For many people, TCL means screens, thanks to its successful TV business. At a press conference ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress, the company showed off its prowess in wild new display technologies, including Nxtpaper, its paper-like display for tablets.
TCL introduced its second Nxtpaper tablet at the show, the 10.36-inch Nxtpaper Max 10. We don’t have any US version details or pricing yet, but the Max 10 runs an older version of Android (11) on an older Mediatek processor. (the 8788), no doubt to make it affordable, but the important thing here is the display.
The Nxtpaper Max 10 is coated with a matte, textured layer that has far less glare than typical LCD or even OLED screens, and thus causes less eye strain in ambient light. Unfortunately, I only got to see the tablet in a darkened room, where Nxtpaper’s strengths didn’t become apparent, but it’s a promising technology that I hope to see more of.
Roll ’em up and fold ’em up
In addition to the Nxtpaper Max 10, TCL had other innovative screen ideas at MWC. The company showed off three foldable phone ideas, none of which will hit the market soon, but all of which are intriguing.
TCL’s foldable phone concepts are still far from market
The “roll and fold” concept is a foldable phone much like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, but when unfolded it can stretch on tracks and have more screen unrolled from the body of the device to create a tablet 9 inches. It’s a tour de force in display hardware and hinge design, although TCL spokesman Brad Molen said it won’t be marketable anytime soon.
The same goes for TCL’s 360-degree foldable concept, which folds like a Lenovo Yoga laptop, folds into a closed position, and also returns to table-tent mode. We’ve yet to see a foldable phone capable of doing this; they must choose to bend one way or the other.
From the realm of work, but not quite marketable, comes TCL’s “Chicago” foldable, which looks a lot like a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 – probably too much like a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. It was canceled shortly before its launch. commercialization, but TCL showed it to us anyway.
TCL 30, times 5
In addition, TCL announced a new access point and home 4G and 5G internet systems, which do not support US frequency bands. The Linkzone Cat6 access point is likely to arrive in the US in a model for our market to replace the older Linkzone Cat4, but neither Cat4 nor Cat6 means particularly good LTE performance.
The company also showed off five other variants of its 30 V 5G and 30 XE 5G phones, which are currently available in the US.
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The rear of the TCL 30+ is exceptionally gorgeous for a $200-$300 phone (Picture: Sascha Segan)
The TCL 30 5G, TCL 30+, TCL 30, TCL 30 SE, and TCL 30 E are designed for Europe, but they’re worth talking about because of the really gorgeous back panel design of some of them. them.
Existing US models have a very bland back with a camera module in the corner that looks a lot like a Samsung Galaxy S21. But the new TCL 30+ has a flat, matte back in black or blue, with an intriguing camera module that has an almost mid-century look. It’s a great and standout look for a $200-$300 phone, and I hope it comes here.
And while current US models have IPS LCD screens, some of the new models shown at MWC have OLEDs. They also have 50-megapixel cameras, which we have in the TCL 30 V, but not the TCL 30 XE.
The black TCL 30+ also looks great (Photo: Sascha Segan)
Again, it seems like the US is a bit short of what we get compared to what other countries get for the same price.
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