TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

Today we’ll talk about the smartphone of the Chinese brand TCL. The model is called TCL Plex, and this is the novelty of the season. At first glance, this name does not mean anything, in Russia TCL is not known everywhere and not everyone. Nevertheless, this is not a one-day company, but a powerful corporation that produces a variety of electronics, from household appliances to televisions and smartphones.

What do BlackBerry, Palm and Alcatel have in common? That all these brands belong to TCL. This company is developing old brands, and sells its own smartphones under the TCL brand.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

Incidentally, TCL is the world's third largest television screen maker. But about TVs another time, but for now let's see what a beginner can do, how good he is and why he deserves attention.


The triple camera is not located along the body, but across, in addition it is also emphasized by the blue line and supplemented by two flashes. Such a design looks at least unusual from a good point of view. The camera modules do not protrude, they are located quite far from the fingerprint scanner, so it will be difficult to slap them accidentally.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

The main camera is 48 megapixels, if desired, this mode is launched through the settings menu. In the normal state, the phone takes 12 megapixel frames, which is quite enough. In my opinion, the difference between the maximum and the usual options is noticeable only on the crop when you compare the image on a large monitor. But when was the last time you did this?


The portrait mode works with a fairly neat “blurring” of the background under excellent lighting conditions. There is also a wide-angle module at 123 ° – this is the most for creative shots.

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The smartphone received a separate 2-megapixel module for shooting at night, but I did not see much benefit from it: the pictures are the same as on a regular camera. It’s hard to live without optical stabilization, but you can use a special night mode when several frames are glued together in a single shot in seconds. At least there will be less noise, but in this case you need to hold the phone very firmly.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

A 24 megapixel front camera with good detail and accurate color reproduction, it takes good photos in automatic mode. At the same time, appreciate the wide angle – how many things fit into the frame except me.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone


TCL decided that it was not worth following the fashion and added an IPS display to the smartphone. So if you are not too fond of OLED screens, then rejoice: your eyes get less tired when you read books or watch videos. The phone adjusts to lighting and changes the color balance of the image, a convenient thing. In addition, there is a special mode for reading, as well as a night mode to reduce eye strain.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

A feature called NXTVISION deserves special attention: the phone turns a regular image into an HDR picture. The question arises: why is this necessary? The answer comes on its own: because it is beautiful. The image becomes brighter, and halftones appear in dark frames.

Screen without cutouts and “bangs”, only a small hole for the front camera in the upper left corner. Simple, minimalist and neat. That would be another "chin" at the bottom to cut.


The phone will appear in one and only configuration: TCL Plex has 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory and a Snapdragon 675 processor. It turns out a solid such middle class. It's nice to play, there are no lags, throttling was also not noticed, the case does not burn palms during matches in PUBG – in general, everything is expectedly good. There is a compartment for a memory card.

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TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone


The kit comes with an adapter for fast charging at 18 W, for a modest 30 minutes the battery via USB Type-C is half charged, very convenient. In terms of autonomy, I got the usual results: from morning to evening, the TCL Plex lives on quietly, even about 20-25% remains in reserve.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone


The smartphone is equipped with a simple silicone case: for the first time it will do. Given that the case is made of glass (and it may seem slippery from habit), then most likely, immediately after the purchase, you decide to hide the glossy TCL Plex body in the case.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

And if without a cover? Then get ready to regularly wipe the beautiful blue case, getting rid of traces and prints. The case is plump, the smartphone weighs decently. In general, not miniature, but it would be strange to expect something different from a phone with such a large display.

What else?

The phone runs on Android 9.0, here is the original shell: it’s not clumsy, rather neat, but it’s not pure Android, but something in between.

TCL Plex Review: The Mysterious Chinese Phone

The fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the case, it works quickly, you can’t find fault. But if you don’t like this option, you can use face unlocking – however, this method is not so reliable.

Two SIM cards in place, you can connect headphones via a 3.5 mm jack or via Bluetooth 5.0. In this case, in the latter case, you can use two pairs of wireless headphones at once, conveniently. There is also a memory card slot, even a rare one for Chinese NFC smartphones.

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For TCL Plex they ask 19,990 rubles, the offer is good, but what else can you buy for the same money? For example, Honor 10 6/64 GB for 18 990 rubles. But it has a smaller screen, a better camera, but the performance of the Snapdragon 675 bypasses the Kirin 970 chip, which is in Honor.

Nokia 7.2 will appear on sale for 19,990 rubles. There, the screen is slightly smaller, 6.3 inches, the Snapdragon 660 processor is inferior in power.

For 20 990 rubles you can buy the Samsung Galaxy A50 6 / 128GB on the Exynos 9610. An interesting option, but the schedule Snapdragon 675 is again ahead.

You can not forget about Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 6/128 GB on MediaTek Helio G90T for 19,990 rubles, this turns out to be the most powerful offer in the class.

Having walked with TCL Plex for a week, I can say that with proper pricing, TCL will manage to attract attention. The screen is excellent, nice design, NFC in place, decent performance, normal autonomy. I wish the camera were even better, but this is already a hope for new firmware and updates.


OS: Android 9;
Screen: 6.53 inches, 2340 × 1080, IPS;
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675;
Memory: 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal, microSD;
Camera: main 48 MP f / 1.8, 16 MP f / 2.4, 2 MP f / 1.8; front 24 MP f / 2.0;
Battery: 3820 mAh, quick charge Quick Charge 3.0;
Communication: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C;
Dimensions: 162.2 × 76.56 × 8 mm.

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