TCL 10L review: A modern phone for only $250, but there are trade-offs

TCL’s 10L is the company’s $250 budget phone. 

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Chinese electronics giant TCL has made a name for itself in the US through its Roku TV offerings, which have impressive displays that punch well above their prices. But after years of trying to break into the phone industry through sub-brands such as Alcatel, Palm and BlackBerry, the company is trying again and using its own name. 


  • Good value for price
  • Modern design

Don’t Like

  • Mono speaker is weak
  • NXTVision display tech doesn’t add value
  • Lag issues

One of the first of these new phones is the $250 TCL 10L, which will be available May 19. Overall, the 10L is a good attempt at a budget phone, and while it doesn’t have many flashy features, it admirably handles basic tasks and has an elegant design. For the price, it’s a good rival to the Moto G Stylus ($300 at

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