Verizon adds 8-inch TCL Tab to its Android tablet lineup

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TCL Tab 8

You might recognize the TCL brand from its value-priced Roku TVs sold through Amazon, Best Buy and the like, but it’s been a player in the mobile space through its manufacturing of phones for the likes of Alcatel and BlackBerry. In 2020, the Chinese company has moved to release Android phones under its own moniker, which have been well-reviewed by ZDNet’s own reviewers (here and here). Next up: launching into the tablet market through a partnership with Verizon.

Whereas it’s selling its TCL 10 Pro and 10L smartphones unlocked in the U.S., it’s taking a different approach with its Tab 8 tablet by hooking up with a wireless carrier. At $199.99, or $8.33 per month for 24 months, the 8-inch slate is Verizon’s cheapest tablet offering, about three dollars per month cheaper than an 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Though the Galaxy Tab has a slightly bigger screen and a much better known brand, the Tab 8 doesn’t compare unfavorably with it despite the lower price. It has a full HD display (1,920×1,200 resolution), equivalent claimed battery life of 17 hours (thanks to a slightly larger 5,500mAh battery), and the same 32GB of built-in storage. Both are powered by octa-core processors, though the Tab 8 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU compared to the Galaxy Tab’s homegrown Exynos 7904 chip.

The Tab 8 does come with Android 10 pre-installed (as opposed to Android 9 on the Galaxy Tab) and not surprisingly features built-in 4G LTE connectivity, along with 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi for when you don’t need a cellular signal. It also comes with the expected accoutrements for any tablet worth its salt, such as 5-megapixel front-facing and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras and SD card slot for additional storage.

The Tab 8 is currently available exclusively through Verizon, though it will

Save $40 On The Unlocked TCL 10L Android Smartphone

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Amazon has the TCL 10L Android smartphone on sale right now for only $209.99. That’s $40 off of its regular price. The TCL 10L was already a pretty cheap smartphone, but now it is even cheaper.

This is an unlocked smartphone, and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. Unfortunately, it does not work on Verizon’s voice network. But it does work with its LTE network. There is also no support for 5G, which is going to be no issue for most people, since 5G is pretty difficult to find anyways.

6.53” FHD+ Dotch LCD display, powered by NXTVISION, will upgrade your visual experience with the sharper details, vibrant images and allow you to enjoy true-to-life color accuracy in everything you present.

Quad rear cameras with dual LED flash: 48MP (high-res) + 8MP (118° super wide-angle) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth). 16MP front-facing selfie camera.

Up to 64GB of internal memory, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card (sold separately).

Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile. This device is also certified for use on Verizon’s LTE network. If your device is not receiving messages or experiences an error when making phone calls on Verizon, your account may need to be provisioned to support “CDMA-less” devices. To do this, please contact Verizon’s technical support team or your account’s business representative for assistance.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Octa-core processor, and 6GB of RAM for a smooth performance.

The TCL 10L is a really great smartphone to pick up, especially since it is barely $200. It runs on Android 10, and has some really good performance, as we found in our own review a few months ago. If you’re looking for an Android smartphone that doesn’t cost a grand, the TCL 10L is a great option, especially in this sale.

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Samsung, LG, TCL and Motorola have good phones from for under $300

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The LG Stylo 6 phone comes with a 6.8 inch screen that’s bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, has a stylus and a hefty 64 GB of internal storage – on par with the iPhone and Galaxy.

What’s also different is the retail price: $299 vs. the other phones, which both start in the $1,000 range?

That’s the good news. The phone could appeal to those looking for basic calls, texts and email reading, but when it comes to moving files, watching video and the like, you’ll probably want to shop elsewhere. The Stylo 6 has picked up good reviews for most of its features except for one very important one – sluggish performance.

That’s the tradeoff you’re going to have to make. There’s a reason some phones cost over $1,000, while others don’t. For $350 to $400, we can recommend three great phones from Apple (SE), Google (Pixel 4A) and Samsung (A51) which you can check out here. But what if you don’t have that budget, and need to spend less? We can help you there, too.

Options in the $350 and up category: Forget $1,000 smartphones — here are three great options for under $400 from Apple, Google and Samsung

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Let’s take a look at other options, all using the Google Android mobile operating system.

But first – here’s what you need to look for in a budget phone: as much power and storage as you can afford and a decent battery.

TCL 10L

TCL 10L is a budget phone for under $250 (Photo: TCL)

The Chinese company, best known for making high-quality, budget priced TVs (a 50-inch with built-in Roku streaming for under $300) also has a