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The TCL 20 SE currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
48+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


If you want a cheap phone with fantastic battery life, a huge display, and expandable storage, then the TCL 20 SE is the way to go.

- Andrew, Phandroid

The TCL 20SE is one of the better sub-$200 phones you can find today. If you need a basic backup phone or are looking for a big phone for an older family member for communication purposes then the TCL 20 SE is a solid choice.

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet
Android Headlines

Obviously, if you’re looking to see how good any phone is at under $200, you’re not shopping in the flagship segment. But shopping in the budget segment doesn’t need to result in a cheap, plastic handset either. That is, seemingly above all else, what the TCL 20SE proves without question. It is an a...

- Daniel Golightly, Android Headlines
XDA Developers

TCL did an okay job with the TCL 20 SE. But there are just too many excellent options in the budget Android space right now. You can pick up a OnePlus Nord N200 5G for around the same price, for instance. That phone offers a better experience in many ways and also includes the added benefit of 5G. I...

- Jeff Springer, XDA Developers
PC Magazine

The TCL 20 SE’s impressive performance, stunning display, and all-day battery life make it a great pick for shoppers on a tight budget.

- Steven Winkelman, PC Magazine

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

TCL 20 SE prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. TCL's suggested retail price is $189.99. You can compare 20 SE prices from around the web here on The Informr.

TCL backs up the 20 SE with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your 20 SE has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact TCL support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find TCL's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The TCL 20 SE's screen size is 6.82 inches with 720 x 1640 pixels resolution.

1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 (11 nm) Octa-core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery.

20 SE Specs

Release date April 14, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 (11 nm) Octa-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
ROM Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Nuit Black, Aurora Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.21 x 7.71 x 0.91 cm (6.8 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 206 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1640 pixels
Pixel density 263 pixels
Size 6.82 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, scratch resistant, 450 nits (typ)
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Main Camera
ƒ/ 2.0
48+ megapixels
4x digital
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, White balance, Or 16 MP main camera ( f/1.8, PDAF), HDR, 2nd camera feature (5 MP, f/2.2, ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, f/2.4, depth), 4th camera feature (2 MP, f/2.4, macro), HDR, Slo-Mo Mode, Super Macro Mode, Super Resolution, Stop Motion Mode
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
13+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Face detection, F/2.2, or 8 MP main camera ( f/2.0), HDR, Face Beautification (photos), LCD flash, Portrait Mode
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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