TCL’s New 2017 P-Series & C-series HDR 4K Roku TVs are Coming: What You Need to Know
Stephan Jukic – May 11, 2017
Highly anticipated and a fair bit more “premium” than their 2016 predecessors, TCL’s 2017 4K HDR TVs in two different lines will have plenty to offer their potential owners at some remarkably affordable prices.
While the new P-Series and slightly cheaper C-Series models do cost a bit more than their 2016 cousins or many other budget 4K TVs with the Roku smart TV platform built into them, these new 2017 televisions also do have plenty of extra to offer, some of it of a nature that could slightly shame major brands like Samsung and Sony. How so? Well for starters, TCL is giving the new lineups Dolby Vision HDR support for wide color gamut and superior contrast for both P-Series and C-Series models.
Going into further detail on the P-Series in particular: to further back up the display quality that HDR promises, the P-Series lineup in particular will come with full-array local dimming and a fairly impressive total of 72 local dimming zones across all three models in the range. Other aspects of HDR that the P-series will support include Dolby Vision HDR support, HDR10 support, nearly total DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut space coverage and “superior” levels of both peak brightness and black level than has ever been the case in any TCL TV so far.
In fact, with the inclusion of HDR support and full-array backlighting, we’re predicting that these P-Series 4K TVs will comfortably compete with their mid-range Sony, Samsung and Vizio counterparts on brightness, while offering much better local dimming than any of the mid-range Sony, Samsung edge-lit 4K TVs being sold right now. We’d go even further and say that it’s a shame Sony and Samsung as well as LG can’t seem to finally start including basic full-array LED backlighting in their own more affordable sub-premium 4K HDR TV models while companies like Vizio and TCL are now pulling this feat off. On the other hand, in fairness to Samsung and Sony in particular, many of their premium edge-lit 4K TVs do deliver unbelievable peak brightness despite their edge-lit panels, though their local dimming is on the weak side in many cases.
Moving back to the TCL Roku P-Series, it will come in three sizes with the following prices and varied release dates:
50-inch 50P607: $500 Late 2017
55-inch 55P607: $600 June 5
65-inch 65P607: $1000 Late 2017
Amazingly cheap indeed for a 4K HDR TV with dual HDR format support and 72 local dimming zones backed by full-array LED backlighting. Even Vizio’s remarkably impressive P-Series 2016/2017 4K HDR TV models don’t match these prices. We do however have yet to see how all these written specs stack up during testing or how well the P-Series model handles motion, which is also highly important for a great movie watching/gaming experience.
As for the TCL C-Series, what we get is a bit of an unexpected twist. TCL is indicating that these TVs will not perform quite as well on brightness and black level as the P-Series models due to a lack of full-array LED backlighting (edge-lit instead) but at the same time, the C-series models will offer the same HDR support features and Roku Smart TV functionality as the P-Series. They will furthermore be thinner, more stylish 4K TVs overall with a sleeker form factor. (mainly due to a lack of Full LED backlight arrays, which tend to bulk 4K TV displays up). The twist for the C-Series based on what we’re seeing with its pricing is that these models will cost more than their better-performing P-Series cousins. We guess that it’s due to their design.
The C-Series will be released in the following models, prices and on these dates:
55-inch 55C806: $700 Late July
65-inch 65C807: $1100 Late June
75-inch 75C807: $2000 End of year
A you can see, Only some of TCL’s new 4K HDR TV models will be available very soon, though the ones that are coming out feature some of the most popular display sizes for 4K TVs sold today. The 55 Inch P-Series model will be available for pre-order as of May 26th on Amazon.com and the first of the C-Series models will start pre-order shortly after mid-June.
All of TCL’s new 2017 4K HDR TVs will include the full capacity of the Roku smart TV platform with access to major apps like Netflix, Amazon, Vudu and many others for 4K or HD content. TCL is also including a Roku smart remote with headphone jack for private listening to audio and voice search. In other words, buyers of these televisions will be getting their hands on the same smart features and remote control as those found in Roku’s premium 4K HDR TV set-top boxes.
We’ll be reviewing one of the new P-Series models soon for a much more detailed breakdown of how it performs and what you can expect from the whole 2017 TCL lineup.
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