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TCL 30 Series Includes The New 30 XE 5G, 30 V 5G At CES 2022

TCL 30 XE 5G 10 CES 2022
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CES 2022 hasn’t gone off without a hitch, thanks chiefly to the ongoing pandemic, but TCL is hitting the ground running anyway, bringing its all-new 30 series to bear. The new smartphones are, of course, a follow-up on last year’s brilliant TCL 20 series. So there’s going to be a lot there to love when they become available.

Both handsets come featuring AMOLED display technology and support for next-gen networking. But these two smartphones are hardly the same gadget.

What sets the TCL 30 XE 5G and TCL 30 V 5G apart at CES 2022?

One of the biggest differentiators between the TCL 30 XE 5G and TCL 30 V 5G is network compatibility. The latter handset, as might be betrayed by its branding, will be a Verizon exclusive. The TCL 30 XE 5G, conversely, will be available at T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. But those are hardly the only things that set these handsets apart from one another.

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In fact, these two 30 series smartphones from TCL really couldn’t be much more different. And it’s difficult to say whether or if either phone will be more powerful. The Verizon-bound TCL 30 V 5G is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 480 5G chipset. That’s backed by 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage. With storage expandable up to 1TB via microSD card.

That’s as compared to the TCL 30 XE 5G’s MediaTek-built Dimensity 700 chipset, at 2.2GHz across an octa-core arrangement. Backed by 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and expandable up to 512GB via microSD card.

Additionally, the TCL 30 V 5G is the larger of the two handsets, with a Gorilla Glass 3, 1080 x 2400 FHD+ resolution panel coming in at 6.67-inches. That’s as compared to the TCL 30 XE 5G’s 6.52 V-notch panel. With a resolution of 1600 x 720 HD+ but with a higher refresh rate at 90Hz. While the TCL 30 V 5G has a refresh rate of just 60Hz. And, of course, the TCL 30 XE 5G is coated in DragnonTrail 3 glass rather than Gorilla Glass.

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Specs

Now, an even better idea of just how different these two devices are can be seen in the specs.

From the cameras to the fact that the TCL 30 XE 5G seems to be more weighted for consistent mobile gaming. While the TCL 30 V 5G appears to be more camera and performance-weighted. Specifically, via the TCL 30 XE 5G’s 120Hz touch refresh rate — compared to the TCL 30 V 5G, which doesn’t have a touch rate listed. And with the latter gadget packing a 50-megapixel-led tri-shooter with a 16-megapixel snapper at the front. Compared to its counterpart’s 8-megapixel selfie shooter and 13-megapixel-led camera array.

For those who might be looking for all of the specifications available though, those are included below, as supplied by TCL.

