TCL sub-brand FFalcon unveiled a smartphone that looks similar to a Huawei

Confirmed not a collab but it does indeed look like a Huawei phone.

FFalcon (read as “F Falcon”) is a subbrand from TCL. They are known for manufacturing TVs inside Mainland China, just like their parent company. The company has unveiled a new smartphone called Thunderbird FF1. The design looks pretty familiar…

Thunderbird FF1 is TCL sub-brand FFALCON’s first phone

Let’s start with specs: The phone is pretty much midrange from beginning to end of the spec sheet. First it uses 6.67in. 120Hz display up front and 5G connectivity. It appears that the phone has a 6400mAh battery coupled with 66W fast charging. That’s a pretty large battery that even flagships don’t have. It comes in two configurations: 8GB RAM with 128GB storage and another with 256GB storage.

Early on, there were rumours floating that the phone was created in collaboration with Huawei, hence the familiar look. The company later clarified that the phone was independently made through an ODM contract. We suspect that this ODM company is the same company that designs Huawei phones, especially the Nova or the Mate series (the rear camera bump does remind us of the Mate 20 in a way, albeit this one is bigger). The same confirmation also declines the rumoured Dimensity 700 chipset that was initially thought of to power the phone. It was confirmed that the phone will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 processor instead. This processor is also 5G compatible and definitely performs better than the Mediatek Dimensity 700 that was rumoured the last time.

The phone will be China-exclusive so likely no Google Services. The phone will be for sale starting 10th September but pre-orders start on the 6th. The phone has the following prices:

  • 8/128: CNY 2499 (~Php 19.2K)
  • 8/256: CNY 2799 (~Php 21.5K)

Source: GSMArena