TCL launches its first smartphone with a built-in stylus that pops out when you need it and hides inside the phone when you don’t.
The well named TCL 5G Stylus is a mid-range smartphone with a 6.81-inch LCD screen, MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage and four rear cameras including a 50MP main camera.
But it’s the screen and stylus that set the phone apart from other TCL devices. The phone has a large 2460 x 1080 pixel HDR display with 120Hz touch sampling rate. And you can interact with it using TCL’s stylus when you want to sign documents, take handwritten notes, annotate photos or do anything else that requires a tip finer than your fingertip.
Although it’s a capacitive stylus rather than an active stylus that supports hover actions or pressure sensitivity, the phone has some stylus-specific features, including a touch-centric app launcher. the stylus that offers quick access to applications optimized for stylus input, and the possibility of taking notes on the screen before you even turn on the device. You can simply pull out the stylus and immediately start writing or drawing on the screen.
The phone has a 4000mAh battery and 18W fast charging support, a microSD card reader that supports cards up to 2TB, a sensor side fingerprint integrated into the power button, a 13 MP front camera and four rear cameras:
- 50MP primary
- 5MP superwide
- 2MP depth
- 2MP macro
The phone’s MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G processor features two ARM CortexA76 processor cores with speeds of up to 2.2 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores of up to 2 GHz, along with Mali-G57 MC graphics.
TCL says the phone should support most major sub-6GHz networks, but it’s launching today as a T-Mobile exclusive with prices starting at $258 from T-Mobile and $269 from the prepaid subsidiary of T-Mobile, Metro.