Everyone has probably heard about color electronicink. Those that are used in e-readers such as Onyx Boox Poke2 Color and PocketBook 633 Color. The essence is a black-and-white reflective screen, on top of which a special “color filter” is placed. As a result, we get a grayish and unusual, but still colored picture. True, with all the limitations inherent in E-Ink technology. Like a small number of colors (4096) and a low refresh rate (you can't watch the video). Moreover, low resolution - only 100 ppi for color pictures. (At the same time, the above devices can display black and white text with a normal resolution - 300 ppi).
Onyx Boox Poke2 Color
NXTPAPER is a competing technology.Apparently, the idea is the same. A colored filter is placed over a certain reflective layer. Only faster, higher and stronger than the competitor. They promise normal resolution and the ability to play videos. The first time they started talking about NXTPAPER was in September, at the same time a prototype device was shown at the exhibition. Colors as weird as e-ink. Well, what about video playback is unclear. Didn't show ...
Now, as part of the online exhibition CES-2021, it wasa device called TCL NXTPAPER has been officially announced. By all accounts, it is an ordinary low-power tablet. Only with such a paper-like screen.
What well. Release date and price announced. April 2021 and € 349 (₽31,700, $ 425), respectively.
What is wrong. The capabilities of the screen are still unclear. How many colors can it display? They didn't say. Maximum frequency of changing the picture? And this issue is also bypassed.
What is known about the screen. Diagonal 8.88 ″. The resolution is 1080 × 1440, which gives 203 dpi. Compared to 100 ppi in classic electronic ink, the difference is significant, two-fold.
But the backlight at the screen, in contrast tothe mentioned readers are not here. Hopefully TCL managed to make the screen light enough to be readable in standard room lighting. Color e-ink is a bit dark for this use.
Briefly about the rest of the characteristics.
Low-power MediaTek MT8768 chipset - less than a hundred thousand AnTuTu points. For a tablet of this value, the performance is ridiculous. By the standards of readers, more than sufficient.
Memory. 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of constant, there is support for memory cards. Fine.
5500 mAh battery. By the standards of tablets, the capacity is good, by the standards of readers, it is simply huge.
Cameras. They are. Frontal at 5 MP (for some reason, interpolation up to 13 MP is declared), rear at 8 MP.
There is support for LTE networks and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Apparently, the standard tenth Android is used as the operating system.
We are waiting for the sale and reviews. If TCL really could make an electronic paper that you can watch videos on, that's unrealistically awesome!
Key features of TCL NXTPAPER:
Screen8.88 ″, 1080 × 1440, 203 ppi, touch, capacitive, multitouch
2 GHz, 4 x Cortex-A53, 4 x Cortex-A53, PowerVR GE8320
Memory RAM 4 GB, ROM 64 GB, Micro-SD up to 256 GB
Mobile Internet LTE
HSDPA, HSUPA, TD-SCDMA
Mobile networks LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,17-20,26,28,34,38-41
UMTS Bands 1 (2100), 2 (1900), 4 (1700), 5 (850), 8 (900)
GSM Bands 2 (1900), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 8 (900)
Battery Li-Ion, 5500 mAh, fast charging 18.00 W
Dimensions203.76 x 150.77 x 7.45 mm
Rear camera: 8 MP, flash, autofocus
front camera: 5 MP, interpolation up to 13 MP, no flash, no autofocus
OS Android 10
Sensors Accelerometer, Illumination, Hall