CES 2022 Highlights: TCL launches two new budget phones: TCL 30XE 5G and 30V 5G

They all come with a design that feels like it belongs in more expensive midrangers!

TCL has been rocking the mobile phone industry lately, with their first release being the Plex. They have been releasing phones before under different brand names, mostly Alcatel and Blackberry. However, after Blackberry’s departure from TCL, the company decided to release phones under their own moniker.

The main focus of their smartphones includes a brilliant display since they are known in the TV industry, as well as a clean UI experience, and easy access to 5G services.

The TCL 30 series is a great example of that. The TCL 30XE features an outdated waterdrop design while the TCL X30V features a dot notch.


The TCL 30V is the more feature-packed of the two. It features a bigger 6.67in. IPS LCD screen with FHD+ resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In the middle is the 16mp front camera.

It uses Nokia’s favourite: the 8nm Snapdragon 480 5G processor, which is an entry-level 5G processor. Thanks to the low nanometer process, the processor can provide good performance without it heating instantly. This is paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It has a usual triple camera setup: a 50mp main, a 5mp ultrawide, and a 2mp macro. As mentioned earlier, there’s also a 16mp front camera for selfies. In terms of biometrics, there’s a rear fingerprint scanner and supports dual-band Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 5.1. It boots Android 11 with TCL UI skin on top.


The TCL 30 XE 5G has the same caliber as the 30V except that it has a waterdrop notch, a different camera setup, and uses a Mediatek Dimenisty 700 5G chip.

The screen is also slightly smaller, at 6.52in. and only HD+ resolution. Also, instead of Gorilla Glass, this phone uses Asashi’s Dragontrail Glass that was also used as the tempered glass of choice of earlier Google Pixel units.

As mentioned earlier, the 7nm Dimensity 700 5G is used to power the device. It’s paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, like the 30V.

For cameras, it has a 13mp main camera and two filler cameras that are the 2mp macro and depth sensors. In front is the 8mp camera on a waterdrop notch.

It boots with TCL UI based on Android 11 and supports dual-band Wi-Fi, USB-C, and Bluetooth 5.1. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometrics.

So far, there’s no announced release dates for both of these devices, so stay tuned for updates!