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TCL 560 smartphone: First Impressions

Published On : 04 Jul 2016

New Delhi, (IANS) One of China's biggest electronics manufacturers TCL Corporation on Monday launched a new TCL 560 smartphone in India equipped with a unique eye-biometric verification feature.

TCL currently sells smartphones in over 170 countries (including India) in partnership with Alcatel.

Recently, Reliance Retail also launched LYF Earth 2 smartphone that comes with retina-based unlock and a faster fingerprint sensor.

Biometric verification technology is going to be the next big thing in the mobile industry and is considered to be more secure than finger print sensor.

Here are the first impressions of TCL 560.

On the specifications front, the device comes with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The 4G LTE enabled device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

To use the EyeVerify feature, go to Settings and under Lock screen tab, tap on the Screen Lock to create an Eyeprint. It takes almost a minute to capture your Eyeprint.

Now when you want to unlock the device, a small window appears on top of screen that verifies the captured Eyeprint and unlocks the smartphone in 3 seconds, approximately.

The feature is good as nobody can unlock the device without your knowledge, but since we unlock our smartphones almost regularly, using the EyeVerify feature again and again does not sounds good.

TCL 560 sports a curved design that looks elegant and is comfortable to use.

However, we noticed a slight difference in placement of power and volume buttons. Generally, power button is placed below the volume buttons and users are used to that placement.

While using the same in TCL 560, it took time to adjust to the button placement as in this smaretphone, the power button is placed above volume rockers.

The In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology delivered good brightness and contrast levels and wide viewing angles. The 5.5-inch display provides plenty of real estate to watch movies and play games, etc.

The touch response is also good. The Android Marshmallow operating system felt smooth and apps open up quickly.

The 8MP camera is good for shooting in bright light conditions and offers modes like HDR, face beauty, Panorama. The 5MP front camera is good for selfie lovers and clicks good pictures.

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