at the same time otherwise that second sim slot can also be used for micro sd memory cards to expand the storage.

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TCL 20 R 5G review: TCL UI 3.0 and features

 so tcl 20 or 5g all set up good to go and what we've got running on here is android 11 of course good old reliable uh but it has been rejigged somewhat with tcl's own launcher which is imaginatively titled the tcl ui 3.0 so on the surface it does look a lot like stock android and you do have your google discover feed right there when you want it you can drag down the notifications bar from anywhere you'll notice that this has a lot of extra toggles uh thrown in there which you don't get in standard android likes of mini notification one-handed modes that one-handed mode definitely does come in very handy indeed uh certainly if you want to reach up anywhere near the top end of your apps and other shenanigans you'll spy as well if we go into the apps tray it is all ordered by uh categories or communication media utilities if you're not a fan of that you can quickly and easily rearrange it just back into alphabetical order you'll probably notice that there's a lot of stuff that comes pre-installed on here i've downloaded a few bits of my own like disney plus and deezer but with the tcl ui launcher you've got a second browser for some reason you get crap where like bucking.com and facebook chucked on there and some of these apps like the smart manager are perfectly fine they do help to clear out some of the uh the memory cache and some of the storage as well if you've got lots of crap that you've downloaded and then forgotten about if you jump into the tcl 20 or 5g settings it's mostly stock android stuff but with a few additions of tcl's on so if you dive into advanced features for instance you once again got that one-handed mode you've got a screen recorder tool you've got a remote lock featuring case you have to lose your device you've got the game mode as well which i will touch on in a bit and apparently the tcl 20r5 g is android enterprise recommended as well which basically means that tcl guaranteed you'll get a couple of major updates on this thing and also timely security patches not sure exactly how many uh android updates you can expect but i'd be very surprised but didn't get android 12 uh towards the end of this year probably start of next year actually and then android 13 after that as well let's see the power button and the volume rocker here on the tcl 20 r5d do feel like they're watched a little bit too close to the center i'd prefer they were slightly further up and slightly better separated as well especially considering the fingerprint sensor was actually quite far up that back end but the good news is you don't even need to touch the power button you can just basically finger that sensor and as you can see there you're straight into your desktops that really is remarkably quick for a smartphone under 200 pounds very impressive indeed and you do also have a face and lock feature which you can use as well just swipe up it'll scan for your mug.

TCL 20 R 5G review: Display and audio

 and again straight in so that 6.52 inch ips display is really not bad at all for a sub-200-pound budget smartphone it's full hd plus resolution so reasonably crisp visuals despite the fact it's a good old size even pretty small text is nice and legible you won't notice any real pixelation or anything like that going on go i think it little nipple notch poking its way ever so slightly into that screen as you can see they're quite quaint uh in a world of selfie orifices but it doesn't intrude too far when you do decide to get a big old full screen netflix session on the go and yeah you won't exactly be bawled over by vibrant vivids slap you in the face colors when you're you know kicking back with some animation bit of anime action or whatever but the colors aren't muted either so again it's perfectly acceptable budget view and experience now if you jump on into the next vision app this does offer a small selection of display settings that you can tinker around with the likes of an eye comfort mode you can play with the the color temperature as well and you do also have the image enhancement and video enhancement features as well which is supposed to improve the the sharpness the contrast of any really low res images i can't personally see i know it's much of a difference when i switch those on seems to be a reasonably bright panel as well no trouble seeing it outdoors on that maximum level where it's supposed to hit around 500 nits and you've also got a smart refresh over rate mode as well where you can automatically have it cycling between 60 and 90 hertz depending on what you're up to now on to audio and it is just a mono speaker setup here on the tcl 20 r5g you can get serial speaker smartphones at this sort of price point but let's bump up the volume see if it's actually okay you've got a textured finish on that back end which should help with grip it doesn't seem to slide around in my palms which is always good uh yeah gotta see it unfortunately that sound quality is for one of a better word utter pants just really tinny and distorted uh when you sort of bump up anywhere near that maximum volume which isn't particularly powerful anyways you'll definitely 100 want to be relying on a bit of headphone action you've got headphone jack there thank christ on the tcl 20 r5g and. 

