TCL announced three new cheap smartphones and a tablet at CES 2023.
TCL 40 SE
The best-equipped phone in the new series is the TCL 40 SE. It is equipped with a 6.75-inch LCD screen with HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, and a front-facing 8MP selfie camera. The phone is also equipped with stereo speakers.
The TCL 40 SE phone is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G37 chip, and has 4GB / 6GB of memory and 128GB / 256GB of storage, which can be further expanded through the microSD slot. The rear has a 50MP main camera along with a 2MP macro camera and depth sensor. The phone is pre-installed with the Android 13-based TCL UI 5.0 system, has a battery capacity of 5010 mAh, and has a charging speed of 18W.
Available in gray and purple, the TCL 40 SE will be available in Europe later in the first quarter for around $169.
The TCL 408 is a slightly cheaper alternative to the 40 SE at $129. It features a 6.6-inch LCD screen with HD+ resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. Rear 50MP main camera and 2MP depth camera. Front-facing 8MP selfie camera.
The TCL 408 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 chip and has 4GB/6GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage. The phone is pre-installed with Android 12, has a battery capacity of 5000 mAh, and supports 10W charging speed.
The TCL 408 is available in gray and blue for $129 and will be available in Europe and Asia soon.
The TCL 403 is also a low-budget device with a 6-inch TFT IPS screen with a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone has a 5MP selfie camera on the front and an 8MP main camera on the rear. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 chip, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.
The phone comes pre-installed with Android 12 (Go edition) and packs a 3000 mAh battery that charges via microUSB.
The TCL 403 is available in black and fog purple. Pricing and availability details were not provided.
TCL NxtPaper 12 Pro
Separately, TCL also announced the TCL NxtPaper 12 Pro tablet, which has a 12.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It uses MediaTek Kompanio 800T chip and 8GB+256GB storage, which can be expanded through microSD slot. Front 8MP camera, rear 13MP camera and LED flash.
The TCL tablet supports the E-Pen stylus with 8192 pressure levels. The software is equipped with the Android 12 system, the battery capacity is 8000 mAh, and it is charged via USB-C. TCL also offers an optional keyboard accessory that magnetically attaches to the tablet via pogo pins.
The TCL NxtPaper 12 Pro Wi-Fi version is priced at $499 (about 3,433 yuan) in the United States, while the 5G model will be available later this year for $549 (about 3,777 yuan).