Thursday, 18 January, 2018

TCL's Roku Smart Soundbar is now official, promises a 'premium experience'

2018 TCL 4K HDR Roku TVs get Dolby Vision Roku Assistant contrast zones TCL 6-series Roku TV promises great picture for a low price
June Sullivan | 11 January, 2018, 08:14

It keeps everything that made the P series great, namely full-array local dimming, compatibility with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats, and Roku's excellent Smart TV system.

At CES 2018, TCL announced it is expanding into the world of home audio with its first line of soundbars - the Alto Family. The new 6 series televisions will pack in all the same features of the earlier P series, such as support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10, but they are also feature better design, and are available in more size options.

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We learned a few things about the new Voice Assistant during the TCL press conference: TCL said that by fall 2018 the Roku Assistant will be rolling out to select Roku TV models. "TCL has confirmed that the 85" Premium QLED Private Theatre X6 TV, QUHD Android TV C6 series and QUHD Android TV P9 series are all coming to Australia, as a starter.

Other features that span the series include 802.11ac WiFi, Ethernet, a trio of HDMI 2.0a ports, wide color with NBP Photon tech, and what TCL describes as an "advanced remote". It comes with the support of 4K HDR picture performance and Dolby Vision. Also HDR Pro Gamma is there in its televisions. "These TVs likewise feature the iPQ Engine, but also bring with them 240 Natural Motion Technology, assuming you get the 55" or 65" models. It comes in sizes from 43- to 65-inches and also ships in spring for as-yet-undisclosed prices. In addition, if users pair the sound bar with a TCL Roku TV, voice control can then be extended to the display.

We recently learned that streaming company Roku is looking to branch out from TVs, and transition to smart assistants and systems.

TCL ended 2017 as the #3 smart TV brand in the USA with all of its smart TVs powered by the Roku OS.

The vanguard of this new line, the TCL Roku Smart Soundbar is a collaboration with the Streaming giant, Roku.

The TCL Roku Soundbar will be the first of the firm's Alto lineup of audio products. Roku Entertainment Assistant, a voice assistant for entertainment, will let customers launch podcasts, movies and TV shows from their favourite services with a simple voice command. TCL ended 2017 as the #3 smart TV brand in the USA, with all of its smart TVs powered by the Roku OS.

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