TCL 20 Pro 5G review: impressive camera phone from brand you've never heard of

The TCL 20 Pro 5G impresses with four cameras, stacks of storage, midrange specs, and 5G

TCL 20 Pro 5G
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The TCL 20 Pro 5G is a charming phone packing thoughtful highlights, premium styling, and midrange specs. With 256GB storage and a very good-looking design, the phone’s price seems low, but take a peek at its internals, and it all starts to make sense. The 20 Pro 5G’s processor falls behind today’s flagships, there’s also no telephoto camera, and its charging speeds are slower than some cheaper competition. Nevertheless, it does pack wireless charging, and it’s hard not to be charmed by TCL’s finest phone to date given its balance of flagship flourishes and value where it counts.


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    Premium styling

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    Considered interface

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    Expansive AMOLED screen


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    No telephoto camera

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    Night mode doesn’t fire up automatically

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    Camera placement promotes lens smudges

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The TCL 20 Pro 5G isn’t a TV, which may come as a surprise if you’re familiar with the TCL brand. Even if you haven’t heard of TCL phones though, it’s been making mobiles for a few years now, with phones like the TCL 10 5G launching in 2020. Prior to launching phones under its own name, TCL also released a range of Alcatel Androids over the last decade, all of which had one thing in common: very good value for money.

With the TCL 20 Pro 5G, the brand is clearly keeping one eye on value, and another on flagship elements, with the phone sporting a glass front and back, metal frame and an expansive AMOLED screen. A vertically stacked camera setup is flush with the back of the phone, and there’s a great fit and finish to the 20 Pro 5G.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.