At the CES 2023, TCL announced a trio of new budget phones (TCL 403, 408 and 40 SE) and a tablet. Let’s see what one of the phones – TCL 40 SE brings to the table.

TCL 40 SE

The best-equipped phone from the new lineup is the TCL 40 SE. It brings a 6.75-inch IPC LCD with HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone also comes with stereo speakers and a notch for the 8MP front camera.

TCL 40 SE

MediaTek’s Helio G37 chipset sits at the helm aided by 4/6 GB RAM and 128/256 GB storage which is further expandable via the microSD slot. The back houses a 50MP primary camera alongside a 2MP macro cam and a depth sensor. The phone boots Android 13 with TCL UI 5.0 on top while its battery comes in at 5,010 mAh and boasts 18W charging speeds.

TCL 40 SE Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM)
  • 3G bands:
    • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – T610K
    • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – T610E, T610P
  • 4G bands:
    • 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 13, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 – T610K
    • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 28, 38, 40, 66 – T610E, T610P
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/11.5 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/75 Mbps

Launch

  • Announced: 2023, January 05
  • Status: Exp. release 2023, Q1

Design

  • Dimensions: 167.9 x 76.5 x 8.5 mm (6.61 x 3.01 x 0.33 in)
  • Weight: 190 g (6.70 oz)
  • Build: Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back
  • Colors: Dark grey, Twilight purple
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Design

  • Type: IPS LCD, 90Hz, 450 nits (typ)
  • Size: 6.75 inches, 110.0 cm2 (~85.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~260 ppi density)

Operating System

  • Android 13, TCL UI 5.0

Hardware

  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G37 (12 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • Memory Card slot: microSDXC (dedicated slot)
  • Internal: 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM
  • eMMC 5.1

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Triple
    • 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 0.7µm, PDAF
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
  • Features: HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps

Multimedia

  • Radio:
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth: 5.1, A2DP, LE
  • Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • NFC: Yes (T610K, T610K2, T610P, T610P2)
  • USB: USB Type-C 2.0

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity

Battery

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 5010 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging: 18W wired

TCL 40SE Price and Availability

TCL 40SE comes in grey and purple colors and will debut in Europe later this quarter for the equivalent of $169.

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