TCL Launches 85″ XL TV Collection Trio
TCL revealed Tuesday that it is launching its 85-inch “XL Collection” TVs — the company’s largest TV screen size as well as the largest Roku TVs to date.
TCL said the big-screen sets are arriving in time to help pandemic-deprived consumers watch the latest theatrical release movies delivered digitally in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
“TCL’s XL Collection represents this next stage in the TV industry – large-size, powerful televisions that deliver premier movie-going experiences in the comfort and safety of your own living room – and we’re excited for users to get back that cinematic magic. Being one of only three global TV brands with full vertical integration, TCL continues to expand its big-screen production capacity to make the largest television screens with best-in-class imaging technology more accessible than ever. Thus, allowing TCL to maintain its status of number two selling brand of TVs in the United States and drive even more success,” said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL.
TCL said that when seated 6-feet from an 85-inch XL screen viewers “will have the same 60-degree field-of-view as the center seat in the legendary TCL Chinese Theater.”
The company said it intends to continue offering televisions with the latest innovative features, with advanced picture and sound quality at a value, by virtue of its investments in new panel production facilities.
The trio of 2021 XL Collection 85-inch models include a basic smart-TV in the 4-Series 85R435 TCL Roku TV with 4K HDR streaming and a 60Hz native refresh rate panel; the step-up TCL 85R745 85-inch 4K HDR TCL Roku TV with QLED (quantum dot) wide color technology, and coming later in the year the company’s flagship 85-inch OD Zero mini-LED 8K TV.
TCL said its 85-inch 85R745 QLED Roku TV (pictured at top) will add advanced gaming features including Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), ALLM, 120Hz up to 1440p and eARC via HDMI 2.1 inputs. All four HDMI ports of the 85R745 support the HDMI 2.1 features, TCL said. One port is handles ARC/eARC. The set also features a THX Certified Game Mode.
The 85R745 provides a high bright picture with a measured 100% color volume in the DCI-P3 Hollywood reference color space. It will also eliminate the risk of image retention or pre-mature panel aging experienced by some OLED-based competitive models.
The 85-inch QLED TCL Roku TV is a full array with local dimming LED-LCD model with 192 Localized Contrast Control Zones to yield high contrast performance between light and dark areas. The 4K Ultra HD set will benefit from an HDR Pro Pack including support for Dolby Vision dynamic metadata HDR as well as HDR10 and HLG.
For advanced on-board audio the TCL 85R745 uses Dolby Atmos decoding for acoustical 3D immersion.
“Consumers rarely have a TV big enough to compare to the cinema,” the company said in its announcement. “TCL’s 85R745 is designed to deliver a movie theater experience right under your own roof, with picture quality that rivals theater screens and saving you from a commute, parking wars, overpriced snacks, sticky floors, and expensive tickets.”
Two 85-inch 4K UHD models in TCL’s XL Collection are now available for pre-sale beginning Tuesday in North America. These include the 4-Series 85R435 Roku TV ($1,599.99 street retail) and the 85-inch TCL 4K QLED 85R745 ($2,999.99) Roku TV.
Later this year, TCL will add an 85-inch OD Zero mini-LED powered 8K TV to the collection. More details on the OD Zero will follow later.
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By Greg Tarr
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