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TCL unveils premium 5G phone priced under $ 500 at CES and teases new foldable display

TCL unveils a premium 5G phone with a price of less than $ 500 at CES and teases a new foldable display with THREE individual hinges

  • TCL first delves into mobile phones and reveals new devices to you
  • The TCL 10 5G flagship will be one of the first 5G phones under $ 500
  • A new foldable phone can bend its OLED screen in three places
  • The folding device must still be named or planned for release

TCL will continue to make its own brand smartphones popular, including a new folding phone with three separate hinges.

The Chinese company, best known for selling capable TVs, announced its intentions on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show, with a new line of telephones called the TCL 10 Pro, TCL 10L and TCL 10 5G.

Although the company has long made devices for other companies, including Blackberry, this will be one of the first phones to be released under its own name.

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TCL has announced one of the first premium 5G smartphones available for the non-premium price of $ 499

TCL has announced one of the first premium 5G smartphones available for the non-premium price of $ 499

The high-end 5G device, the TCl 10 5G, costs less than $ 500 – a price that attracted several “wows” from the public – among the first 5G phones sold in that range.

TCL says it has a fingerprint reader on the screen and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

All three phones will be released in February from Barcelona, ​​Spain and will use a modified version of the Android operating system.

The phones all have a rear-mounted camera array that is aligned with four sensors in a horizontal formation.

Displays on each of its new devices use TCL-created displays and use NXTVISION visual technology – proprietary display optimization and camera technology that “enriches color, brightness and contrast enhancement in real time”

In addition to its 5G phone that cost less than $ 500, TCL did not comment on the final pricing.

The audience at the CES 2020 presentation of TCL was stunned by the company's announcement of a price of less than $ 500 for a premium 5G phone

The audience at the CES 2020 presentation of TCL was stunned by the company's announcement of a price of less than $ 500 for a premium 5G phone

The audience at the CES 2020 presentation of TCL was stunned by the company’s announcement of a price of less than $ 500 for a premium 5G phone

All newly announced TCL phones will use NXTVISION’s visual technology – proprietary screen optimization and camera technology that “enriches color, brightness and contrast enhancement in real time”

Perhaps the most flashy member of all its new mobile devices, however, is the company’s upcoming folding phone, which is not yet to get an official name.

The phone, a prototype of which was unveiled in October, has three hinges and can be used in various configurations and sizes. When folded, the phone folds itself to configure the device in a book-like form.

Although the device did not get much broadcasting time during the TCL media conference on Monday, the company said it would use its display technology expertise to enable its folding capabilities.

The unnamed folding device is said to have no screen on the outside and is still in a prototype phase.

It is unclear when it will ever become part of other foldable phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Hua X Mate X.

Earlier this year, the company would also have at least five folding devices in the making, including two tablets, two smartphones, and a type of wearable that revolves around the wrist.

TCL promised a new folding phone that will be bent into three different, unique configurations

TCL promised a new folding phone that will be bent into three different, unique configurations

TCL promised a new folding phone that will be bent into three different, unique configurations

TCL did not state when or if those devices would be released.

For the Chinese company, a new line of smartphones from the company brand will represent an important step forward and its first real step in the mobile market.

The company is clearly looking to fill gaps in the market for telephones with premium features without premium price tag.

TCL will compete with other vendors such as Google, which is reportedly planning to release a budget version of its flagship Pixel phone, and Apple that is expected to release multiple versions of its iPhone SE 2 – expected around $ 399 – next year .

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