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CES 2022: Try TCL’s AR Glasses, Affordable Laptop, Tablets, and More

CTIA did a great job creating the safest possible environment for CES with a vaccination requirement, free COVID test kits, wide aisles, spaced seats, a face shield requirement, and stickers that you can use. allow you to share your desired level of personal interaction.

It’s now been five days since I’ve been back from miles of walking around town and showrooms, and I don’t even have that typical CES flu that was common in the past.

While several large companies decided not to attend the show, one of the most impressive areas of the show was occupied by TCL. The massive, vibrant TVs looked stunning, and the household appliances looked quite stylish as well.

However, I was focused on mobile technology and was not disappointed as I had the chance to touch, smell and test new tablets, smartphones, TCL glasses and its Windows 11 laptop.

TCL Leiniao eyeglasses

There were a few pairs of prototype AR glasses in the booth, and my friend Brad Molen offered me the chance to try them out. These black-rimmed glasses offer a microLED holographic optical augmented reality experience. On the right side of the frame, there is a touch-sensitive control surface where you can slide and tap to interact with the content on the screen.

The glasses were in demo mode with limited content appearing on the lens, including an image gallery, health and fitness data plots, messages, a calendar, and more. The images were clear and bright in the glasses, although I had to hold the glasses slightly tilted to see them clearly due to the fit of the prototype.


Image: TCL

As a professional engineer who spends time doing surveys on ships, I certainly see the potential of having AR goggles like this where piping, ventilation, or other onboard systems are positioned for. adapt to an existing vessel. My company is currently investigating other large-scale AR solutions, but a small pair of safety glasses with AR capability would be a great option.

There was no pricing or availability information as it was more of a demonstration of TCL technology. However, it was encouraging to see the touchscreen interface working quite well and the images seem clear even looking through the actual image around me.

See also: TCL 20 Pro 5G review: stunning design, beautiful screen, powerful four-camera system.

TCL NXTWEAR Air portable display glasses

The TCL NXTWEAR Air glasses are clearly designed to provide a viewing experience to the user with the glasses connected via USB-C to a smartphone, tablet, computer or game console. This next generation pair of glasses is quite light at only 75g, and after watching streaming video content from a phone, it’s clear that these would be perfect for my next business plane trip.

The glasses have dual 1080p micro OLED displays and provide a viewing experience equivalent to a 140-inch display from four meters away. The colors were great and I really didn’t want to render them. There are speakers in the glasses, but you can also connect your own headphones to the video source. These glasses would also be a great platform for bone conduction headphones.

The lens cover options can be quickly and easily added or removed to create different viewing experiences, such as the lens cover which creates a more immersive experience by blocking out more ambient light. Pricing and availability isn’t available yet, but it’s clear my daily train commute would improve with glasses like this showing my favorite content.

TCL tablets

The TCL NXTPAPER, Tab 8 4G and Tab 10L were all on display at the show. The NXTPAPER tablet was interesting because it offers a color alternative to Eink with its matte finish screen focused on the absence of blue light emission. TCL is known for its display technologies, and the NXTPAPER has a 10-inch paper-like screen with passive stylus support. The tablet is intended for online education, reading, and basic tablet tasks. It will first be available in Europe and China, with a US release to be announced.

The TCL Tab 8 was present, as well as the cheaper Tab 10L with a 10.1 inch screen.

See also: Best cheap phones 2022: 5G and flagship features under $ 400.

TCL Book 14 GB

When I attended a media briefing and heard about the 4G LTE laptop priced at just $ 349, I thought it must be too cheap to be worth it. I spent some time using one at CES, and it’s actually a nice little laptop powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and running Windows 11. The hardware is solid with a large 14.1in screen and 12 hour battery life. Clearly this is a laptop designed for college students, but others who don’t have serious processing needs will likely be very happy with it as well.


Image: TCL

TCL smartphones

Like by ZDNet June Wan reported that TCL also launched its 2022 smartphone ad line with the TCL 30V and TCL XE. Both of these mid-range phones will arrive on Verizon, T-Mobile, and Metro starting next month, so stay tuned for more details and pricing as the launch nears.

TCL Chicago Project

Last September, TCL put its Project Chicago folding phone on hold, which had a form factor similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. At just under $ 1,000, Samsung hit the ball out of the park with the Z. Flip 3, and TCL couldn’t compete at the time with a price that made sense to the company. TCL offers compelling mid-range phones at very reasonable prices and wants to launch a foldable phone for the masses.

TCL displayed a few of their Project Chicago phones, and I was blown away by their efficiency. The crease on the model I was testing was much less noticeable than the one on the Z Flip 3 that I had owned for a month, and TCL did a great job with the hardware. The software seemed to work well too, but it obviously wasn’t a finished product. I have much more hope that TCL will be able to release a competitively priced foldable in 2022 after seeing everything they have achieved with Project Chicago and look forward to a foldable from the company in the lineup. from $ 500 to $ 600.