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TCL's $200 5G Phone Is Now Available Unlocked

The 40 X 5G phone won't break the bank.

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If you think the new iPhone 15 lineup is a little too pricey for your wallet, the TCL 40 X 5G phone is now available unlocked on Amazon for just $200 -- though it's currently on sale for $153.

TCL 40 X 5G Starlight Black front view of phone

TCL unveiled the phone in January during CES 2023. It has a 6.56-inch HD Plus display and a 5,000mAh battery, and it runs on Android 13. The low-cost phone has three rear cameras, one of them a 50MP lens, as well as an 8MP front-facing camera. 

It also has TCL's NxtVision screen mode, which is an HDR mode that turns on when you watch videos or play games.

The TCL 40 X 5G additionally features:

  • MediaTek Dimensity 700 2.2GHz Octa-core 5G processor.
  • 64GB of ROM and 4GB of RAM.
  • Expandable memory up to 1TB via MicroSD card.
  • Face Unlock as well as a fingerprint sensor on the side. 

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