TV manufacturer and consumer electronics giant TCL has released its Australian 2021 range of QLED and Mini-LED televisions, complete with a promised software upgrade from Android TV to Google TV later this year.
Entertainment you love with a little help from Google TV
TCL is one of only two manufacturers offering Google TV in 2021. Google TV brings together movies and shows from across your apps and subscriptions and organises them just for you. Discover new shows to binge with recommendations based on what you watch from across your existing subscriptions and content streams.
Ask Google to find movies and shows, answer questions, control smart home devices, and more, with your voice. Selected existing TCL TV models will also be making the upgrade to Google TV via a software update in 2021.
In addition Hands-free Voice Control 2.0 is standard across TCL’s entire 2021 UHD range.
Powered by Google Assistant, Hands-Free Voice Control 2.0 frees you from the remote control. Use your voice to search on-demand content and streaming apps. Tell Google to pause, play, stop, or rewind. Ask questions and see answers on-screen. Even control compatible smart devices around your home, manage tasks, and much more – all on your TCL TV with the power of your voice.
TCL has also announced several new soundbars and one model the TS8132 3.1.2Ch Soundbar has a wireless Subwoofer and features Dolby Atmos surround sound as well as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Airplay connectivity.
The TCL 2021 TV range comes with the audio, picture and connectivity technologies you’d expect this year such as VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), Quantum Dot and Mini LED technology.
The relatively new Mini LED backlight technology improves colour, contrast and brightness of picture quality whilst Dolby Atmos and Onkyo Audio combine to produce an immersive multi-dimensional soundscape.
With further audio and visual enhancement through the AiPQ Engine real-time optimisation and the addition of hands-free voice control using Google or Alexa, the TCL 2021 TV range offers an interesting choice for customers who want a Google operating system for their TV.
Mark Zhang, Managing Director at TCL Electronics AU/NZ said:
“The new range of TCL TVs offers the next generation of gamers the fantastic Game Master experience that is second to none. TCL has also become the Official TV Partner of Call of Duty worldwide, demonstrating our ability to bring the best gaming experiences to users all around the world.”
Mini LED Technology
Mini LED technology dramatically increases the number of local dimming zones with thousands of individually precision-controlled backlight LEDs. Full array Mini LED yields deeper blacks together with enhanced colour reproduction, contrast and brightness for a smoother, more uniform picture and a powerful step up in overall picture quality.
Essentially by using more, smaller LEDs, the TV has more control over its highlights and shadows, giving you better contrast and image quality, especially with HDR content and games.
Quantum Dot Technology: Delivers incredible depth and realism
Quantum Dot technology utilises efficient light emitting nanocrystals for the precision control of individual picture elements. Turn up the colour volume for truer whites and a rich, vibrant and more natural expanded range of colours.
Variable Refresh Rate: Real-time gaming experience
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) provides automatic adjustment of panel refresh rates to match your input device, all whilst saving power. Enjoy complex and detailed scenes with reduced on screen tearing and stutter for a smoother, more pleasing gameplay experience.
VRR on both the X925 and C825 series allows users to connect consoles or PCs to their TV and take advantage of 4K content at 120hz — a much sought after feature for today’s gamers.
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) recognises your console and automatically switches to Game Mode for reduced input Lag and settings that optimise your playing experience. Selected range is supported by Freesync.
Dolby Vision IQ: Automatically adjusts for optimum picture quality
Dolby Vision IQ takes picture control to a new level. Light sensors in the TV measure the surrounding environment and dynamically adjust the screen output for optimal picture quality. Enjoy an ideal viewing experience under any lighting conditions, day or night, with Dolby Vision IQ. It uses the metadata from DV content and the ambient light sensor inside the TV to dynamically adjust the HDR content based on the conditions and lighting in your room.
AiPQ Engine: Enhanced picture quality
The AiPQ Engine is the audio/visual processor working behind the scenes to process visual content in real time, detecting the environment and upscaling display and audio. Video is optimised according to content so oceans appear bluer and rainforests lusher. Meanwhile, audio quality is compensated dynamically based on volume. This eliminates distortion of signal and speakers and provides a more authentic listening experience at any sound level.
TCL’s C825 and X925 TVs come with deep and powerful bass from the in-built subwoofer for sound that packs a punch when you need it.
They are also one of only three manufacturers to have received IMAX Enhanced certification. IMAX Enhanced displays must meet additional requirements over and above what most 4K UHD TVs deliver today in order to receive certification.
2021 pricing and availability
X925: RRP from $4499. Available from July
C825: RRP from $2499. Available from June
C725: RRP from $1099. Available from June
P725: RRP from $899. Available from June (selected models)
TS8132 –$699 – Available from August
TCL’s 2021 TV range is sold through Appliances Online, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, Bi-Rite, Leading Appliances, Betta Electrical, Retravision, The Good Guys and other major retailers.
TCL Soundbars are sold through JB HiFi, Betta Electrical, Appliances Online and Bi-Rite.