The TCL 30 XE 5G costs $200, but what does it feel like to live with the phone?
If you are looking for the fast speed of 5G in a budget device, look no further than the TCL 30 XE 5G. As the name indicates, the budget device comes with 5G. However, before you burst out your wallet, the phone is not all about internet connectivity. So you had better check out the rest of the phone before committing!
As The Verge’s reviewer points out, the 30 XE 5G is nearly identical to the Samsung Galaxy A13 5G.
In terms of hardware, the 30 XE 5G comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor paired with 4 GB RAM. While low, the phone didn’t have much problem switching between apps, although you will notice slight indications that you are using a budget phone. The internal memory is 64 GB, but you can boost it with a micro-SD card.
There is not much to complain about the 4,500 mAh battery, which, while not big, lasts. If you don’t spend all day on your phone and use Wi-Fi most of the time, this phone will see you easily into the second day. The battery stamina is thanks to the efficient power management and the screen, which is one area you might not like about this phone.
The 30 XE 5G has a 6.52inch screen that is noticeably dim and low-resolution. It is an LCD, which generally has poor contrast when compared to OLED. But of course, you won’t expect an OLED screen on a phone of the 30 XE 5G’s caliber. However, the problem is that the 30 XE 5G’s screen is a bad LCD, offering a measly 720p resolution. On a screen as large as you will find on this TCL phone, that resolution just is not going to work. The icons and other images appear rough on the edges, and you have to put the screen at 100 percent brightness to see it beside a window.
However, the phone gets something right with the 90 Hz screen refresh rate, which is significantly better than the usual 60 Hz. You will feel like the phone is very responsive. But nothing beats having a phone that refreshes fast and is bright and detailed to view.
The 30 XE 5G is only available on T-Mobile but does not come with too many pre-installed apps. Even those present can be easily uninstalled or ignored altogether. The mobile network also offers 5G without you having to sign on to pricy plans.
Regarding software, the 30 XE 5G comes with Android 11. This may not be an issue depending on how much you like being on the latest Android. However, a TCL spokesperson said the phone is in line for Android 12 but would not say when that would happen. But she did say the budget phone would get two years of security updates.
There are three cameras on the back, including a 13 MP primary lens, a 2 MP depth camera, and a 2 MP macro lens which you would not expect to perform wonders. Provided you shoot in bright light, you will get passable photos. However, you just have to take what you get when you take pictures indoors or under low light conditions. Just remember to stick to stationary subjects, meaning pets and kids photography may not mix with this phone.
On the front, there is an 8 MP selfie camera that is no worse or better than what you get from the back.
In summary, if you want to cut costs while getting a 5G phone and settle for the TCL 30 XE 5G, be prepared for the many compromises that come with this $200 device.
Source: The Verge