CES 2019: TCL’s 5 Absolutely Awesome Highlights
CES 2019 is underway in Las Vegas and we’re already seeing some pretty interesting highlights from top brands like TCL. We are huge fans of TCL and have reviewed one of their Smart TVs here. We have also written a nice 2 step tutorial on how to uninstall system apps from your TCL Smart TV as well. We were so excited by the TCL keynote at CES 2019. Here’s a recap of the top 5 highlights from TCL’s showcase at CES 2019.
TCL CEO Kevin Wang opened the keynote by mentioning some facts about TCL’s year on year growth. It is interesting to know that TCL is heavily invested in supporting a lot of sporting activities in North America. They have also partnered with top sporting professionals like Neymar Jr in the recent past. It sure would be great to see TCL sponsor sporting activities across Africa as well.
Top 5 TCL Highlights at CES 2019
The Flagship TCL X10 8K QLED TV
The TCL keynote at CES 2019 mostly focused on TCL’s upcoming products and innovations. From a range of headphones to soundbars and home appliances, TCL has an impressive lineup at CES 2019. But their biggest reveals yet this year are their 2 flagship TVs; the 8 Series and X10 8K TV. The TV uses the Quantum Dot technology (QLED) to deliver an unrivaled picture quality according to TCL’s official statement.
The TV spots a 75 inch display and is AI-powered. TCL claims that the display’s quality is enhanced by what they term as Ultra-contrast control zones. This, they claim, delivers a more precise backlight control, creating ultra vivid pictures.
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The TV also supports Dolby Vision HDR and an integrated Onkyo soundbar with Dolby Atmos support. The TCL X10 8K TV is expected to be available in the market in the second half of 2018. There is no word on whether it will be available in African markets.
TCL Soundbars: The Alto Series
Soundbars are quickly becoming a favorite for many home entertainment enthusiasts and TCL seems to be aware of this. Soundbars are generally more compact than traditional home entertainment setups like Home Theatre and HiFi systems. TCL is fully aware of this. Although this is actually their second attempt at launching soundbars, they might just have gotten it right this time
This year, TCL chose to showcase their upcoming series of Roku connected soundbars we now call the Alto series. Basically, the standard version of each comes with a 2.0 configuration. The 2.1 configurations bear the extra ‘Plus’ name and a sub-woofer unit is included.
The build quality looks impressive yet simple. There aren’t any wood finished variations at least for now. The only color option is charcoal black. We think this is a plus considering the fact that they are both affordable and functional. The prices start at $79.99 for the Alto 5 and $99.99 for the Alto 7.
TCL Headphones: SOCL, MTRO, ACTV, and ELIT
This was one of the most exciting reveals, for me at least. It is always nice to see reputable brands venture into this section of the audio market. The range of headphones included some bright looking earbuds as well as the traditional headband style headphones.
Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL, said, “As America’s fastest-growing TV brand, we have successfully delivered a premium entertainment experience to homes across the nation and we want to build on that momentum by interacting with consumers in more aspects of their daily life, beyond their living rooms.” He further added, “Our vision is to be a world leading consumer electronics company that makes people’s lives better through smart products, no matter where they are. TCL’s long running capabilities in audio combined with our vertical integration will enable us to bring similarly rich experiences with our headphones as we have with our televisions.”
TCL SOCL Headphones
TCL states that “SOCL is designed for consumers who want to have a fun, different and unique style.” They sport a transparent housing which we hope is durable and offer a supposedly comfort fitting noise isolating earbuds.
TCL MTRO Headphones
The claim is that the TCL MTRO headphones are suited for the urban user. This range offers both wired and wireless configurations as well as both earbuds and headband styled options.
TCL ACTV Headphones
This is TCL’s offer for sports users. The ‘secure-fit’ wearing system is meant to ensure that you don’t have to keep on popping the buds back in when you’re out on that jog, or whatever sporting activity you are into. The headphones are IPX4 rated, made of sweat-proof materials and built to last for extensive use. Both wired and wireless options are available.
TCL ELIT Headphones
This line of headphones comes with a wired-only option. As the name alludes, this will be the top-of-the-line offering from TCL. It presents a sophisticated, great looking design and ergonomic feel and is sure meant to give out the premium feel.
I’m quite particular when it comes to the headphone brands I trust. Right now, the JBL T110s’ I have owned for close to 2 years still hold the top spot. It would be fun to give one of these headphones a try. You can read more about these headphones and their availability here.
TCL Mobile Devices: The BlackBerry Key2 and Key2 LE, New Mobile Displays
TCL owns the BlackBerry brand of mobile devices as well as some cheap Alcatel devices. TCL revealed the BlackBerry Key2 and Key2 LE devices at CES 2019. Although carrier availability in the US and other North American markets is clear, global availability is yet to be announced.
One of the major highlights in TCL’s mobility division would be their mobile displays. Foldable screens seem to be the craze at CES 2019 and TCL surely didn’t plan to be left out. Their showcase included edge-to-edge displays and dot displays. TCL was keen to disclose that they intend to produce the screens themselves. Hinting that the displays could quite possibly be integrated into TV sets in the near future, it will be interesting to see how this would be applied. No other display manufacturer has dared to venture out of the mobile device segment, yet.
It is important to note that apart from the above, TCL also mentioned their intention to expand their home appliances division. They now include a range of humidifiers and portable air conditioners. You can check more of their products here. Click here for a list of TCL Appliances and devices available in Kenya.