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In further news from the recent virtual CES, TCL announced that it is expanding its TV range in 2021 to include next-gen mini-LED technology, and will also be introducing a wireless sound bar.

The company is now launching a third generation of mini-LED backlight models later this year, known collectively as OD Zero mini-LED, and which include multiple contrast control zones and ultra-slim housings. After launching the 8-Series in 2019, TCL says it expanded the availability of “smooth luminance and precision contrast” when it introduced its 2nd generation of mini-LED backlight technology on the 6-Series line in 2020.

Meanwhile, all new 2021 6-Series TCL Roku TV models launched this year will feature 8K resolution, each with an “intelligent” upscaling engine, known as AiPQ. Additionally, TCL will launch its three-model XL collection, a lineup of 85-inch displays, which include QLED panels, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio. Prices for the XL collection start with the 4-Series TCL Roku TV 85-inch (85R435) launching later this quarter at $1599. The 85-inch QLED TCL Roku TV (85R745) and 85-inch mini-LED powered 8K TV will arrive later in the year.

The Alto sound bar line will be adding voice assistant capability and wireless connectivity when the specific products are combined with the company’s Roku TVs. As well as wireless capability, the new Alto R1 sound bar will accommodate one-remote operation, automatic software updates, on-screen sound settings and audio/video synchronization.

TCL promises that further non-wireless sound bar options featuring Roku TV Ready will also be available later in the year. The Alto 82i – with its dual built-in subs – will support Dolby Atmos, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay, and will launch in Q3. There will also be another two sound bar models released, one of which will be the Alto 8e in Q2 with 3.2.1 configuration, Dolby Atmos, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Airplay and Spotify, along with wireless subwoofer and up-firing speakers.

For more information, go to TCL.

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