TCL has unleashed another barrage of low-cost phones for the European market. The most expensive model will cost you €249.
While TCL may be known more for smart TVs, the Chinese brand has branched into smartphones, and it has not revealed five new budget models. All are powered by Google’s Android OS. The prices range from €139 to €249.
The most expensive is the TCL 30 5G with a 6.7 inches OLED display with a 1080p resolution. The only model with 5G capabilities, the TCL 30 has a 13 MP front camera hidden behind a teardrop spot. On the back are three more cameras, including a 50 MP primary lens, a 2 MP lens for sensing depth, and a 2 MP macro camera. This model uses a budget MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset to run everything and draws power from an impressive 5,010 mAh battery. You can buy one in Europe come April.
This is followed by the TCL 30 and TCL 30 Plus. They lack 5G but have the same 6.7 inches display as the most expensive model. However, they also come with the same camera setup on the back. However, the TCL 30 has an inferior 8 MP selfie snapper. There is also a step-down in the processor as the pair is powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 chip. The battery is the same massive 5,010 mAh. The TCL 30 and TCL 30 Plus are available in Europe for €179 and €199, respectively.
Rounding off the offerings are the ultra-cheap TCL 30 E and TCL 30 SE. The duo has slightly smaller 6.52 inches screens with a lower 720p resolution. They also make do with an even lower processor, the Helio G25. If you are still wondering what TCL sacrificed to reach these price points, the TCL 30 E does not have the 2 MP macro camera found on the back of its siblings. Also, both models use the USB-C port that is now on its way out on most models. The battery capacity is 5,000 mAh, meaning you might get more battery life from these models than the rest. The TCL 30 E goes for €139 while the TCL 30 SE costs €149 more, at €149. The former is available right away, while the latter will come to Europe in April, the same time as the TCL 30 5G.
Recall that in January, TCL promised to release eight phones in 2022 globally while unveiling the TCL 30 XE and TCL 30 V 5G for the US, along with some budget laptops and tablets. This means TCL has wasted no time releasing seven, and we can now expect a successor to the 2021 TCL 20 Pro.