Being one of the only smartphones with a stylus on the market during its existence, the Galaxy Note was essentially unmatched. However, low-cost phones with the recognizable function have been more prevalent over the last few years. With the TCL Stylus 5G, TCL is currently stepping into that ring.

TODAY’S LAUNCH OF TCL STYLUS 5G IS $260. The TCL Stylus 5G is unquestionably a low-cost gadget that was created to compete with Motorola’s stylus-equipped handset and fill the void left by the LG Stylo series.

What benefits does the TCL Stylus 5G offer? The tablet includes a big 6.81-inch 1080p LCD display, giving the built-in stylus plenty of room to work. The phone comes with an app that can translate handwriting into text and a specialized calculator software that can read equations written in hand. The software of the phone, which is based on Android 12, also includes some additional stylus-friendly features, such the pop-up menu found on Samsung’s S Pen-equipped handsets.

TCL STYLUS IS DEFINITELY A MID-RANGE MOBILE. The spec sheet is generally unimpressive but nonetheless acceptable given the price. On T-network, Mobile’s there is a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip capable of Sub6 5G. 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with a microSD card slot serve as insurance. Additionally, TCL uses a 4,000 mAh battery, which, while less powerful than Motorola’s, should still be adequate for a full day and some extra use with these mid-range specifications. And a headphone jack, too. A fingerprint sensor is also present on the power key.

TCL includes a 50MP primary back camera, a 5MP ultrawide, two 2MP sensors utilized for depth information and macro pictures, which is standard for these mid-range devices. A 13MP selfie camera with a hole-punched cutout in the center is also present on the front.

The gadget itself also has a rather conventional appearance, with a rectangular camera module and a little more boxy appearance compared to the rest of the company’s lineup.

The inadequate support guarantee made by TCL completes the picture. The TCL Stylus will only receive one significant Android upgrade, which means it will most likely never see Android 14. Additionally, it will receive two years of security upgrades; however, the frequency of these updates is not specified. That’s unfortunate, but it’s also not much better than what Motorola’s stylus device offers. You’ll have to shell out $1,200 for Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra if you want longer software updates on a smartphone with a stylus.

The TCL Stylus 5G will be sold through Metro and T-Mobile starting today.

Despite only entering the US smartphone industry a few years ago, TCL presently holds about 5% of the market. The company had a slight advantage over Google’s Pixel series in the US market as of Q1 2022, but year-on-year growth declined.

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