TCL C93: more than a thousand Mini-Led zones, a peak of 2000 cd/m² and a Dolby Atmos sound system
TCL’s star model in 2022 will be the C935 television available in 65 and 75-inch versions, that is, 165 and 190 cm respectively. This Ultra HD TV features the manufacturer’s most advanced Mini-Led backlight system with an advertised thickness of just 5mm. The TCL 75C935 has tens of thousands of Mini-LEDs managed in 1920 different zones. The 65-inch TCL 65C935 is content with 1080 zones. TCL has worked on the shape of the light emitted by the Mini-Leds to further reduce blooming. Already equipped with a Mini-Led system, the TCL65C825 of last year was already almost devoid of flowering. So the C935 is supposed to perform even better this year. Mini-LED management is now done in 16 bits, ie 6536 different power levels, to allow better backlighting precision. TCL advertises a maximum brightness of up to 2000 cd/m². Once again, this is much better than last year’s TCL 65C825, which was content with a peak of 932 cd/m².
The TCL C93 has four HDMI 2.1 ports that support 4K/120 Hz, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). Nothing really new, but it’s always better if all four inputs support HDMI 2.1. TCL also announces support for a native frequency of 144 Hz for this C93, as well as for the C83 and C73. 144Hz support is only of interest for PC gaming, as this frequency is not yet supported by game consoles. The HDMI 2.1 ports therefore support a 144Hz VRR signal in Ultra HD from a PC equipped with a latest generation graphics card (HDMI 2.1).
This TCL 65/75C935 television also stands out from the competition with the integration of a Dolby Atmos 2.1.2 audio system composed of two front speakers, a rear subwoofer and two speakers placed behind the panel and facing the ceiling to produce a spatial effect. necessary for the correct reproduction of Dolby Atmos effects. This system is already present in some Panasonic televisions (TX-65JZ2000) and high-end Samsung. This television is also equipped with an anti-reflection filter advertised as efficient, without further details.
For the rest, we find the Google TV system with content aggregation, two remote controls, one of which is equipped with a microphone, a microphone integrated in the television for hands-free control without having to touch the remote control, a new Game menu Master for functions related to video games, support for webcams, support for all HDR formats (HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision) and more interestingly, a central support adjustable by more or less 3 cm in height to be able to place a sound bar under the slab.
The TCL 65C935 will launch in April for around €1,900 while the 75-inch model, the TCL 75C935, will be priced around €2,800, making them competitive with the latest TVs. LG65C2 Y 77C2 sold for €2,700 and €3,800 respectively. On the other hand, as is often the case, last year’s models are always more attractive: the LG65C1 is exhibited at €1,600 while the last copies of the LG77C1 They are less than €2,600.
TCL C83: a little less Mini-Led
The TCL C83 has a more classic Mini-Led backlight system with a thickness of 15mm. TCL doesn’t communicate the exact number of zones on this model, but it shouldn’t exceed several hundred zones (compared to a thousand on the C93). The audio system is also more classic with two speakers placed under the slab and oriented towards the TV cabinet associated with a subwoofer at the rear. We should lose a bit of precision regarding the front speakers of the C935 and of course, the C85 loses the speakers dedicated to Dolby Atmos. The maximum brightness of this model should be close to that found in the C825 last year, around 1000 cd/m².
Otherwise, the TCL C83 will be identical to the C93. All four HDMI 2.1 4K120, VRR, ALLM ports are identical, 144Hz support is included, Google TV is present, as are the two remote controls, one of which has a microphone, the microphone built into the TV for hands-free control , the Game Master menu and the central foot with two height positions (±3 cm).
The C83 television is available in 55, 65 and 75-inch versions under the references 55C835, 65C835 and 75C835 at the respective prices of €1,300, €1,500 and €2,300.
TCL C73: the same without the Mini-Leds
The TCL C73 television retains the same Ultra HD 144 Hz panel, the same electronics and the same functionalities as the C83, but is content with a classic Direct-Led backlighting system made up of several LEDs behind the screen that are always on (not there is zone management as in a Full Led system). This model should replace the TCL55C728 from 2021, a model that we had tested and that is very interesting for players on a tight budget.
The TCL C73 will be available from 43 to 75 inches for a price ranging between €500 and €1,400. The TCL 55C735, for example, will retail for around €800 and should see its price drop quickly, which probably makes it good value for money/performance.
TCL C63: let’s go to 50 Hz
The TCL C63, which takes over from the TCL-C725 that we tested, it settles for a much more classic 50/60 Hz panel in addition to the Direct Led backlighting system. This is a fairly basic Ultra HD TV and its only selling point remains the built-in microphone, which is still so rare at this price level.
The TCL C63 will be available in 43, 50, 55 and 65 inches at respective prices of €500, €600, €650 and €900.