TCL 30 SE is the first Android 12 smartphone on a budget; runs Helio G25 CPU


Android 12 has been around since the fourth quarter of 2021. But it has been used only on higher end and top-tier flagship smartphones. Today, TCL via Aliexpress announced her affordable 30 SE smartphone, a 6.52-inches device that is powered by Helio G25 from MediaTek.


The CPU is obviously not the key selling feature of the 30 SE, but the fact that TCL preloaded it with Google’s latest Android 12 OS out of the box. The device is available in three storage options, touching from 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, all the way to 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM, with the middle options being a 64GB ROM variant.

TCL 30 SE now official

TCL did take time demoing the video capability of the 30 SE though! The camera configuration includes a 50-megapixel primary shooter with F/1.8 aperture and an LED flash, along with two other auxiliary lenses for macro and depth gymnastics respectively.

The 6.52-inches screen on the front has a 720p resolution, as well as a dewdrop notch on the head within which there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The phone has a rear placed fingerprint scanner, support dual 4G-SIMs, has NFC and powered by a 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charger.

TCL 30 SE full specifications
TCL 30 SE | Space Gray and Atlantic Blue color

TCL 30 SE Key Specifications and Features

  • Display: 6.52-inch IPS LCD 720 x 1600px HD+ with 20:9 ratio
  • CPU: 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 with PowerVR Ge8320 (@650MHz) GPU
  • Storage and RAM:  32/64/128GB and 3/4GB RAM; expandable up to 512GB via microSD
  • OS: Android 12
  • Camera: Triple 50MP main + 2MP depth + 2MP macro camera with a single LED
  • Front camera: 8MP selfie
  • Video recording: 1080p/[email protected] (front and rear camera)
  • Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM; GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Other Features: Fingerprint scanner (rear), FaceID, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 15W charger
TCL 30 SE pricing on Aliexpress
TCL 30 SE Pricing for the 4GB RAM with either 64/128GB ROM

TCL 30 SE pricing and availability

The TCL 30 SE is currently listed on Aliexpress in Space Gray and Atlantic Blue colors. Of the three storage options, the 4GB RAM with 64/128GB ROM will be premiered from February 26th to 27th at a discounted price of $149 and $159 US Dollars respectively.

Stephen Ekpa
Stephen Ekpa
Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.


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