2018 TCL 6-Series TVs: What You Need to Know

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect pricing details that were not available previously.

TCL's P6-Series became a favorite among price-conscious buyers because it pushed high-end features and 4K resolution into mainstream TVs. Now, TCL is planning to build on its success by tweaking its already respectable picture and rechristening the P6-Series as simply the 6-Series this spring.

TCL's P6-Series 4K TVTCL's P6-Series 4K TVThe TCL 6-Series will come in just two big-screen sizes — 55 and 65 inches — and will be wrapped in a grayish frame, versus the current obsidian black finish. TCL says the new series will continue to support HDR10, the basic high dynamic range format for delivering more intense brightness levels and a wider color gamut, as well as Dolby Vision, a proprietary and arguably superior version of HDR. The combination means that viewers will be assured that the 6-Series can handle the most popular 4K programs currently available.

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Further enhancements include an HDR gamma adjust feature, which will allow viewers to tweak the 4K display for optimal viewing in both brightly lit and dark rooms.

The current 55-inch P6-Series model includes full-array backlighting with local dimming, but TCL will up the contrast range and picture details in the 6-Series by going from 72 individually controlled zones to 96 in the 55-inch model and 120 in the 65-inch set. That should help it address one of the few weaknesses of the 2017 model we tested, which revealed some haloing around bright objects on dark backgrounds. The increased number of zones should also improve picture details in shadows and dark corners without adversely affecting black levels.


2017 TCL P6-Series
2018 TCL 6-Series
Screen Sizes
55 inches
55 inches, 65 inches
Resolution
4K (3840 x 2160)
4K (3840 x 2160)
HDR
Yes, HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Yes, HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Local Dimming zones
72
96 (55-inch), 120 (65-inch)
Smart TV interface
Roku TV
Roku TV
Voice Control
Yes, basic commands
Yes, Roku Entertainment Assistant (spring 2018)


TCL says the new 6-Series will improve on its NBP Photon technology. NBP is TCL's answer to competing quantum-dot technology (like that used in Samsung's so-called QLED TVs). It relies on LEDs with a special phosphor coating to produce a wider array of colors.

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While the original P6-Series impressed us with its color accuracy, TCL promises its new video-processing iPQ Engine will deliver even more accurate color performance for DCI-P3, the expanded color range format that is also used for digital movies in theaters.

TCL's P6-Series 4K TVTCL's P6-Series 4K TVIn the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it department, the TCL 6-Series will continue to rely on the excellent Roku TV interface. The Roku smart TV software offers the clearest arrangement of features and easy-to-find streaming options, with more online entertainment choices than any other model. (It also now includes YouTube TV.)

The 6-Series will continue to include Roku's more advanced remote control with the headphone jack for private listening. Roku already includes a mic in the remote for basic remote commands, but this spring, it plans to introduce its own Alexa-style voice assistant to coincide with the TCL 6-Series release.

TCL has announced that the 6 Series -- both the 55- and 65-inch models -- will begin selling May 1st. The 55-inch model is priced at $649, while the 65-inch model will sell for $999. It's a deal by any measure.

Credit: TCL

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  • weimjagd1
    "While the set is still a few months away from availability"
    Spring will be here soon...Any idea on a release date for the 6-series?
  • mrbaker1979
    April 2018
  • weimjagd1
    Thank you,

    I can hardly wait ??
    One more month won't kill me.
  • vwatchrepair
    Well after months of research and bouncing back and forth between different brands, I guess my mind has been made up! Definitely going to get this as my first(finally) 4K TV.
  • weimjagd1
    2444205 said:
    Well after months of research and bouncing back and forth between different brands, I guess my mind has been made up! Definitely going to get this as my first(finally) 4K TV.


    What other models made it to the final cut for you, vwatchrepair?
  • vwatchrepair
    2655904 said:
    2444205 said:
    Well after months of research and bouncing back and forth between different brands, I guess my mind has been made up! Definitely going to get this as my first(finally) 4K TV.
    What other models made it to the final cut for you, vwatchrepair?


    I had been looking at the TCL 55p605/607 and Vizio M and P series. A used Samsung KS8000 as well. But, This new 6 series really has a lot to offer and I think it's worth the wait!
  • weimjagd1
    What time of year does Vizio release their new soundbar models, if they have them?
    Is that in April also?
  • na1lst0rm
    I’m also curious to see what models Hisense will release in April as they confirmed that month at CES as well. Edge-lit TVs are out of the picture (slight pun intended). FALD has completely spoiled me. As it stands Hisense and TCL are my two brands of choice.
  • DAC21
    The 6 Series listed spec is Motion rate 240. So I'm guessing it will be native 120 hz???
  • levi254me
    May 1st is the official release date for the 6 series!! I am so stoked to get this TV. Can't wait!!
  • weimjagd1
    2692069 said:
    May 1st is the official release date for the 6 series!! I am so stoked to get this TV. Can't wait!!

    Hot dang!
    Thanks for sharing the info...I have been checking TCL's website every day and no mention of it there. Also emailed them and they would give any info.

    Any word if Best Buy is gonna have a proprietary model with a cheaper remote, like the 605?
  • gamo62
    I heard that one of the TCL models will have WebOS. This would be a bonus if true.
  • ratatatatat_69
    Not a smart tv owner, ever. Will WebOS allow me too playback a plethora of collected movies from my disk array? via Ethernet? Curious to finally purchase, and TCL seems to be making history here.
  • davkor
    Are there any issues with screen reflectivity?
  • ratatatatat_69
    It's May 7th, and only Best Buy is selling the 65inch, but it's the model that does not include the roku voice control as well as the extra hdmi outputs. Tom's, why aren't you reporting this??
    Can anyone give me a progress report as to when the model number: 65R617 will come out. Again, Best Buy is only selling the lesser 65" model number: 65R615
  • ratatatatat_69
    Nevermind. I spoke with online chat at tclusa. Best Buy might not be carrying the 65R617 model at all. But the 65R617 model can be purchased elsewhere. Meanwhile, I checked around and it's still not available at Amazon or ElectronicsExpress or the other places that are linked at tclusa.com. Grrrr.....
  • weimjagd1
    975218 said:
    Nevermind. I spoke with online chat at tclusa. Best Buy might not be carrying the 65R617 model at all. But the 65R617 model can be purchased elsewhere. Meanwhile, I checked around and it's still not available at Amazon or ElectronicsExpress or the other places that are linked at tclusa.com. Grrrr.....


    I knew BB was only selling the 55&65 R615 models with the lesser remote. That did not bother me, it is something I would never use. Are there fewer HDMI ports on the 55' as well? I read they were the exact same TVs only the remote was different. If what you say is true, makes even less sense to buy a 65 from BB (the price is the same vs $50 less than amazon for the 55' with non-voice remote).
  • redhandy
    I pre-ordered the best 65" from Amazon, to be delivered around May 30. I had bought a 32" to use as a monitor, so when I learned what a neat tv tcl has, I went ahead and ordered. Can. Not. Wait. A specially good buy for me because I am an over the air viewer and tcl has a full tv guide built in.