At CES 2021, TCL announced its plans for North America. We now have information on its European TV line-up for 2021 that will include a flagship miniLED LCD TV with 8K resolution, HDMI 2.1, and more.
TCL Europe's 2021 TVs
TCL has separate line-ups for North America and Europe but its 'OD Zero' miniLED backlight technology is coming to both regions. In Europe it will launch in TCL's 85-inch flagship 8K LCD TV, likely to named X925 Pro, with "thousands of dimming zones".
TCL OD Zero miniLED technology for LCD TVs. Photo: TCL
Moving down to the 65 and 75-inch X925 (non-Pro) models you will still get miniLED LCD technology but not in the same slim design. This one will have "hundreds of dimming zones" and feature 8K resolution. There are still no official pictures of the X925 models.
The more affordable C825 range will feature the same miniLED backlight technology as X925 (non-Pro) but with 4K LCD panels in 55 and 65 inches. TVs from C825 and up will have a built-in soundbar from Onkyo.
TCL C825. Photo: TCL
HDMI 2.1, Dolby Vision IQ & Google TV
Like LG and Panasonic, TCL Europe will bring Dolby Vision IQ support to its high-end TVs in 2021. IQ is an extension of the Dolby Vision format that can adjust the picture to match your viewing surroundings with the help of the TV's built-in light sensor and new metadata in the signal.
New for 2021 is also HDMI 2.1 ports in the C728 range and up. These TVs will support 4K120, eARC, ALLM, and VRR, says TCL Europe. The more affordable TV ranges will have HDMI 2.0 ports for maximum 4K60 but with support for eARC and ALLM.
Also read: List: 4K TVs and 8K TVs with HDMI 2.1
TCL C725. Photo: TCL
At CES 2021, TCL announced plans to transition from Android TV to Google TV in the US and Europe. Google TV is still based on the Android operating system but it has a new user interface and it is the official branding going forward.
For its European 2021 line-up, TCL will bring Google TV to all of the models listed below, although some will launch on Android TV (version 9.0) and later receive an update to Google TV (Android version 11.0).
AV1 decoding will also be supported across the range, TCL confirms to FlatpanelsHD.
Apple's TV features, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, are on the other hand still absent, despite TCL/Roku partnering with Apple to bring the features to its TVs in the North American market.
Follow the links for full specifications in the TV Database.
Some of the TVs will arrive in the first half of 2021, while others are scheduled for the second half. The company will reveal more details at its EU launch event this spring. Pricing details will be announced at a later date.