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A $169 smartphone at CES that's soon coming to US (hopefully)

CES used to be a haven for new smartphones. Not so much anymore, but there were about a dozen or so to check out.

But TCL, a Chinese manufacturer, had one that caught my eye.

TCL’s 40 SE smartphone will be yours for just $169, and for that, you get a basic specification and a simple design. This doesn’t make it flashy and showy, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be an inexpensive and reliable phone, and it is just that. The 6.75-inch screen has a 90Hz refresh rate, which is great to see on such a low-cost phone, plus there’s a MediaTek Hello G37 processor inside with 4GB of RAM. It runs all your favorite apps and more.

Like the popularGalaxy A14, there’s a 50MP camera on the back with two 2MP cameras alongside it, and there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack too. Android 13 is onboard, and there’s a 5,010mAh battery to power the device. There’s even a charger in the box. Wow, not exciting at all, but decent for the price. It’s coming in the first few months of 2023, but not to the U.S.

A perfect phone for kids and those that don't want to be an owner of a $1000+ smartphone.

Hopefully to the States soon after that!


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