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IFA 2023 | TCL 40 NXTPAPER series: World's first smartphones with first-party e-ink-like full-color screens

The 40 NXTPAPER series. (Source: TCL)
The 40 NXTPAPER series. (Source: TCL)
TCL's IFA 2023 booth is replete with unusual and cutting-edge display technology, including the latest CSOT prototypes hinting at a future with devices such as 17-inch foldable laptops. The first-gen NXTPAPER display smartphones, on the other hand, are market-ready, touted to deliver the most eye health-friendly, non-glossy experience in a sub-7-inch form-factor for the first time.

TCL has come to IFA 2023 to showcase new triumphs such as its X11G Max at its Hall 21A, Messe Berlin booth. Then again, it has found room for much more besides its new flagship 115-inch QD-Mini LED TV in its exhibition.

It also houses the latest products of TCL CSOT R&D, which include a new panel that might enable more OEMs to make a 17-inch OLED-display foldable laptop in the future. Furthermore, CSOT's version has IGZO technology and is made using a potentially cost-effective printed process.

TCL CSOT's latest laptop-sized prototypes also include an inaugural 14-inch touchscreen with stylus support that responds to those inputs at up to 120Hz and 240Hz respectively thanks to a-Si in-cell technology. That might be great for the office, whereas the new TCL CSOT 32-inch 8K Wide View Light Field Display might find a place in a clinical setting one day.

CSOT has also announced the development of the 68.7-billion color, 1,400-nit 2K WQHD LTPS OLED Narrow Border Display at IFA 2023. These panels are found on concept devices that are obviously not ready for sale yet - however, the 40 NXTPAPER range is.

The world-first smartphones have launched in non-5G and 5G variants with 6.78-inch FHD+ and 6.6-inch HD+ displays respectively and 50MP main cameras, both of which deliver a matte, fully TÜV-approved experience not found in most devices of its class.

TCL asserts that they will deliver convincingly "paper-like experiences" when used for either content-consumption or as mini drawing slates with their compatible T-pens. The OEM neglects to mention SoC specs for either device, although their prices might help guess at their processing levels.

The 40 NXTPAPER is coming to Europe in September 2023, and will start at an RRP of €199 (~US$214) with 8GB of RAM, whereas the 40 NXTPAPER 5G will do so for €249 (~US$268) with 6GB of RAM from October 2023 in the same region. 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-09- 3 (Update: 2023-09- 3)