TCL unveiled its NxtPaper 2.0 know-how early in 2023, which is a panel with a particular coating that offers the system a paper-like feeling. One of many first telephones with it’s the TCL 40 NxtPaper 5G, and we lastly have a unit with us.
The telephone is an inexpensive system with two key options – first is clearly the display, the opposite is the next-gen connectivity, achieved with a Dimensity 6020 chipset. The show itself has a 6.6” diagonal and HD+ decision, nevertheless it’s the distinctive properties of the paper-like end that set it aside.
Different specs embody a 5,000 mAh battery with 15W charging, a 50 MP digicam on the again, a fingerprint scanner on the aspect, and a 3.5 mm audio jack on the underside, subsequent to the USB-C.
Alright, let’s get to the correct unboxing. The retail field is made to resemble a e book, together with the leathery texture as a result of the 40 NxtPaper 5G is additional snug for studying. We flip the hardcover after which the clear first web page to get to the system. Opening the “e book” within the center will get us to the USB-A to USB-C cable and the SIM tray ejector pin – there isn’t a charger within the field.
We’re fairly unimpressed with TCL deciding to skip the adapter, however because the charging pace is nothing spectacular, we guess any previous USB-A charger mendacity round the home would serve. The telephone itself is properly mild with a plastic physique that additionally has a paper-like really feel to it.
Powering and establishing the system is fairly easy, no totally different from some other Android smartphone. The display is quick, and nothing like different e-ink devices – the contact display is attentive to every kind of touches. Colours do look a bit boring at first look, however we’ll be certain to do extra detailed comparisons.
There’s nonetheless a setting for the show colours, and the Vivid mode is fairly tame. There is no such thing as a glare or reflection, and fingerprints should not a problem, permitting the display to be loved virtually from all angles.
There’s Nxtpaper mode, which has two settings – Coloration paper and Ink paper. Right here is the place the change is seen – colours are toned down and never vibrant. The complete colour image remains to be there; 4K movies are operating easily at 60 fps however the brightness is low to make it straightforward on the eyes.
Ink paper mode strips away all colours and makes all the pieces on the show black or white. Mixed with the dearth of blue mild, it’s a new visible sensation, that is very easy on the eyes.
Altering between the modes additionally impacts how icons seem on the display, however you can’t take a totally black and white screenshot – the impact is utilized solely on the panel, not the precise system.
TCL is at present promoting the 40 NxtPaper 5G in Europe for €250/£220 for the one 6/256 GB reminiscence variant. It’s undoubtedly a telephone value contemplating in the event you worth eye consolation above efficiency.