The company also has a version offering a full-HD screen that will go on sale next month for EUR 199. Then there is TCL’s NXTPAPER MAX 10 tablet, an updated version of the NXTPAPER 10s Tab launched earlier this year. It offers a paper-like screen experience with an anti-glare panel providing a 2000 x 1000 pixels resolution. It comes in a 4G version and carries a price tag of EUR 269, with availability slated for Q2 2022.
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However, the star of the show is the TCL Tab 10s 5G, which TCL is marketing heavily for offering 5G at an affordable price tag. There are not many options on the Android side of the tablet ecosystem that offers 5G without breaking the bank. Samsung is the only name that comes to mind, but 5G is only available on its Galaxy Tab S series tablets that cost north of $700, while the likes of Oppo Pad are unlikely to hit the shelves in the U.S. anytime soon. TCL aims to disrupt the market with its Tab 10s 5G, offering 5G on a tablet that starts at EUR 349, or roughly $400 based on the current conversion rates. TCL says a larger version called Tab Pro 12 is also in the pipeline and will focus on entertainment and productivity tasks. However, the rest of the details are still a mystery.
5G In The Focus, Not Much Else
Coming to the specs, the TCL Tab 10s 5G comes with a 10.1-inch display offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels but no high-refresh-rate wizardry. The lights are kept on by an 8,000mAh battery that can be juiced up at 18W using the supplied charger. For comparison, Apple‘s fourth-gen iPad Air starts at $599 and also maxes out at 18W charging, without any 5G perk for that premium. TCL has gone with MediaTek’s 8771 octa chip for its latest tablet and has paired it with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, the storage can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 256GB capacity.
Over at the back is an 8-megapixel primary camera, while selfie and video-calling duties are shouldered by a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera that can capture 1080p videos. TCL also offers a flip case, stylus, and Type-C earphones for its tablet, but those are not included in the standard retail package. Android 12 handles things on the software side, but TCL hasn’t made any promises about how many years of software updates it will offer. Samsung, on the other hand, has promised four Android OS upgrades and five years of security updates for its latest Galaxy Tab S8 series machines.