TCL 4K HDR Roku TVs get Dolby Vision, Roku Assistant, contrast zones


Both series support Dolby Vision HDR technology and, through a software upgrade later in 2018, will offer a more versatile iteration of the Roku TV platform than previous year, adding Roku Connect and Roku Entertainment Assistant capabilities. The company said TCL would be making a related announcement, which it has: the upcoming TCL Roku smart TVs will support Roku Assistant once Roku rolls it out to its Roku OS platform. "TCL has confirmed that the 85" Premium QLED Private Theatre X6 TV, QUHD Android TV C6 series and QUHD Android TV P9 series are all coming to Australia, as a starter. We'll try to find out more as the week goes on, as well as if Roku has planned partnerships with any other TV makers. The set supports Dolby Vision and now boasts HDR Performance Package Pro to further elevate the experience. Roku Entertainment Assistant, a voice assistant for entertainment, will let customers launch podcasts, movies and TV shows from their favorite services with a simple voice command. The HDR Performance Package Pro includes Contrast Control Zone Technology, a new iPQ Engine and a versatile HDR Pro Gamma control.

TCL is also claiming that the 6 Series delivers even higher contrast than the P-Series did (and the P-Series offered some truly exceptional contrast ratios with local dimming activated) and that the 2018 TVs will offer higher peak brightness along with better gaming performance than the P-Series, which also did both of these things quite well. An all new iPQ Engine allows for precision color performance, tailored to deliver accurate and optimized DCI-P3 color space coverage. The new television's pricing has not been announced yet, however expect it to be somewhere around the same $650 (roughly Rs. 41,500) price range as the P series has occupied. The screens also sport a wide color gamut thanks to an "iPQ engine" meant to improve color fidelity to the original films. The TCL 6-series will be available in 55 and 65 inch sizes this Spring.

Stepping into the more traditional territory, the C6 series of TVs all feature Android TV, 4K HDR displays and a Harman Kardon audio system with an integrated Circular soundbar at the base of the screen. The TVs span two different series: the 6-Series and the 5-Series.

Now, for 2018, TCL is compensating for anything it did wrong in 2017 with the even more incredible new 6 Series 4K HDR Roku TVs.

Aside from the 6 series, TCL also announced the 5 Series which replaces the S series of televisions it now has.

"The P6 will come in 43", 50", 55" and 65" models topping out at $2,699 AUD for the 65" model, releasing in April 2018.

With 96 zones for the 55-inch 6-Series TV and 120 zones for the 65-inch model, TCL's Contrast Control Zone technology identifies bright and dark areas in each frame of content and controls each zone within the frame to yield striking contrast between light and dark areas. The new smart soundbar is expected to launch in late 2018.