All the essential features – 5G connection, generous battery, light weight and price – without the expensive extras

All essential features – 5G connection, generous battery, weight and light prices – without the expensive extras


A smartphone with decent features isn't uncommon, but when it's a new 5G one gets noticed, like this 30 XE device from giant TCL, well known for its televisions and its domestic appliances. 

Launched earlier this spring, this TCL 30 XE 5G device is aimed at the entry-level market with basic and reliable features on the menu that deserve attention.

Speaking of menu, the device offers a 6.5″ screen, triple rear camera, 4 GB RAM, Android 11 system, biometric security system and a non-removable 4500 mAh battery.< /p>

Despite its size and large screen, the device remains light; 195 g. It sits well in the hand and you don't feel that the shell is made of plastic. More expensive materials would have only increased the price. In the same vein, also note that it is only available in black.

As a high-end device

To these profitability requirements, the screen makes despite everything appear very thin bezels like in high-end devices for a screen-to-bezel ratio of 89.5% and, on the back, the 30 XE has a triple camera, a flash (flashlight) and the sensor of 'footprint.

At startup, the configuration offers biometric unlocking by facial recognition or fingerprint, not to mention the option of a personal PIN code. My test device required a system update which took longer than normal, so expect several minutes before the system asks for a restart.

Digging around system settings, this TCL offers three display choices from the notch at the very top of the screen.

  • The default one with the full display area< /li>
  • That of the notch without moving the status bar (more contrasty and easy to read)
  • And that of hiding the notch and moving the status bar

Continuing on the 6.5″ LCD screen, its 1600×720 resolution (20:9 ratio) is more than enough and crisp for a phone entry-level smart. 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 would expect for this kind of device, 4 GB. For storage, it's the bare minimum, 64 GB. The pre-installed applications and the system alone occupy 23% of the available space, or 14.54 GB. For more space, a microSD card up to 512 GB will meet the needs. At the prices these cards are sold online, it's cheap per gigabyte.

Also in the same location, TCL has installed an eight-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor (2 @ 2.2 GHz, 6 @ 2.0 GHz). 

In the sensor department, the The device embeds a:

  • Accelerometer (G-sensor)
  • GPS (A-GPS)
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Electronic compass
  • Gyro Barometer

In use, this TCL runs smoothly even when juggling several applications open simultaneously. No need to close and reopen them to save a few megabytes.

Besides, the device uses the TCL interface rather than the Android one. In my opinion, the manufacturer's one is attractive, with a clean and simple interface.

Battery life

Let's finish with the generous 4500 mAh battery that ensures the phone works for a long time, a strengths of this TCL device which promises 25 h of telephone communication and up to 15 days on standby. So, no fear of running out of energy in the middle of the day. In addition, this phone offers fast charging up to 18 W.

Sold for $300, like here at Videotron, the price is so low that buying it by monthly payment becomes superfluous.

Well designed for its price and well equipped, the device has everything it takes to meet 90% of the needs of users who are not necessarily looking for a lightning bolt.

To come, the test of the TCL 30 5G.