The most notable thing about the push for 5G is how quickly cell phone prices have fallen with next-generation wireless technology. The push towards affordable 5G devices is clearly as much an indicator as the current state of the smartphone space – users are no longer updating devices as quickly as they used to be. More importantly, they are reluctant to pay $ 1,000 for doing this.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G was part of that puzzle. And unsurprisingly, the mid-tier chip is included in TCL's new $ 400 5G handset. Of course, with that $ 399.99 price tag, TCL positions it as "under $ 400," which is technically correct – the best kind of correct.
It's also not correct to say that the TCL 10 5G UW is a "premium blend of power, performance, stylish design, and 5G connectivity that was previously only available on more expensive flagship smartphones." Affordable 5G phones are not a completely new phenomenon – neither are affordable 5G phones with decent specs and design. Even so, the price is still remarkable at this stage of the 5G upgrade cycle – which is why we're frankly writing about it here.
The combination of price and 5G is the main thing to like here. It is even below the OnePlus Nord, a current high water mark in the combination of 5G and price point. And there are a few other things that potential buyers should appeal, including a 4,500 mAh battery in conjunction with reverse charging for other devices. There are three rear cameras: a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 5-megapixel macro, the latter of which is seen on more phones.
It arrives on October 29th and is specifically a Verizon (TechCrunch parent company) using the carrier's mmWave technology exclusively here in the US.