Unlike the much-lauded previous version, which was limited to a single size option of 55 inches, the 6-Series, hitting U.S. markets on May 1st, will be available in 55-inch as well as 65-inch versions, with a whole lot of improvements, but just as easy on the wallet as the previous-generation series.
Priced at $650, the 55-inch version of the 6-Series is at par with its predecessor. The price for the 65-inch, however, is yet to be made public, which obviously will cost more.
What you can be almost certain of, though, is that it won’t be disproportionately more expensive, given TCL’s policy of keeping them affordable.
The 6-Series boasts a number of mention-worthy improvements on the older version, including a significant jump in the number of full-array local dimming zones, which effectively means that blacks will be deeper this time around, even when the display is lit up with brighter portions elsewhere on the image.
To give you an idea of the picture quality enhancement, the number of full-array local dimming zones in the 55-inch will now be 96 – a significant increase from the P-6’s 72 zones – while the 65-inch will have 120.
It doesn’t end there; the new 2018 series will have Wide Color Gamut using TCL’s NBP Photon technology, as well.
Speaking to AVS Forum Editor Scott Wilkinson at CES 2018, Aaron Dew, Director of Product Development at TCL North America said:
“We had a really successful 2017 here at TCL in the U.S. market; grew to be top three brands in smart TVs, and, you know, we had recipe of having a great smart TV platform partnering with Roku and we’re going to continue that, and we had some great success in picture quality last year, and that was really exemplified in our P6-Series. So, we got some successors to that product.”
He went on to say the company was enhancing some of the P6-Series technologies that it had great success with in terms of picture quality.
“We’re reinforcing some of the technologies that we had for that great picture quality. So, we’ll see up to 120 zones of contrasts control zone,” he added.
Explaining the new IPQ Engine feature in the 6-Series, Dew said that it was an inclusion that would allow the company to assess the “performance characteristics” on an “individual TV unit by individual TV unit” basis, with the help of an algorithm that will help ensure that “each TV is optimized as closely as possible.”
The company claims that 6-Series’ peak brightness is higher than that of the P-Series, while it continues to support HDR content in HDR10 as well as Dolby Vision.
Also, the new-gen TCL lineup will continue to run the Roku Smart Platform, ensuring a user-friendly interface, with easy access to thousands of streaming channels.
In addition to an enhanced remote with voice search and private listening capabilities, there’s 802.11ac WiFi, Ethernet, and three HDMI ports.
“Like the P6, the 2018 6-Series will continue to deliver an exceptional viewing experience and adds an innovative design aesthetic with a bold, brushed metal finish that’s sure to make a striking addition to anyone’s living room. It also features Dolby Vision HDR combined with vibrant wide color powered by TCL’s NBP Photon technology,” Engadget has quoted the company.
Here’s a side by side comparison of the older P-6 Series and the soon to be available 6-Series.