“Another capable competitor in the budget segment from a Chinese brand”
TCL, which is a Chinese multinational electronics company, recently launched its TCL 560 smartphone in the country, and it’s one of the most affordable devices currently to offer an iris scanner. At the launch of the 560, the company had announced that it has two more phones in the pipeline, one of which has now been launched in the form of TCL 562. Along with that, TCL also launched a series of televisions, designed to suit all budgets. We did get to watch how ultra high definition videos looked on one of the TVs, but this article is about the 562, which packs in some decent specifications. We used it for a while, and here are our first impressions.
There’s nothing surprising about the design of the TCL 562. It sports a regular candy bar design with rounded corners and a slightly curved rear panel. The phone has been crafted out of plastic, which comes as a slight disappointment. However, the phone sports a brushed finish in the back, which exudes metallic vibes at least on the gold variant.
The port placement is standard, and unlike most phones out there, the TCL 562 sports a removable back panel. Despite its 5.5-inch display, the phone can be used with a single hand for the most part. The phone feels slightly slippery in the hands, but the thin frame and the lightweight design make up for it by adding to the grip. The phone comes with a screen protector, a pair of in-ear headphones, a micro-USB to USB cable, and a two-pin wall charger rated at 2A.
The display on the phone sports full HD resolution which looks sharp enough and the colours look rich. The screen brightness is pretty impressive, and since the display is not very reflective, the sunlight legibility on the phone should be good as well. The TCL 562 is powered by a MediaTek MT6755 processor which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The processor is mated to 3GB of RAM. Our short session with the phone felt smooth for the most part, and the RAM capacity sounds sufficient for you to multitask with ease. However, we’ll be able to put out a final verdict after stress testing it out.
The phone comes with 32GB of built-in storage out of which about 24GB is available for use. You can also use the microSD card slot or the USB OTG capability to expand the storage.
The phone runs Android Marshmallow out of the box and the interface is mostly stock. However, you do get a bunch of pre-loaded third-party applications like Amazon shopping, Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, Cars Racing, Kingdoms & Lords, and Puzzle Pets.
The TCL 562 comes with a 13MP primary camera aided by a dual-tone LED flash. It also gives a 5MP selfie shooter along with a front-facing LED flash. The default camera app on the smartphone comes with features you can find on most camera apps these days.
There are a bunch of live filters that you can apply to your pictures in real-time, and a few shooting modes like HDR, Night, Picture in Picture and Panorama. Along with that, you get the usual camera settings which can be tweaked according to ambient light settings. The focusing, as well as the shutter speed was decent, and the camera captured good details in the test image we clicked. We’ll test the shooters in different lighting conditions to gauge their prowess.
Priced at Rs 10,990, the TCL 562 is an Amazon India exclusive. The phone does come across as a worthy competitor in the segment when we talk just specs. All it apparently lacks is some metal in its body, when compared to other smartphones available at this price. We’ll have a better say about the phone’s capabilities once we review it, which won’t take long, so stay tuned.