In August TCL finally gave us details on its new 2019 TVs, including an upgrade to the superb 2018 TCL 6-Series that adds QLED color. Now that TV goes on sale, starting at $600 for the 55-inch size and $800 for the 65-incher. That price for the 65-inch size is $200 cheaper than TCL originally announced. I haven’t had the chance to review the 2019 TCL 6-Series yet — stay tuned for that — but judging from its pedigree and its aggressive price, it’s already a contender to be one of the best TVs of 2019. Its price matches that of the excellent Vizio M8 series, a direct competitor, which might explain why TCL dropped the price so much already. I’ll wait for the full review to compare them directly, but one thing’s for sure: the TCL’s built-in Roku TV system beats Vizio’s (and everyone else’s) hands-down. Thanks in part to Roku and aggressive pricing, TCL has become one of the most popular TV brands in the US. It grew by more than 60 percent in 2017 and 2018 according to market research firm NPD, trailing only Samsung and Vizio in units sold. During that time, however, its growth has mostly come from entry-level models like the 3 series and 4 series — among my top choices for budget buyers — but not in midrange and high-end sets. Now playing: Watch this: TCL 8 series, 6 series boost Roku TV’s picture quality… 2:34 In addition to the new 6-Series, TCL’s August announcement also included details on the more-expensive 8-Series,… [Read full story]
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