TCL 30 Z brings Android 12 to a phone under $100

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At $90, the TCL 30 Z will be one of the cheapest Android 12 phones out there, and in the US it’s coming to AT&T and Cricket.

Although certainly in the budget phone price range, the phone features a 6.1-inch 720-pixel display, an 8-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, and an included headphone jack. However, it has a 3000mAh battery, which is smaller than the 5000mAh we see from our rivals. which costs a little more, and it uses an outdated micro-USB connector. TCL says the battery should last 24 hours on one charge. But that latest micro-USB connector is a little odd, given that most Android phones and even budget wireless headphones now use USB-C for charging.

Price is the highlight here, though, and the phone can be found for much less than its retail price of $90 depending on the mobile plan you choose. Cricket, AT&T’s prepaid wireless arm, is offering the phone at no additional cost to new and existing customers who bring their own number and activate a $60-a-month plan. For customers upgrading their phone or needing a new number, the phone is $30 (although it may include charges) with a minimum of $30 per month.

the TCL 30 Z

The 30 Z is the first TCL-branded smartphone on AT&T and Cricket.

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The TCL 30 Z also comes with a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, quad-core processor, and 3GB of RAM.

The phone also includes 32GB of space which is small but it can be increased up to 512GB using a microSD card.

TCL’s 30 Z arrives about a month after the company launched its under $300 5G stylus, which, as the name suggests, includes both a stylus and 5G capability starting at $258. We don’t have the software and security update schedule for the 30 Z yet, but the Stylus 5G is committed with one software update and two years of security updates.

It’s a bit short compared to Samsung and Motorola, but it might be a compromise some people might want in order to get cheaper hardware.

See also: Best phone under $200 for 2022: Cheaper picks for the essentials

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