TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L will get at least Android 11 and 2 years of security updates

TCL kicked off 2020 by announcing a slew of phones for a big push into the US market. The TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L eventually launched last month as solid phones under $500. Both devices launched with Android 10 and TCL’s own UI on top, but the question with mid-range devices is always how many updates will they get? TCL has clarified the update plans for the TCL 10 Pro and 10L.

“We can confirm both the TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L will, at minimum, receive one major OS update as well as SMR updates every two months for 2 years.”

-TCL Spokesperson

Seeing as how the TCL 10 Pro and 10L launched with Android 10, that means they will at least get Android 11. TCL does say “at minimum,” so there is the possibility that it could get Android 12 as well, though they aren’t committing to that. The “SMR updates” are “Security Maintenance Release,” essentially the monthly security patches. TCL will release those updates every 2 months for 2 years.

TCL 10L Forums ||| TCL 10 Pro Forums

We reviewed both devices and found they offer great value for mid-range phones in the US. The TCL 10L starts at only $250, which is extremely affordable for the US market. The TCL 10 Pro starts at $450 and faces much stiffer competition. When you get around the $500 price point there are plenty of options, including the Galaxy A51, iPhone SE, and the Pixel 4a, which may be even cheaper. The good news is the TCL 10 series will be updated for a while.

Specifications TCL 10L TCL 10 Pro
Dimensions & Weight
  • 162.2 x 75.6 x 8.4 mm
  • 180g
  • 158.5 x 72.4 x 9.2 mm
  • 177g
Display
  • 6.53-inch LCD LTPS Dotch display
  • FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 395 ppi
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 91% screen-to-body ratio
  • 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • Dedicated display engine
  • Real-time SDR to HDR conversion
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Top left hole punch
  • 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display
  • FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 398 ppi
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 93% screen-to-body ratio
  • 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Dedicated display engine
  • Real-time SDR to HDR conversion
  • Always-on-display
  • Teardrop notch
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 665:

  • 4x Kryo 260 Gold @ 2.0GHz
  • 4x Kryo 260 Silver @ 1.8GHz

Adreno 610

Qualcomm Snapdragon 675:

  • 2x Kryo 460 Gold @ 2.0 GHz
  • 6x Kryo 460 Silver @ 1.7 GHz

Adreno 612

RAM & Storage
  • 6GB RAM + 64GB EMMC
  • 6GB RAM+ 128GB UFS

Micro SD card, up to 256GB

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB UFS 2.1

Micro SD card, up to 256GB

Battery & Charging
  • 4,000 mAh
  • 4,500 mAh
  • Quick Charge 3.0, 18W (50% in 35 minutes)
Rear Cameras Photo:

  • Primary: 48MP S5KGM1, f/1.8, 1/2.25″ sensor, 0.8µm pixels
  • Secondary: 8MP GC8034, super-wide-angle, f/2.2, 1/4″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels
  • Tertiary: 2MP GC2385, macro, f/2.4, 1/5″ sensor, 1.65µm pixels
  • Quarternary: 2MP GC2385, depth, f/2.4, 1/5″ sensor, 1.65µm pixels

Video:

  • 4K @ 30fps
  • 1080 @ 120fps
  • 720p @ 240fps
Photo:

  • Primary: 64MP GW1, f/1.8, 1/1.7″ sensor, 0.8µm pixels, PDAF, CDAF, LDAF
  • Secondary: 16MP 3P9, super-wide-angle, f/2.4, 1/3″, 1.0µm pixels
  • Tertiary: 5MP GC5035, macro, f/2.2, 1/5″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels
  • Quarternary: 2MP OV02K10, depth, f/1.8, 1/2.8″ sensor, 2.9µm pixels

Video:

  • 4K/1080p/720p @ 30 fps
  • 1080p/720p @ 120fps
  • 720p @ 24ofps
  • 720p @ 960fps
Front Cameras 16MP S5K3P9SP04, f/2.2, Single Hole Punch 24MP OV24B, f/2.0, Teardrop Notch
Other Features
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Super Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n for 2.4GHz
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/n/ac for 5GHz
  • Smart key
  • In-Display fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Super Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n for 2.4GHz
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/n/ac for 5GHz
  • Smart key
Audio
  • Audio chipset: WCD9370
  • Audio amplifier: NXP TFA9890
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bottom firing mono speaker
  • Super Bluetooth
  • Audio chipset: WCD9370
  • Audio amplifier: NXP TFA9890
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bottom firing mono speaker
  • Super Bluetooth
Android Version TCL UI based on Android 10 TCL UI based on Android 10

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