TCL’s new phones feature paper-like displays, signaling a potentially significant development.

TCL's new phones feature paper-like displays, signaling a potentially significant development.

TCL’s Nxtpaper Phones: A Refreshing Twist in the Android Phone Market

TCL Nxtpaper Phones

On the surface, TCL’s newly announced TCL 40 Nxtpaper and TCL 40 Nxtpaper 5G may appear like your average Android phones. With MediaTek processors and 6 to 8GB of RAM, they don’t seem particularly remarkable. In fact, they remind me of the Android phones I often see on storefronts, touted as “free phones” by carriers. However, there is one unique feature that sets these phones apart and has power users like myself envious – a matte-frosted display that prioritizes eye comfort and mimics the experience of reading on paper.

TCL, known for its expertise in display technology, from mass-market TVs to smart glasses, has introduced its Nxtpaper venture to differentiate itself in the crowded Android phone market. Initially featured in TCL’s affordable line of tablets and laptops, Nxtpaper technology offers a similar experience to an Amazon Kindle or e-reader screen but with full RGB color. It eliminates glare and reduces blue light emission, earning it a TÜV certification.

Both the standard TCL 40 and the 5G version boast an integrated sensor that automatically adjusts display brightness and color temperature based on the time of day and surrounding environment. TCL’s software, dubbed “Nxtpaper UI,” provides users with the option to switch between full-color and black-and-white modes, further adding to the versatility of the display.

To fully maximize the benefits of the Nxtpaper display, TCL is offering an optional T-pen. This pen provides textural feedback similar to that of using a pencil on paper, allowing for a natural writing and drawing experience directly on the screen. It’s a concept reminiscent of Paperlike screen protectors for iPads, but integrated into Android phones.

In terms of specifications, both TCL 40 Nxtpaper models come with 256GB of storage (with microSD card expansion), 5,000mAh batteries, 3.5mm audio jacks, side-mounted fingerprint sensors, and triple camera setups. However, the true test lies in the durability and outdoor visibility of these matte-frosted screens. We can only determine their performance when the devices become available for review. What we can be sure of is that TCL has a compelling display feature that has the potential to reshape how we perceive and interact with our everyday devices.

The TCL 40 Nxtpaper series is set to launch in Europe, with a starting price of €199 (roughly $215). While these phones may not capture Samsung’s or Apple’s market share, they present a refreshing twist for those seeking enhanced visual experiences and eye comfort. TCL’s commitment to leveraging its display technology expertise to innovate in the Android phone market demonstrates their dedication to pushing boundaries and delivering unique features to consumers.

With the introduction of the Nxtpaper display, TCL has proven that innovation doesn’t always come from the biggest players in the industry. Sometimes, it emerges from unexpected sources, offering a delightful surprise to tech enthusiasts like me. The TCL 40 Nxtpaper phones bring a touch of novelty to the Android ecosystem, and I, for one, am eager to see how this technology evolves and influences the future of mobile devices.