Update April 26: TCL has announced pricing and other details for the 6 series. Readfor more information.
Original story published Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. PT follows:
Last yearwas the best 55-inch TV for the money and its successor, the 2018 6 series, looks even better.
It keeps everything that made the P series great -- namely full-array local dimming, compatibility with HDR formats, and Roku's excellent Smart TV system -- and adds some performance and styling improvements.
The biggest improvement, however, is the addition of the 65-inch size that wentThe 6 series will come in two sizes: 55- and 65-inch.
Local dimming, which illuminates different areas (zones) of the screen independently, is one of the best ways to improve LCD image quality. TCL has upped the number of local dimming zones to 96 on the 55-inch version of the 6-series and a whopping 120 zones on the 65-incher. Compare that to TVs of 2017, which only had 32 zones. More local dimming zones usually mean better image quality because they allow more precise control of screen lighting., one of our favorite
TCL also talks up a new iPQ engine, said to offer accurate color without requiring additional adjustments or calibration, and a new HDR gamma feature that allows you to adjust the image to handle both bright and dark rooms. The sets can also reproduce full, and utilize "NBP Photon technology for even more realistic colors," according to the press release.
TCL upped the styling ante in 2018 as well with a slicker finish and power button detail.
Like its predecessor the 6-series comes with a voice-capable remote, and later in 2018to take full advantage of voice commands.
TCL also announced the 5 series of Roku TVs, which lack local dimming but do offer most of the 6-series other picture quality extras. It comes in sizes from 43- to 65-inches and also ships in spring for as-yet-undisclosed prices.