In 2020, TCL launched a slew of new TVs, proving that you don’t need to shell out a tiny penny to get a good new TV. Now that we are over half of 2021, the brand is continuing the trend.
TCL may not produce the best TVs out there, but its 2021 release is all solid options packed full of TV technology in an affordable package. This is why, over the years, TCL has increasingly taken over the mid-range TV space.
In fact, TCL has held a steady 10 percent market share in the global LCD TV market over the years, alongside Samsung and LG as one of the largest TV makers. This means that it is more likely than ever that you will come across a TCL TV in search of the right television for your home.
And it will be more in the future. TCL has big plans for its upcoming TV series in the coming years, including OLED TVs that can go up to 110 inches.
The brand brings us a range of TV technology from budget HDR sets to 8K QLEDs. 2020 marked the first time that TCL brought QLED TVs to the UK with a new 8K TV (TCL X915) that is now IMAX Enhanced certified. This now includes Roku TV in many of its TV sets – which was new to the UK earlier this year.
We feel that what makes TCL stand out is its Mini LED offering. The brand deserves recognition for being the first TV maker to commercialize the technology, before Samsung, LG or Philips got in on the action.
It already plans to shake up the mid-range TV space in 2022 and beyond with the announcement of a new slate of mini LED TVs, including the X925 and X925 Pro. Both pack in 8K resolution and the latest iteration of TCL’s Mini LED backlights.
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TCL TV: New for 2021 (in the US)
Many of the new TCL TVs are only available in the US in 2021. This includes TV manufacturers’ 5-Series, 6-Series and 8-Series sets, as well as TVs with larger spaces.
TCL 5-Series 4K QLED Roku TVs (Available in 50, 55, 65, 75-inch): More upgrades are coming with the QLED facelift for the much-awaited 5-Series TV range, which has been one of our favorite affordable TVs ever since its release in 2018. The QLED brings an expanded color gamut to the 5-series at a starting price of just $399.
Read our TCL 4K QLED Roku TV review
TCL 6-Series Mini LED 4K Roku TVs (Available in 55, 65, 75-inch): One of the TVs we’re most excited about this year is the brand new TCL 6-Series QLED TV with Mini LED that should boost OLED contrast and black levels while maintaining TCL’s signature budget price point. The sale of these TVs started from 11 August 2020.
TCL 8-Series Mini LED 8K Roku TV (Available in 65, 75-inch): A mini LED TV, a QLED TV, an 8K TV, and Roku TV all rolled into one. This is the 8K version of the TCL 8-series launched in 2019, and you can expect quantum dot-assisted contrast, enhanced upscaling, better viewing angles, and Dolby Vision support to boot. Due to launch in the US (and Europe) in 2020.
Read our hands-on TCL 8-Series Mini LED 8K Roku TV review
XL Collection: Many of TCL’s US TVs fall under the XL collection. This is a collection of TVs that exceed 80-inches but have many different features. The idea is that they’re for people who want to go big with their home cinema, but want the choice of which features to choose.
TCL X925PRO (85-inch): One of the XL collections is the X9 Series, TCL’s new 85-inch OD Zero Mini-LED powered 8K TV. It has a super thin design, Dolby Atmos 3D audio and Fullview edge-to-edge glass. It is packing TCL’s latest OD Zero technology as well as Google TV. With four HDMI inputs, two of which are HDMI 2.1, low latency and high refresh rates, it’s a great choice for gaming. The X9 will be available in the US later this year for $9,999.99.
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TCL TV: New for 2021 (UK)
In Europe and the UK, you won’t find all the TVs listed above, but there are also new Mini LED TVs, a range of HDR Smart TVs, and a new 4K OLED.
TCL Roku TV RP620K Series (Available in 43, 50, 55 and 60-inch sizes): It’s TCL’s 4K Roku TV this year, which comes in a variety of sizes. It has HDR Dolby Vision support, as well as a slew of apps and features. During our testing, we concluded that the RP620K is a great 4K TV option on a budget. TCL Roku TV RP620K Series is now available.
Read our full review: RP620K
TCL Mini LED 4K C825 Android TV (55 and 65-inch sizes): The only QLED Android TV you’ll find that features TCL’s Mini LED technology with a quantum dot display. It also has 4K HDR, Dolby Vision IQ, Android TV with Google Assistant, and an Onkyo 2.1 soundbar built-in, thanks to the mini LEDs within a very slim design. The TCL C825L Series is now available in the UK for £1299 and £1499.
