Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Last year, TCL announced an “XL” TV series that aimed to offer very large 85-inch screens at prices below what you’d pay for a comparably huge set from the likes of Samsung or LG. And in the first week of 2022, the XL line-up will get even bigger. Today, TCL introduces a new 98-inch 4K QLED TV that is available for purchase immediately. The 98R754 is a Google TV based set that offers features such as 4K gaming at 120 Hz.

As for the price, TCL only says that the latest XL model “starts at less than $8,000.” So that probably translates to $7,999. Even at that asking price, TCL claims the 98-inch QLED is “accessible” and honors the company’s “promise to deliver powerful image performance and big-screen immersion at an accessible price.”

Images of the TV shared by TCL show it has four HDMI ports, two of which support 4K at 120Hz (although one of that pair can handle eARC tasks too). But the company doesn’t say much about other tech specs, so we’ll have to wait for store listings to get the full scoop. It also runs Google TV, which should be a smoother experience now than when TCL’s first TVs with the software initially showed bugs and slow performance.

We still use basic principle for press images in 2022?
Image: TCL

TCL also shares some of its plans for other TV models coming later this year: every TCL Roku TV and Google TV will be upgraded in 2022. As part of that, customers can expect an even faster variable refresh rate up to 144Hz for PC gaming — above the standard 120Hz. (Samsung’s new 2022 TVs make this upgrade, too.) And TCL says more sets will make the jump from 4K to 8K resolution.

In a bit of an unexpected move, TCL is also announcing upcoming advancements in motion processing. It will “work with Pixelworks and other entertainment leaders to define and deploy a new motion ecosystem — TrueCut Motion — for the first time in its high-end TV models.”

If you’re not familiar with TrueCut Motion like I am, here’s the quick rundown of TCL:

An essential part of great visual experiences, TrueCut Motion is an end-to-end solution with a new format for content delivery and a device certification program to ensure consistent, filmmaker-approved output.

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