You probably don’t know much about TCL, if you do, it’s probably not about smartphones, but TCL actually owns the Alcatel brand and licenses the BlackBerry brand, but This year at IFA in Berlin, TCL decided that its brand is strong enough that its able to start self-branding items, like phones itself, enter the Plex.
Despite having a name identical to the piece of streaming software, the Plex is in-fact a really nice smartphone. Coming in at just €329, this is a remarkable amount of phone for that little money.
Starting with the display, something that TCL is well known for, they are a panel maker and one of the best in the world. The 6.53″ Full HD+ IPS Panel is a thing of beauty, and for a few very good reasons, this is a remarkably accurate display with a DeltaE value of less than 1, for reference, a DeltaE of less than 2 is considered good enough for doing colour critical work, so this is insane, especially for a phone of this price. TCL also has a real-time SDR to HDR conversion, I hope this can be turned off as some aren’t a big fan of this, and the choice is always better than no choice. The screen has a hole punch cut-out in the top left that TCL are calling, and I kid you not, the Dotch. It’s a Dot Notch, get it!
Inside the Plex is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 675 from Qualcomm, the 675 has 2 Cortex A76 Cores at 2Ghz and 6 Cortex A55 cores at 1.8Ghz, this is all fabbed on Samsung Foun.dry’s 11nm manufacturing process. this is backed up with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, as well as a MicroSD card, although it’s only rated for 256GB. There is a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack too, and something remarkably interesting is the Bluetooth on the phone, it’s Bluetooth 5.0, which is nice, but it’s also able to be connected to 4 devices simultaneously.
The Plex is also being a bit adventurous when it comes to its camera. we have the now semi-standard 48mp Sony camera (although not the IMX586) as its main sensor, with a secondary 16mp ultrawide 123-degree camera, and lastly, we have the specialised ultra-low light camera, with only 2 megapixels, but a monstrous 2.9 micrometre pixel size, 50% larger than the venerable HTC Ultrapixel from a few years ago, this is meant to be able to take high-quality video in light as low as 1 Lux, which is true is utterly incredible.
We will have a hands-on video later today and update this article with the video link later on.