A smartphone with decent features isn’t uncommon, but when it’s a new 5G it stands out, like this 30 XE device from giant TCL, known for its televisions and appliances.
Launched earlier this spring, this TCL 30 XE 5G device targets the entry-level market with basic and reliable features on the menu that deserve attention.
Speaking of menus, the device offers a 6.5 “screen, triple rear camera, 4GB of RAM, Android 11 system, biometric security system and a non-removable 4500mAh battery.
Despite its size and large screen, the device remains lightweight; 195 g. It fits well in the hand and you don’t feel the shell is plastic. More expensive materials would only have raised the price. Likewise, also note that it is only available in black.
As a high-end device
Despite these economy requirements, the screen still exhibits very thin edges like in high-end devices for an 89.5% screen / surround ratio and, on the back, the 30 XE has a triple camera, a flash (torch) and the fingerprint sensor.
At startup, the configuration offers biometric unlocking via facial recognition or fingerprint, without forgetting the option of a personal PIN code. My test device required a system update which took longer than normal, so wait several minutes for the system to ask for a reboot.
Digging into the system settings, this TCL offers three choices for displaying the notch at the top of the screen.
- The default one with the entire display area
- That of the notch without moving the status bar (more contrasted and easy to read)
- And the one to hide the notch and move the status bar
Continuing with the 6.5-inch LCD screen, its 1600×720 resolution (20: 9 ratio) is more than enough and sharp for an entry-level smartphone. For its protection, it has a Dragontrail glass against scratches. However, the phone is not water resistant.
Processor and memory
Under the hood, the amount of RAM is what you’d expect from this type of device, 4GB. For storage, that’s the bare minimum, 64GB. only 23% of the available space or 14.54 GB. For more space, a microSD card of up to 512GB will satisfy the needs. At the prices these cards are sold online, it’s cheap per gigabyte.
Still in the same place, TCL installed an eight-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor (2 at 2.2 GHz, 6 at 2.0 GHz).
In terms of sensors, the device has:
- Accelerometer (sensor G)
- GPS (A-GPS)
- Proximity sensor
- light sensor
- Electronic compass
- Gyro barometer
In use, this TCL runs smoothly even while juggling multiple open applications at the same time. There is no need to close and reopen them to save a few megabytes.
Also, the device uses the TCL interface instead of the Android one. In my opinion that of the manufacturer is attractive, with a clean and simple interface.
We close with the generous 4500 mAh battery that ensures the phone a long operation, one of the strengths of this TCL device that promises 25 hours of telephone communication and up to 15 days of standby time. So, no fear of running out of energy in the middle of the day. Additionally, this phone offers fast charging up to 18W.
Sold for $ 300, like here on Videotron, the price is so low that a monthly purchase becomes superfluous.
Well designed for its price and well equipped, the device has all the credentials to meet 90% of the needs of users who are not necessarily looking for lightning.
The test of the TCL 30 5G is coming soon.