In mid-October JB Hi Fi will start selling the all new TCL Mobile Plex smartphone which got rave reviews shortly after being launched at IFA 2019 in Berlin, it is tipped to be one of the best “value” smartphones sold in Australia.
The big news is that the device will sell for only $499 and will come with a pair of high-quality noise cancelling headphones and 3 cameras including a 48MMp shooter.
The device is tipped to take it right up to the mid-range Oppo and Huawei devices and will even give the new Samsung A90 a run for the money.
The biggest selling point of the Plex is how TCL managed to cram triple cameras and a nice screen into a device that will sell for sub $500.
2 megapixels seems very low, but TCL says they’re using a sensor for that specifically designed to allow a ton of light to be captured to bolster photography in particular low light video.
Many observers claim that the device will take it right up to the Pixel 3a, which also sits in this price category and is currently pretty much the undisputed leader in photo quality for mid-range devices.
TCL are the #2 TV brand in the world and the #1 TV brand in the USA therefore it is not surprising that the display screen is as good as they get in a mid-range device.
in Australia TCL are also the company behind the popular Android brands such as Alcatel and BlackBerry, Alcatel is the 3rd most popular smartphone brand in Australia.
The TCL Plex is packed with features that brands such as Oppo are packing into devices that sell for up to $300 more than the new TCL Plex.
The all-glass smartphone has a look reminiscent of flagships from LG or Huawei and is manufactured at one of the worlds most successful smartphone manufacturing plants which is owned by TCL.
Brands such as Nokia have to use third party manufacturers such as TCL who manufacture smartphones for several other brands competing in the Android market.
The display is a big area of focus for TCL – it is a TV manufacturer after all. The Plex offers up a 6.53-inch display which takes up about 90% of the overall size. Bezels are minimal and TCL calls this display a “Dotch” display due to its hole-punch with the unique name being patented.
Another key feature is the colour accuracy due to a patented TCL technology called TCL NXTVISION.
With this new device the TCL PLEX’s screen is intensified with a 6-axis color enhancement for radiant images.
Edges are honed with 2D edge enhancement for sharper pictures and visual contrasts are made more striking without being over-exposed with targeted contrast enhancement.
With an SDR to HDR real-time conversion feature, the TCL PLEX offers an HDR-like video enhancement with increased contrast, amplified color, brighter highlights and darker shadows. Now, you can expect stunning HDR quality entertainment at all times.
Users can also hook up 4 Bluetooth headphones to the device for simultaneous broadcast from the one source.
Under the bonnet, the TCL Plex has a Snapdragon 675 processor, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,820 mAh battery. There’s also a microSD slot, headphone jack, and Bluetooth 5.0.