TCL has launched the NXTPAPER smartphone series. This includes the TCL 40 NXTPAPER and TCL 40 NXTPAPER 5G, making them the world’s first smartphones to offer a paper-like visual experience with full color.

TCL NXTPAPER 40 and NXTPAPER 40 5G launched

Some smartphone users have been a little bit worried about the digital displays that we use all day put extra stress on our eyes, TCL launched its NxtPaper display technology a couple of years ago. It focuses on eye comfort and reducing glare (as a side bonus it’s resistant to fingerprints too), while maintaining vibrant colors.

TCL 40 NxtPaper

The TCL 40 NxtPaper features a 6.78” LCD with 90Hz refresh rate (FHD+, 20.5:9). There is a special e-reader mode that enables grayscale mode for the UI to make reading easier on the eyes.

TCL 40 NxtPaper

Additionally, you can use the phone as a notepad with the optional case that includes a T-Pen stylus. NxtPaper tech is composed of several layers, one of which makes using the stylus feel closer to using a real pen and paper.

Anyway, this phone is powered by the Helio G88 paired with has 8GB of RAM (expandable with up to 8GB virtual RAM) and 256GB storage. A microSD slot is available if you need more (it’s a triple card slot, 2 SIM + 1 microSD).

The triple camera setup includes a 50MP main module (1/2.76” sensor, 0.64µm pixels). It is joined by a 5MP ultra wide camera (115°) and a 2MP macro module. The camera on the front has a 32MP sensor (1/3.45”, 0.65µm). The main rear and the front cameras can record 1080p videos at 30fps.

TCL 40 NxtPaper rear camera

The TCL 40 NxtPaper isn’t just for reading and note taking, its large display is flanked by stereo speakers with DTS 3D Boom Sound tech. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack available as well.

The phone supports 33W fast charging (USB-PD 3.0) for its 5,010mAh battery. 50% is achieved in around half an hour, a full charge takes 100 minutes. Note that the 33W charger and a USB-C 2.0 cable are included in the box.

TCL 40 NxtPaper Specifications

Design: Sleek 7.89mm design, stylish 2D back cover

Display: 6.78” FHD+ NXTPAPER display, 90Hz, 450 nits, 91% Screen-to-body ratio, NTSC 96%, 1500: 1 Contrast ratio,

Processor: MediaTek Helio G88 (MT6769); Mali-G52 MC2

Audio: Dual speakers, 3D boom sound powered by DTS

Rear Camera: Triple

  • 50MP main
  • 5MP ultra-wide
  • 2MP macro sensor

Selfie Camera: 32MP

Memory & Storage: 256GB; RAM: 8GB (expandable by 8GB virtual RAM); MicroSD Up to 2TB.

Compatible T-pen for note-taking and sketching

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz, Bluetooth v5.1, Audio Jack and NFC

Battery: 5010mAh; Type-C USB 2.0; 33W fast charging

Operating system: TCL UI 5.0, Android™13

Sensors: Fingerprint

Dimensions: (HxWxD, mm): 168.16 x 75.53 x 7.89

Weight: 195g

Colors: Midnight Blue, Opalescent

TCL 40 NxtPaper Price and Availability

TCL 40 NxtPaper in colors

The two NxtPaper phones will be available in stores “in just a few weeks”. The TCL 40 NxtPaper will cost €200 ($215/₹18,000) and will be available in Europe next month with plans to launch in more regions later this year.

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