TCL continues its tradition of launching a barrage of devices at CES, and it’s a similar story with two new 30 Series smartphones heading to the US later this year.
Let’s start with the TCL 30 XE 5G. It has a 6.52-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 720 and a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz. With a 4,500mAh battery, it runs on one of Mediatek’s Dimensity 700 chipsets, which are designed to work better with AI tasks like image processing.
Speaking of photos, there is a triple camera system, but you don’t have to worry too much. There is a depth sensor and a 2-megapixel camera, which means that most of the work will be done by the single 13-megapixel main camera sensor. It will be able to record video at up to 1080p – another reminder that these phones are affordable first, and impressive specs don’t take priority. Much less.
The TCL 30 V has a larger 6.67-inch screen, working at a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400. That’s more pixels than the 30 XE, but it lacks the 90Hz refresh rate. concessions! It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chip – different again from the XE – with a more substantial 50MP primary camera working in tandem with a 5MP ultra-wide shooter and 2MP macro lens. Unlike the serrated front camera of the XE 30, the larger 30V camera has a hole in the screen for a 16MP selfie camera. It also has a 4,500mAh battery which should ensure it lasts all day, given the lightweight specifications of the device. Both devices come exclusively to the US, but on different carriers. TCL 30 XE 5G launches on T Mobile – TBC’s date – while 30 V lands on Verizon.
Certification from two US companies will make TCL phones a more realistic option than it has been in previous years. However, we’re missing one big piece of the puzzle: how affordable it actually is. We expect to hear prices in the coming weeks. If you’re looking for bigger specs (and prices, perhaps), TCL rolls out more Series 30 news at MWC in Barcelona later this year.
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