TV manufacturer TCL on Tuesday unveiled two new series of TVs, and announced that for the first time, the company’s Quantum Dot (QLED) color technology would be available on both the 5-Series and 6-Series models. All will continue to feature Roku TV on all of the models.
The company promises “deeply saturated reds, stunning greens and spectacular blues without the limitations of lower color volume or risks of shorter life found in other color technologies.” Both series feature Dolby Vision HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HDR Pro Pack. They also feature what TCL calls a “full-view bezel-less screen,” easy cable management, and what it calls “an impressive combination of color, contrast and clarity.”
TCL also announced last week that the 6-Series had become the first TV with THX Certified Game Mode, which the company is emphasizing ahead of the arrival later this year of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
The 6-Series, arriving in “limited availability” Tuesday, will come in 55-, 65- and 75-inch sizes, retailing at $649.99, $899.99, and $1,399.99, respectively.
TCL’s more budget-oriented 5-Series, ranging from 50 inches to 75 inches, will retail starting at $400. That series will also have “limited availability” beginning on Tuesday.
The 2020 edition of other TCL series, such as the 3-Series, 4-Series, are available already from TCL. The 2020 version of the 8K 8-Series, which Tom’s Guide named the best TV at 2020 CES, will arrive later.
“With more people relying on their TVs more than ever before, TCL is proud to have an advantage in manufacturing high-quality televisions packed with the latest technology. As a vertically integrated company, we can use those advantages to continue bringing premium products – like the 5- and 6-Series – to market at a value that can be appreciated by us all,” Chris Larson, Senior Vice President of TCL, said in the company's announcement.
"As consumers are enjoying ever-larger screen sizes, picture performance is becoming even more important. TCL launched the world’s first big-screen TV with Quantum Dot over five years ago and has been refining the performance and cost-efficiency since then. Having QLED featured in three of the five series of televisions we offer this year, along with an array of other groundbreaking features, is critical to our users’ enjoyment and we are excited for these models to find their way into our customers’ homes.”
TCL said last week that it is continuing to work on emerging display technologies, "beyond the scope of [this] product launch announcement,” and that while it recently unveiled its first models in the U.S. that use Android TV rather than Roku TV, the company says it has no plans to use that operating system on the 5- or 6-Series.
"We're glad to know that the simple joy of having beautifully-performing TCL TVs in our customers' homes is helping people to make the best of an otherwise trying time," Aaron Dew, the director of product development at TCL North America, said.
"We're excited to be able to launch the latest versions of our TV series, to continue to bring more entertainment, more powerful picture performance, and more joy to our customers in the year ahead."
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Image: New TCL 6-Series courtesy of TCL.
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