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The TCL NXTPAPER 11 is a budget tablet with an 11 inch, 2000 x 1200 pixel display, a MediaTek Helio P60T processor, 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a microSD card reader with support for cards up to 1TB.

When it was first introduced in February, the tablet was also the first to feature TCL’s NXTPAPER 2.0 anti-glare technology. Now the tablet is available for purchase for $230.

That means TCL missed its promised ship date of May, 2023 by a long shot. But it also means that the company has lowered the price tag and improved the specs a bit: the NXTPAPER 11 was originally supposed to sell for $249 and up, with entry-level models featuring as little as 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The tablet’s display is its stand-out feature. TCL says the screen supports up to 500 nits peak brightness and has a matte finish and “nano-material layer” to help prevent glare and fingerprint smudges. It can also reduce blue light by up to 61 percent.

Other features include quad speakers, an 8,000 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, and support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. There are 8MP front and rear cameras. Both can record 1080p video at 30 frames per second, but only the rear camera supports auto-focus, while the front camera has a 100 degree wide-angle lens. TCL says the tablet also supports an optional TCL T-Pen stylus, which will be sold separately.

The tablet ships with Android 13, and TCL hasn’t made any promises about OS or security updates.

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  1. Early reviews are not kind to this tablet, especially to its performance — you know it’s bad when it can’t even play YouTube above 480p without stuttering (see https://www.pocket-lint.com/tcl-nxtpaper-11-tablet-review/). Another issue that reviewers note is the abysmal charging speed; it only supports 18W charging, and only comes with a 5W charger in the box, so filling that huge 8,000 mAh battery will take ~5 hours with a 18W charger, to say nothing of the included one (see https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/tcl-nxtpaper-11). If you’re going to use this just as an eBook reader that occasionally will get used for more generic Android apps and web browsing, I guess it’s not bad, but overall it seems pretty lackluster for the price.

  2. In Portugal the 4GB/128GB version has been available for some months, lowest price I could find was 192€.

    As for updates, TCL has a very bad track record. They announce OS upgrades for some devices and don’t follow through. They promised upgrade to Android 12 for most of the 20-series phones, never happened. I have a 20L and last security update is from January, and came in June quite as a surprise…

    1. It may not be true but I have heard that the number of people working at LG for their TV firmware can be counted on your fingers. I guess firmware is hugely arcane. One ray of hope is Stellar for XBox, but no sane company would likely go that route.

  3. Is this Nxtpaper display actually any good?

    I remember buying (overpriced!) boox with colour display and every time I picked it up, all I ever thought was that I wished I’d spent the money on an ipad mini!

    At least these tablet are quite cheap, even though the performance still looks a bit low-grade

  4. For being 6 months late, they increased the RAM by 50%, doubled the storage, and lowered the price by $20? Who does that in this day and age? I might buy one just to reward them for that.