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TCL Brings Two NXTPAPER Phones to US Carriers

Friday, 11:51 AM   by Rich Brome

After several years of promoting its NXTPAPER matte-display technology, TCL has finally landed two different NXTPAPER phone models with US carriers. Spectrum Mobile is now offering the TCL 50 XE NXTPAPER 5G for $150, while regional carrier C Spire is now offering the TCL 50 XL NXTPAPER 5G for $200. Verizon already offers the glossy-screen version of the 50 XE, and Metro offers the glossy-screen version of the 50 XL. The NXTPAPER versions are identical, save the display technology. Both models have a 50 megapixel camera, MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ 5G chipset, 5,010 mAh battery, and NFC. The XL model differs mostly in having a larger 6.8-inch display with FHD+ resolution, and more RAM (6 GB instead of 4). According to TCL, "NXTPAPER 3.0 display technology ... provides enhanced eye comfort while preserving vibrant colors. Both smartphones perfectly balance high refresh rate performance and a comfortable viewing experience".

Hands On with the TCL 50 XE NXTPAPER 5G

Jun 12, 2024, 10:41 AM   by Rich Brome

TCL has been showing off prototype phones with its "NXTPAPER" matte-display technology for a while now, but now one is actually going on sale in the US. The TCL 50 XE 5G comes in two flavors: with or without the NXTPAPER display. The display is the only difference, so this hands-on also applies to the TCL 50 XE 5G. The model with the regular display was just launched on Verizon Prepaid, while the NXTPAPER version is sold unlocked by TCL. So, what's the phone like in person? What's the NXTPAPER display like? Read on for our impressions.

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Verizon Prepaid Intros Another 5G Phone Under $100

Jun 11, 2024, 10:31 AM   by Rich Brome

The TCL 50 XE 5G is now available on Verizon Prepaid, the second 5G phone available from Verizon Prepaid for under $100, following the Motorola moto g 5G (2024). The 50 XE has a 6.6-inch display with 90 Hz refresh, 5,010 mAh battery, 18-watt fast charging (charger included), 50 megapixel camera, NFC, and a fingerprint reader. It's powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ chipset with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (expandable). TCL will also be offering the 50 XE 5G unlocked in the US in a NXTPAPER edition with its unique matte display technology. Verizon Prepaid also recently added the TCL 50 LE, a 4G entry-level phone for just $80.

TCL Previews 2024 Phones, Including Two with Matte Displays

Jan 8, 2024, 2:00 PM   by Rich Brome

TCL today announced its 50 series of devices, including five new phones for the US. The TCL 50 XE 5G and TCL 50 XL 5G are mid-range 5G phones with 6.6- and 6.8-inch displays, respectively. Both have a 5,010 mAh battery, 50 megapixel triple-camera system, and dual speakers. They come with 128 GB storage and 4–8 GB of RAM. Both are available with either a standard LCD display or TCL's NXTPAPER display technology with a matte finish and a number of other eye-comfort features. Those variants are dubbed the TCL 50 XE NXTPAPER 5G and TCL 50 XL NXTPAPER 5G. Finally, the TCL 50 LE is a more affordable 4G phone destined for prepaid carriers in the US. It has a 6.6-inch display, 4,000 mAh battery, 13 megapixel camera, and dual speakers. It comes with 64 GB of storage and 4–8 GB RAM. TCL is previewing the phones at CES this week, but will reveal more details at the MWC trade show in a few weeks.

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