TCL teased at CES that it would. On Monday, the China-based electronics giant took the big next step, announcing pricing and availability for the 65- and 75-inch versions. Both will be available beginning "next month" with the 65-inch model (65R648) starting at $2,199. The 75-inch set (75R648) runs $2,999. You can preorder them now at Best Buy and Amazon.
Those prices are high compared to 4K TVs, but they make the 6-Series one of the most affordable 8K models on the market.than any TV-maker, but its least expensive 2021 offering, the QN800A, costs $3,000 for the 65-inch size. New 8K TVs from LG, Sony and others are similarly expensive. Meanwhile LG's mainstream , costs just $100 more than the 8K TCL at 65 inches and $500 more at 77 inches, and in CNET's experience .
Like the excellent, TCL's 8K TVs use QLED technology and backlights. The TVs can upscale , which is necessary because there are basically no actual 8K TV shows and movies available to watch. We're only now starting to see big events like the Super Bowl or the become available in 4K -- so long .
delivers four times as many pixels as 4K, for potentially more detail and sharpness, but there's a point of diminishing returns. To get anything out of higher resolutions and their proportionally tinier pixels, you need to sit closer, get a bigger TV, or both. That fact, along with the high price of the 8K TVs and lack of available content, is why CNET hasn't buying any 8K TVs in the past, even to high-end shoppers.
There are a few 8K videos on YouTube right now and some 8K content is available to gamers. High-end video cards such as thecan output 8K resolution today, and -- although currently neither console supports 8K output. TCL says its new TVs offer "support for the latest HDMI standards" with two of the four HDMI ports supporting , including 8K resolution at 60Hz and . The TVs will also handle , auto game mode (HDMI-ALLM) and THX Certified Game mode.
and audio, via both the TV speakers and pass-through, are similarly present, as is support for . The TV can also work with smart speakers powered by voice assistants including , and .
Roku's software is still running the show and TCL says the device will feature a "premium" Roku remote that is a bit longer and made from "polished high quality materials," a step up from the standard black plastic Roku remotes.
CNET will test TCL's 8K 6-Series soon. Keep checking back for our full review.
Update, July 28, 2021: TCL originally indicated to CNET that the remote includes additional features, namely rechargeable batteries, hands-free voice control, a headphone jack for private listening and a remote finder, but company reps subsequently told us that those features were pulled. The remote included with the 8K 6-Series doesn't have those features.