The name TCL may not mean anything to many American consumers, as few of the country’s major carriers add the Chinese company’s phones to their offerings. Still, they’re among the cheapest devices you can get in the United States and probably worth considering if you can’t afford other bigger brand Android phones. That said, if you don’t mind TCL’s insignificant market share in the US, you might be interested in the company’s latest entry-level phone, the TCL 30 LE. Actually released in May, the phone was picked up by Verizon Prepaid and it only costs $104.
Designed for those who only want the basic features of a smartphone, the TCL 30 LE feels a little more than just a cheap phone. First, it has a large 6.1-inch HD+ display and a more-than-decent 13-megapixel main camera.
The only major drawback is that it only includes a 2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 processor, but that had to be done considering how cheap the TCL 30 LE really is. On the plus side, it features 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512 GB via microSD card).
The phone’s 3,000 mAh battery is also rated for up to 24 hours of use on a single charge. Sure, the phone will ship with Android 12 onboard, but it’s really hard to say if it will receive Android OS upgrades in the future. The TCL 30 LE is available exclusively on prepaid via Verizon and walmart†