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TCL’s new NXTPAPER display looks thin as a paper

TCL designs an electronic paper for e-book readers: NXTPAPER
TCL designs an electronic paper for e-book readers: NXTPAPER

TCL wants to offer a potential solution with its NXTPAPER, a technology that allows screens to be thinner and much more efficient than LCD screens. But they also offer color support or video playback without problems. The goal is to target tablets and e-book readers.

NXTPAPER: an enhancement to LCD technology also designed for reading e-books

The leading manufacturer of electronic ink displays, E INK, has recently tried to introduce the second generation of its color-supported electronic paper technology, but at the moment that option has not reached devices for the mass market. E-book readers are still dominated by grayscale screens.

That’s not a problem for many, of course, but TCL believes that e-book readers could also be more efficient with different displays. That is why they have developed their NXTPAPER for, a type of screen that is 36% thinner and 65% more efficient than current LCD screens.

TCL designs an electronic paper for e-book readers: NXTPAPER
TCL designs an electronic paper for e-book readers: NXTPAPER

Those responsible for this development speak of this technology as “a combination of screen and paper”, and claim to have received eye protection certification from the German Rhine laboratory, in addition to various patents in this field that seem to also guarantee that said screens do not have a negative impact when you look at them for a long period of time.

At TCL they plan to apply these screens to both tablets and e-book readers, but not to smartphones. The display supports Full HD resolution and smooth video playback on a surface that is 25% higher in contrast than e-ink offers and uses a “highly reflective screen” that “reuses natural light.”

At the moment, no prototypes of this potential NXTPAPER based e-book reader have been seen and the company has only said that this hypothetical device could appear “in the near future . ” It will be interesting to see it in action and see if it gets closer to a tablet or an e-book reader.