TCL produces some of the better Android tablets currently available, if you don't want one of Samsung's various Galaxy Tabs for some reason. The company released a budget 8-inch tablet a few months ago for Verizon, and now TCL is showing off two new options during CES 2021 — one with a new experimental display technology, and a cheaper option targeted at home and educational use.

TCL NXTPAPER

This tablet is a bit of a weird one — instead of a traditional IPS or AMOLED screen, TCL has opted to use its own 'NXTPAPER' technology for the display. The tech was first announced last year as a possible e-ink competitor, and like e-ink, it primarily uses natural light for displaying content. TCL says the screen has 25% better contrast than most e-ink tablets and provides "smoother video playback", while still consuming about 65% less power than an LCD screen. It's not clear what the exact refresh rate is.

The TCL NXTPAPER specifically uses an 8.88" screen, with a resolution of 1440 x 1080. The rest of the specifications are fairly standard for an upper mid-range tablet: a MediaTek Helio MT8768 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage (with microSD support), and a 5,500mAh battery. Annoyingly, the tablet is still launching with Android 10.

TCL NXTPAPER Specs

Display 8.88" NXTPAPER, 1440 x 1080
Chipset MediaTek Helio MT8768
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB with microSD expansion (up to 256GB)
Battery 5,550mAh
Dimensions 203.76 x 150.77 x 7.45mm
Cellular connectivity GSM: B2/3/5/8
UMTS or WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TD-SCDMA: B34/B39
LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/17/18/19/20/26/28/34/38/39/40/41
Other connectivity USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Weight 316g
Software Android 10
Colors Ultramarine Green

The tablet will go on sale this April in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia for 349€. There's no word on a release date in North America.

TCL Tab 10S

TCL also announced a more traditional tablet, the Tab 10S. It's fairly close to the NXTPAPER in specifications, with the same MT8768 chipset and Android 10-based software, but using a typical IPS display instead of TCL's own technology. It has half the internal storage of the NXTPAPER and 1GB less RAM, but TCL says the large 8,000mAh battery is enough for two weeks on standby.

TCL Tab 10S Specs

Display 10.1", 2000 x 1920
Chipset MediaTek Helio MT8768
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB with microSD expansion (up to 256GB)
Battery 8,000mAh
Dimensions 241 x 158.6 x 8.3mm
Cellular connectivity GSM: B2/3/5/8
UMTS or WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TD-SCDMA: B34/B39
LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/17/18/19/20/26/28/34/38/39/40/41
Other connectivity USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Weight 488g
Software Android 10
Colors Dark Grey, Silver

The Tab 10S also has a pogo pin connector on the bottom for a keyboard accessory, and will support stylus input with TCL's 'T-Pen' (though it's not clear if the stylus will come with the tablet or not). The tablet will ship in Q2 2021 in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa, parts of Asia (including China), and Latin America. Pricing will start at 199€ for the Wi-Fi version and 249€ for 4G LTE/Wi-Fi.

Press Release

TCL’s new NXTPAPER and TAB tablets deliver exceptional value in education and entertainment at CES 2021

London, January 11, 2021 – TCL today announced two new tablets, the TCL NXTPAPER and TCL TAB 10s. Leveraging the company’s expertise in display manufacturing, the NXTPAPER will be the first commercially available tablet to use TCL’s innovative new NXTPAPER display technology, and the TCL TAB 10s provides an affordable learning experience with a large screen and stylus. The tablets are designed to support the educational and entertainment needs of today’s remote professionals and students.,

“NXTPAPER is a prime example of the Display Greatness philosophy that TCL Mobile has embodied since it launched over a year ago, and showcases how a vertically integrated ecosystem can help produce innovative new products quickly and affordably,” said Stefan Streit, General Manager of Global Marketing for TCL Communication. “This new type of display will directly benefit remote workers and students alike, bringing new features that help encourage productivity, make life easier, and keep our eyes safe.”

