TCL 20 Pro 5G Review

Definitely, when we need a budget-friendly product, Chinese manufacturers and other competitors slide in to provide an affordable brand with some cons and pros. TCL, the company that has almost ruled out many big companies by lifting the lid on its first series of smartphones at CES in January 2020. 

It came up with the TCL 10s, a gadget line-up that includes the 10 Pro, 10L, and a 5G smartphone. By aiming at the cheap to the mid-range smartphone market, it’s set out to compete with equivalents from Honor, Motorola, and Oppo.

This smartphone worth around $500 is 5G enabled and assures a rich visual experience with its AMOLED display. It is one of the best-looking smartphones the market has seen from companies like TCL. 

This Brand has put on a good show with the high ultra HD Technology. It is all set to satisfy the consumers’ budget-friendly decision by providing them with the most suitable phone in its category. Let’s go through the track performance of this smartphone before looking at more compliments.


tcl 20 pro 5g

When it comes to the design of the TCL 20 Pro 5G, it is undoubtedly the best-looking phone at this price if asked to put TCL’s phone in a row with more expensive devices such as the OnePlus 9 Pro or OnePlus series or iPhone 12 Pro. The TCL 20 Pro 5G gives the rays of aura and grabs the most votes for manufacturing one of the best models and providing the most of it in a single mobile.

Along the top of the phone, there is a headphone jack and an IR blaster. The accompanying IR remote app will let you connect the phone to a wide variety of TVs. It enables the users to view various streaming services in the long run. If it is a TCL TV, then the odds are all in your favor. 

TCL 20 Pro has a huge 6.67-inch display and is surrounded by minimal bezels. 

The front-facing camera sits in a hole punch cutout in the middle of the display’s upper edge, giving the TCL 20 Pro a Samsung-Esque look at first. The back of the phone also impresses, with the cameras stacked vertically along the left border. Around the back, you’ll find the tri-lens camera setup and a shiny plastic backplate perfectly designed to look like glass. 

Moondust Grey model comes with the most elegant color coated over this phone. The other available color — Marine Blue — is quite stunning. The screen even curves with adjustable palm rejection settings to make it worth handling.


If you have dealt with TCL Electronics before, having a nice display might be a regular thing. TCL 20 Pro 5Gs phone’s display is a 6.67-inch FHD AMOLED panel, locked at 60Hz that is good enough to stream the favorite show along with a headset that controls noise cancellation and provides a serene environment. 

You also get several options for enhancing viewing experiences on the TCL 20 Pro. You can choose between two calibrations: Vivid and Natural. The art of gallery and image must not be overlooked. It provides an option for image enhancement, including videos and games, that boosts contrast, sharpness and provides HDR where applicable.

As the customers have approached the various action scenes on the phone, the picture quality has won their hearts and minds. Some displaying scenes have been a matter of sheer excellence. Under this price zone, the company has done an excellent job by giving the best under this range. 

It also supports HDR10 playback and features TCL’s NXTVISION technology. It allows users to customize the display of images, videos, games, colors, and more. Though it has an average 60Hz refresh rate, it still makes for an enjoyable viewing experience.


TCL 20 Pro 5G battery life
Source: Kimovil

The TCL 20 Pro 5G is powered by a 4,500mAh battery. TCL 20 Pro 5G appears with 6GB RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 8nm chipset powered by an Octa-core (Dual-core, 2GHz, Kryo 570 + Hexa-Core, 1.7GHz, Kryo 570) processor and an Adreno 619 GPU.

A 4500mAh Li-Polymer battery gets installed inside the smartphone. The non-replaceable powerhouse is also compatible with v3.0 18W Quick Charging. While talking about the battery part, the so-called 18W Quick charging takes 2 hours to charge the battery from nil to 100, not the worst but still not the best.

Likewise, you won’t find wireless charging here, but you’d struggle to find that feature in any phone under about $800.

TCL 20 Pro 5G Camera Review

TCL 20 Pro 5G camera
source: TCL

The TCL 20 Pro 5G has a 32MP front camera and four rear cameras: a 48MP primary shooter with optical image stabilization, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Talking about the camera, it is not too much of a big show and not less than the mark that just deals with the basic requirements. 

