The world number 2 TV company does not intend to leave to its big rival, Samsung, the exclusivity of QLED technology. This is how TCL announced the arrival of two models with this technology, the C81 and the C71.
TCL does not intend to put all its eggs in one basket. If the Chinese manufacturer thinks is preparing the future with its mini LED, it does not neglect the present however and it is on QLED technology dear to Samsung that it is betting to strengthen its development. Presented at CES2020, the C71 and C81, the two spearheads of the QLED with TCL sauce, arrive in France.
Let’s start with the more ambitious of the two TVs, the C81. With a fairly original design with a tripod for any seat, it has a native 10-bit 100 Hz LCD panel (with the exception of the 50-inch version which is limited to 50 Hz) and a backlight system LED Edge in local dimming. As usual, TCL called on its partner Onkyo to manage the audio part. This collaboration, usually reserved for the top of the range, benefits the C81 which inherits a 2.1 audio system with speakers in the front and a subwoofer in the back of the TV. Finally, in terms of image quality, TCL announces extended HDR compatibility with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 + and HLG.
A slightly cheaper but less ambitious C71
To get an idea of the C71’s performance, you need to take the technical data sheet of your older brother and plan it down with its most attractive technical characteristics. Exit the Onkyo audio system or the 100 Hz screen. What about the feet? Basic with nevertheless adjustable feet (for 55 and 65 inch versions) in two positions to be able to place the TV on a maximum of furniture. On the other hand, like the C81, this more affordable version of the QLED does not overlook the sport mode which aims to make the image more fluid, or even a gaming mode which announces an impressive input lag at 10 ms.
Of course, true to its habits, TCL has equipped its TVs with Android TV in version 9.0, Pie. So they’ll have the Google Assistant, a Chromecast function, and access to the Google Play Store.
The C81 will be available in 55, 65 and 75 inches while the diagonal of the C71 will vary from 50 to 65 inches including the inevitable 55 inches. Finally, concerning the price, TCL does not intend to change the recipe which made its recent success. The price is aggressive and it will therefore be possible to find the C71 in 50 inches from 599 euros, as for the C81, it will be sold 799 euros in its 55 inch version.