While IFA 2020 is not exactly taking place in person, that hasn’t stopped companies from launching new products on a regular basis for the last week or so. TCL has already been riding a pretty nice hot streak with the release of the TCL 10 Pro and 10L earlier this year, and the company’s back with some new technology and new tablets.
TCL’s 10 Tab Max could help the Android tablet market
Not only did TCL announce one new tablet today, but there were actually two new tablets announced. Starting off with the TCL 10 Tab Mid, this is for those who want an 8-inch tablet, but are tired of only opting for Samsung or Amazon. Lenovo has another one in the works, but its limited in availability at the moment.
Powering the Tab Mid is the Snapdragon 665, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Battery life should be pretty solid here with the SD665 paired up with a 5,500mAh battery.
As you would expect, the Tab Max is the “flagship” of these two, and will pair nicely with the TCL 10 Pro. Rocking an almost bezel-less, 10-inch display and an 8,000mAh battery, the Tab Max is going to be great for most people. The only potential hang up could come from the decision to use the MediaTek Mail-G72 SoC and just 4GB of RAM. But TCL gets some points back here as TCL is including a stylus with this tablet, giving you a great productivity-focused device without worrying about Samsung prices.
There are a few features that overlap between the upcoming Tab Mid and Tab Max. Namely, both of these use the same NXTVISION technology that was found in the TCL 10L and 10 Pro. You’ll be able to fine-tune the display to your liking, or view your display the way that TCL believes you should do so for videos and while the tablet is in use.
In addition to shipping with Android 10 (sigh), TCL is packing in a dedicated sensor which will warn you when you are too close to the display. This is could be an underrated feature for some, or just offer a gentle reminder that you may need to go get your eye glass prescription checked. For the kids, TCL has included a Kids Mode to not only simplify the interface, but will also provide smart display settings and give parents the ability to control what their children can, and cannot, use.
TCL is planning on launching these new tablets sometime in Q4 2020, so it could be a little while before these are in the hands of the masses.
This is a crazy time for display technology
There’s a vast difference when it comes to reading or viewing content on an LCD display, and reading something on an e-paper display. TCL has opted to dive right in and combines the two with an attempt to do something that we haven’t yet seen on any devices thanks to its NXTPAPER.
This new display technology combines the best features of a colored e-paper display, along with the ability to view videos on an LCD screen. Currently, e-paper displays are limited in how you can view moving content, with a lot of stuttering that can be frustrating. But TCL is pushing the boundaries and hoping to bring this to future devices.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of using this new NXTPAPER technology comes down to battery efficiency and thickness. Imagine a tablet with the wellbeing benefits of an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, but with the ability to watch your favorite movies and TV shows like the Kindle Fire. That’s where it seems TCL is trying to take on the market with the NXTPAPER technology.
While this doesn’t seem exactly like a concept, there’s no telling when or if NXTPAPER will come to a new device. Maybe we can hope for it to arrive with the successor to the TCL 10 Pro sometime next year.