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MWC 2022: TCL launches five more 30 Series smartphones, plus tablets and routers

TCL follows a busy CES with an equally busy MWC.
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Written by Charles McLellan, Reviews editor on

Fresh from unveiling a portfolio of products at CES, including TVs, tablets, smartphones, AR glasses and a laptop, and launching its first two (US exclusive) 30 Series phones, TCL is back at Mobile World Congress (MWC) with yet more new products. This time, there are details on a quintet of 30 Series phones, including one 5G model, along with three new tablets and three CPE routers. 

Here's a tour of TCL's MWC announcements.

30 Series smartphones

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TCL 'pre-announced' its 30 Series phones at CES, and has recently launched the $300 30 V 5G and $200 30 XE 5G in the US, via Verizon and T-Mobile respectively. There are five new phones, all costing less than €300 and launching first in Europe; four of them are 4G handsets and the top-end phone is a 5G device. The phones are: TCL 30 5G, TCL 30+, TCL 30, TCL 30 SE and TCL 30 E. 

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Key selling points across the range include the screens, which all feature TCL's NXTVISION display optimisation technology and 20:9 aspect ratios. The 30 5G, 30+ and 30 have a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ (1080 x 2400, 395ppi) resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The 30 SE and 30 E both have a 6.52-inch 'mini-notch' panel with HD+ (720 x 1600, 269ppi) resolution. 

All 30 Series models bar the low-end TCL 30 E have a triple rear camera system comprising a 50MP main camera, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro camera. The 30 E omits the macro capability. The front cameras are more varied: 13MP ultra-wide on the 30 5G and 30+, 8MP on the 30 and 30 SE, and 5MP on the entry-level 30 E. AI assistance makes it easy for non-expert users to get good results in different shooting conditions, TCL says – these are not premium cameras aimed at pro photographers. 

The 6.7-inch devices (30 5G, 30+, 30) all weigh 184g and are 7.74mm thick, with claimed screen-to-body ratios of 91.7%. The 6.52-inch models (30 SE, 30 E) are heavier (190g) and thicker (8.9mm) with lower screen-to-body ratios (89.1%). Although TCL describes the phones as 'durable', there's no IP rating for dust and water resistance. 

The 30 Series phones all benefit from large batteries (5010mAh on the 30 5G, 30+ and 30, 5000mAh on the 30 SE and 30 E), delivering 'better than day-long battery life', according to TCL. Fast charging at 18W is supported on the three higher-end phones, 15W on the 30 SE and 10W on the 30 E. AI smart charging optimises the charging cycle to minimise battery deterioration. 

The 30 Series phones will ship with Android 12, and TCL plans to support two OS upgrades, although the details may change for carrier variants. However, TCL confirmed that the 30+ and 30 models are certified by the Android Enterprise Recommended program and will get at least two years of security patches and at least one OS upgrade. 

TCL's 30 Series phones are all powered by MediaTek chipsets: Dimensity 700 (30 5G), Helio G37 (30+, 30) and Helio G25 (30 SE, 30 E). 


TCL 30 Series: pricing and availability

Model

Price

Region

Date

TCL 30 5G

€249 (64GB), €269 (128GB)

Europe (select regions later)

April 2022

TCL 30+

€199

Europe (select regions later)

now

TCL 30

€179

Europe (select regions later)

now

TCL 30 SE

€149 (64GB), €169 (128GB)

Europe (select regions later)

now

TCL 30 E

€139

Europe (select regions later)

April 2022


Tablets

TCL is expanding its education-focused Android tablet portfolio with three new products: the TCL NXTPAPER MAX 10, TCL TAB 10 HD 4G and TCL TAB 10s 5G.

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The 10.36-inch NXTPAPER MAX 10 features TCL's 'paper-like' NXTPAPER LCD display technology, which focuses on eye protection via a combination of multi-layer blue light reduction and anti-glare glass. The result, TCL says, is a 'more comfortable, natural reading and writing experience'. There are two models – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 4G LTE. 

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The 10.1-inch TCL Tab 10 HD 4G is an entertainment-focused device with an HD (1280 x 800) IPS screen, 8.7mm bezels resulting in an 82% screen to body ratio, and a 5500mAh battery that will 'comfortably' deliver all-day battery life, TCL says. As well as 4G LTE, the device offers Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity. A version with an FHD (1920 x 1200) screen will be available in Asia in mid-Q2 this year. 

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TCL claims that the 10.1-inch TAB 10s 5G is among the first affordable tablets with 5G connectivity. The NXTVISION screen has FHD (1920 x 1200) resolution, and the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card. Power is supplied by an 8000mAh battery, replenished by a 9V/2A charger. 

TCL also teased another 5G tablet – the 2-in-1 TCL TAB PRO 12 5G with 'a large display and a ultra-fast 5G connectivity', but offered no further details. 


TCL tablet pricing and availability

Model

Price

Region

Date

TCL NXTPAPER MAX 10  

from €269  

Asia  

mid-Q2 2022

TCL TAB 10 HD 4G  

€179  

Europe  

now

TCL TAB 10 FHD 4G  

€199  

Asia  

late March 2022  

TCL TAB 10s 5G  

€349  

n/s

mid-Q2 2022  


Routers

TCL tops off its MWC portfolio with three CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) routers, the LINKHUB 5G CPE HH515 (first announced at CES), the LINKZONE LTE CAT6 Mobile Wi-Fi MW63, and the LINKHUB LTE CAT6 Home Station HH63.

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Capable of delivering a peak data rate of up to 4.7Gbps via sub-6GHz 5G, the LINKHUB 5G CPE HH515 can support up to 256 connections over dual band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). With support for standalone (SA) as well as non-standalone (NSA) 5G networks, the HH515 router can support a variety of use cases (cloud-based gaming, live streaming, online education, home working) in areas where fixed-line internet access is poor. The LINKHUB 5G CPE HH515 will be available in Europe in Q1 2022, but TCL has not provided pricing.

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The LINKZONE LTE CAT6 Mobile Wi-Fi MW63 is a 'MiFi'-style 4G device offering up to 300Mbps download speed and up to 32 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connections in a portable form factor powered by a 2150mAh battery offering up to 8 hours of working time and 300 hours on standby, TCL says.

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LINKHUB LTE CAT6 Home Station HH63 comes in a new 'Tile' design and also offers up to 300Mbps download and up to 32 Wi-Fi 5 connections. Both of TCL's 4G routers, which are eSIM compatible, will launch in Europe in Q2 2022.

Finally, TCL teased a 5G mobile router, the LINKZONE 5G Mobile Wi-Fi MW513, which will support mmWave as well as sub-6GHz 5G frequency bands and will launch 'later in the year'.