TCL is a pretty well-known brand in the US that sells mainly affordable and mid-range smartphones. The recently launched TCL 20 series can appeal to consumers looking to get a decent smartphone without spending too much money. The TCL 20 Pro 5G is a solid contender for a good and reliable mid-range smartphone while the 20S and 20 SE are lower-end phones with slightly underpowered hardware. If you’re looking to get yourself a lower mid-range smartphone, we have a detailed review of the TCL 20S to help you decide whether you should get one or not. If you want to get a brief idea of the internals of the phone, here are the specifications.

TCL 20S Back

TCL 20S Back

Specification TCL 20S
Dimensions & Weight
  • 166.2 x 76.9 x 9.1 mm
  • 199g
Display
  • 6.67-inch AMOLED
  • Full HD+ Resolution
  • 20:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665:
    • Kryo 260 CPU cores (Up to 2.0GHz)
    • 11nm Manufacturing Node
  • Adreno 610 GPU
RAM & Storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Card support
Battery & Charging
  • 5,000mAh
  • 18W Fast Charging
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Security Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 64MP
  • Secondary: 8MP ultra-wide
  • Tertiary: 2MP macro
  • Quaternary: 2MP depth
Front Camera(s) 16MP
Connectivity
  • Bands (North America):
    • GSM:850/900/1800/1900MHz
    • UMTS:1/2/4/5/8
    • LTE:1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/
      20/25/26/28/29/38/40/
      41/66/71
  • NFC
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
Software Android 11 with Magic UI 4.2

As you can probably decipher from the specs, the TCL 20S has modest specifications. There’s nothing unique about the phone or nothing that stands out from other phones in the market. For starters, the SoC – Snapdragon 665 – isn’t as powerful as you would expect from a phone at this price. It’s quite old and may struggle to handle even light to medium tasks. If you play games on your phone or multitask a lot, this isn’t the best option for you.

TCL 20S Display

TCL 20S Display

The display, however, is a plus point of the TCL 20S. It has a Full HD+ AMOLED display which is a bonus if you watch a lot of content on your phone. Even the camera setup seems pretty decent – you get a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide, and two sensors that you would probably never use – for macro and for depth. Battery life too would be good on this phone thanks to the 5000mAh battery onboard. The TCL 20S doesn’t offer the best specifications but can be a decent option if content consumption and endurance are your priority.

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    The TCL 20S is a mid-range smartphone that has an AMOLED display and a large 5000mAh battery. It’s good for content consumption but not really the best overall phone for the price.

If you’ve decided to purchase the phone, do check out our guides on the Best Cases and Best Screen Protectors for the TCL 20S.