TCL has launched upgraded mid-range 6-series 4K LCD TVs starting at $650. The 2020 generation features miniLED dimming zones, Roku, and 120Hz plus VRR for gaming.
TCL 6-series 4K LCD TVs
The new TVs from TCL will compete with mid-range LCD TVs from the likes of Samsung, Vizio, and Sony. Like Samsung, TCL uses 'QLED' technology to improve colors on its LCD TVs.
The new 6-series models for 2020 feature a VA LCD panel with 4K resolution and local dimming with up to 240 zones (in 75 inches), which is significantly lower than the company's 8-series but still more than most mid-range TVs.
TCL says that it is utilizing miniLED rather than standard LED in the backlight unit. Normally miniLED would allow a manufacturer to increase the number of dimming zones but here TCL is most likely using it to reduce energy consumption and ensure that the TV stays relatively slim despite its zone dimming capabilities.
The TVs are powered by the company's 'AIPQ Engine' video processor. It was confirmed that the TVs will support up to 120Hz input, although it did not specify at what resolution. There was no mention of HDMI 2.1 ports either but it did say that variable refresh rate (VRR) for smoother gaming is supported. In addition, the TVs are the first to feature a THX certified game mode.
The TVs support HDR (High Dynamic Range). Content presented in the wider luminance and color range is available through Netflix, Apple TV, and other apps on the Roku platform inside. The three HDR formats supported are HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
Dolby Atmos is supported although you will need an external sound system to take advantage of the object-based audio format.
TCL's 2020 6-Series is rolling out now in the US. A 55-inch model (55R635) costs $650, a 65-inch model (65R635) costs $900, and a 75-inch (75R635) model costs $1400.
New 5 series models
The company also launched new 6-Series LCD TVs with 4K resolution, quantum dots for an expanded color gamut, and local dimming with a limited number of dimming zones (up to 80).
The TV supports HDR including Dolby Vision but it remains to be seen if the LCD panel inside is capable of delivering actual HDR.
TCL's 5 series models are available in the US in sizes from 50 to 75 inches starting at 400 dollars.