Gosh, we actually miss the Samsung Galaxy S5

Supply: TCL

It looks as if every part’s costlier nowadays, and so lots of the finest Android smartphones price a reasonably penny. And should you’re the kind of smartphone fan who loved issues like detachable batteries, the analog headphone jack, and microSD help, it has to really feel such as you get much less and fewer to your cash yearly. We’ve not misplaced all hope, although, and now TCL is launching the Ion X, with each loads of these retro options and a super-affordable value.


The brand new TCL Ion X is a price range telephone in and out. A 2GHz MediaTek Helio G25 chip with 4G connectivity powers the telephone, which TCL equips with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. On the surface, it sports activities a serviceable 6-inch 1440 x 720 pixel LCD panel, a 5MP selfie digicam within the chunky higher bezel, and a single 13MP rear-facing digicam. That kind of format sounds positively old-school by trendy requirements, however pleasantly so.

For those who ever want so as to add some extra space, there’s all the time the choice to chuck in a microSD card, and should you get caught in a boot loop, popping the battery out takes only a few moments. Because of the environment friendly silicon, the three,000mAh battery ought to final this telephone lots lengthy, and if it does begin shedding cost a couple of years down the highway, changing it is going to be a snap.

Within the final 5 years, the yardstick for the very best price range Android smartphones has improved considerably. Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless variety of customers who haven’t got hundreds, and even a whole lot of {dollars} to spend on a brand new smartphone. TCL is without doubt one of the few manufacturers nonetheless making reasonably priced Android gadgets, and we aren’t complaining upon seeing these sorely missed options on the Ion X.

The TCL Ion X runs Android 12, and is obtainable by way of T-Cellular’s Metro within the US. You should purchase this telephone in-store for $120, or snag it without cost should you go for a brand new line. It seems to be like it will make for an awesome backup smartphone, burner (we cannot ask why you want one), or a way to relive the nostalgic glory days of earlier Android smartphones.