15 April 2021
TCL announced many new products at the ongoing virtual CES 2021 event. One of the most highlighted announcements is the new XL Collection that launches a new 85-inch lineup of TVs. TCL touts that the new XL collection fits every budget as there will be three different models to choose from – a budget 4-series LCD TV, a 4K HDR QLED TV, and a top-of-the-line mini-LED 8K TV. All of these TVs will be powered by Roku’s streaming platform.
The mid-tier QLED model will also support Dolby Vision and Atmos, full-array local dimming, variable refresh rate, and 120Hz HDMI input as well. The premium 8K model in the lineup will feature a slimmer design and third-gen mini-LED backlighting tech labeled “OD Zero.”
TCL mentions “OD Zero” (Optical Depth Zero) as its next innovation in mini-LED technology. It “refers to the distance between the backlight and LCD display layer in TVs featuring this technology.” TCL touts this distance between the light source and the panel is now zero and this results in improved contrast and bright picture quality. TCL further mentions that we can expect some ultra-thin TVs, thanks to this tech.
The 4-series 85-inch LCD TV will come “later this quarter” for $1,600. According to TCL, the other two models in the XL collection will arrive in “the months to follow.” Currently, the company didn’t disclose pricing and availability details.
Together with the new XL collection, TCL also announced it will ship its Google TV-enabled sets later this year in the US and other parts of the world. These new TV sets will adopt the new Google TV UI that debuted with the latest Google Chromecast. TCL has mentioned that it will be available across its mini-LED, 8K, and QLED range.
It wouldn't be CES without TCL showing off some future tech concepts! This is the AMOLED Rollable Display: It can extend from 6.7" to 7.8" with a tap of the finger. #CES2021 @TCL_USA @TCLMobileGlobal pic.twitter.com/Gtxihs7eDD— Brad Molen (@phonewisdom) January 11, 2021
TCL also showed off a rollable phone concept at a virtual CES 2021 event. This device holds an AMOLED display that can extend from 6.7-inches to 7.8-inches with the tap of a finger. The smartphone is less than 10mm in thickness. TCL claims the rolling mechanism can last for up to 100,000 slides. TCL showed off a teaser video in which the concept device was expanding and retracting in a woman’s hands. TCL first teased the rollable concept last year and today at CES, it made an update around it.
In addition to this, TCL also announced a new 17-inch flexible OLED scrolling display that can be unfurled. It features a 100% color gamut and TCL touts that this new tech can be “widely applied on flexible TVs.”
TCL’s CES 2021 virtual presentation also showcased a pair of glasses that come with dual 1080p FHD micro OLED built-in displays. Currently, there is no word on pricing yet.