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CES 2022 has arrived, and the biggest names in home theater technology are unveiling their plans for the upcoming year. TCL, the maker of some of our favorite Roku TVs, shared its 2022 TV lineup today, including brand new, larger-than-life entries into the company’s XL Collection, improved refresh rates for premium models, and an intriguing proprietary motion display technology called TrueCut Motion.
Here’s everything we know so far about TCL's 2022 TV lineup.
The XL Collection: 8K and more
Noting the success of big TVs in recent years, TCL announced that it would be doubling down on its extra-large TV initiative in 2022. This year, the company's aptly named XL Collection is gaining two new entries: a 98-inch 4K QLED TV and an 85-inch 8K QLED model.
The 98-inch R754 features a quantum-dot display, 4K resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate that supports 4K content at 120fps. Like last year's TCL 5-Series with Google TV, the R754 comes with Google's smart platform built into the TV.
There have been some complaints online about the sluggishness of TCL's implementation of the Google TV smart platform, and Best Buy even pulled the TVs from shelves (though we didn't experience any major issues), so that's something to keep in mind. TCL has responded with a statement saying the TVs are "constantly evolving and recent software updates have allowed us to make significant progress" and that customers will see "marked improvements in the weeks to come." We expect the issues to be fixed with a firmware update soon.
Though the R754 is not exactly affordable, this 98-inch beast of a TV will be priced below $8,000.
The 85-inch X925pro (or "the X9" for short) is the crown jewel of TCL's 2022 XL Collection. The X9, which features an impressive 8K resolution, blends TCL's OD Zero mini-LED display technology with quantum dots. A blend of these two technologies ought to spell impressive contrast and rich color production to go along with the X9's native 8K resolution. It's also worth noting just how thin the X9's display is: under 10 millimeters, according to TCL. As far as smart features go, we can confirm that the X9 will run on Google TV, as well.
144Hz is the new 120Hz
Refresh rate is a display specification that refers to how many times per second a TV is able to update an image, expressed in Hertz (Hz). Until now, TV shoppers have had two options: 60Hz TVs and 120Hz TVs. 60Hz TVs are capable of refreshing their picture 60 times per second, while 120Hz TVs max out at 120 frames per second. While higher refresh rates have been an option for smaller-sized gaming monitors for a while now, 120Hz has long since been the gold standard for TVs.
This year, TCL announced that some of its "premium TVs" will make the jump from 120Hz to 144Hz, and that these TVs will support 4K gaming at 144Hz, too. This will allow serious gamers to display next-generation games at a faster, smoother pace. It remains to be seen which models in the company's 2022 lineup will feature these exciting new panels.
TCL's quest to improve its TVs' motion performance doesn't stop with hardware improvements. This year, several of the company's high-performance TVs will be the first to employ TrueCut Motion, a proprietary, end-to-end content delivery system that aims to display motion precisely as the filmmaker intended.
Like certain HDR formats, TrueCut Motion relies on a certification program to ensure that whatever is being displayed on screen is calibrated correctly, depending on the content and scene. The technology is said to be automatic, so viewers will not need to adjust any of their TV's settings in order to enjoy the benefits.
That's all they wrote
While the prospect of 144Hz TVs and an all-new, motion-based ecosystem are exciting, we don't yet know the availability of such features.
TCL also reaffirmed its commitment to the wildly popular TCL Roku TV lineup, including the 6-Series. In a CES pre-brief, TCL also discussed a brand new version of the TCL 8-Series, though more information about that model has yet to be released. We'll update this post when we find out more.
For all of the latest tech developments out of CES this week, stay tuned to our full CES 2022 coverage.