TCL It is a manufacturer of Chinese origin that does not have much history in the world of mobile phones and clearly it will not be one of your first options when you think about buying a new Smartphone, but it does not stop trying. For example, during 2023 it has launched a new series of very cheaply priced devices with the TCL 40 SE as the main protagonist.
TCL 40 SE is an entry-middle range smartphone that stands out for having what a user expects in current times, including up to 6 GB of RAM, a screen with support for up to a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz and a triple rear camera setup with 50-megapixel sensor. Yes, what until recently was considered “Premium” details, today they are already part of the most affordable families of manufacturers.
Features of TCL 40 SE
|Dimensions||167.91 x 76.5 x 8.45mm|
|Colors||Light blue, Black|
|Technologies / Bands||2G – 3G – 4G LTE|
|SIM type||Nano SIM|
|screen technology||IPS Capacitive|
|Resolution||1600 x 720 pixels|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G42|
|RAM||4GB / 6GB|
|Ability||128GB / 256GB|
|SD slot||Yes, microSD up to 1 TB|
|Version||Android 13 with TCL UI 5.0|
|Resolution||50 MP + 2 MP macro + 2 MP depth|
|secondary camera||8 MP|
|loading port||Micro USB|
|Headphones||Yes (3.5mm mini jack)|
|Wifi||Yes, 802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|Box contents||Phone, Power adapter, USB cable|
The design standard in phones
As is to be expected for this type of launch, the brand does not spend too much time or effort in offering features out of the ordinary when it comes to its design, but at the same time it complies with what one is used to seeing in the modern market. Thus, the TCL 40 SE maintains a metallic structure that is dyed in a light blue color or in a classic black on its back.
In broad strokes there is no complete removal of bevels but it is kept sufficiently contained with a notch in the shape of a drop of water on the upper part that gives rise to its front camera. From behind, the rectangular camera module is located on the upper left corner, while if you wonder about its fingerprint sensor you have to confirm its presence on the power / lock button.
In the end, the dimensions of the product remain in 167.91 x 76.5 x 8.45 mm and its total weight in 190 grams, that is to say that it is not the most compact model that one can find but it is also very far from being a robust terminal. And yes, the market trend is above 6 inches and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change in the future.
Screen with an extra quality
When highlighting the best virtues of the TCL 40 SE you have to focus on your screen, because your 6.75-inch IPS type panel It may fall short in sharpness quality at a native resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels on a 20:9 stretched aspect ratio, but it does offer some additional enhancements like a refresh rate that reaches 90 Hz or brightness levels that reach a maximum of 450 nits.
Internally, the chosen processor is still from MediaTek and corresponds to a Helio G37 composed of eight cores at a maximum frequency of 2.3 GHzaccompanied by versions for sale with 4 and 6 GB of RAM, and storage space that varies between 128 GB and 256 GB with the possibility of expansion via microSD up to 1 TB.
If you want to overcome a day of average use without problems, you have good news with this phone at have a capacity of 5000 mAh in your batterywhile its camera configuration is not far behind in quality with a rear triple structure with a 50-megapixel main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture, followed by a macro sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor in both cases. Ahead, the selfie camera remains at 8 megapixels.
Finally, we must highlight the absence of a connection to 5G mobile networks available but the presence of NFC as a dual SIM slot. Meanwhile, its operation It is based on Android 13 with a self-developed customization layer called TCL UI 5.0.
Comparison with TCL 30 SE
The most logical question that many users will ask is how better is this new model compared to the TCL 30 SE? Unfortunately, the answer is not as positive as one would like, because most of its technical specifications remain unchanged such as your camera configuration, battery capacity or screen resolution.
However, there are also reasons to opt for this new generation, since the TCL 30 SE has the particularity of having a slightly smaller panel, 6.52 inches, in addition to staying at a classic 60 Hz refresh rate, while inside it is a bit more limited with a Helio G25 processor followed only by a single version of 4 GB of RAM and internal storage of 64 GB or 128 GB. In addition, its operating system is from a previous generation with Android 12 + TCL UI 4.0.
Availability and price of TCL 40 SE
- Panel with support for up to 90 Hz
- Versions with up to 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage
- Triple rear camera with 50 megapixel sensor
- 5000 mAh battery for long use
- Screen resolution remains HD+
- It does not have compatibility for 5G networks