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TCL’s First Paperlike-Display Phones for the US Will Cost Under 9

TCL’s First Paperlike-Display Phones for the US Will Cost Under $229

TCL’s first US-bound Nxtpaper phones — which have displays that the company describes as “paperlike” — will cost under $229 when they arrive later this year. The company announced the prices alongside additional details for its 50 series of phones on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. TCL’s 50 XL Nxtpaper 5G will be priced under $229 (roughly £180, AU$350), and the smaller 50 XE Nxtpaper 5G will cost under $199. TCL’s phones are often discounted further by wireless carriers, which is likely why the company provided price ranges rather than specific prices. Both phones are timed to arrive in the third quarter of this year. Tara Brown/CNET Both Nxtpaper phones were revealed, alongside the rest of TCL’s 50 series, at CES 2024 in January. The 50 XL Nxtpaper will have a 6.8-inch FHD Plus display, while the XE will have a 6.6-inch HD Plus display. Both phones will include a normal view for general use with Android apps, a low-contrast color paper mode for comics and a black-and-white ink paper mode, which will …

TCL’s new phones and tablets are easy on the eyes

TCL’s new phones and tablets are easy on the eyes

TCL’s mission for 2024 appears to be making sure their users don’t get a headache. Ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company unveiled an extensive lineup of smartphones and tablets, most of them using the company’s NXTPAPER tech which reduces blue light and implements an anti-glare coating to make the displays easy on the eyes. Very few things are strictly new here, as TCL previewed these devices at CES in January; but the company now shared the detailed specs and pricing for all of the new phones and tablets, as well as announced some additional variants. There are 9 (yes, nine) new phones in TLC’s new lineup, as well as three new tablets, but several of these models differ only by whether they have the NXTPAPER tech, and whether they support 5G or not. You can get a phone with NXTPAPER tech, too. Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable The new TCL 50 XL 5G offers a 6.8-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a triple 50-megapixel camera, stereo speakers, a massive 5,010mAh battery, and …

Xiaomi 14 Review: Solid but Uninspiring

Xiaomi 14 Review: Solid but Uninspiring

As China’s largest phone maker, Xiaomi makes excellent Android smartphones, boasting some of the best hardware. If you fancy something different from the latest Samsung or Apple, the Xiaomi 14 might be for you. With a versatile camera, lovely display, and top-notch specs in a relatively compact package, this refined Android smartphone will suit most folks. While Xiaomi reserves the truly cutting-edge stuff for its Ultra model (coming soon), the Xiaomi 14 is no slouch. More pocket-friendly in both senses, this is an elegant all-rounder with Xiaomi’s revamped HyperOS over Android 14. At first glance it looks much like last year’s Xiaomi 13, but improvements across the board make the Xiaomi 14 more tempting. Elegant Design Photograph: Simon Hill Photograph: Simon Hill The Xiaomi 14 is similar in size to my Pixel 8 and iPhone 14 Pro, but the design is closer to Apple’s phone, with flat edges around the frame. The dominant, square camera module at the top left of the back has a stepped design. It’s not too heavy at 193 grams and …

Which Older Samsung Phones Are Getting Galaxy AI?

Which Older Samsung Phones Are Getting Galaxy AI?

Key Takeaways Samsung has confirmed Galaxy AI support for all its high-end phones and tablets from 2023. Galaxy AI will make its way to compatible devices alongside the One UI 6.1 software update. Samsung plans to roll out Galaxy AI, the coveted set of AI features introduced alongside the Galaxy S24 series, to its older models over a software update in 2024. But not all Samsung phones are eligible. Find out if your Galaxy device makes the list. Samsung’s List of Galaxy AI-Compatible Devices In a Samsung Newsroom post, the Korean smartphone giant officially announced the list of devices that will support Galaxy AI with the One UI 6.1 software update. Besides older smartphones, Samsung is bringing Galaxy AI to its tablet lineup. Here’s the list of compatible phones and tablets: Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, and S23 FE Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 Galaxy Tab S9, Tab S9+, and Tab S9 Ultra As you can see, all the premium phones and tablets Samsung released in 2023 are eligible to receive some …

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ Review: Attractive and Affordable

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ Review: Attractive and Affordable

Daytime shots with the main camera are detailed, with a decent depth of field, but it doesn’t always nail the exposure, and colors sometimes appear oversaturated. There’s a warm, pink tone evident in several of the photos I took. You can get a touch of natural bokeh using the main camera if you tap to focus on your subject, and there’s a portrait mode if you want a more pronounced blur on the background. When the sun goes down, you can expect noise to start creeping in, and bright areas can get blown out. But hold still and night mode does a decent job. Disappointingly, the main camera is flanked by an average 8-MP ultrawide and a virtually useless 2-MP macro lens. The ultrawide takes photos with slightly cooler colors, but it’s much noisier than the main camera and struggles in low light. I can’t see the point of the macro lens at all, as it only seems to produce unfocused low-resolution shots. The main camera takes better close-ups. The poor secondary cameras might not …