RS520K HD TCL ROKU TV (32, 40-inch size): An affordable HD TV model running Roku OS, the RS520K comes with a larger size Full HD display and 1080p resolution at £279 and a smaller HD display with a 720p display at £229.
TCL X925PRO (85-inch): TCL’s new 85-inch OD Zero Mini-LED powered 8K TV is going to be available in both the US and UK. It has a super thin design, Dolby Atmos 3D audio and Fullview edge-to-edge glass. It’s packing TCL’s latest OD Zero technology as well as Google TV. With four HDMI inputs, two of which are HDMI 2.1, low latency and high refresh rates, it’s a great choice for gaming. The X9 will be available in the UK in 2022, though there’s no word yet on pricing in the region.
TCL X925 (65 and 75-inch): Unlike the Pro version, this 8K TV comes in smaller sizes with 65- and 75-inch models. The other notable difference is that the non-Pro version doesn’t have OD Zero backlight technology. However, there’s still a lot to get excited about here, including support for Mini LED, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision IQ, as well as an integrated soundbar.
TCL C728K (55 and 65-inch sizes): A 4K TV with a quantum dot display with 4K HDR Pro, no mini LEDs or integrated soundbar here, like many of the models above. However, there is support for all the latest HDR formats, including HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ. Onkyo speakers are on-board for immersive Dolby Atmos sound quality.
TCL C725K (50, 55, 65 and 70-inch): One of TCL’s more affordable models than its 8K counterparts, the TCL C725K is identical C71 We saw in 2020. There’s a QLED panel here, as well as HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support. It has a streamlined design and Onkyo speakers are on-board. Prices start at £549 for the 50-inch model.
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So what makes TCL TV TCL TV? One of the defining characteristics of TCL TVs is that many have Roku TVs built-in, which appears in most mid-range models in North America and more recently on TCL TVs in the UK as well.
Taking advantage of the strength of Roku, TCL TV has an incredible library of subscription-based streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.
In 2020, TCL’s focus was on expanding the existing TV range with QLED and Mini LED technology, as well as pushing forward in 8K resolution technology. TCL co-founded the 8K Association, which “works to define 8K display performance standards and support the outreach and promotion of 8K to consumers and industry partners such as streaming services.”
As its name suggests, Mini LED panels pack in more LEDs into each inch of the screen than traditional TVs — more than 25,000 in 75-inch 8-Series Mini LED TVs — with light distribution, uniform color reproduction and Promises wide viewing angles.
TCL has already expanded its Mini LED offering with OD Zero. OD Mini-LED refers to the optical distance between the backlight layer and the LCD screen, which is eliminated in OD Zero TVs so that TCL can create thinner TVs with better images and performance.
The first TCL TVs with HDMI 2.1 support will also arrive in 2021, enabling 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video passthrough over cable input.
TCL’s QLED (quantum dot) display supports a wide color gamut display, reaching up to 100% of DCI-P3 color space coverage. This, along with TCL’s Mini LED technology, should make for more vibrant colors, increased contrast, and better viewing angles.
TCL doesn’t currently trade in OLED TVs, although it does have plans for OLED panels that feature emissive quantum dot pixels: something we know Samsung is working on as well.
TCL continues to work on a number of more unusual form factors, such as massive curved screens and concrete subwoofers, although most don’t usually make it to Western markets.
Although there is a range of TVs over 80-inches in TCL’s XL collection, there are many different features. The idea is that they’re for people who want to go big with their home cinema, but want the choice of which features to choose.
TCL’s 6-Series TVs have gained popularity over the years and have long offered state-of-the-art features such as full-array local dimming, quantum dot and, like last year, mini LEDs, and now You can add 8K resolution to the list as well. Earlier this year TCL announced that its uber-popular 6-Series TVs would have 8K support.
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TCL TV: New for 2020 (UK)
Studying in the UK? Here are our picks of the best TCL sets of 2020.
TCL C71 QLED (Available in 50, 55, 65-inch): The first TCL QLEDs to arrive in the UK start with the C71, a 4K HDR television running Android TV OS. Featuring a “frameless”, zero-bezel design and an adjustable TV stand with multi-HDR support and voice assistant integration, it has the trappings of a high-end television, but starts at just £499 for the smallest 50-inch model. Is. Now available in UK.
TCL C81 QLED (Available in 55, 65, 75-inch): The C81 takes…