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TCL 30 V 5GTCL 30 XE 5G
DesignDimensions – 6.53” x 2.99” x 0.36”
Weight – 7.07 oz
Color – Midnight Gray
Side Keys – Power, Volume rocker
Dimensions – 6.46” x 2.95” x 0.335”
Weight – 6.88 oz
Color – Shadow Black
Side Keys – Power, Volume rocker
DisplayScreen Size – 6.67”
Resolution – 1080 x 2400 FHD+
Glass – Gorilla Glass 3
Refresh Rate – 60Hz
Screen Size – 6.52” V-notch
Resolution – 1600 x 720 HD+
Glass – DragonTrail 3
Refresh Rate – 90Hz
Touch Sampling – 180Hz
ProcessorChipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G (SM4350-3-AB)
Speed & Type – Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
Chipset – MediaTek Dimensity 700
Speed & Type – Up to 2.2GHz Octa-Core
MemoryRAM/ROM – 4GB RAM/128GB ROM
SD Support – microSD up to 1TB
User Available Memory – Up to 98GB
RAM/ROM – 4GB RAM/64GB ROM
SD Support – MicroSD up to 512GB
User Available Memory –  Up to 43GB
FeaturesOperating System – Android 11
SAR – Maximum 1.19 W/kg Head /
1.07 W/kg Body
Sensors – Accelerometer, GPS, Light, Proximity, E-Compass, Gyro, Barometer
Security – Face Unlock, Fingerprint sensor
Operating System – Android 11
SAR – Maximum 1.09 W/kg Head /
1.14 W/kg Body
Sensors – Accelerometer, GPS, Light, Proximity, E-Compass, Gyro, Barometer
Security – Face Unlock, Fingerprint sensor
Rear CameraMegapixels – 50MP (main camera)
+ 5MP (super wide)
+ 2MP (macro)
Flash Type – LED Flash
Focus – Auto
Image Stabilization – Electronic
HDR – Yes
Video Playback – [email protected]
Video Capture – [email protected]
Megapixels – 13MP (main camera)
+ 2MP (depth)
+ 2MP (macro)
Flash Type – LED Flash
Focus – Auto
HDR – Yes
Video Playback – [email protected]
Video Capture – [email protected]
Front CameraMegapixels – 16MP
Flash – LCD Screen Flash
Video Capture – [email protected]
Megapixels – 8MP
Flash – LCD Screen Flash
Video Capture – [email protected]
BatterySize – 4500 mAh
Fast Charging – Yes, 18w
Charging Time – Under 2 hrs.
Mixed Usage – Up to 24 hrs.
Talk Time – Up to 30 hrs.
Standby Time – Up to 9 days
Size – 4500mAh
Charging Time – Under 2.5 hrs.
Mixed Usage – Approx. 16 hrs.
Talk Time – Up to 25 hrs.
Standby Time – Up to 15 days
NetworkLTE Bands – B2/B4/B5/B12/B13/B46/B48/B66
5G Bands – Sub6: n2/n5/n48/n66/n77
mmWave: n261, n260
VoLTE – Yes
VoWiFi – Yes
Mobile Hotspot Yes – up to 10 devices
GSM Bands – 850, 900, 1800, 1900
3G Bands – B1/2/4/5/8
LTE Bands – B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/20/25/26/28/38/39/40/41 (HPUE)/66/71
5G Bands – n25, n41, n66, n71, n77
VoLTE – Yes
VoWiFi – Yes
Mobile Hotspot – Yes – up to 10 devices
ConnectivityWi-Fi – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
USB OTG – Yes
Bluetooth – 5.1
USB Type – Type-C, USB 3.0
SIM Type – Nano-SIM 4FF
Wi-Fi – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
USB OTG – Yes
Bluetooth – 5.1
USB Type – Type-C, USB 2.0
SIM Type – Nano-SIM 4FF
SoundMicrophone – Dual with noise cancellation
HD Voice – Yes
Formats – AAC LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM/WAVE
Headset – 3.5 mm audio jack
Speaker – Dual Speaker
HAC Rating – M4/T3
Microphone – Dual with noise cancellation
HD Voice – Yes
Formats – WAV, MP3, AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, Vorbis, APE, FLAC, ADPCM
Headset – 3.5mm audio jack
Speaker – 1w
HAC Rating – M3/T3
Pre-loadsTCL – Call, Contacts, Calculator, Clock, Compass, Radio, Music, File Manager, Notes, Settings, Smart Manager, Switch Phone, Video, Game box, NXTVISION, File Share, Camera, Gallery

Verizon – My Verizon, Message +, Cloud, Digital Secure, Call Filter

Google – Assistant, Gmail, Calendar, Chrome, Search, Drive, Duo, Maps, Google Pay, Play Movies and TV, Play Store, YT Music, Photos, YouTube, Home

AccessoriesIn-box – Pre-Installed 5G SIM card, 18W wall USB power adapter, USB Type-C cable, SIM tool, Quick reference Guide, Important warranty and safety informationIn-box – 9V2A Charger, USB Type-C Cable, Quick Start Guide, SIM Card Pin, Product Safety Information

Pricing and availability

In terms of pricing, TCL hasn’t provided any details at all. Instead, the company says that information will be put forward in the “coming weeks.”

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Availability, on the other hand — at least in the US — comes down to the exact device purchased. As noted above, the company is bringing the TCL 30 XE 5G to T-Mobile and its Metro by T-Mobile. TCL 30 V 5G is coming to Verizon. Similar to pricing, however, neither has an exact arrival date.

Finally, TCL has hinted that further TCL 30 series gadgets are incoming outside of CES 2022 too. Namely, that’s the TCL 30 5G, which it says will be shown off at MWC 2022 in Barcelona. Or, at the very least, in conjunction with the event. With that event presently slated to take place next month.

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