TCL 406 and TWS buds unveiled

The business introduced a low-cost smartphone model that is superior to the 403 and 405 but less expensive than the CES-released TCL 408. The business also displayed mobile 5G Wi-Fi hotspots and noise-canceling TWS earbuds

The TCL 406 costs $120 (about 6,669.06 Philippine peso), $10 less than the 408. Where does the saving come from? The camera – the new model has a 13MP sensor, down from 50MP. It still runs full Android and it even comes with the newer 13 version out of the box.

The phone will have 6.6” HD+ display, stereo speaker and 5,000mAh battery. That said, the 405 hardware is pretty similar to the 406, the main limiting factor here is the RAM capacity.

Please click here to see the specs of TCL 405. The TCL 406 will become available in Europe immediately and will expand to other regions soon.

TCL Moveaudio Neo

With its Moveaudio earbuds, TCL has been a player in the TWS earbud market, even if it took a break after announcing the S600 in 2021. It has since returned with its most affordable Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) earbuds.

Both environment noise cancellation for phone calls and ANC for music listening are features of the TCL Moveaudio Neo. The ANC can quiet a room down to 28dB. For those instances when you actually need to hear your surroundings, there is also a transparency mode accessible.

The Neo buds support Google’s Fast Pair, so pairing them up to a recent Android phone should be as simple as opening the case and tapping the pair button on the screen.

The buds have 10-mm drivers and touch controls, plus 4 equalizer modes. Each bud weighs 4.5g and is rated IP54 so rain and grime shouldn’t be an issue. The case weighs 41g. The one major missing component is a high quality audio codec.

The buds can last up to 7 hours of continuous playback, the total listening time when you include the case is 40 hours. Charging is done over USB-C and is pretty fast, 10 minutes are enough for 100 minutes of playback.

The TCL Moveaudio Neo cost $50 (about 2778.78 Philippine Peso). For comparison, the S600 is $100 (about 5,557.55 Philippine Peso), the S180 (also with ANC) is $80(around 5,557.55 Philippine Peso) normally, there are significant discounts at the time of writing. The S180 have shorter battery life (30 hours) and lack fast pair, however.

TCL Linkzone 4G and 5G hotspots

The TCL Linkzone MW512 is a 5G Wi-Fi hotspot that works in the sub-6GHz band. It has an intuitive user interface thanks to the on-board display so you can keep an eye on connection status, battery life and so on.

There is also the Linkzone MW63, which provides a 4G connection (Cat. 6, up to 300Mbps down and up 50Mbps up) and supports eSIMs so you don’t need to acquire a real SIM when traveling abroad. This portable device’s 2,150mAh battery allows it to operate for up to 8 hours while simultaneously connecting up to 32 devices to the Internet through Wi-Fi 5 (ac @ 867Mbps) (standby time is up to 300 hours).

Info on the prices and availability of the Linkzone hotspots will be announced soon.


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