TCL on Tuesday introduced that its forthcoming “6-Sequence” of 4K TVs will probably be obtainable to buy by Might 1. The TVs have been first introduced on the CES commerce present in January.
The 6-Sequence is notable for being the newest entry in TCL’s line of Roku TVs, which for the previous few years have utilized the streaming system maker’s working system as their good TV interface. Consider it like having a Roku field baked into the tv itself. Roku lends its platform to quite a lot of TV producers, however TCL, the Chinese language electronics agency that’s additionally recognized for licensing the BlackBerry and Alcatel manufacturers for its smartphones, seems to have notably boosted gross sales with the partnership. The corporate says it’s now the “quantity three good TV model” within the US.
An enormous motive for that success is as a result of the TVs are sometimes bought at comparatively reasonably priced costs, however over the previous couple of years, TCL has improved the road’s repute with image high quality as effectively. The 6-Sequence specifically is the follow-up to final yr’s P6-Sequence TV, which garnered near-unanimous reward from reviewers and is mostly thought-about the very best TV available on the market for lower than $1,000.
This 6-Sequence TVs don’t seem like a complete reinvention of their predecessors, however they do carry just a few notable adjustments on paper. TCL says the TVs can have 55- and 65-inch variants, the place final yr’s TCL’s P6 “collection” was restricted to a few 55-inch fashions.
The corporate can be touting an expanded variety of full-array native dimming zones on every set. Full-array native dimming—not the much less exact “edge-lit” native dimming—is normally a dependable method to enhance the image high quality of LCD panels, because it permits the TV to attain a greater distinction ratio. Sometimes, the extra full-array native dimming “zones” a TV has, the extra exact management it has over its backlighting, letting it preserve extra of a picture’s darkish elements darkish and extra of its vivid elements vivid. The P6-Sequence TVs had 72 full-array native dimming zones; TCL says the 55-inch 6-Sequence TV can have 96 zones whereas the 65-inch mannequin can have 120 zones.
Past that, the TVs will proceed to help the 2 main HDR codecs—HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient—and include a pointy 4K decision. TCL is touting a brand new video-processing engine for improved shade copy and higher HDR efficiency as effectively. Bodily, the TVs include a barely extra upscale brushed-aluminum design.
TCL has not specified precise worth factors for the brand new 6-Sequence TVs, but it surely mentioned earlier this yr that they might begin close to the identical worth as final yr’s mannequin, which was round $650 for the 55-inch set. That older mannequin has dipped in worth a bit since then, however with the ostensibly improved native dimming, these excited by a Roku TV could need to wait and see how a lot of an improve the 6-Sequence TVs are.
TCL additionally plans to launch a less expensive 5-Sequence of Roku TVs, which forego native dimming however include the identical 4K decision and HDR help; the corporate has not specified a worth or launch date for these fashions but. The corporate didn’t reply to a request for remark.