TCL has finally launched European sales of its premium X10 TVs. For just € 2,400, you can become the owner of a unique 65-inch TCL 65X10 4K Ultra HD TV, MiniLED backlighting and Android TV 9.0 with TCL AI-IN shell. It will compete with Samsung QLED as well as OLED TVs from various manufacturers.
Recall that TCL is one of the three leaders in the global TV market and independently produces TV panels, LED backlighting, video processors and audio components.
The new TCL X10 series in 8K QLED variant was presented a year ago at CES 2019, and 4K models were presented in the fall at the IFA 2019 consumer electronics show in Berlin. TCL claims the X10 is the first mini LED TV with Android TV. There are two 4K TVs in the series, but the TCL 75X10 launch in Europe has been delayed for now. The next phase of miniLED development – an active matrix with a large number of dimming zones – will start at the end of 2020.
What’s unique about the TCL 65X10 4K TV?
The TCL X10 features an attractive ultra-slim design with stylish split display and Onkyo soundbar (2.2 configuration and 40W power). The soundbar can process Dolby Atmos audio streams and “optimize” them for virtual 3D sound. A retractable 4K camcorder is built into the body for applications like Skype.
The TV matrix was created by the company based on Quantum Dot (QLED) technology. It is important not to confuse miniLED backlighting with microLED, a new generation display technology (LEDs are used to form matrices, where they serve as individual pixels). Mini LED is just a transition technology between traditional LED and MicroLED, which is simply an improved version of the widely used LED backlighting.
The TCL X10 has a peak brightness of 1500 nits with 15360 mini-LEDs grouped into 768 local dimming zones. Using miniLED allows TCL to increase the number of dimming zones behind the LCD panel for more precise backlight control. Improved uniform light distribution across the screen is also claimed.
Outstanding contrast is provided by the Quantum Contrast system – quantum dots expand the color gamut up to 100% DCI-P3. X10 TVs are compatible with HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. And the “heart” of the novelty is the TCL iPQ Engine video processor with proprietary image enhancers and content scaling function.