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TCL 20 R 5G review: Performance and battery life

bluetooth support as well as for your performance well that comes courtesy of a mediatek dimensi 700 chipset it's a popular budget friendly 5g uh platform because it comes with a built-in 5g modem and so far touchwood everything seems reasonably smooth here on the tcl20 r5d catching a little jutter here and there but exactly what you would expect for a sub 200 pound budget phone no real shocks or surprises at all when it comes to the benchmarking as you can see they're pretty standard geekbench scores for the dimensionally 700 and as always just going to quickly test out the gaming chops here on the tcl 20 r5g with a good bit of call of duty action you have the game box uh which basically just helps to collect all of your games together in one nifty space you've got a couple of bonus gaming features like blocking notifications quickly and easily you've got your game turbo mode as well and certainly if you just want to do a bit simple gaming on like psychology mobile pub g uh things like that then the tcl 20 or 5g will do the job absolutely fine you're more limited to the more sort of medium detail settings and frame rates but certainly the frame rate stayed consistent i didn't notice any judders or any serious performance issues while i was uh playing and the tcl20 r5d stayed nice and cool as well which isn't surprising because the mediatech that mentally 700 is nice and energy efficient you've got 180 hertz touch sampling support here as well as every pork and swipes certainly instantly registered no worries on that front so yeah again if you want to do a bit like gaming on the side it'll do the job and no issues with connectivity either because you've got that 5g support that's actually spread across both sims as well thanks to the dimensionally 700 and you shouldn't have a problem with battery life here on the tcl 20 or 5g either you've got a 4500mah capacity cell crammed inside this gorgeous granite gray chassis and i should keep it going all day long because certainly i've been playing on it for a good two and a half hours now you know streaming media bit gaming all of that good stuff and it's only trickled down about sort of 15 in that time it's definitely helped along again by the fact that you've got that energy efficient platform running the show because there's tcl blower in the fastest when it comes to recharge and there's only 15 watt fast charge support and you do only actually get a 10 watt adapter bundled in the box so you're gonna have to provide your own adapter if you want to maximize the charging speeds.

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TCL 20 R 5G review: Camera

 and last up that triple lens rear camera slapped here on the back of the tcl20 r5g don't get too excited by the fact that it's three lenses because one is a two megapixel depth sensor the other is a two megapixel macro uh but it's a 13 megapixel primary shooter we'll be concentrating on and like a lot of budget smartphone rivals from the likes of xiaomi oppo poco etc you get an absolutely feature laden uh camera ui here lots of different modes and stuff to play around with and probably spend most of your time in good old auto mode of course but so far the shutter speed seems nice and nippy and the focus seems reliable you don't have an ultra wide angle a shooter that you can swap to unfortunately which a lot of budget rivals do offer these days but you've got all the usual filter shenanigans you've got the google lens stuff and you can't swap to a portrait mode as well which just allows you to add a nice bokeh style background effect to really help your subject to stand out using that depth sensor and photo quality with that 13 megapixel primary sensor pretty much what you would expect from the tcl 20 r5g definitely want to be shooting against any bright skies or anything like that because high contrast this thing ain't really a fan of you'll expect seeing like a bit of saturation and all that again shooting in low light as well you can expect some noise and grin to creep in quite suddenly and there's no dedicated nightboard on this thing to uh to help compensate in low light and for your movie options as well well you're pretty limited as far as this goes because you're stuck at basically 1080p full hd at 30 frames per second there's no 60 fps option there's definitely no 4k resolution and if you are into your selfies well you can expect pretty basic results from the 8 megapixel selfie shooter here on the tcl 20 r5g as well nothing particularly outstanding there just simple shareable shots it's pretty much what you're limited to don't think i'll be sharing that little beauty there though it's one of the many reasons i don't bother with instagram.

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TCL 20 R 5G review: Price

 so there you have it in a nutshell tcl 20r 5g 179 quid hit in the uk late october one of the most affordable 5g smartphones out there doesn't do anything particularly new or fresh or original or exciting indeed but it looks like a solid all-round blower if you're just after something that can you know handle a good bit media stream and maybe a bit of light gaming it's the most demanding sort of tasks and apart from that just an all-around dependable effort hopefully touchwood will do the job so what do you reckon about the tcl 2005g be greater your thoughts down in the comments below please do poke subscribe.

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