autonomy and design for less than 200 euros

TCL 30 SE is a cheap smartphone, even marketed for less than 200 eurosgiving users the opportunity to enjoy a very good autonomy, surrounded by one design more than elegant. But how does it behave when it is put to the test? let’s find out more in ours review complete.

Design and aesthetics

At first glance, the product appears cheap in relation to materials used and general robustness, although it still manages to give a feeling of lethedwhich does not reflect in 190 grams as we read in the data sheet (and that’s good). Dimensionally, it remains exactly in the average of the period when 165.2 x 75.5 x 8.9 mmit is a smartphone that can be carried effortlessly, even though like everyone else it is hard to think of using it with one hand.

Aesthetically, it is very elegant, the back cover is in shiny plasticunfortunately far from oleophobic, with the fingerprint sensor in the middle and the camera module almost level. What is not convincing is the choice to extend the frame even on a small part of the back cover, which gives a feeling of bumper which may not appeal to everyone.

The care itself is food, made in plastic, ready to offer good ergonomics in everyday use; on the left side is the SIM carriage, above stik from 3.5 mmwhile to the right the coupled keys for volume and shutdown end with a USB type-C 2.0 port and one dual speaker at the bottom.

Hardware and specifications

That panel and from 6.52 inches diagonally, en IPS LCD with HD + resolution (720 x 1600 pixels), 20: 9 aspect ratio, 269 ppi and 89.11% screen-to-body ratio. That fall notch with slightly marked edges, they limit the actual area of ​​use, despite this, the overall quality reflects without too much hassle the price range to which it belongs. Excellent choice of TCL to report NXTVISION even at the low end, optimizes the performance of a panel a 60 Hz.

The colors are pretty faithful, they calibration it is excellent with a dynamic range sufficiently widewhich covers 70% of the NTSC area and a maximum brightness of 450 nitjust enough for use in direct sunlight.

The processor is MediaTek Helio G25a octa-core with clock frequency a 2 GHz, flanked by the IMG GE8320 GPU. The configurations that can be purchased are different, they are united by 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, so you can choose from 64 or 128 GB internal memory (expandable via microSD up to 512 GB). That performance clearly reflect the price range to which they belong, the opening of applications is very slow, with TCL 30 SE which is in difficulty when a light multitasking is required. In any case, one could hardly demand more in relation to the price range of affiliation.

That Unlock of the terminal takes place in two ways, through the fingerprint sensor on the back, and the recognition of 2D face. In both cases, the access speed is on system is Discreetyou will have to wait a moment technician dictated by the small difficulties of the processor, but we did not encounter any particular problems with the quality of the sensors.

The smartphone it is not waterproofintegrates the SIM carriage to slots to be used for memory expansion or dual SIM. Connection is guaranteed by 4G (not 5G), besides WiFi 802.11 n to with 2.4 GHzbluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5 mm jack e USB type-C 2.0. As you may have noticed, the NFC chip is missing. L ‘sound is monoonly dual speaker lower, is the maximum achievable volume enough for an environment of about 20 square meters, while the detail and sharpness are from a low-end product, no more.

Camera, operating system and battery

The photographic sector of TCL 30 SE is composed of 3 sensors different, divided into a rector from 50 megapixels with F1.85 aperture and angle on 74.4 degreesone camera macro from 2 megapixels with aperture F2.4 ending with a sensor bokeh from 2 megapixels and aperture F2.4. The choice not to integrate a wide-angle lens, which is found on most smartphones on the market, is original.

The shots are one 13 megapixelsunder conditions of strong brightness are sufficient, after evaluating the smartphone for less than 200 euros. The detail and sharpness are good, especially by center of the frame, ie colors they are limited in range, while the saturation / contrast is a bit ballerina, or rather it is not always accurate.

As the light begins to go down, the differences become much more marked digital noise blows violently into the shot, the blurring it is always around the corner due to the absence of the optical stabilizer, and ends up with colors that are always very soft and poorly balanced. There night mode is present, manages to improve the situation a bit, without, however, giving a 100% satisfactory result.

THAT video made maximum in Full HD to 30 fps, autofocus works well in very light, while it can be a bit “jittery” when the brightness starts to drop. There electronic stabilization is just enough, recording a video while walking could be much more complex, given the rather shocking rendering.

The front sensor is off 8 megapixels, with F2.0 aperture and 80.6 degree viewing angle; the rest remains perfectly in line with the range to which it belongs, under conditions of bright light the images are discrete while the light is reduced. gradually decreases. On the contrary, the general bokeh effect, or the so-called item trimming, is good.

That operating system is Android 12with security patches updated to April 2022, with TCL UI 4.0.1 graphical customization. The changes from the version stock is really minimal, we find one sidebar which allows you to quickly access the applications, the play area, the classic movements, the smart manager for controlling the smartphone, and of course NXTVISION for everything related to the improvements of the display. Navigation is liquid and without delay, the right amount of patience is required, however, given the “slowness” in performing the operations.

There battery is a component of 5000mAh, with fast charging at 15 watts, without wireless or vice versa; this clearly represents one of the forces of the product as it guarantees one autonomy above average, with an active view of approx 4/5 hours before you actually need to use the electrical outlet. It will not reach the level of a battery phone, yet it can be considered more than satisfactory.

TCL 30 SE: conclusions

Finally TCL 30 SE is a smartphone without many pretensions, for sale for less than 200 euros in the price list, and designed for users who want to spend a little, without sacrificing a refined and elegant aesthetic, as well as a autonomy more than good. These are the two most important aspects that set it apart from the crowd, we can consider everything else in the average range of affiliations.

The only negative aspects are related to the absence of wide angle sensorto Wireless Internet only to N a 2.4 GHz (mono tape), and maybe for a photographic sector that could be better, such as in stabilization, or in videos only in FullHD at 30fps.


189 euros



  • Elegant design
  • Processor in accordance with the price range
  • Good display
  • Excellent autonomy


  • The wide-angle sensor is missing
  • Video only in FullHD at 30fps
  • Mono band WiFi
  • No NFC chip

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