As part of its initial push into the US TV market, TCL has added a 50-inch 4K TV to its lineup of 40- to 55-inch edge-lit LED televisions. This makes the second ridiculously inexpensive Ultra HD TV to hit US shores, and as they say: one is an anomaly; two is a trend. It remains to be seen, though, how the appearance of these budget 4K displays affects the pricing from the big boys.
What’s interesting about the TCL is that its price isn’t its only selling point. While the Seiki TVs haven’t fared that well in the testing lab with upscaled material, there’s a little more hope that TCL’s 7E504D may fare better. Via CNET:
The TV will be available in September and is an edge-lit LED LCD with a 120Hz CMI (Clear Motion Index) engine. The native 4K screen has an onboard scaler and will accept native 4K input — such as from a PC or future 4K players, though presumably locked at 30Hz until the arrival of HDMI 2.0.
The 50-incher includes four HDMI ports and MHL compatibility for controlling and charging a smartphone or Roku stick. It also sports an USB connector for viewing pictures or playing MP3s.
The company is also introducing three inexpensive edge-lit LED TVs with 1080p resolution, built in Wi-Fi, and some smart TV features. full lineup is scheduled to launch in September, and the 4K set will presumably will be targeted at the PC gaming enthusiast crowd for the moment. If you’re thinking about a 4K television for you and yours, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth by sitting close enough to the screen to get the advantage of all those extra pixels you’re paying for.
The first mass consumer 4K material in the US should be available in the US this fall through Sony’s PlayStation 4 digital download services, so TCL’s timing is pretty good.