Are smartphones with removable batteries will become a norm again? The new TCL Ion X gives us hope.

The European Union is pushing a law that will require smartphone makers to only implement removable batteries to make things easier for consumers once the module degrades over time. But for now, it’s up to the brand if they choose to have their phones come with hot-swappable batteries or not. Thankfully, TCL was kind enough to release one with the new TCL Ion X.


This one has a detachable back panel so you can easily replace the battery. Albeit, it has a relatively small capacity of only 3,000mAh. Still, it’s great if you want to keep two batteries and easily swap to a fully-charged one so you’re always on the go.

The rest of the specs scream entry-level. It has a MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. It also boasts a compact 6-inch HD+ display, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 13-megapixel main shooter on the back.


Those who are in the United States can now get the TCL Ion X for a price of USD119 (~Php6,500) through Metro Mobile.

TCL Ion X Specs

  • Android
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6-inch HD+ IPS display, 1440 x 720 pixel resolution, 268ppi
  • 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, LED flash
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • GPS
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.2 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 177.4g
  • Colors: Black
  • 3,000mAh removable battery, 10W charging

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