TCL released Ion X smartphone with removable batteries

For current smartphones, the built-in non-removable battery has become an industry standard, and larger battery design, higher power charging, and mobile power supply are the solutions to current battery life anxiety. Recently, TCL’s new Ion X takes a more traditional approach to extending the phone’s battery life, and that’s a replaceable battery.

According to Notebookcheck, the battery capacity of TCL Ion X is 3000mAh, compared with many current entry-level mobile phones equipped with 4500mAh or 5000mAh, its capacity may be small, but the replaceable battery design makes up for this shortcoming. Assuming, of course, that you’re willing to shell out the money for another battery.

Maybe because I think the replaceable battery is enough, Ion X does not look so good in terms of charging speed. It only comes with a 5V2A 10W charger. Fortunately, the interface is at least USB Type-C. In addition to the replaceable battery, this phone is also equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot (although it only supports cards with a maximum capacity of 512GB), which is also a feature in a sense.

As for other configurations, TCL Ion X is quite entry-level. Its SoC is MediaTek Helio G25, which does not support 5G, with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space. In terms of camera, it has a single 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The display is a 6-inch 720P screen.

At present, this model is only sold through T-Mobile’s Metro, and the price is $119, which belongs to the operator’s special supply machine. For a mobile phone at this price, the replaceable battery may really become an important factor in attracting users to choose.