4K TV: a brand is poised to crush the competition with models that only it can produce

4K TV: a brand is poised to crush the competition with models that only it can produce
4K TV: a brand is poised to crush the competition with models that only it can produce

In the small world of 4K TV manufacturers, TCL is probably the most interesting brand to follow at the moment. The rising Asian giant proves it again with the release of two impressive models that only it is able to build: the C89B and the X95!

This article was written as part of a commercial collaboration with TCL.

TCL C89B: a 4K QD-Mini-LED TV that puts a nice slap in the face of the QD-Mini LED? What does it mean ?

The QD-Mini LED may scare you. Don’t panic, we’ll explain everything to you. The name of the technology is quite self-explanatory, since it is a merger between the terms QLED and Mini LED. Okay, with that, you’re not that far ahead. So let’s start with the basics.

See the C89B on the official TCL website

The panel of a television is made up of several layers. Most of the time, we first have a layer of small diodes, LEDs, which stay on constantly and emit white light. This layer is called the backlight panel. On top of the backlighting, layers of colored filters are applied which are used to transform the white light into a complex image. Logic: a TV that only displays white is called a lamp. That’s the basis. Now, we move on to the juicy little twists: QLED technology and Mini-LED technology.

With QLED we use Quantum Dots, or quantum dots in the language of Molière, as a color filter. What is a quantum dot? The marketing name actually refers to nano-crystals which react to the passage of light. These tiny particles emit extremely pure and vivid colors when light hits them. Clearly, QLED allows above all to obtain images with a greater volume of colors. We then say that a larger part of the colorimetric spectrum is covered. TCL has refined QLED technology and, on the C89B, the brand speaks of QLED Pro to clearly indicate that the technology has evolved compared to its beginnings.

Mini LED technology does not change on the color filter but on the backlighting diodes located just below. Here again, the name is rather self-explanatory: a Mini LED is a… tiny LED diode. Dozens of times smaller than on a standard television. TCL has made this technology its great specialty for many years and, over time and generations of Mini LEDs, the manufacturer has reached a very impressive level of mastery. Today, the Asian giant is capable of controlling the brightness of the diodes extremely finely, over thousands of levels. With high-end Mini LED like the C89B, you feel like you’re looking at an OLED TV, but brighter, less expensive and without the marking problems.

In 2024, TCL manages to achieve crazy color coverage, dynamic range and contrast level on its QD-Mini LED products. Said like that, it doesn’t seem like anything, but in practice, it changes everything: the image is more beautiful, more alive, more realistic, more natural.

TCL C89B

See the C89B on the official TCL website

Brightness, sound, video game with mind-blowing features

In general, very high-end consumer televisions achieve an average brightness level of around 1500 candelas per square meter. Manufacturers can boast of it, this figure is excellent. On the C89B, we go up to 2000 candelas, or even 3300 candelas in max boost. Upping the brightness isn’t just about allowing people to watch a Netflix series in a bright room. Increasing brightness also increases the dynamic range of the images displayed. What we call “dynamic range of an image” refers to the ratio between its highest and lowest brightness levels. The wider this dynamic range, the closer the image displayed on the screen comes to what the human eye perceives in nature. All this to say that such a high level of brightness is not free: it offers a drastic improvement in the realism, precision, and vibrance of your favorite content.. This figure of 3300 candelas is extremely important.

Speaking of dynamic range, you should know that TCL is one of the only manufacturers in the world to offer products compatible with all possible HDR standards imaginable. Yes, the C89B can decode Dolby Vision AND HDR10+. No concessions.

On the sound side, TCL continues its collaboration with the high-end Japanese manufacturer ONKYO. The C89B embarks a 2.2.2 system, therefore 2 horizontal speakers, 2 vertical and 2 subwoofers for bass (6x10W). It is very rare to see modern televisions that perform so well in terms of sound. There is a simple reason for this: nowadays, screens are getting thinner and thinner, which doesn’t leave much room for a high-performance audio system. ONKYO and TCL therefore achieve a nice feat with a well-spatialized overall rendering, compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. No concessions we tell you!

