TCL introduces its 2020 5- and 6-series Roku TVs as 4K HDR QLEDs that start at US$400
TCL has launched the 2020 variants of its 5 and 6 Roku TV series. These new panels may offer features heretofore only available in more premium lines (from this OEM, at least) in earlier years. For example, the 5 series is now QLED, and also features its brand's Contrast Control Zone technology for the first time.
This spec controls up to 80 separate "zones" made up of the LEDs that power the screen's luminance, thus potentially increasing the efficacy and accuracy of its contrast. This, therefore, is effectively local dimming, and, according to TCL, affords "deeper darks [and] astonishing brightness."
The new TCL 5-series also offers AI-powered smart 4K upscaling; Dolby Vision; HDR; HLG and 100% of the DCI-P3 color-space. The 6-series is also graced with these specs; furthermore, it also has a backlight made of thousands of mini-LEDs, a feature formerly reserved for the higher-end 8 series.
These TVs are also the world's first to boast THX Certified Game Mode, which TCL touts as an automatic route to optimized settings when an appropriate device is connected. The 5-series comprises 50- (50S535), 55- (55S535), 65- (65S535) and 75-inch (75S535) variants, which now have recommended prices of US$399.99, $449.99, $629.99 and $1029.99 respectively.
The 6-series, on the other hand, has 3 options: 55- (55R635), 65- (65R635) and 75-inch (75R635) variants, with $649.99, $899.99, and $1399.99 as guide-prices. All 7 are listed on Amazon from now, as well as retailers such as Best Buy; however, TCL advises that the 6-series models may be in short supply.