TCL 306 Cruze Lite S: good features and modest chipset; views

Here are TCL 306 Cruze Lite S reviews and price in Romania. We welcome the weekend with a rather interesting entry-level smartphone. It is about the terminal 306 Cruze Lite S of the Chinese brand TCL.

We are dealing with an affordable model (590 lei on the website) that offers some surprisingly good features (for an entry-level).

So at first glance the device seems successful. But, let's analyze the device in detail and discover together whether it is worth the purchase or not. All we have left to do is to wish you a pleasant reading ๐Ÿ™‚

The smartphone has many attractive features

# Conectivitate – 4G, Volte, VoWiFi, NFC, USB C, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, jack 3.5mm, MicroSD, GPS/AGPS/BDS/GPS/Glonass/Galileo

# Sensors – fingerprint (on the back), accelerometer, proximity, light, compass

# Battery – 5000mAh with 10W charging

# Memory + storage – 3GB RAM LPDDR4X + 32GB ROM eMMC 5.1

# Main camera – 13 megapixels + 2MP (bokeh) + 2MP (macro), HDR, PDAF focus, video capture 1080p 30fps

# Audio – 2 microphones with noise cancellation technology

TCL 306 Cruze Lite S opinions - SOME OBSERVATIONS

The list of features above looks pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ However, we have a clarification to make. The terminal is offered by Orange only in Single SIM version.

Hmmm... probably many people will buy the device with a subscription (in this way the device costs 416 lei). If the phone was Dual SIM, the Orange card was probably allergic to the Digi, Vodafone or Telekom SIM. Finally.

The display is decent

For a phone of a little under 600 lei, we consider that the screen provided is quite good.


# LCD panel 6.52 inches

# 20:9 format and 1600×720 pixel resolution

# 269PPI pixel density

# Brightness of 450 nits and contrast of 1000:1

# Notch in V


Unfortunately, all the good features are practically canceled thanks to the modest chipset. The TCL 306 has the MediaTek Helio G25, the engine that scores only 101,000 points in Antutu. Nasty ๐Ÿ™

You could say that we expect too much from a 590 lei phone. But it's not really like that. We would like to point out that the 600-620 lei threshold contains several phones that practically sweep the floor with the TCL smartphone (perhaps we are exaggerating a bit).

The most eloquent example is the Samsung Galaxy A13 smartphone. If you can believe it, it is not the model with the Exynos 850 engine (launched in March 2022).

On you can find the new version of Galaxy A13, which is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, for 620 lei.

Compared to the Helio G25 chipset on the TCL 306, the Helio G80 engine is from another league. Practically, the performance increase is double (Antutu 9 – Helio G80 206,000 points vs Helio G25 101,000 points).

Besides the fact that the Galaxy A13 is clearly superior in terms of chipset, overall the Samsung smartphone is much better than the TCL terminal.

We specify that the A13 also has an FHD+ screen (Gorilla Glass 5 protection), 15W fast charging, WiFi 802.11 ac connectivity, etc. We mention that NFC and the USB C port are not missing from the Galaxy A13.

TCL 306 Cruze Lite S reviews

Then, another terminal that 'smashes' the TCL smartphone on the chipset side is the Motorola Moto E40 (600 lei on Altex). The smartphone uses the Unisoc T700 chipset.

If we think about it carefully, the Unisoc engine is slightly more efficient than the Helio G80 processor (used by the Galaxy A13). We specify that Unisoc T700 obtains in Antutu 9 the score of 213,000 points (206,000 points for Helio G80).

Regarding the rest of the features, overall the Motorola Moto E40 smartphone is superior compared to the TCL 306.

The Moto E40 terminal has an HD+ 90Hz LCD screen, 4GB RAM + 64GB (eMMC 5.1), IP52 protection, main camera with 48MP sensor, etc. It must be said that the Moto E40 does not have NFC.

I'm not done with the alternatives yet. The Nokia G11 smartphone is also available in the area of ​​600 lei. Overall, the terminal is much better than the TCL 306.

Nokia G11 has HD+ 90Hz LCD screen, Unisoc T606 chipset, fast charging 18W, WiFi 802.11 ac, etc. Please note that the NFC and the USB port are present on the Nokia device.


The TCL 306 Cruze Lite S is a decent smartphone. However, the device is greatly dragged down by the modest chipset. Due to the fact that at similar or close prices there are much better alternatives, we consider that the price of the TCL terminal must drop to the value of 500 lei.


  • Android 12 operating system with TCL UI interface
  • Camera selfie 5-megapixeli, HDR, video 1080p 30fps
  • Design – plastic case; color – black; 165.2 x 75.5 x 8.9mm and 190 grams
  • Other – face unlock, bottom edge speaker