After LG decided to stop selling smartphones, it left a huge gap in the “this phone is kinda weird” market. Most notably, the death of LG Stylo meant that only Motorola would sell affordable stylus-equipped smartphones. But the universe is correcting itself with the launch of TCL’s Stylus 5G.
At just $258, the TCL Stylus 5G is actually slightly cheaper than the 4G-only Moto G Stylus. It features a 6.81-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Notably, it runs on Android 12 (rare for a phone at this price) and features a 26-hour battery life with a 4,000mAh capacity.
Camera-wise, we’re looking at a 50MP main camera, a 5MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro lens, all complemented by a 2MP depth sensor. The front of the phone packs a 13MP selfie camera. These are some decent camera specs, but when it comes to budget phones, a bevy of cameras is often a bad sign.
TCLOh, there’s also the integrated stylus! TCL packed a few premium apps in this phone to make use of the pen, including MyScript Calculator 2 and the AI-powered Nebo note-taking app, which can automatically turn handwriting into printed text.
The TCL Stylus 5G certainly falls flat in a few areas, most notably the processor. While the MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G is certainly a capable chipset, the Moto G Stylus 5G runs an actual Snapdragon chip. (To be fair, the standard 4G-only Moto G Stylus also uses a slower MediaTek processor.)
TCL Stylus 5G
The TCL Stylus 5G features a 6.81-inch 1080p display, a massive 26-hour battery life, and of course, an integrated stylus. Get it at T-Mobile for $258, or for free when you open a new line.