TCL 10 5G review

A quad camera array goes horizontal on this affordable TCL 10 5G phone

TCL 10 5G
(Image: © Jamie Carter/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A good value, fast-working all-rounder with a 6.5-inch screen and 5G connectivity, the TCL 10 5G produces excellent 64MP images from its main camera; However, despite boasting a quad camera array its secondary lenses are pretty average.


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    High quality main camera

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    Impressive ‘High Pixel’ mode

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    Big battery

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    Headphones jack


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    Average wide and macro lenses

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    Unexciting display

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    Heavier than most phones

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Having briefly made BlackBerry smartphones under license, Chinese manufacturer TCL now presents its first 5G smartphone. The 6.5-inch TCL 10 5G comes at a time of plenty in the mid-range market for super-fast smartphones. Affordable 5G phones are everywhere, from the Oppo Reno4 Z and OnePlus Nord to the Realme X50 5G and Google Pixel 4a 5G. So what makes the TCL 10 5G so special? 

Costing US$515/UK£399 and built around a Snapdragon 765G chipset – the same one found in the Google Pixel 4a 5G and the Realme X50 5G – the TCL 10 5G is further proof of just how mainstream a proposition the once elite-level quad lens camera now is. Capable of shooting stills in 64MP stills and with a large battery on board, it sports an Android-based – though TCL-flavored – user interface and 128 GB of storage. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.