Published on May 1st, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning

TCL Delivers Exceptional Performance And Affordability With Australian Launch of 20 Series 5G and SE Smartphones

Following its unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, TCL Mobile has today announced the impending local availability of its 20 Series lineup of smartphones with the 20 5G and 20 SE. Offering major enhancements to its smartphone range and delivering huge ‘bang for buck’ in the entry level and mid-tier smartphone categories, the 20 5G offers powerful performance for under $500 while the 20 SE packs a punch at just $299 while still incorporating many of TCL’s display technologies and features.

Following TCL’s initial foray into the mid-market last year, the latest 20 Series of smartphones builds upon its premium yet affordable range. In addition to delivering 5G connectivity, the range features the next generation of TCL’s proprietary display and camera technology with NXTVISION 2.0, offering improved SDR to HDR conversion, enhanced colour calibration and more eye safety features.

“Following our successful launch of the TCL Mobile brand with our 10 Series range of smartphones, we looked to continue the strong momentum into 2021 by offering premium quality smartphone features to consumers that includes proprietary technology to bring our ‘Display Greatness’ mantra to life,” said David Vieira, Director of Product Marketing, South East Asia, TCL Communication.

“Our launch today is the start of an aggressive roadmap through the rest of 2021 and beyond, from new smartphones to tablets and wearables that we are excited to bring to Australia as the TCL brand cements itself as a high quality, high performance and affordable brand consumers can rely on.”

TCL 20 5G: Powerful 5G Performance and Stunning Visuals

For those seeking powerful 5G performance along with an enhanced display and video streaming experience, the TCL 20 5G features a large 6.67-inch FHD+ Dotch display with HDR10 video playback for streaming TV series, documentaries and films on Netflix. The 20 5G also comes with an SDR-to-HDR real time conversion tool for an outstanding visual experience, along with an exclusive piece-by-piece display calibration mode that further enhances the display’s colour accuracy.

Powered by an 8nm octa-core Snapdragon™ 690 5G chipset, the TCL 20 5G delivers a smooth user experience no matter what apps, games or services are being used, while its Smart 5G technology automatically switches between 4G and 5G bands based on data usage to help further stretch the built-in 4500mAh battery.

Beyond its 5G connectivity, the 20 5G also maintains all the qualities of a premium smartphone with an AI-powered triple camera setup with technology that enhance auto-focus and video image stabilisation, long with low-light, high-resolution shots. The 48-megapixel main rear camera takes detailed images for those looking to capture stunning photos and videos.

TCL 20 SE: Maximised Media Performance with NXTVISION

Stunning video performance is delivered from the 20 SE’s 6.82-inch, V-notch display with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience, along with a 20.5:9 screen ratio which provides broad, cinematic-like viewing performance in a slim form factor. To further take advantage of the large display, the TCL 20 SE also features a Smart Floating Window, allowing users to browse the web or reply to messages while watching videos. This feature is triggered by swiping to the right or left corner, and can be adjusted in size or move to anywhere on the display.

Through its SDR-to-HDR technology, the 20 SE provides outstanding video playback with enhanced colour, contrast and clarity through its NXTVISION technology to enjoy videos in real time. While compatible with Hi-Res Audio certification, the device’s dual speaker design improves the audio experience with no speakers blocked when the device is being held in a user’s hand. To power all of these features, the 20 SE has a Qualcomm octa-core chipset and a 5,000mAh battery. For those looking to keep their 20 SE fully-charged, the smartphone’s On-The-Go reverse charging capability allows users to top up the battery of a friend’s device or a smaller gadget.

While maximised video entertainment and power are the foundations of the TCL 20 SE, the device’s quad rear camera comes with AI-powered colour portrait and sky enhancement features, designed to automatically detect the intended subjects and adjust the background for more vibrant shots.

TCL Multi-Screen Collaboration

As unveiled at CES, the 20 Series will incorporate TCL’s upcoming multi-screen collaboration between its 20 Series smartphones, tablets, televisions and PCs. TCL make it possible to seamlessly transfer files and multimedia from one device to another through simple wireless connections like Bluetooth, Wifi or NFC.  

TCL 20 5G TCL 20 SE
6.67-inch FHD+ Dotch display 6.82-inch V-notch display
5G 4G
Mist Gray & Placid Blue Nuit Black
8nm octa-core Snapdragon™ 690 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 460
TCL UI, Android™ 10 TCL UI, Android™ 11
6GB RAM + 128GB, 6GB RAM + 256GB 4GB RAM + 64GB (eMCP) / 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM (UFS2.1) 2
Rear: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear: 48MP/16MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front: 8MP Front: 13MP/8MP
10X digital zoom, Google Lens, EIS, HDR, in-recording snapshots, LED flash, Light Trace Mode, Panorama Mode, photo filters. Dual LED flash (single tone), 4x digital zoom, HDR, Snapshot in video recording, Night mode.
Fingerprint (side-mounted) Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
4500mAh 5000mAh
Fast charging 18W Fast charging 18W
$499 $299

Launch Timings

TCL 20 5G – $499 – Available at Harvey Norman at end of May and Officeworks from June

TCL 20 SE – $299 – Available at Officeworks in June

About the Author


Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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