TCL unveiled its cutting-edge NxtPaper display technology a few years ago with the goal of improving eye comfort and reducing glare. It’s interesting that it also guarantees vibrant color reproduction while being resistant to fingerprints.
Version 2.0 of this technology was unveiled by the company this year, but it is currently only available in a small number of products, specifically three tablets and one convertible laptop. With the release of the new TCL 40 NxtPaper and TCL 40 NxtPaper 5G smartphones, it is at last available on smartphones.
TCL 40 NxtPaper
The 6.78″ LCD screen on the TCL 40 NxtPaper has a high refresh rate of 90Hz and a 20.5:9 aspect ratio with Full HD+ resolution. Notably, it includes a special e-reader mode that skillfully converts the UI to grayscale and offers a more comfortable reading experience for the eyes.
An optional case with a T-Pen stylus makes it possible for this device to also function as a notepad, which is an intriguing feature. The NxtPaper technology consists of a number of layers, one of which impressively simulates the feel of using a real pen and paper while using a stylus.
The phone is powered by the Helio G88 chipset, which is also paired with a sizable 8 GB of RAM (which can be expanded by up to 8 GB of virtual RAM) and 256 GB of storage. A microSD slot is conveniently available for those in need of more storage, and it is part of a triple card slot that also has room for two SIM cards and a microSD card.
The arrangement, which incorporates a triple camera system, includes a 50MP primary module with a 1/2.76″ sensor and 0.64 m pixels, a 5MP ultra-wide lens with a wide 115° field of view, and a 2MP macro module to complete the setup.
A 32MP front-facing camera (with a 1/3.45″ sensor size and 0.65 m pixels) allows for video calls and the capture of selfies. The main front and rear cameras can capture 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
This device’s large 5,010 mAh battery can be charged at 33W fast charging speeds using the USB-PD 3.0 protocol. While a full battery recharge takes roughly 100 minutes, reaching 50% charge can be done in just about 30 minutes. Both the USB-C 2.0 cable and the 33W charger are included in the retail package.
The TCL 40 NxtPaper will be available in Europe for $215 as of launch.
TCL 40 NxtPaper 5G
The TCL 40 NxtPaper 5G lives up to its name by skillfully combining the company’s renowned eye-comfort display technology with the enhanced capabilities of 5G connectivity.
Despite having a slightly smaller screen (6.6 inches), it still has a high refresh rate (90Hz) and continues to support the T-Pen stylus. Even though it has an HD+ resolution (20:9), the display can still adapt to different lighting situations thanks to a standard NxtPaper feature that changes the color temperature.
The Dimensity 6020 chipset, along with a sizable 256 GB storage capacity, are key components of the device, which emphasizes the provision of cutting-edge connectivity at an affordable price. The allocated RAM, however, has been decreased to 6 GB (with an additional 6 GB of virtual capacity). Users of dual card slots can choose to use two SIM cards or one SIM and a microSD card.
The recognizable NxtPaper UI of Android 13 comes pre-installed on both phones. TCL commits to providing security patches and at least one significant operating system update for a minimum of two years. Although it’s still possible, any decisions regarding additional updates will be made in due course.
The triple camera setup from the 5G version is still present, led by a sizable 50MP main module with a 1/2.76″ sensor and 0.64 mm pixel size. A 2MP macro camera and an additional 2MP depth sensor are located at the back to support this.
Notably, only an 8MP sensor is now used for the selfie camera. The only video resolution that the front and back cameras can capture is 1080p at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.
Although it doesn’t come with a charging brick, the device’s 5,000 mAh battery allows for 15W charging support.
At $270, the TCL 40 NxtPaper 5G will be slightly more expensive than its non-5G sibling.