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Brand: TCL
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 4 GB, 6 GB / 128 GB, 256 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Kryo 260 Gold & Kryo 260 Silver
  • Camera Back / Front: Quad (64, 8, 2, 2 MP) / 16 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Po
  • Display: 6.67 inches, IPS LCD, 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • OS: Android 11, TCL UI

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 8 / 10
  • Display 7 / 10
  • Performance 7 / 10
  • Camera 7 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Features 8 / 10
  • Price 8 / 10

If you’re in the market for a budget mid-range phone, and you don’t mind missing out on 5G, TCL 20S is worth your look. The other con of this device is its slow charging speed thanks to the 18W fast charging. However, the phone’s 5000 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery lasts somewhere between 1 and 1.5 days on average use. Seeing this, it can be said that the battery life makes up for it, to an extent. At the same time, it can’t be denied that the phone’s fast charging speed could have been better. Similar is the case with the device’s camera performance.

It turns in decent overall camera performance, while the results of its night and macro camera modes could have been a lot better. It has a 64 MP wide-angle, 8 MP ultrawide, 2 MP macro, and 2 MP depth sensor camera on the rear. On the front, you’ll find a 16 MP wide-angle camera for selfies and video calls. TCL 20S has all the usual features like LED flash, HDR, and panorama. What’s less usual at this price, is that the phone supports 4K video recording at 30fps. Additionally, the phone can record videos in 30 and 120 fps. Speaking of price, the phone comes in at a starting price of about €210 which approximately converts to $225.

It comes in two RAM/ROM combinations, which are 4 GB / 128 GB and 6 GB / 256 GB. The phone supports both a Nano-SIM card and a memory card. Connections are only supported up to 4G, though. Coming to the design, the phone is not only well-built but also looks good. TCL 20S has a plastic frame with a glass front. The plastic back panel doesn’t just do a good job of resisting fingerprints, it does a great job. It’s also worth mentioning here that the gadget is slightly on the heavier side, and it isn’t easy to operate with a single hand. For reference, the device measures 6.54 by 3.03 by 0.36 inches and weighs 199 grams.

For colors, the options are Milky Way Gray and North Star Blue. The phone’s display quality is its biggest highlight. TCL 20S has a 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen with a screen resolution of 20:9. The screen-to-body ratio and the PPI density of the phone are 84% and 395 respectively. While there’s no denying that there are better options out there, the display quality is still fairly decent. In the sound department, the device has a headphone jack and a loudspeaker, but there are no stereo speakers. As long as you are an average user, you won’t be let down by the phone’s performance.

The chipset and GPU used here are Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 and Adreno 610 respectively. On the software side, the smartphone runs Android 11 with TCL UI on top. TCL 20S will get one primary operating system update and security updates for an additional year. This is a plus since there are manufacturers that don’t even promise anything. Connectivity options include USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Hotspot. As for the sensors, the device has an accelerometer, proximity, compass, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.



Announced Date 2021, April 14
Release Date 2021, May 20


Dimensions 166.2 x 76.9 x 9.1 mm (6.54 x 3.03 x 0.36 in)
Weight 199 g (7.02 oz)
Colors Milky Way Gray, North Star Blue


Display Type IPS LCD
Size 6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)


Primary Quad (64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF | 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm | 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) | 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth))
Secondary 16 MP, f/2.2, 28mm (wide), 1/3.06", 1.0µm
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps
Camera Features LED flash, HDR, panorama


Chipset Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB / 6 GB


Card Type microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 128 GB / 256 GB


OS Android 11, TCL UI


Technology Used Li-Po
Capacity 5000 mAh
Fast Charging


3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go


Technology Used GSM / HSPA / LTE

Other Features

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass



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