Skip to main content

TCL’s new Nxtpaper screen tech is paper-thin

TCL debuted a new paper-thin display called Nxtpaper that is meant to offer better eye protection when using devices. 

As part of TCL’s slew of IFA 2020 announcements, the company introduced Nxtpaper on Thursday, which it calls is a “combination of screen and paper.”

The screen technology protects your eyes from flicker, blue light, and light output when reading from a screen or watching videos.

TCL said on Thursday that Nxtpaper has eye protection certifications from the German Rhine laboratory, the SGS laboratory, and German VDE. The new tech also has 11 different patents, specifically surrounding eye protection. 


Nxtpaper is meant for larger devices like a tablet, so it looks like you won’t find a paper-thin screen on TCL phones any time soon. The screen is reportedly 36% thinner than your typical LCD while also being 65% more power efficient (since it doesn’t use backlighting). 

The new screen tech could be compared to e-ink screens, which are found in e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite. E-ink screens don’t emit light naturally, reducing both screen glare exhibited by LCD and OLED panels and the eye fatigue that can result from it. 

However, Nxtpaper looks to be a step above e-ink tech since TCL promises a 25% higher contrast in its display. According to multiple reports, Nxtpaper will start to appear in TCL products “in the near future.” 

IFA 2020 continues in Berlin through September 5. Although the event is invite-only with a maximum capacity of 1,000 guests per day, there are various virtual events and virtual showrooms to explore during the event. 

Editors' Recommendations

Allison Matyus
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Allison Matyus is a general news reporter at Digital Trends. She covers any and all tech news, including issues around social…
TCL’s new routers give you 5G speeds at home and on the go
A woman is connected to the LINKHUB 5G CPE router.

As part of TCL's long list of announcements at Mobile World Congress 2022, which includes from five new phones and three new tablets, TCL introduced three new routers for the mobile market.

One of them is a 5G home router and the other two are a 4G home station and a mobile Wi-Fi device. Be warned, their names are a mouthful; The Linkhub 5G CPE HH515 is TCL's newest 5G router, while the two 4G routers are the Linkhub LTE CAT6 Home Station HH63 and the Linkzone LTE CAT6 Mobile Wi-Fi MW63.

Read more
TCL’s five new phones flesh out its budget lineup
The five smartphones launched by TCL at MWC 2022.

CES 2022 saw TCL announce two budget handsets for the U.S. market -- the TCL 30 XE 5G and the 30 V 5G. These devices are already on sale and are priced well under the $300 mark. Not content having announced just two budget smartphones this year, TCL seems to be taking Mobile World Congress 2022 as an opportunity to expand its range of affordable smartphones further, this time for Europe and select other markets.

This is why the company, on the sidelines of the 2022 MWC, launched a bunch of affordable smartphones -- all priced below $300. The handsets announced today are part of TCL’s affordable 30 series and include five models: The TCL 30, TCL 30 5G, TCL 30+, TCL 30 SE, and the TCL 30 E.

Read more
Check out TCL’s cool new foldable concept phones
The TCL Fold n Roll concept smartphone.

Despite early teething problems, foldable screen technology is finding its way into an increasing number of innovative new devices. Foldable screens mean that manufacturers can create devices that, in theory, offer the portability of a typical smartphone, with the screen real estate of a tablet. Properly implemented, this gets you the best of both worlds.

TCL has unveiled two intriguing concept phones that could add further variety to mobile devices. While at first glance they appear similar to other foldables, a closer look reveals unique hidden talents.
Fold n Roll

Read more