TCL unveils 6 new Smart TVs with Google TV, will it ditch Roku OS?

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Although it is not one of the big companies in the mobile world, TCL does stand out when it comes to selling cheap Smart TVs. For years they have been the standard-bearer for Roku in much of the world, but little by little they have expanded their catalog towards Android TV as an alternative. Proof of that? TCL has just launched 6 Smart TVs with Android TV that are part of two of its most important families in the market.

TCL 6-Series now have Android TV and several improvements over Roku models

TCL 4k Smart TV with Google TV

The TCL 6 series originally came with Roku as the operating system. However, the company decided to give them a facelift by offering new models with Android TV, some improvements and keeping the same price.

Specifically, TCL presented 2 new Class 6 Smart TVs: the 55-inch TCL 55R646 and the 65-inch TCL 65R646. Both share the same technical specifications and are options very interesting if you want to update your SmartTV. This is its data sheet:

  • QLED mini-LED panel with 4K resolution (2160p) and HDR10+.
  • update frequency 120Hz.
  • OS google tv based on AndroidTV 11.
  • Connectivity of 2 HDMI 2.0 + HDMI 2.1 + HDMI 2.1 ports (with eARC), 2 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet port and optical audio input.
  • Built-in microphones for use with the google assistant.

What’s so special about this pair of TVs? In addition to carrying Android TV, they are capable of reaching 120 Hz frequency in 4K resolution. Why is this important? Because Roku models can’t do it being limited to 1440p and 120Hz. Also, the new TCL 55R646 and 65R646 have THX Gaming certification, which added to the above make these smart TVs very attractive options to play PS5 or Xbox Series X. How much will each cost? This:

  • 55-inch TCL 6-Series (55R646): $999, about €850 to change.
  • 65-inch TCL 6-Series (65R646): $1,299, about €1,100 to change.

The TCL 5-Series also goes to Google TV and brings 4K to any pocket

Smart TV TCL series 5 Google TV

Along with the previous models, TCL decided that the 5 series also had to make the leap to Android TV as an alternative to Roku models. In this case 4 models were presented differentiated only by screen size, specifically these: TCL 75S546 (75”), TCL 65S546 (65”), TCL 5 5S546 (55”) and the TCL 50S546 (50”).

These Smart TVs point to an audience with a tighter budget, but still have very good specifications. For example, they retain the 6-series QLED Mini-LED panel, as well as screen resolution, but cut back on other things. These are its characteristics:

  • QLED mini-LED panel with 4K resolution (2160p) and HDR10+.
  • Standard update rate 60Hz.
  • OS google tv on AndroidTV 11.
  • Connectivity of 2 HDMI 2.0 + HDMI 2.1 ports (with eARC), USB 3.0 port and optical audio connector.
  • Built-in microphones for use with the google assistant (disabled).

Are other details known about these Smart TVs? Yes, its price, which will be quite tight and will position these TVs as an excellent option for go to 4K investing very little. This is what they will cost:

  • 75-inch TCL 5-Series (75S546): $1,299, about €1,100 to change.
  • 65-inch TCL 5-Series (65S546): $899, about €766 to change.
  • 55-inch TCL 5-Series (55S546): $649, about €553 to change.
  • TCL 5-Series 50-inch (50S546): $599, about €510 to change.

TCL won’t be ditching Roku OS anytime soon, so stay calm

tcl will not abandon roku for android tv

Taking into account that TCL is the quintessential brand that includes Roku OS on their Smart TVs, that they decide to expand their catalog to Android TV may not please some people too much. However, we invite you to remain calm, as TCL confirmed that they will not abandon Roku OS, but only want to diversify.

In fact, the 8-series and 6-series Smart TVs with 8K resolution will remain exclusively with Roku OS. What does this mean? That TCL not only will continue betting on this operating system for the foreseeable future, but its best TVs will only ship with Roku OS.

Even so, time and users are what will define the final result of this story. Why do we say it? Because less than a year ago, TCL presented 13 Smart TVs with Android TV for Spain, a far from insignificant figure to which 6 additional models are now added (for the United States).

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