Here Come TCL’s New, Powerful and Affordable 6-Series HDR 4K TVs
Stephan Jukic – March 20, 2018
Last year TCL almost completely wowed us with the release of its P-Series 4K HDR LCD TV model, the P-607. Not only was this particular television incredibly affordable, it also offered some of the best display performance and premium feature inclusions of the year and at a price that was just unbeatable. The only downside was that the company behind it decided at the last minute that they should only release the one 55 inch model instead of a 65 inch version as well. According to their press release at the time, this was done so that they could focus their energies on even better 2018 televisions.
Well, some of those are just around the corner now, with the nearly imminent release of the new 6-Series models. These are the direct technological successors to the fantastic P-Series, so we have some genuinely high hopes for both their overall performance and their wallet-friendliness. We won’t know for sure just what they deliver until we can manage a full review with all the right usability and specs testing but for now, we’ve learned to respect what TCL can do when it puts the effort in.
TCL has announced a release date of May 1st at the latest but have not yet confirmed prices on the 6-Series. However, from what we’ve heard so far by both TCL and other sources, the 55 inch 6-series will cost roughly the same as its 2017 predecessor P-series did, or roughly around $650 dollars. Since no 65 inch P-series ever came out last year, we can’t be sure of the price that the 65 inch 6-series will have, but we’re guessing that it will sit at above $1000 and below $1400. What we do expect from both models is some serious quality. Namely because TCL has promised that they improve upon the P-Series TV’s specs in several key ways, and the P-Series really was good, by just about any measure –even when compared with many premium name brand LCD 4K HDR TVs.
Thus, with the 6-Series we can look forward to the same HDR10/Dolby Vision dual HDR support that we got in the P-series and alongside this, there will again be multi-zone full-array LED backlighting for maximal local dimming precision and improved contrast ratios. Complete support for wide color gamut and 10-bit color will be a definite inclusion as well. Where TCL is going to up its game with the 6-series is first of all in the number of dimming zones these TVs provide. The 55 inch 2017 P-series offered 72 dimming zones while its 55 inch S-Series successor will come with 96 of them. The 65 inch S model will offer a very generous 120 zones. Both TVs are also supposedly going to achieve higher levels of peak brightness than the P-series did so we can look forward to better HDR highlights and overall superior display performance due to this crucial spec being augmented. The P-Series topped its peak brightness out at a bit under 500 nits in HDR mode. This was good but it certainly leaves room for improvement.
As for connectivity and looks, the S-series models will offer multiple HDMI, USB and other key connectivity ports with the latest specs, and their external materials will be improved with a new brushed aluminum finish. In other words, they’ll look more premium in addition to delivering improved display performance.
In terms of smart functionality these TVs will come with Roku TV’s latest version, just like the P-series did and in practical terms for users, this means having today’s single best and most diverse smart TV streaming media platform with a huge number of apps and content channels baked right into these models. Roku’s new Entertainment Assist feature for TV voice control will also be available with control options for Roku-compatible speaker systems. In other words, TCL is getting in on the smart voice assistant wave just like all the other major TV brands in 2018.
In 2017, the TCL P-series was the single best 55 inch 4K HDR TV available anywhere for less than $1000. We’re hoping that the 55 inch S-Series delivers just as robust a level of value per dollar spent.
In case you’d like to get a better look at what these TVs are all about, here’s a preview trailer for them from TCL itself