What to expect from MWC 2024: Transparent laptops, AI phones, smart rings, more

What to expect from MWC 2024: Transparent laptops, AI phones, smart rings, more

Kerry Wan/ZDNET Mobile World Congress, more commonly known as MWC, kicks off this Monday, and this year’s Barcelona trade show for all things mobile technology is poised to be one of the busiest ones yet.  Also: 5 top mobile trends in 2024: On-device AI, the ‘new’ smartphone, and more With the convergence of AI and personal computing devices, including smartphones, headsets, and wearables, there will be plenty of new and exciting products to dive into, even if the list includes concepts that offer promise more than real-world practicality, and gadgets that might never cross the Atlantic and enter the US market. What happened to 5G? What is 6G? We’ll have answers to those questions, too.  First, here are the logistics of the event. When is MWC 2024? The week-long event spans from February 26 to February 29, with keynotes and launch events scheduled throughout the Fira De Barcelona convention center. Companies like Xiaomi, Honor, and Nokia have also announced product launch plans for Sunday, the day before MWC officially kicks off. As a precursor, I’ve rounded …

23 Best Wireless Chargers (2024): Pads, Stands, iPhone Docks, and More

23 Best Wireless Chargers (2024): Pads, Stands, iPhone Docks, and More

Does my phone support wireless charging? Not all phones support wireless charging, but most brands have models that do, so look up your phone model first. You’ll usually see “Qi wireless charging” (the default standard) or simply “wireless charging” if it does. Phones that support the latest Qi2 standard, bear the Qi2 logo and have a ring of magnets for easy alignment (just like Apple’s MagSafe). Do wireless chargers work if you have a phone case? Yes, most wireless chargers can charge through cases, unless it’s a particularly thick case. Check the product listing—there’s usually a case thickness limit in millimeters. Phones can get hot when charging wirelessly, so don’t worry if your phone is really warm when you pick it up. Most smartphones have limits to stop accepting a charge if they get too hot. Yes, cords will charge your phone faster Some manufacturers like Apple and OnePlus make wireless chargers that recharge their respective phones faster than others, but if you’re looking for speed, you’re better off sticking with a cord. Wireless charging …

How to Use Quick Share on Android (2024)

How to Use Quick Share on Android (2024)

Whether you want to share photos, links, files, and more with others nearby or even across your devices, there is a way to do it. Apple has AirDrop, so folks can seamlessly send almost anything to other nearby Apple devices with just a few taps. Google’s Android equivalent is a feature called Quick Share, and it works across Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks, and even Windows computers. Quick Share searches for devices in close proximity, then chooses a protocol to use depending on what you’re sending and what your connectivity is like. For example, it will use peer-to-peer Wi-Fi if you’re completely offline, but other sharing protocols include Bluetooth, hot spot, WebRTC, and more. Here’s how to make use of it. Updated February 2024: We refreshed this article after Google rebranded Nearby Share to Quick Share to align with Samsung. Does Your Phone Support Quick Share? Android used to have a sharing feature called Android Beam, which let you bump the back of two phones together (if both devices had a near-field communication sensor) to …

Best 5G Phones of 2024

Best 5G Phones of 2024

Updated Jan. 1, 2024 12:09 a.m. PT Written by  Andrew Lanxon Patrick Holland Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement Andrew Lanxon Editor At Large, Lead Photographer, Europe Andrew is CNET’s go-to guy for product coverage and lead photographer for Europe. When not testing the latest phones, he can normally be found with his camera in hand, behind his drums or eating his stash of home-cooked food. Sometimes all at once. Expertise Smartphones, Photography, iOS, Android, gaming, outdoor pursuits Credentials Shortlisted for British Photography Awards 2022, Commended in Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022 Patrick Holland Managing Editor Patrick Holland has been a phone reviewer for CNET since 2016. He is a former theater director who occasionally makes short films. Patrick has an eye for photography and a passion for everything mobile. He is a colorful raconteur who will guide you through the ever-changing, fast-paced world of phones, especially the iPhone …

The best phones to buy in 2024

The best phones to buy in 2024

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra tech specs: Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 | Display size: 6.8 inches | Storage options: Up to 1TB | Rear cameras: 200MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 50MP telephoto (5x), 10MP telephoto (3x) | Front camera: 12MP | Battery: 5,000mAh Samsung’s latest Galaxy S24 line is the first to go all-in on AI, and the S24 Ultra, the most premium of the three, is the best Android phone today. The new Galaxy AI model embedded in the device brings a host of generative capabilities, including real-time phone call translations, the ability to circle an object on screen to perform an image-based Google search, AI-assisted photo editing and transcriptions, and even a Chat Assist feature for figuring out how to phrase a message in different tones. Like its predecessor, the S23 Ultra, the S24 Ultra is built with a large 6.8-inch AMOLED display and a reliable 5,000mAh battery. Though the price has gone up to $1,299 ($100 more than the S23 Ultra), the phone’s upgrades make it well worth it: The S24 Ultra is made of a lightweight yet durable titanium frame, compared to last …