The rear camera setup has autofocus. It has a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring a 32-megapixel sensor with an f/2.45 aperture. When it comes to new technologies, the brand has also dealt with Super Night Mode 2.0. It is a night mode that uses AI to pour a surprising amount of light under dark night picture zones. 

Coming to selfies, the TCL 20 Pro 5G struggles a bit with the sunlight filtering. The final image comes out a bit bright, and some finer details get completely merged in the extreme brightness of the phone. 

However, for outdoor shots, the TCL 20 Pro does a decent job by capturing the best primary colors and providing an insight into them. Nevertheless, the image might appear overexposed, making for washed-out and not needed photos with a washed picture not good enough to be stored. 

The portrait mode of TCL 20 Pro 5G is also fair play, and the images produced are decent portraits. The blur radius is acceptable, though it opted for a zoomed-out look. 

TCL 20 Pro 5G back camera
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When it comes to photographers’ benefit, the phone has got a sure-shot deal. The TCL 20 Pro 5G supports up to 4K video at 30 frames per second in SDR, 1080p at 30 fps with HDR including EIS to keep things stable, and a couple of other options like better motion capture and such.

Again, while comparing with other devices, TCL has failed in providing the desired output by creating an overwashed look in the MP4 and overexposing the details.

If we consider the overall performance, this phone has got a decent recording, quite acceptable under this budget.

TCL 20 Pro 5G Performance

The TCL 20 Pro 5G runs Android 10, which is bizarre, not only because it’s now out of date, but even more so given the cheaper TCL 20 SE (which dropped at the same time as the 5G) ships with Android 11. TCL’s website confirms that the TCL 20 5G will be getting an Android 11 update, but it’s still a strange omission. So, it’s not a deal-breaker, and TCL’s user interface is clean and organized, if not as clean as vanilla Android.

Combined with the newly-released mid-range Snapdragon 690 chipset and 6GB of RAM, it makes for a snappy experience no matter if you’re mobile gaming, flicking between apps, or editing photos and videos. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor is blazingly fast too. Paired with Face Unlock, it makes getting into the phone a breeze.

Something you are not likely to find on any other phone is the TCL 20 5G’s dedicated button on the left side, which, when pressed, triggers Google Assistant.


TCL has a vast pool of facilities in the form of storage and connectivity by providing an updated system. TCL 20 Pro 5G is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. Talking about the measurements, the TCL 20 Pro 5G measures 164.20 x 73.00 x 9.07mm and weighs 190.00 grams. 

The mobile phone comes and runs with a TCL UI, a software-based on Android 11, and packs 256GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 1000GB). It means that the ones who have been getting notifications of storage full might find a way to handle it well, as the storage could be filled with all sorts of gaming software or entertainment streaming zones. 

Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor. These sensors in total have caused a new helping cloud in the phone as there would be no need to put security numbers and passwords but just a finger sensor. Connectivity options on the TCL 20 Pro 5G include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G.

TCL 20 Pro 5G storage


As the Chinese company has introduced the brand under an affordable range, it is glittery enough to grab the attention of the buyers. The brand value is credited due to the factors like connectivity, network, and battery. TCL 20 5G managed to bring many features under this price compared to the competitor brands like iPhone and OnePlus. Considering this, the brand has done an exceptional job. 

But again, the brand has failed to focus on the efficiency of some aspects like the Battery life. It can be a struggle under intense tasks or longer days as well. The camera can be a troublemaker under night mode. For game seekers, the software is all set to give an adventure. Nonetheless, there could have been some adjustments in terms of providing the latest software. 

Overall, this phone is a grab opportunity for mid-budget seekers and those who are looking for an all-in-one phone. Finally, without any doubt, TCL 20 5G has dealt with the brand value very well.

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Aishwarya Verma

Aishwarya Verma is a technology writer. She loves researching the latest improvements in Cybersecurity, Headphones & Laptops.

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