TCL 10 5G UW is an affordable next-gen Verizon Android smartphone

5G is no longer the future -- it is the present. There are plenty of phones with 5G radios (including the new iPhone 12 series), and all major cell providers offer this next generation of connectivity. The thing is, not all 5G is created equally. For instance, T-Mobile offers the best 5G coverage, while Verizon's ultra wideband is the fastest. Unfortunately, when it comes to the latter, it can be hard to find an UW tower. So while Verizon has the best speed, it can be hard to achieve it.

With all of that said, Verizon has some hardcore fans that swear by its service, and if that is you, you are probably itching to get a new 5G ultra wideband phone. Sure, you could go with an iPhone 12, but Apple's offerings are quite pricey. Thankfully, up-and-coming phone-maker TCL has a new smartphone that works with Verizon's 5G and is very affordable.

Called "TCL 10 5G UW," it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset and it has an impressive 6GB of RAM. The phone comes with a 4,500 mAh battery which should provide long battery life, but also, the TCL 10 5G UW supports reverse charging, so you can use it to charge another device. Very cool.

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"Embodying TCL’s Display Greatness philosophy, the TCL-built 6.5-inch Full HD+ display on the TCL 10 5G UW comes with the company’s proprietary NXTVISION technology, which utilizes a dedicated display engine to provide true-to-life color, clarity and contrast enhancements. NXTVISION on the TCL 10 5G UW supports HDR10 video playback, so you can watch a wide range of videos as they were meant to be seen, and features an SDR to HDR real-time conversion tool for a more immersive visual experience," says TCL.

The company further says, "On the rear, the TCL 10 5G UW is adorned by a diamond glossy glass back with a symmetrical triple rear camera layout and dual LED flash, consisting of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP 118-degree super-wide camera and a 5MP macro camera capable of capturing details as close as 2cm away. Super Night mode delivers brighter shots in extreme low-light scenarios, and slow-motion videos recorded on the TCL 10 5G UW are up to 32x slower than standard video."

TCL shares specifications below.

DESIGN

  • Dimensions 6.44" x 3.01" x 0.37"
  • Weight 7.4 oz
  • Color Diamond Gray
  • Side Keys Power, Volume

DISPLAY

  • Screen Size 6.53"
  • Resolution FHD+(1080 x 2340)
  • Aspect Ratio 19.5:9
  • Glass 2.5D (front) / 3D (back)

PROCESSOR

  • Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • 765 (SDM7250-3-AB)
  • Speed & Type 1 x Gold Prime 2.4 GHz,
  • 1 x Gold 2.2 GHz,
  • 6 x Silver 1.8 GHz

MEMORY

  • ROM/RAM 128GB ROM / 6GB RAM
  • SD Support microSD up to 256GB
  • End User Space Up to 101GB

FEATURES

  • Operating System Android 10
  • Sensors Accelerometer, GPS, Proximity, Light, E-Compass, Gyro
  • Security Fingerprint Sensor, Face Unlock

REAR CAMERA

  • Megapixels 48MP (high-res) + 8MP (super wide) + 5MP (macro)
  • Flash Type Dual LED Flash
  • Focus AF + FF+ AF
  • EIS Yes
  • Camera Video Capture: Up to 4K @ 30fps

FRONT CAMERA

  • Megapixels 16MP
  • Flash LCD Flash
  • Focus FF
  • Camera Video Capture: Up to 1080p @ 30fps

BATTERY

  • Size 4500 mAh
  • Charging Time Up to 2 hrs.
  • Talk Time 34 hrs. (4G); 26 hrs. (3G) 
  • Standby Time 21.9 days (5G); 21.9 days
  • (4G); 24 days (3G)
  • Charging Tech 9V2A Fast Charging

NETWORK

  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • UMTS 2/4/5/8
  • LTE 2/4/5/12/13/46/48/66
  • Roaming: 3/7/20/28
  • 5G n5/n2/n66/n260/n261
  • VoLTE Yes

CONNECTIVITY

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Display
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Mobile Hotspot Yes
  • USB Type USB-C; USB OTG
  • SIM Type Nano SIM 4FF

SOUND

  • Number of Speakers 1
  • Microphone Dual with noise cancellation
  • Headset 3.5 mm audio jack

The phone is absolutely gorgeous, and it certainly looks to be a winner. It comes with Android 10 and a guarantee that it will get an Android 11 upgrade. Best of all, it is selling for a mere $399.99, making Verizon 5G achievable for most consumers. If you are interested in buying it, you won't have to wait long either -- you can get it directly from Verizon on October 29.

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