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Australia's most affordable 5G phone launches at under $300 – 9News


While TCL may not be a household name in mobile phones, they are a well known brand in Australia for their range of TVs over many years, and have been making smartphones for a long time – just not under their own brand.

Today, the company has announced the newest edition to their ever-expanding line-up of devices with a 5G capable mobile phone priced at under $300.

The TCL 20 R 5G is not a phone short on features – alongside 5G connectivity, the phone offers a triple camera for those all important family photos, as well as an impressive display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling, plus access to NFC to allow for tap-and-go mobile payments with Google Pay.
The new TCL 20 R 5G smartphone is launching in Australia for under $300. (Trevor Long)

Priced at $349 outright unlocked to any network, it’s the most affordable 5G phone ever launched in Australia.

However, pushing that number lower, 9News can reveal that Vodafone will launch the phone at a $299 price tag for post-paid customers with the device locked to the Vodafone network.

The TCL 20 R 5G is the third 5G device launched in the past few months, alongside the 20 5G ($499) and flagship 20 Pro 5G which is still impressively priced at $799.

The phone offers a triple camera for those all important family photos. (Trevor Long)

“The 20 R 5G will enable many more people to experience 5G for the first time,” Joseph Corrente from TCL Australia said.

“However, it goes much further than price alone, as we have been able to deliver some very exciting features that we believe make the 20 R 5G best-in-class.

“When added to our broader range, it demonstrates our leadership in 5G smartphones across affordability, accessibility, quality and performance.

It’s the most affordable 5G phone ever launched in Australia. (Trevor Long)

“From fast 5G to contactless transactions with NFC and Google Pay, this handset is ready for when Australia opens up again.

“It has a beautiful display and a refresh rate that makes it great for mobile gaming, seamlessly fitting into people’s lives and reinforcing our mission to make important technologies accessible to more people than ever.”

The TCL 20 R 5G is a lightweight design, a slightly less premium feel when compared to the other TCL 20 range of products, but features a 6.52 inch display and a bright screen with TCL’s NXTVISION technology to enhance videos and photos along with low blue light protection and eye comfort modes.

The new TCL 20 R 5G smartphone is launching in Australia for under $300. (Trevor Long)

Like most smartphones today, the TCL 20 R 5G also features flagship features like fingerprint or face unlock, and the 4500mAh battery should be an all day battery with ease.

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The TCL 20 R 5G launches for $349 at Harvey Norman, Officeworks and MobileCiti, with Vodafone’s $299 deal available for postpaid customers, and a pre-paid offering coming soon.



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