TCL announces smartwatch for seniors, new type of ‘zero eye strain’ display

China’s TCL took to the semi-virtual stage of this year’s IFA trade show in Berlin and announced a dizzying amount of gadgets, concepts and new technologies. 

Among them, several stand out. One is the Movetime Family Watch MT43a, an Apple Watch lookalike aimed at seniors. It’s got 4G connectivity, allowing users to make and receive hands-free calls. 

Other notable features are medication reminders, heart rate monitoring and automatic fall detection. Other typical smartwatch feature such as activity tracking and sleep monitoring are present, too. 

The design of the watch should surprise no one, as it looks a lot like the Apple Watch, with an 41×48.5mm AMOLED display. However, unlike the Apple Watch, the Movetime is optimized for seniors, with larger icons, and watch faces with graphics that should be very easy to see. It’s water and dust resistant up to IP67 specifications, and comes in two colors: Dark Gray and Black. 

The Movetime Family Watch MT43a will be available in North America and Europe in the fall, for the price of 229 EUR ($271). 

TCL also announced an intriguing new display technology called Nxtpaper. It falls somewhere between e-ink and traditional LCD displays, offering a “paper-like visual experience” with “zero eye strain,” but it’s in full color. TCL says a Nxtpaper display will have no flicker and will emit no blue light, while still offering 25% higher contrast than traditional e-ink displays. 

TCL Nxtpaper.

On the other hand, Nxtpaper is very thin (TCL says 36% thinner than a typical LCD panel), and 65% more power efficient than a typical LCD. The technology is developed with tablets in mind, meaning you can expect some thin, power-efficient, full-color, high-definition tablets in the future. 

TCL 10 Tabmax.

TCL 10 Tabmax.

TCL launched two tablets at IFA, too, though neither uses the new Nxtpaper tech. The TCL 10 Tabmax is a 10.36-inch FHD+ display with 8.3mm, narrow bezels, stylus support, an 8,000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Wi-Fi-only variant costs 249 EUR ($294), while the 4G model costs 299 EUR ($353). It will be available in “select regions globally” in the fourth quarter of 2020.  

TCL 10 Tabmid.

TCL 10 Tabmid.

The smaller TCL 10 Tabmid is an 8-inch tablet with an FHD display, a 5,500mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It will start at 229 EUR ($270) once it becomes available in the fourth quarter of 2020. 

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