Chinese TV maker TCL has announced the first 50-inch 4K screen to be released in the U.S. for under a grand, the $999
The TV will be available in September and is anwith a CMI (Clear Motion Index) engine. The native 4K screen has an onboard scaler and will accept native 4K input -- such as from a PC or future 4K players, though presumably locked at 30Hz until the arrival of .
The 50-incher includes four HDMI ports and MHL compatibility for controlling and charging a smartphone or. It also sports an USB connector for viewing pictures or playing MP3s.
In addition, TCL has unveiled its flagship 5510 series for release in the U.S. in August; its models are the
The three models all offer a 120Hz edge-lit LED LCD display with a 1080p resolution and three HDMI ports with MHL. The 55-inch set includes built-in Wi-Fi and Smart TV with Netflix, YouTube, and Yahoo Apps.
All of the TVs have a slim-frame design with a gunmetal gray finish and a glass stand.
Meanwhile, fellow Chinese brand Seiki has a slightly more expensive 50-inch 4K TV, the SE50UY04, which is available for about $1,100 from Amazon.. For what it's worth, Seiki also sells a 39-inch 4K TV for $699.
Also known as, the consumer version of 4K is a resolution measuring 3,840x2,160 pixels and is yet to be established in either a broadcast or disc-based format. One of the main advantages so far is that the technology has the potential to show passive 3D better than 1080p sets, although the 50-inch TCL 7E504D doesn't have 3D.
There are also, including the fact that at smaller screen sizes like 50 inches, the benefits are very difficult to discern.
Updated, Thursday at 5:55 a.m. PT: This article was updated to take into account a less expensive, 39-inch Seiki 4K TV.