The company’s proprietary NXTPAPER technology, announced last fall at IFA 2020 in Berlin, achieves stunning display performance with a highly reflective IPS screen that utilizes innovative TCL technology to reuse natural light, resulting in vivid, full-color reproduction with no blue light or flicker. TCL NXTPAPER display technology provides 25 percent higher contrast than most e-ink tablets and is also more than 65 percent more power efficient than standard LCD screens, providing better battery life and efficiency. It also provides for smoother video playback, ensuring optimized entertainment for learning, work and leisure activities.

Designed specifically for larger format devices, NXTPAPER provides a paper-like visual experience in full high-definition resolution, and with considerably less eye strain and fatigue compared to most tablets.

TCL NXTPAPER Delivers Performance, Along with Eye Safety
Offering one of the most advanced eye protection displays on the market, TCL’s new NXTPAPER tablet is an elegant mobile companion for school, work, or play. It features an 8-inch FHD NXTPAPER screen that offers a paper-like visual experience with no flicker or harmful blue light.

For students and professionals, the TCL NXTPAPER is powered by an octa-core processor, and features a strong 5500mAh battery for over a full day of use, along with a 5-megapixel front facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear facing camera for remote classroom learning, video teleconferences, presentations and more.

The TCL NXTPAPER comes with a Kids Learning option, providing a child-friendly user interface and parental controls. It also works with Google Assistant, allowing users to seamlessly manage tasks, get answers to questions, and play music using voice commands. And to make sure users can both effectively connect and contribute on video calls or during virtual classes, the tablet offers both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity. It has also received TUV Rheinland safety certification to ensure your child’s eyes are protected from harmful light.

Starting from April 2021, the TCL NXTPAPER will be available in Europe, Middle East/Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific for 349€.

TCL TAB 10S Offers Students and Families Outstanding Performance and Value
Offering a best-in-class viewing experience, along with plenty of power to drive productivity, the new TCL TAB 10S tablet is designed with today’s remote learners and their parents in mind.

Featuring a 10.1-inch screen, an octa-core processor which gives students the speed they need to process almost any online task, and a large capacity 8000mAh battery providing up to eight hours of video playback and up to two weeks of standby time, the TCL TAB 10S is the ideal device for today’s students.

For studying anytime and anyplace, TCL’s newest tablet can also provide 4G LTE mobile communication, allowing you to access content from virtually anywhere, as well as participate in online classroom lessons or video calls without worry. Plus, students will be heard as well as seen clearly thanks to the device’s dual microphones and speaker system, along with its front camera ensuring effective group communication.

Parents will appreciate the key features designed to help them manage their children’s time online, with an independent parental control interface and remote control that gives them the option to manage both their student’s study and rest time, and the ability to control any third-party apps being used on the device. The TCL TAB 10S also comes with POGO pin connectors to support additional third-party accessories, as well as the stylish TCL T-Pen stylus, which offers a smooth, natural pencil-on-paper type of experience with ultra-low latency.

For improved eye safety, the TCL TAB 10S display also features intelligent eye protection with integrated brightness and tonality control in daylight and low-light conditions. It offers flicker-free performance with no blue light and alerts users when they get fewer than 9 inches (25 centimeters) from the screen.

From Q2, the TCL TAB 10S will be available in the EU, North America, Middle East/Africa, China, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Pricing starts at 199€ for the Wi-Fi version and 249€ for 4G LTE/Wi-Fi. To learn more about these TCL tablets, please visit http://www.tcl.com/global/en.html.

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TCL Electronics (1070.HK) is one of the world’s fastest-growing consumer electronics companies and one of the world’s leading television and mobile device manufacturers (TCL Communication is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TCL Electronics). For nearly 40 years TCL has operated its own manufacturing and R&D centers worldwide, with products sold in more than 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. TCL specializes in the research, development and manufacturing of consumer electronics ranging from TVs, mobile phones, audio devices and smart home products as part of the company’s “AI x IoT” strategy. For more information on TCL mobile devices, please visit: http://www.tcl.com/global/en.html.