TCL, known for its technological innovations, has recently expanded its use of NXTPAPER display technology beyond tablets and e-readers to include smartphones. The TCL 40 NXTPAPER models, priced affordably with mid- to low-range specifications, aim to provide users with “industry-leading eye comfort.”
The NXTPAPER display technology, which TCL describes as a blend of screen and paper, boasts several key advantages over traditional E Ink displays. It offers 25 percent more contrast, resulting in improved readability and visual clarity. Additionally, it is 65 percent more power-efficient, ensuring longer battery life for the devices. The latest version of NXTPAPER delivers up to 500 nits of brightness, surpassing TÜV-certified levels of blue light reduction. TCL claims that the display contributes to the protection of users’ eye health by maintaining color accuracy and avoiding screen yellowing. Moreover, the screen’s color temperature adjusts automatically based on the time and environment, providing a more comfortable viewing experience.
Although the TCL 40 NXTPAPER and TCL 40 NXTPAPER 5G share a name, they have distinct designs and specifications. The TCL 40 NXTPAPER features a 6.78-inch FHD+ NXTPAPER display with a punch-hole 32-megapixel front camera and a 50-megapixel rear camera. It is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G88 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card. However, its connectivity is limited to 4G. The device is expected to be priced at €199 ($215) when it becomes available for purchase in Europe in September 2023.
On the other hand, the TCL 40 NXTPAPER 5G offers 5G connectivity but sacrifices certain specifications. It features a smaller 6.5-inch HD+ notch-type display with an 8-megapixel front camera and a 50-megapixel rear camera. Powered by MediaTek’s MT6833v processor, which includes 5G radios, it provides 6GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage. The TCL 40 NXTPAPER 5G will hit the market in Europe in October at a price of €249 ($269). Both models are slated for a global release later in 2023.
While the specifications of these smartphones are noteworthy, what truly sets them apart is the NXTPAPER display technology. With a 5,000mAh battery capacity and the touted power efficiency of the display, users can expect extended usage time on a single charge. However, it remains to be seen if the screen will deliver a satisfying smartphone experience beyond its eye-comfort features.
TCL’s foray into implementing NXTPaper technology in smartphones showcases the company’s commitment to innovation and user well-being. By incorporating a display that combines the benefits of screens and paper, TCL aims to improve the comfort and overall experience for users. The increased contrast, power efficiency, and blue light reduction offered by NXTPAPER could revolutionize the smartphone industry. As these models hit the market and gain global availability, consumers will have the opportunity to experience TCL’s latest display technology firsthand, and determine if it lives up to its promises of enhanced eye comfort and improved visual experience.