TCL announces 50-inch 4K TV with $999 price tag
By Dave LeClair
July 26, 2013
Ultra high definition televisions are still growing slowly in the market. Generally, they are priced outside of the affordable range for most consumers, but TCL is looking to change that with the introduction of its 50-inch (127-cm) LED 4K Ultra HD TV at a US$999 price point.
In addition to the 3840 x 2160 resolution, which is about four times higher than 1080p, it also comes with SRS TruSurroundHD, so buyers on a budget should be able to get decent sound quality without needing to spend the money on a dedicated audio system.
It also features a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, which is not as high as top-of-the-line models, but should still offer a solid black to white ratio. The display has a 120Hz refresh rate, which again, is not on par with more expensive models, but it's the trade-off for the higher resolution at such a low price.
The TV also features four HDMI ports, which is pretty standard for modern HDTVs.
Lacking from the device are smart TV features, which is something that tends to come pretty standard on most modern models. However, it does come with something called Mobile High-Definition Link, which allows users to connect smart phones or tablets to the TV to display content.
The $999 LED 4K Ultra HD TV is expected to launch this September in the US. TCL did not announce when it will launch in other territories.