By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:38 GMT, 6 January 2020 | Updated: 22:39 GMT, 6 January 2020
TCL will plow forward with plans to popularize its own company-branded smart phones, including a novel folding phone with three separate hinges.
The Chinese company, which is mostly known for selling capable TVs, announced its intentions at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, detailing a new line of phones called the TCL 10 Pro, TCL 10L, and TCL 10 5G.
While the company has long manufactured devices for other companies, including Blackberry, this will be among the first phones released under its own name.
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TCL has announced one of the first premium 5G smartphones available for the non-premium price of $499
It’s high-end 5G device, the TCl 10 5G, will cost less than $500 - a price that drew several ‘wows’ from the audience - among the first 5G phones to be sold in that range.
TCL says It will boast an in-screen fingerprint reader and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
All three of the phones will be released in February starting in Barcelona, Spain and will use customized version of the Android operating system.
The phones will all have a rear-mounted camera array that with four sensors aligned in a horizontal formation.
Displays on each of its new devices will use TCL-made displays and employ NXTVISION visual technology - a proprietary display optimization and camera technology, that ‘enriches color, clarity and contrast enhancement in real-time.’
Other than its 5G phone costing less than $500, TCL didn’t elaborate on