Let’s start with TCL 30 XE 5G. It has a 6.52-inch display with 1,600 x 720 resolution and up to 90Hz refresh rate. With a 4,500mAh battery, it runs on one of the MediaTek ones Dimension chips, Dimension 700, which is designed to work better with AI functions like image processing.
Speaking of photos, there’s a triple camera system, but there’s no need to get too excited. It has a depth sensor and a 2-megapixel camera, which means most of the work will be done by a single 13-megapixel main camera sensor. It will be able to record video up to 1080p – another reminder that this is the first affordable phone, with less impressive space. Much less.
The TCL 30 V has a larger 6.67-inch display, running at 1,080 x 2,400 resolution. It has more pixels than 30 XE, but no 90Hz refresh rate. Compromise! It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chip – again different from the XE – with a 5MP super-wide shooter and a 2MP macro lens, as well as a more significant 50-megapixel primary camera. In contrast to the 30 XE’s notched front-facing camera, the screen has a pinhole for a larger 30V 16MP selfie camera. It also has a 4,500mAh battery which should ensure that it lasts all day due to the lightweight specs of the device. Both devices are coming exclusively to the United States, but in different carriers. The TCL 30 XE 5G is launching on mobile – the date TBC – while landing in the 30 V Verizon.
Acceptance from two US carriers will make TCL’s phones a more realistic alternative than the previous year. However, we miss a big part of the puzzle: how affordable they actually are. Hope to hear the price next week. If you’re looking for bigger glasses (and prices, probably), TCL is teasing 30 more series at MWC in Barcelona later this year.
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