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TCL opens up pre-orders for its 8-series 4K QLED TVs

The displays, which include mini-LED backlight tech, start at $2,000.
Kris Holt, @krisholt
October 8, 2019
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Less than a month after putting its 6-series 4K QLED TVs on sale, TCL is opening up pre-orders for its 8-series displays through Best Buy. The 8-series is a newcomer to the TCL Roku TV range. Like the 6-series, it boasts boast quantum dot LED technology for better color performance, along with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and Dolby Atmos. It works with Google Assistant, Alexa and Roku Voice and comes with a voice remote.

The display's also compatible with the forthcoming iPQ Engine Mobile iOS and Android app. You'll be able to use certified devices (for instance, Pixel phones and iPhones) to calibrate your TV's colors more accurately than you'd likely otherwise be able to without dedicated tools.

Both the 6-series and the 8-series include an Auto Game Mode. That recognizes when you're playing PC or console games to optimize low latency and picture settings.

What primarily sets the 8-series apart from the 6-series is its backlight technology. TCL says the 8-series is the first TV to use mini-LED tech. It has more than 25,000 individual lights, through which TCL claims to offer "highly precise local dimming" and "smooth, uniform and bright illumination." Many LCD TVs have a few hundred standard LEDs. TCL also suggests the 8-series offers beefed-up motion performance for smoother visuals than the 6-series, while it includes a "Premium Pedestal" stand.

The 8-series costs $2,000 for the 65-inch model and $3,000 for the 75-inch variant. The Best Buy product pages suggest the TVs will start shipping next month. TCL also noted 8K versions will be available soon.

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