TCL gets it right with the value TCL 30+ and TCL 30SE

TCL has released two 2022 model upper-entry level smartphones, TCL 30+ and TCL 30SE, that share many specification similarities – rear camera, RAM/Storage, 4G modem and TCL’s UI over Android 12. We wanted to show you a side-by-side specs comparison.

CyberShack is reviewing each separately (links below)

TCL 30+ – OLED screen and NFC at $399 (review)

TCL 30SE – entry-level mid-range (review)

The manufacturing differences/quality are evident. The 30+ has a bottom 3.5mm jack, stereo sound, and is quite svelte/slim/elegant with a PMMA back and chrome finish plastic frame.

The 30SE has a top 3.5mm jack, mono sound, is thicker and nowhere near as elegant. So, they may both be part of the 2022, 30-series but that is where it ends.

We have updated Best Android phones under $500 – some are real gems! (May 2022) to show you where these two sit.

Update: Having reviewed both now it is clear that while both are 30-series they are in fact chalk and cheese. The TCL30+ is superior all around, has a faster processor for better performance; OLED screen; comes with earbuds and a bumper case; 18W charging; better build and security updates to December 2023. While the MediaTek TCL30+ SoC G37 is entry-level the TCL 30SE MediaTek G35 has about 20% less power so that means less AI image processing and more lag and stutter under load.

The 30+ is worth the extra $70 but hey, spend what you have!

TCL 30+ and TCL 30SE

Same refers to the left column.

TCL 30+ Model T676K-2BIZAU12TCL 30 SE Model 6165H1-2BIZAU12
6.7” 2400×1080 60Hz OLED6.52” 1600×720 LCD
Tech Black
Muse Blue (light sky blue, matte finish)
Atlantic Blue (darker navy Blue, gloss finish)
Space Gray
MediaTek Helio G37 12nmHelio G25 12nm
TCL UI 4.0 and Android 12Same
128 GB eMMC
MicroSD to 1TB
MicroSD to 512GB
Dual Sim Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41Same
Rear Camera: 50MP+2MP+2MP
Front Camera: 13MP
Front: 8MP
Wi-Fi 4 N
BT 5.0
Steady Snap, High Pixel, Portrait Mode, Movie Mode, Stop Motion, Art effects, AI scene detection 2.0Portrait mode, Macro, Pro mode, High pixel mode, Panorama mode, AI scene detection
2D Face unlock
Fingerprint (side)
Fingerprint (back)
Battery: 5010mAh5000mAh
9V/2A/18W USB-C 2.0 charger inbox
2.1 hours
5V/2A/10W charger inbox (15W capable)
3 hours
Harvey Norman
Officeworks (late May)
Big W

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