Finances pill with a E Ink aspirations

TCL is perhaps a reputation you extra readily affiliate with reasonably priced TVs, however the firm has an entire vary of different tech to shout about, from soundbars and headphones to robotic vaccums and cell gadgets.

On the latter, it just lately introduced a few price range tablets and two discount smartphones so as to add it its line up.

Of the brand new trio, all of which are available beneath €300, the TCL NXTPAPER 11 piqued our curiosity, with TCL’s next-gen NXTPAPER 2.0 know-how constructed into it – a paper-like laminated show that gives the look of E Ink however with the advantages of a color show.


Should you’re available in the market for a price range Android pill, is that this quirky 11-inch slate price a glance? We acquired our palms on it to get a more in-depth look.



First impressions

The TCL NXTPAPER 11 is a price range pill that is doing its bit to face out in what generally is a market of lookalikes. You do lose out on a greater chipset that you’re going to see at greater value factors, and nice-to-haves like wi-fi charging, nevertheless it’s an attractive-looking pill with a fairly intriguing USP.


  • First rate construct
  • Stylus compatibility
  • NXTPAPER 2.0 tech is an fascinating USP
  • Good value

  • May not be the very best for all makes use of


  • 259 x 163.6 x 6.9mm
  • Weight: 462g
  • 128GB storage, 4GB RAM

For a pill costing €249, the TCL NXTPAPER 11 does its bit to look fairly premium. Its casing is constituted of a light-weight aluminium, accessible in a selection of Darkish Gray and Digital Lavender (extra like a silver), and it has a slim, flat-edged design, a bit like we have seen from Apple in current iPad iterations.

It is not fairly as skinny as an iPad although, measuring in at 6.9mm thick compared with the iPad Professional 11 at 5.9mm. Whether or not you’ll discover this in use – significantly after they weigh about the identical (with TCL’s 462g to the iPad Professional 11’s 466g) – we’ll have to attend and see. We might say the iPad nonetheless takes it on premium really feel although, however then the value tag is way greater.


The NXTPAPER 11 retains branding to a minimal. When in panorama there’s a brand within the prime left nook of the again panel (as you take a look at it) however from the entrance, it is all in regards to the show. That is is an 11.2-inch 2K providing with uniformed bezels across the aspect – however extra about that in a second.

Buttons for energy and quantity management are on the left hand-side of the pill – on the highest and aspect when in panorama – and there is a tray for a nano SIM and a microSD card too, for increasing its 128GB on-board storage.


The primary 8MP digital camera sits comparatively flush to the physique in a compact rectangular housing, whereas a selfie digital camera sits centrally to the show in panorama extra. That is clearly how the pill is predicted for use for probably the most half, with stereo audio system at both edge – so you may must be cautious the way you maintain it to get their full affect.


  • 11in 2K show (2000 x 1000)
  • NXPAPER 2.0 know-how
  • As much as 500 nits

The TCL NXTPAPER 11 has an 11in 2K (2000 x 1000) LCD show with a 213 pixel density. That is perhaps on the low aspect for in contrast with one thing just like the OnePlus Pad or Samsung’s vary of tablets, however this does not really feel like a pill you would be taking a look at if video watching and gaming was your prime focus.


That is as a result of it options TCL’s latest NXTPAPER 2.0 know-how. That may be a nano-chemical materials coating that sits on prime of the show and offers it a matte look, which isn’t dissimilar to e-ink at first look.

Not solely does that assist to cease reflections from all angles, it helps to scale back dangerous blue gentle too, making the show simpler in your eyes. That is solely bolstered additional by an built-in gentle sensor, which might routinely alter the color temperature relying on the sunshine situations round you.


TCL has upped the brightness functionality within the second iteration of this know-how by 150%, so the display screen can now go up 500 nits, which feels lots vibrant sufficient when mixed the shortage of reflection in vibrant gentle.

The coating additionally offers the show a really tactile really feel, which works significantly effectively with the low-latency T-pen stylus, accessible individually. TCL says it ought to really feel like writing on paper, and whereas we’re undecided that is fairly correct, the added friction and suggestions the coating brings with it undoubtedly helps it to really feel extra genuine. The one slight draw back? Should you choose to purchase the T-pen, there is no manner of storing or attaching it to the pill for protected maintaining.


Dig into the NXTPAPER 11’s menus and you will additionally discover a studying mode, which very a lot feeds into its E Ink-esque design. This turns the display screen black and white, so you may learn in monochrome – however being able to modify it again onto color for issues like comics and graphic novels is unquestionably a bonus.

Whereas the NXTPAPER 11 show will not be as sort in your eyes as actual E ink, you may really feel when utilizing it the distinction in how your eyes react to it in use. We’re fairly taken with it and may see the attraction for folks on the lookout for a catch-all gadget – so long as they are not overly essential of issues like image accuracy.

This feels just like the show of a pill aimed toward productiveness first, not multimedia. That is to not say you may’t watch movies on this – in fact you may – however when it comes to accuracy of colors and total brightness, you are going to get a greater expertise on an everyday LCD pill.

{Hardware}, software program and options

  • Mediatak Helio P60T octa-core processor
  • 128GB storage, 4GB RAM
  • Android 13
  • 8000mAh battery
  • 8MP digital camera fundamental digital camera, 8MP wide-angle selfie digital camera

The NXTPAPER 11 makes use of the Mediatek Helio P60T octa-core processor, alongside 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage. We did not get lengthy sufficient with the pill to get a real concept of how that every one works collectively, however in our time with it, every thing ran easily and loaded shortly.


It runs Android 13 as its working system, as you may anticipate, and there may be an 8000mAh battery with reverse charging in-built. That is the identical battery capability because the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, however how lengthy it lasts could differ because of the variations in processors and issues like display screen brightness. TCL has no claims, so it’s going to be right down to a full assessment to search out out.

There is no wi-fi charging right here although, and no quick charging both – so you may be caught with 18W wired when it is time to cost it up.

So far as cameras go, you may get an 8MP digital camera on the again and an 8MP ultra-wide selfie digital camera for video calls. The rear digital camera has “AI digital camera” written into its housing, however what which means warrants additional time spent with it. We did have a really restricted mess around with the digital camera in our palms on time, and located modes that included a panoramic mode and a cease movement possibility.


Like all tablets, it will not be a digital camera that’ll come near the one in your telephone, significantly in low gentle, nevertheless it seems to be prefer it’ll do a positive job for the odd snap right here and there. The selfie digital camera is prone to be an important of the 2, and was suitably wide-angled for video calls, and was clear and noise free within the transient time we spent with it.


The TCL NXTPAPER 11 is a price range pill that is doing its bit to face out in what generally is a market of lookalikes and same-old same-old. You do lose out on a greater chipset that you’re going to see at greater value factors, and nice-to-haves like wi-fi charging, nevertheless it’s a lovely trying pill with a fairly intriguing USP.

The NXTPAPER 2.0 know-how does look pretty, and feels good too, with stylus compatibility that extends its performance. It is probably not the perfect for watching movies on, from an out-and-out efficiency perspective, however for those who’re on the lookout for a tool that may double up as a pill for work and an eye-friendly studying gadget, the TCL NXTPAPER 11 might effectively be price a glance.