TCL Announces 2022 5 and 6 Series Roku TVs
TCL said it is now shipping its 2022 6-Series 4K mini-LED QLED TVs based on the Roku TV operating system and 2022 5-Series 4K QLED LED-LCD TV models.
The company also introduced its first 98-inch QLED TV offered at an “accessible price point starting below $8,000 and further strengthen the brand’s North American leadership,” said new TCL senior VP Chris Hamdorf.
Both the TCL 5- and 6-Series models continue to deliver high quality contrast performance from Contrast Control Zones, QLED quantum dot nanocrystal color enhancement and an HDR Pro Pack including Dolby Vision support among other profiles. The 6 Series models offer mini-LED backlighting while the 5 Series are standard full array LED backlit LCD TVs.
This year’s version of the premium 6-Series Roku TVs include what the company called “the fastest-ever refresh rate of up to 144Hz,” and TCL’s spin on mini-LED backlight technology with up to 360 Contrast Control Zones of local dimming.
New 6-Series models will be available shortly in screen sizes including 55-inches ($699 suggested retail), 65-inches ($999) and 75-inches ($1499).
The 6-Series TCL Roku TV will come in a new brushed metal FullView edge-to-edge design and is configurable for installations in a wide range of home theater or gaming room setups with a Premium Center Mount pedestal that includes two height options.
The company said this fits most sound bars. The pedestal stand includes integrated cable management to keep wires out of sight.
The sets also offer the company’s Game Studio Pro mode offering advanced gaming features including Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) up to 144Hz and AMD FreeSync. The panel refresh rate is 120Hz.
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The HDR Pro Pack supports HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and new Dolby Vision IQ, which uses the TV’s Auto Brightness ambient light sensor to dial in picture brightness and enhance viewing based on room lighting conditions. Built-in Dolby Atmos support expands the sound field from the TV speakers and pass-through 3D sound enhancement to external Dolby Atmos speaker setups.
Also included is TCL’s AiPQ Engine picture processing with machine-learning algorithms that intelligently enhance color, contrast, and clarity.
In addition to gaming features, the HDMI 2.1 ports support up to 4K/144Hz on HDMI 1 and 2 and up to 4K/60Hz on ports 3 and 4. One port also supports eARC/ARC.
TCL also announced updated models for its 5-Series 4K UHD Roku TV line that encompasses screen sizes of 50- ($429 suggested retail), 55- ($499.99), 65- ($699.99) and 75-inches ($999.99).
The 5-series features include AiPQ Engine machine-learning video processing; support for HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR; Game Studio Plus with support for VRR and FreeSync; Auto Game Mode that adjusts picture settings for low-lag gaming; Dolby Atmos sound.
The sets also offer quantum dot color enhancement and full array LED back lighting with up to 40 localized Contrast Control Zones (depending on screen size).
In other announcements, TCL revealed at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany the introduction of its most powerful soundbar to date, the 7.1.4-channel model X937U, supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 360-degree surround sound. The package includes a wireless rear-channel speakers and a wireless subwoofer, supporting frequencies down to 20Hz.
The new TCL flagship X937U soundbar uses RAY-DANZ technology, and is essentially the previously announced X935U with wireless speakers and subwoofer added.
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By Greg Tarr
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