TCL kicks 2021 off with new phones

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2021

The 20 5G and 20 SE smartphones blend a nature-inspired design with exceptional performance and affordability, offering upgrades over last year's 10 Series of smartphones to handle today's consumer's needs, including two 5G-capable models, improved imaging, and solid performance and battery life. It also offers a display calibration mode for better color accuracy, HDR10 video playback support, and an 8-megapixel front camera.

The TCL 20 SE is larger, but is 4G-only, with a 6.82-inch display, and a 5,000mAh battery.

It has a quad-camera setup, with a 16MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. It also has reverse-wireless charging capabilities. It runs Android 10 but is upgradable to Android 11. The series comprises a total of five devices, however, the company has now unveiled two models namely the TCL 20 5G and the 20 SE.

[CES 2021] TCL announces TCL 20 5G and TCL 20 SE

Beyond this new hardware, TCL is also exploring ways for its smartphones to interact with other devices, both inside and outside its ecosystem.

TCL also introduced 2021 variants of the Alcatel 3L and 1S. For cameras, there is a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro shooter.

At the memory level, this device will have 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, expandable with microSD cards up to 128 GB. To power all of these features, the TCL 20 SE has a Qualcomm octa-core chipset and a 5,000mAh battery. There is support for microSD card as well.


The 1S will be available in "select markets around the world" starting in February 2021 with a European RRP of €109 in Elegant Black and Twilight Blue colours.

Specifically within the framework of CES 2021, The Chinese manufacturer TCL has presented three new terminals under the Alcatel brandSince 2007, they have signed a contract with the said brand to be able to use it until 2024: Alcatel 3L 2021, Alcatel 1S 2021, Alcatel 1L 2021.

That's a brand that has already announced new TV tech this week, as well as a wearable screen and a new take on screen technology, but isn't just resting on those categories, and is showing what we can expect from phones in 2021.


It uses a reflective IPS screen that results in full-colour displays without blue light, backlight or flicker, making it less intensive on a user's eyesight. All three phones are powered by MediaTek's Helio A25 chipset, pack multi-cam setups and feature waterdrop notch displays. The smartphone has 4GB RAM and two storage options of 64GB (eMCP) and 128GB (UFS 2.1). There is a dedicated Google Assistant button, too, for some reason.


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