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It’s been a breakout year for TCL, which used to devote its smartphone efforts to building devices under other companies’ brand names, but has spent 2020 making phones for itself. And the TCL 10 5G UW may be the phone maker’s crowning achievement.

The TCL 10 5G UW takes the finer points of other phones TCL has introduced this year — an excellent display, attractive design and serviceable cameras — and adds 5G connectivity. At the same time, it delivers all of that in a handset that costs $399 — a fraction of what you’ll pay for many of the best 5G phones.

There are more complete smartphones than the TCL 10 5G UW out there. But few other phones deliver such sought-after capabilities for this low a price. In this TCL 10 5G UW review, we’ll look at whether this affordable 5G phone is the right choice for you.

TCL 10 5G UW review: Price and availability

The TCL 10 5G is a Verizon-exclusive, sold through the carrier for $399. Buy the phone in monthly installments, and you’ll pay $16.66 a month for 24 months.

This is one of the least expensive 5G-capable devices you can buy. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G is coming to the U.S., though OnePlus hasn’t set a price yet. The fact that the phone costs ´£329 in the U.K. suggests it will be about as much as the TCL 10 5G when it does land here. Otherwise, if you want a 5G phone, you’re looking at the Google Pixel 4a 5G or the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, both of which cost $499. (These days, sales on the Galaxy A51 bring the cost of the 5G version down to the TCL 10 5G’s level.)

TCL 10 5G UW review: Design

The greatest compliment you can pay to the TCL 10 5G UW is to note that it doesn’t look like a sub-$400 phone at first glance. Pick up the handset and tap the plastic back, and the secret’s out of the bag, but TCL excels at designing phones that hide their budget origins well.

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To house the phone’s 6.53-inch display, you get a 6.4 x 3 x 0.37-inch device that’s pretty easy to fit in one hand. That’s taller, wider and thicker than Google’s Pixel 4a 5G phone, as well as the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, both of which accommodate smaller screens (although not that much smaller, in the case of the 6.5-inch A51). The TCL 10 5G also packs on more weight at 7.4 ounces than the 5.9-ounce Pixel 4a 5G and 6.6-ounce A51.

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You’ll appreciate the fact that the TCL 10 5G UW still includes a headphone jack on the top…

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