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TCL's latest display showcase includes a 4K×2K mini-LED panel for 17.3-inch laptops

TCL's latest 17.3-inch laptop screen. (Source: TCL)
TCL's latest 17.3-inch laptop screen. (Source: TCL)
TCL's latest press event served to unveil next-gen displays for the TVs, rollables or laptops of the near future. They include new 15.6- and 17.3-inch panels described as ultra-high-res with scope for ultra-thin bezels. The conference also unveiled the OEM's Star Obsidian Screen for 75-inch mini-LED 8K devices, as well as the latest version of its 17-inch scrolling display.
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TCL has held a showcase as part of the "Ultra-HD Vision, Eye Color Life" press conference recently held in Guangzhou, China. As may be expected of this OEM, it unveiled various new kinds of TVs or panels for TVs as well as some of its latest developments in flexible-display technology. However, it also introduced some seemingly cutting-edge screens for next-gen mobile PCs.

Their flagship is a new 17.3-inch mini-LED panel that, according to TCL, has a "4K×2K" resolution. Furthermore, its 120Hz prototype is rated for a screen-to-body (STB) ratio of no less than 97%, implying the potential for nearly-not-there bezels. The OEM also claims the new option for laptop OEMs also supports a gray-to-gray (GtG) response time of as little as 3 milliseconds (ms) and local dimming.

TCL also presented a 15.6-inch panel it is apparently pitching at the business laptops of the near future. It is an LTPS (as opposed to standard TFT) screen that might come with bezels measuring only 1.4mm thanks to a STB ratio of 96%, along with a "5K×3K" resolution. The OEM also claims up to 500nits brightness and full DCI-P3 coverage for this new panel.

The company also introduced its new mini-LED "Star Obsidian Screen", which might feature in next-gen 75-inch 8K TVs. TCL asserts that it will benefit from proprietary glass-based active backlight tech on its eventual launch.

The next TV screen debuted at the show might seem much less prepossessing at first, as it is plain old LCD. However, TCL claims that it is also the first such panel to integrate "4mask" IGZO backplane technology. Furthermore, this "1G1D 8Domain HVA LCD" is also touted to be 8K/120Hz on launch, and is also quite a decent size at 85 inches.

Finally, it wouldn't be a TCL conference without next-gen foldable and rollable prototypes, and the OEM did not disappoint in trotting out the latest versions of its 17-inch scrollable prototype and its 10-inch "Z1 Dual-Fold Flexible Screen".

The former is slated to be capable of rolling up to an appreciable degree despite its size due to adaptations such as removing a color-film layer, whereas the latter is a form-factor to which other companies, most notably Samsung, may also aspire.

This is because its main 10-inch 4:3 display is capable of switching between 'smartphone', 'tablet' and 'laptop' form-factors. Therefore, the TCL Z1 may indeed represent the foldable device of the future.

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The new 17.3-inch...
The new 17.3-inch...
...and 15.6-inch laptop panels.
...and 15.6-inch laptop panels.
TCL's new Star Obsidian Screen...
TCL's new Star Obsidian Screen...
...alongside its new LCD/IGZO display.
...alongside its new LCD/IGZO display.
TCL has scaled rollable tech up to 17 inches...
TCL has scaled rollable tech up to 17 inches...
...and Z-folds to 10 inches. (Source: TCL)
...and Z-folds to 10 inches. (Source: TCL)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05- 9 (Update: 2021-05- 9)