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    The Rise of Mini-LED: TCL Introduces Revolutionary Quantum Dot TV

    ByThemba Hadebe

    Nov 17, 2023
    The Rise of Mini-LED: TCL Introduces Revolutionary Quantum Dot TV

    In the competitive world of TV manufacturing, companies are constantly striving to outdo each other. While Samsung, LG, and Sony focus on improving OLED technology, TCL has taken a bold step forward with its latest flagship TV, the X955. Unveiled at IFA 2023, this Mini-LED TV promises an astonishing 5,000 nits of brightness and over 5,000 local dimming zones.

    The standout feature of TCL’s X955 is its remarkable increase in brightness, viewing angles, and light control precision when compared to the company’s previous flagship model. With 27.5% more brightness, 33% wider viewing angles, and a 210% improvement in light control, TCL has set a new standard in the industry.

    However, there are still two crucial details missing from TCL’s announcement – the price and release date. As the X955 was revealed alongside its siblings, the C955 and C805, it is anticipated that the X955 will be exclusive to the European market. On the other hand, Chinese cinephiles already have the option to order TCL’s 115-inch QD-Mini LED TV, introduced last month, for a significant price of 79,999 yuan (approximately $11,000). In comparison, the European release of the 98-inch X955 is seemingly a step down.

    Now, let’s explore what sets the QD-Mini LED technology apart from OLED. Despite the confusing terminology, QD-Mini LED TVs are essentially regular Mini-LED TVs with a quantum dot filter. Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs and LG’s QNED TVs offer a similar setup. However, what truly impresses enthusiasts at the IFA is that TCL has accomplished a commercially available 5,000-nit TV with over 5,000 contrast control zones. This achievement is akin to Sony’s 2019 prototype TV with its groundbreaking 10,000-nit display, which took a decade to produce on a large scale. TCL’s rapid progress with a 5,000-nit model raises the bar for the entire industry.

    Although OLED technology may never reach the same level of brightness, TCL’s new QD-Mini LED TV maintains its edge with superior black levels. While over 5,000 contrast control zones significantly reduce blooming, OLED’s pixel-perfect light control remains unmatched. The rivalry between OLED and Mini-LED TVs is set to continue as manufacturers push the boundaries of brightness, color saturation, and most importantly, price point.

    If you’re looking for a more affordable TCL TV without compromising on brightness, consider the recently released QM8. This 65-inch 4K Mini-LED HDR TV offers excellent value at around $1,200.


    Q: What is the difference between OLED and QD-Mini LED?
    A: OLED TVs provide better black levels, while TCL’s QD-Mini LED TVs excel in brightness and contrast control.

    Q: How bright is TCL’s X955 TV?
    A: The X955 offers an impressive 5,000 nits of brightness, making it one of the brightest commercially available TVs.

    Q: What makes TCL’s QD-Mini LED TV unique?
    A: TCL’s QD-Mini LED TV stands out with its 5,000+ contrast control zones, setting a new standard in the industry.

    Q: Will OLED or Mini-LED TVs become obsolete?
    A: Both OLED and Mini-LED technologies are expected to coexist, with manufacturers continually striving to improve aspects such as brightness, color saturation, and price point.