Skip to main content

TCL’s 20 Pro 5G phone now works wirelessly with TVs, PCs, and tablets

TCL Communications has announced a multiscreen software platform, called Multi-Screen Collaboration, for the TCL 20 Pro 5G smartphone, which will arrive as an update for the recently announced device in the near future. It opens up the ability for the phone to integrate with a compatible television, tablet, or computer. Think of the functionality as being similar to Huawei’s Huawei Share, Samsung’s DeX, and even Google’s Chromecast.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Pair the TCL 20 Pro 5G to a TCL television using DLNA or Miracast, and the system makes it easy to display the photos stored in the gallery. What makes it different from Chromecast is being able to navigate using your phone’s screen and annotate images too, ready to take a screenshot and then share in a document. It’s an interesting collaborative twist on the basic functionality we may have first expected. Music and video can be streamed directly to the TV from the phone too.

Connect to a computer — it’s compatible with Windows 10 on computers with an Intel i3 chip or above — and the phone’s screen is mirrored allowing you to drag and drop files and images, copy text and send it to the phone, and then share it through messages. Connected to a tablet — only the TCL 10Tab Max is compatible at the moment, unfortunately — it’s also possible to answer calls and texts directly.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Wide availability across different devices from other manufacturers is usually the issue with this type of collaborative, multiscreen feature. To use Huawei Share, for example, you need a Huawei phone and laptop. It seems to be the same for TCL’s version for now, although the company did state it supports open standards and systems like Apple’s HomeKit, but did not elaborate on how this will operate. TCL does sell its very popular television range in the U.S. though.

The software will first arrive as an update for the TCL 20 Pro 5G smartphone, and it’s expected soon. The TCL Pro 5G has been released in the U.K. and several other regions, and is set to be released in the U.S. during the summer. It costs 549 euros, which is around $655. The new multiscreen feature may also be available on other phones in TCL’s range in the future, but TCL couldn’t provide details on which models, or when the update may be sent out.

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
MediaTek’s new Kompanio 1300T chip puts 5G on tablets, not phones
mediatek 5g plans office

MediaTek has announced the Kompanio 1300T processor, which will add 5G connectivity to Android tablets later this year, along with plenty of power for video and gaming. The chip is the latest in its Kompanio processor range, which has so far mostly been used in Chromebooks. While we associate 5G connectivity with smartphones, the fast data connection is becoming more common on tablets too. Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Tab S7 FE with 5G, and you can get an Apple iPad Pro with 5G, while Huawei was one of the first to show a 5G tablet with the MatePad Pro in 2019.

The Kompanio 1300T is an octa-core chip is made up of ARM Cortex A78 and Cortex A55 cores, plus a nine-core ARM Mali G77 MC9 graphics processing unit (GPU), and is built using a 6nm process. It’s capable of supporting screens with an up to 2.5K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ certification, and dual-monitor output. Cameras up to 108-megapixels are supported, along with 4K HDR video recording at 60fps.

Read more
Lenovo’s cute Smart Clock 2 now comes with a wireless charger for your phone
lenovo smart clock 2 news charging dock

It was very easy to fall for Lenovo’s cute Smart Clock, the small-screen, Google Assistant-powered gadget perfect for the bedside table, and now Lenovo has brought out an updated sequel. It doesn’t just have a new design either, because the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 comes with an added feature: A wireless charging plinth for your phone, boosting its space-saving usefulness.


Read more
The Poco M3 Pro 5G is the latest low-cost 5G phone to use the MediaTek 700 chip
poco m3 pro 5g news colors

Poco Global, the smartphone company best known for high-performance, low-cost phones like the Poco F1 and Poco F2 Pro, has announced the Poco M3 Pro 5G. The new phone is the latest in a growing trend of cheap 5G phones, made possible by using competitively priced processors like the MediaTek Dimensity 700, which powers the Poco M3 Pro 5G and the recently announced Realme 8 5G.

It’s the first time Poco has worked with MediaTek, which is working hard to increase its influence in 5G. The Dimensity 700 is a 2.2GHz octa-core chip built using a 7mn process, and although not MediaTek’s flagship 5G chip, is still designed to cope with games, video, and other power-intensive activities. In the M3 Pro 5G, it’s paired to either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, which come with 64GB or 128GB of storage space respectively.

Read more