August 6, 2022

TCL enters the tablet market with the new TAB 10S device

TCL’s latest entry into the Australian tablet market is a welcome one, with their latest piece of Technology offering to be an affordable alternative to the big guns.

The TCL TAB 10S is a new large-screen device with excellent battery life, marketed to families and young students, and sold at a bargain price.

The tablet also has a 10.1-inch Full HD display, although slightly smaller than Apple’s standard iPad, there’s still plenty of screen space to go.

9News took a look at the new TCL TAB 10S to see how it stacks up in an otherwise saturated market.

The TCL TAB 10S has a 10.1-inch display with blue light filters. (Provided)

How is the battery? Really excellent.

The TCL TAB10s has an 8000mAh battery and TCL claims you should be able to get eight hours of continuous use from a full charge.

During my review period, I managed to get 10 hours of use. This was spread over five days without charging the device once. I still had 15% left on the battery before recharging it.

My usage wasn’t heavy on the tablet at all, I mostly used it to perform various simple tasks including browsing the web, playing games, watching videos, and using apps like Canva and Google Docs.

The TAB 10S has two cameras, one on the back of the device and another on the front.

The rear camera is 8MP, and while it doesn’t perform well in low light, it should do the trick if you need to snap a quick photo or scan a document.

On the front, ideal for video calls and the like, is a 5-megapixel camera.

Image taken on the rear camera of the TCL TAB 10S. (Provided)

The included touch pen is a wonderful bonus. At first the stylus was quite aggressive on the glass, making loud tapping noises with every movement on the screen, but after using the T-Pen for a few hours it starts to feel natural and that fear of damaging the device has disappeared.

The TCL TAB 10S comes with a few apps pre-installed, namely the Google basics, but the one that immediately caught my attention to test out the T-Pen was Bamboo, a laptop/sketch app.

I’m not confident enough to share my drawing skills here, but for basic sketching and note taking, the Bamboo and T-Pen combo is great. You’ll have to pay a little extra for some app features, like specific brush types.

Perfect for families, the TCL TAB 10S supports multi-user accounts on the device. Each profile can be customized according to the user, be it a child or maybe a guest, in addition to the main user account.

The tablet has 64 GB of internal memory, but this can be expanded if you need it. 64 GB is enough for a family’s activities.

The TCL TAB 10S comes with Kid Mode pre-installed. In terms of educational tools, the games and content of Kid Mode are to be desired, my six and three year olds were not too interested in what was on offer.

Child mode also allows parents to set a PIN code for certain software applications.

Can you play games on the TCL TAB 10S?

The short answer is yes.

I downloaded and installed Call of Duty: Mobile to test the power of the tablet, the game ran flawlessly – but looked atrocious.

Call of Duty: Mobile defaulted to the lowest graphics settings possible, and while it didn’t look amazing, it was still completely playable.

It also brought some surprises; the game ran on the TAB 10S at 60fps.

You should have no problems playing games like Roblox and Minecraft on this tablet. For kids looking for some downtime between homework, you won’t go wrong.

Screenshot of Call of Duty: Mobile running on the TCL TAB 10S. (Supplied new)

If you have slightly stubby fingers like me, you’ll need to be extra careful when using the on-screen keyboard.

On the screen, at the bottom, you will find three buttons; Return (or close the keyboard when open), close the app, and view open apps. I had to type very carefully so as not to close the app five times per sentence – after a few hours of practice it was fine, but that’s apparently always the case for me when using a new keyboard layout.

You can swipe to type, which is easy enough on mobile, but the swiping technique is difficult to grasp with such a large screen.

The TCL Tab 10S comes with a proactive case and a touch pen in the box. (Provided)

If you prefer to use the swipe technique, I suggest popping out the keyboard by tapping the icon just above the Y and U keys.

You can also customize this mini-menu if you wish.

What’s included in the box?

Besides the obvious, when you pick up the TCL Tab 10S, you also get a case for the tablet that protects your screen with a flap, it doubles as a stand.

A stylus, aka the T-Pen, is also included in the box. You will also find an AC adapter and a USB-C cable.

The protective case that comes with the TCL TAB 10S doubles as a stand. (Provided)

How does the TCL TAB 10S compare to the Apple iPad?

First, let’s look at the price. The TCL TAB 10S will set you back around $400. Apple’s standard Wi-Fi iPad can be picked up for around $500.

Both tablets have an 8-megapixel rear camera, with the iPad offering a 12-megapixel front camera over the TAB 10S’s 5-megapixel.

The iPad has a slightly larger battery, at 8500 mAh. But since the TAB 10S doesn’t push as much power as the iPad, you can expect similar battery life from the tablet.

The TAB 10S, while not as powerful as the iPad, does have cellular support. This means you can put a SIM card in the tablet and use it on the go.

If you wanted an iPad with 4G connectivity, you’d need $200 more on top of the price.

Both the TCL TAB 10S and the iPad come with 64GB of storage, with TCL’s device offering expandable storage. You cannot physically expand iPad storage.

If you’re looking for a big-screen tablet at an affordable price, the TCL TAB 10s is hard to beat.

While it may not have the best or latest features, almost all tablets are what you make of them and how you use them.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a tablet of this caliber, touch pen and case included, for a similar price. It is ideal equipment for any young student or family.

The TCL TAB 10S doesn’t do anything particularly extraordinary, but it does step up to the platform and offer a few affordable alternatives at the same time.

9News received a loaner unit of the TCL TAB 10s for the purposes of this review.