TCL reveals C82 Mini-LED and C72+ QLED TVs for Europe in 2021

A move to self emissive OLED products beyond 2023 hinted at.

by Andy Bassett

TCL’s recent European product launch saw the new C72+ and C82 mini LED TVs confirmed for the UK market as the company moves to grow in the sector during 2021.

At the core of its 2021 TV models will be three new series, the C72, C72+ and the C82, all featuring Quantum Dot display technology to deliver 100 percent colour volume. The QLED displays also use AiPQ and deep learning and are able to recognise and classify content type for a life-like image.

Where the C82 takes a step up is with the addition of Mini-LED backlighting and the implementation of 4K HDR Premium rather than the C72 /C72+’s 4K HDR Pro.

TCL is invested in Mini-LED TV technology, having been the first to bring it to the market in 2019. With its thousands of mini-LEDs and hundreds of dimming zones (exact numbers were not revealed) the C82’s Mini-LED display is able to deliver 20 stops of dynamic range resulting in simultaneous details in dark areas and specular highlights in brighter parts of the image. 

The company feels the use of Mini-LED backlights in the C82 series outperforms OLED in terms of improved brightness and colour volume and there’s also no danger of burn in. However, in the post-presentation Q&A session, the company did admit that its latest Fabrication plant in China would be capable of making printed OLED panels after it comes online in 2023, so the company hasn't ruled out the self emissive panel technology in the future.

The C82 will come in screen sizes of 55- and 65-inches while the C72+ comes in 55-, 65- and 75- inches sizes, and the C72 matches the C72+ sizes and adds 50- and 43-inch models at the smaller end.

TCL reveals C82 Mini-LED and C72+ QLED TVs for Europe in 2021
TCL C72+ QLED TV

Given TCL’s affinity for sports, the C82 and C72+ series can handle fast moving images courtesy of a native 100Hz display, with the C82 adding vertical scanning to make fast moving objects very sharp. The C72 features Motion Clarity for a smooth picture and improved motion.

Now that streaming services are delivering more content in a range of HDR formats, the C series TVs can handle all formats available including HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and HDR10+. In addition, 4K HDR Dolby Vision IQ is available on the C72+ and C82 models and optimises the picture quality, adapting to the room’s lighting conditions.

Onkyo branded speakers adorn all the C72, C72+ and C82 models with a 2.1 system available on the C82s. The TVs all support Dolby Atmos with audio processing helping to deliver the 3D surround format from just the two speakers.

Gaming features in the form of Game Master mode are present on the C72 which delivers HDMI 2.1 eARC and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and, on top of that, both the C72+ and C82 series step up to Games Master Pro mode to deliver HDMI 2.1 48Gbps which allows faster refresh rates - including 4K at up to 120 frames per second - plus VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) which eliminates stutter. 

TCL reveals C82 Mini-LED and C72+ QLED TVs for Europe in 2021
TCL C82 Mini LED TV  

Smart TV features for the C82 come in the form of Android TV 11 which brings hands free control and access to information with Google Assistant, while Works with Alexa also allows users to play music, hear the news, check weather, adjust TV volume, change TV channel, control a smart home, and more.

The C82 Series has a magnetic 1080P wide angle video camera that works in concert with Google Duo for large screen video get-togethers with friends and family. Moreover, the TikTok TV app has been available since the end of March and can be used on all upcoming TCL 2021 TVs as well as some existing models too.

Both the C82 Series and C72+ series come with a metallic central stand for ease of placement on any surface at home, and all new C-series TV models come with a bezel-less ultra slim metal design. The C72 models come with an adjustable dual position stand to allow for the placement of a TCL sound bar.

TCL reveals C82 Mini-LED and C72+ QLED TVs for Europe in 2021
TCL C72 QLED TV

Frédéric Langin, Vice president Sales & Marketing at TCL Europe, said, “The appetite for sports, gaming and entertainment at home will continue to increase. People want better products as they are spending more time at home, and to benefit more from quality content.” He further added, “In terms of technology, 4K, smart, AI, big screens, QLED, Mini LED and immersive sound are the main features requested by customers. I am proud to say that TCL’s new range of products answer these expectations and give a great and affordable experience”, says Frédéric Langin, Vice president Sales & Marketing at TCL Europe.

At the entry level end of the TV spectrum sits TCL’s P and S series of TV which are suitable for streaming while the flagship X series features cutting edge technologies such as 8K and tends to be released in China first. The latest X12 model may make an appearance in Europe later in the year but nothing was confirmed.

According to TCL, the C82 series of Mini-LED QLED TVs will be available in the UK from “the second quarter of 2021” and will feature Freeview Play.

Source: TCL online event / press release
Image Source: TCL

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