TCL may be more known for its TVs than its own phones, but it's had opportunities to flex its mobile muscle by gaining ODM contracts — first, Alcatel Mobile, then BlackBerry, later Palm. Well, at this point, things are seemingly at a lull for the Chinese manufacturer, but it supposedly does have plans for itself when it comes to a real TCL phone or two (or even five). Read More
As 8K TVs inch ever closer to the mainstream, 4K sets continue to plummet in price. TCL's affordable 4-Series Roku TVs might not be the flashiest option in this product segment, but they pack just as many pixels as pricier units, and Roku is one of the better built-in app suites — and right now, they're cheaper still, starting at just $199.99. Read More
TCL might not have the name recognition of TV makers like Samsung or LG, but it has been killing by coupling excellent hardware with capable Roku software. The company's well-regarded 49-inch 4K HDR TV (it's Wirecutter's budget 4k pick) has a list price of $600 and usually sells for about $400. The current deal undercuts that by $100, making this TV cheaper than its ever been. Read More
If your home needs a huge plot of space filled up with... something, why not chuck a big television in there? TCL makes a few good sets and it has a 75" 4K model it'd like to sell you on discount. Instead of paying four digits for this Roku-embedded TV, why not pay just $800 for it? Read More
TVs are getting cheap. It wasn't long ago that a 4K number would set you back thousands of dollars, but now, medium-sized sets can be had for just a few hundred, and huge ones — well, they're still often more than a thousand, but not necessarily multiple thousands. If you're aspiring to upgrade on a budget, it's a great time to take a look at TCL's 6 Series TVs, which are currently available for historic lows. Read More
While we're not usually fans of "cash back" discount schemes as stand-ins for real sales, when making a big ticket purchase, they can be huge motivators to get products off shelves. Today is definitely such an occasion, with TCL's well-reviewed and range-topping R617 55" 4K HDR TV available for effectively $450 after rewards are taken into account when you using a qualifying Amazon credit card to make your purchase.
The TV is already on sale for its lowest price on Amazon ever ($530), but Amazon is offering an additional 10% in rewards cash back (on top of the standard 5% for the Prime Visa) on this specific model, meaning once those rewards points hit your account, you'll get back nearly $80 in Amazon Rewards. Read More
The BlackBerry Key2 came out last year, giving hardware keyboard stalwarts something to get excited about. The phone is getting a bit long in the tooth, but now there's a very slightly upgraded version. That's not really the important part, though. What's important is that it's red. It looks pretty nice. Read More
Picture this: you're setting the screensaver on your Android TV to show pictures from your Google Photos account, but wait — the account selection page shows hundreds of unknown Google accounts, complete with profile pictures, all showing as linked accounts! This is exactly what happened to at least two Android TV users, on television sets from Vu and iFFalcon (a subsidiary of TCL). Read More
Last year, LG teamed up with Google to bring a Bixby-style Assistant hardware button to some of its phones. Turns out that collaboration was just the start. Today, Google is announcing that this partnership is extending to "the full portfolio" of new devices from LG and Nokia, as well as select handsets by Xiaomi, Vivo, and TCL (read: Alcatel, Palm, and BlackBerry). Read More
At a private briefing during MWC (that evidently wasn't all that private), TCL showed us some concepts of foldable screens and devices it's been working on. The devices don't have names, release dates, or even really a considered use case - they're just explorations of form factor and engineering, not reflections of upcoming product designs. They're neat to look at, but that's really all you can say about them at this point. Well, almost.
The one part of them that does have a name is TCL's "Dragon Hinge," which uses a complex system of gears to facilitate the folding motion of these concept devices. Read More