Chinese television maker TCL has just announced two new models going on sale in the U.K. this week. The new 4K HDR Android TVs include the TCL EC78 series and the TCL EP65 series, run Android 9.0 and come with Freeview Play, Google Home and Google Assistant built-in.
The last two features mean the TVs can be controlled using an array of devices besides the regular remote control, including Google Home Mini, Next, and any smartphones or tablet that run Android.
The Android TV platform meanwhile, makes it possible to cast UHD content directly to both TVs and enjoy native HDR on-screen.
The more expensive of the two models is the EC78 series (pictured), which comes in a choice of 55-inch and 65-inch models, priced at £549 and £749, respectively. The EC78 sports what TCL calls a “frameless ultra slim metal design”, and offers 4K HDR with Wide Colour Gamut and supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+
On the audio side, the EC78’s sound system is built by Japanese speaker maker Onkyo. As such, TCL promises “immersive sound” no matter if you’re watching movies, playing games, or just listening to music.
The more affordable EP65 series meanwhile sports an elegant, slim design, offers 4K HDR picture quality and also comes with a Smart HDR feature that enables Standard Dynamic Range content to be upscaled to HDR-like quality, TCL said.
The EP65 TVs also support Dolby Audio, which enables up to 7.1-channel surround-sound.
TCL said the EP65 TVs are available in 43-inches, 50-inches, 55-inches and 65-inches, priced at £329, £379, £479 and £599 respectively. Both series are on sale now at retailers including Amazon and AO, and they can also be purchased directly from TCL’s website.
The company is also planning to launch a range of higher-end QLED Android TVs next month, so keep an eye out for more details on them coming soon.