TCL, one of the biggest players in the smart TV space, today IFA 2022 in Berlin revealed all the details of the newest versions of his venerable roku tvs. Updated are the Series 5 and Series 6 sets, and the schematic remains the same. The Series 5 seems to still be pretty good and super affordable. The Series 6 will be smarter on the inside, more attractive on the outside, and a little more demanding on the wallet.
With those preliminaries out of the way, let’s get to it.
The Series 6 again has a trio of 55-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes for model numbers 55R655, 65R655, and 75R655, respectively. We’re still seeing mini-LED backlit panels with 4K resolution and a native 120Hz refresh rate. The Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), however, can spin things up to 144Hz, putting the TCL 6-series in rare company. Note, however, that only two of the HDMI ports are good for full success – two others are limited to 4K 60Hz.
It’s worth noting that TCL made an interesting choice by mapping its eARC port to one of the 4K/60z HDMI inputs, rather than going the much more common route of putting it in one of the 4K/120Hz ports. This gives some users two ports on the TV to connect a next-gen game console or high-end PC, but it complicates things for anyone wanting to connect 4K/120Hz-capable devices to a high-end A/V receiver. speaker or sound bar first, then rely on the eARC port to pass through the high frame rate signal.
There’s also support for the full range of HDR specs, with HDR 10, HDR 10+, HLG and Dolby Vision on board. And for the more nerdy among us, the Series 6 covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 wide color standard.
The Series 6 also maintains the sleeker design, with a center pedestal instead of the angled feet at the far reaches of the Series 5. That “Premium Center Mount” also allows for two height options, which is a nice touch if you need a little extra space to clean up a soundbar.
The 5-series comes in 50-, 55-, 65-, and 75-inch sizes (models 50S555, 55S555, 65S555, and 75S555). All sets have 4K HDR resolution, as well as four HDMI ports, one of which is of the eARC variety.
“TCL has maintained its position as one of the top two television brands in the United States due to our continued focus on the consumer and meeting their needs by offering premium products at a great value,” said Chris Hamdorf, senior vice president of TCL, in a press release. “The 6 Series has been our most praised model for offering advanced features that TVs costing two or three times as much would have, and our new 2022 version is no different: innovative technology at an unparalleled value, thanks to the many advantages of being a company. vertically integrated.
Here’s how the prices of the new Series 6 models break down:
TCL Series 6 2022
- 55-inch (55R655): $700
- 65-inch (65R655): $1,000
- 75-inch (75R655): $1,500
Series 5 models start at $430 for the 55-inch.