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A look inside a mid-range Android phone

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In the smartphone yearly release cycle, it’s easy to fixate on the latest and greatest from Apple and Samsung, with a little bit of Google Pixel thrown in for good measure.

I’m as guilty as anyone in mostly reviewing mainstream phones — the ones consumers are most interested in buying. But those aren’t the only games in tech town.

The TCL 20 Pro 5G, a mid-range Android phone for those not worried about being first on your block with the latest and greatest from Apple and Samsung. (TCL/TNS)
In the smartphone yearly release cycle, it’s easy to fixate on the latest and greatest from Apple and Samsung, with a little bit of Google Pixel thrown in for good measure.

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I reviewed the predecessor TCL 10 Pro 5G last year. I called the phone “nice enough, but just one more mid-priced phone in an already crowded field.”

TCL is a Chinese electronics manufacturer best known for its TVs. I’ve had a TCL TV in my living room for the last few years and I’m extremely pleased with its performance and picture quality.

The 20 Pro 5G is a good-looking phone. It has a modern design with the screen taking up the entire front of the phone. The sides of the screen curve down in a design reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy phones from a few years ago.

The sides and back of the phone are glass, and the phone does exude a quality look and feel.

The top of the phone has an infrared transmitter so you can control TVs and set-top boxes and other devices using IR remotes. The top also has a headphone jack. The bottom edge has a speaker, USB-C port for charging and data transfer, and the SIM slot.

The right edge has the sleep/wake button and volume up and down buttons. The left side has a smart button you can program to launch Google Assistant, open the camera or many other functions.

The TCL 20 Pro 5G’s display is really the phone’s best feature. There is a screen enhancement technology called NXTVISION (shared with TCL TVs) that lets the user set screen calibrations. You can choose from three presets — vivid, natural and standard or advanced, which lets the user customize the calibration. There is also a mode to enhance video games and provide HDR (high dynamic range) if the video source supports it.

The 6.67-inch AMOLED screen is a winning feature of the 20 Pro 5G. It has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. The display has a 60 Hertz refresh rate, which seems slow compared to higher-end phones, but for the price, compromises must be made. School district announces called meeting Wednesday
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