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TCL 40 NXTPAPER Full-color Electronic Paper Display Smartphone Review

TCL 40 NXTPAPER Price: From RM899



Unique and Comfortable Display

Average camera performance.

Ergonomic Design

Not suitable for Heavy Gaming

Great Battery Life


The TCL 40 NXTPAPER is a budget phone that distinguishes itself by employing TCL's paper-like display technology. It is a unique device that not only sets itself apart but also provides a distinct user experience, feeling like an aesthetic piece of paper in use.


Looking at the front of the TCL 40 NXTPAPER, before you turn the screen on, there is little to make it stand out. It is standard budget phone fare, with a teardrop notch and decently chunky bezels. But, even before you set your eyes on the NXTPAPER technology, the rear of the phone is sure to have this phone standing out as well.

With the dimensions of 168.16 x 75.53 x 7.89 and weight 195g, the back of the TCL 40 NXTPAPER adorns rough material, that’s grippy yet still comfortable to hold. The texture is slightly rougher but smooth in the same time that feels like like a papersand.


The centerpiece of the TCL 40 NXTPAPER is its 6.7-inch FHD+ NXTPAPER Display with a resolution of 1080 x 2460 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, and an impressive 450 nits brightness. This revolutionary technology brings a paper-like visual experience, ensuring eye comfort while delivering vibrant and crisp visuals. The NXTPAPER panel is actually similar to matte panel which blocks off pesky lighting, and feels satisfying to touch like a paper. Whether it is the novelty of something different, swiping around on this textured panel feels like an unfamiliar joy which having a tactile interaction with this phone is extremely satisfying.

The TCL 40 NXTPAPER cares for your eyes, especially during nighttime use. The device incorporates a softer light feature that reduces eye strain in low-light conditions, allowing you to use your phone comfortably without compromising your sleep quality.


With a generous 256GB internal storage and 8+8GB RAM expansion, the TCL 40 NXT PAPER ensures you have ample space for all your apps, files, and multimedia. The virtual 8GB RAM provides an extra boost to smoothly run all your favorite apps simultaneously on the Android™ 13 with the chipset of Mediatek Helio G88, ensuring lag-free streaming or web browsing. This powerful combination guarantees seamless multitasking and swift app launches, enhancing your overall user experience.

Lightning-Fast Charging

The TCL 40 NXTPAPER keeps up with your on-the-go lifestyle with its 33W fast charging capability on the 5010Mah battery. Say goodbye to long charging times and hello to a device that keeps up with your pace, ensuring you stay connected without any interruptions.

Protective Case

The package includes a versatile protective case, designed to be both lightweight and compact for on-the-go convenience. Within its confines, you'll find the essential T-pen snugly secured, ready to accompany you on your creative endeavors.

The Artful T-Pen is a versatile tool that goes beyond the ordinary, allowing you to unleash your creativity with the freedom to draw, write, and doodle as if you were putting pen to paper. Its intuitive design and precision make it a seamless extension of your artistic expression, bringing your ideas to life with every stroke.


Even though it is not the main focus of the phone, it is equipped with a 32MP front camera and a 50MP rear triple camera setup, the TCL 40 NXT PAPER transforms every photo-taking experience into a journey of creativity. From selfies to landscapes, the camera system captures moments with aesthetics, allowing you to relive memories in vivid detail.

Night Mode Reveal sharpness in low light using the night mode, capturing your favorite moments during the night.

114.9° ultra-wide camera Capture the breathtaking view with the 114.9° ultra-wide camera, embracing every the beauty of a city in a wider frame in a single photo.

Macro Camera Microscope mode

Take a picture with the macro camera that shows details of every single strand of hair and captures every little detail in a close-up shot.


Aside from its matte display, TCL has also included a NXTPAPER mode in the phone, where it offers a more comfortable viewing experience by emulating a color or monochrome e-paper display, this is very useful for those who uses their phones to read e-books, but still enjoys a smooth navigation on the screen.


TCL 40 NXTPAPER is a phone that is crafted and inspired by the design that is surrounding us. Merging the essence of nature with a meticulous focus on visual care, TCL has taken a unique approach in introducing a phone with an embedded electronic paper display. Anticipating what lies ahead for TCL, the future seems promising. Personally, I feel like the biggest selling point is its unique Paperlike FHD+ NXTPAPER Display. It is genuinely comfortable for reading, and I highly recommend it to students or workers who need to read long texts often.

Priced at an enticing RM899, the TCL 40 NXTPAPER is now accessible to enthusiasts and tech lovers. If you're intrigued to explore further details about this innovative device, simply CLICK HERE for more information.


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