Of course, with a soundbar, the result will be even better

See the C89B on the official TCL website

On the video game side, once again, it’s difficult to do better. We are on a slab 144 Hz for fluidity worthy of a gaming monitor (144 images per second). For people who always want more by connecting their PC to the TV, it is even possible to switch to 240 Hz FHD. You read correctly. Speaking of connecting a PC, know that the C89B is G-Sync compatible and FreeSync Premium Pro certified. The icing on the cake: the product has 4 ports HDMI 2.1, which, again, is an extremely rare feature among the competition, even among very high-end models. As a reminder, HDMI 2.1 ports are necessary to connect an eARC soundbar (which allows you to get Dolby Atmos) and to stream 4K 120 FPS content from your PC, PS5 or Xbox Series.

Finally, on the connectivity side, TCL televisions are all SmartTVs that run Google TV, probably the best OS on the market. Google TV is a rather fluid, elegant and above all very complete operating system. No application is missing: Canal, YouTube, Twitch, Netflix, Crunchyroll, Disney+, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video… in short, no limitations on this side either. Oh, and Miracast, Chromecast and Airplay 2 are also there: practical!

The C89B exists in 4 sizes: 98, 85, 75 and 65 inches starting at €1,390. The value for money seems really excellent to us.

See the C89B on the official TCL website

How to go even further? The C89B is a product that already borders on perfection and the technical limits of 2024. However, it is not the best television from TCL. If you have the means and the desire to push all the limits, here is the X95.

TCL X95: the 115-inch television of all records

This product is monstrous. This is the world’s largest QD-Mini LED TV. Yes yes, in the world. Her size ? 115 inches, or almost 3 meters diagonally. To take full advantage of it, don’t forget that you need at least 4 meters of space in your living room!

TCL X95

See the X95 on the official TCL website

Now that you know what QD Mini-LED technology is, let’s take the technical explanations a little further. On a Mini-LED TV, each small backlight diode is not controlled individually. Manufacturers divide the panel into several groups of diodes called zones de local dimming. Logically, the more zones a Mini LED TV has, the better it is. It makes sense: the more zones there are, the more finely the processor controls the light. We explain all this to you because this X95 is the first TV in the world which has more than 20,000 local dimming zones. To get an idea of ​​what this represents, you should know that among the competition, we often find Mini LED products cut into only a few hundred zones.

On the numbers side, in boost, the X95 can go up to 5000 candelas per square meter. Once again, this very strong brightness is not there to tear off your retina but to display the most impressive HDR peaks on the market. Images from the X95 are vibrant.

Above, we told you about the great performance of ONKYO on the C89B. Well you will be delighted to learn that the Japanese manufacturer has had even more fun with this X95. Here, we have the right to a 6.2.2 system (8x10W + 2x20W). Thanks to its immense size, the TV opens up the soundstage and offers very nice Atmos effects natively. It’s stunning.

Finally, we need to talk about one last key point of the product: its processor, the AIPQ Pro. Already well exploited in the C89B, the overpower of this chip makes even more sense on the X95. Because yes, a modern 4K TV must be equipped with a good processor, like a computer, like a smartphone. The processor is responsible for analyzing and improving the permanently displayed image. Let’s take two examples:

  • Thanks to AIPQ Pro, lower definition sources can confused with native 4K.
  • Thanks to AIPQ Pro, details are no longer lost during dark scenes.

The X95 concentrates all of TCL’s best technologies. It’s like a C89B, but giant and even more efficient. JVTECH had the chance to see the beast in real life and we assure you that this product impresses. Price-wise, this ultra-premium behemoth is available for €24,999.

TCL X95

See the X95 on the official TCL website

Why is TCL on the verge of crushing all the competition?

The answer to this question is in one word: CSOT. This acronym is well known and very feared by all 4K TV manufacturers on the planet. For what ? Because it designates the most powerful TV panel factory complex in the world… and this complex belongs to TCL. TCL CSOT has unique patents and a fairly considerable technical lead over the rest of the industry. Yes, like all major screen manufacturers, TCL sells panels to some of its competitors. So how do you stay ahead? It’s very simple: the latest innovations from CSOT are always reserved for TCL products. Other manufacturers are therefore still one generation of Mini LEDs behind.

This capacity for mass production and innovation makes TCL a real steamroller and has allowed the company to establish itself as the second largest television brand in the world and number one in the 98-inch category. The two products we talked about today already represent a show of force in themselves. And it’s not over, expect some nice surprises very soon. In addition to the arrivals of the C89B and X95 that we talked about today, we have it on good authority that other extremely strong products are arriving shortly. We’re taking a bet: 2025 will be the year of TCL.

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