TCL Shares S Class & Q Class TV Pricing, Availability

TCL has announced the pricing and availability specifics for its 2023 lineup of 4K HDR, QLED, and mini-LED TVs, initially showcased at CES earlier this year, as well as the S2 and S3 entry-level HDTVs.

The company's diverse range includes six series spread across two distinct classes—the S Class and Q Class—with models varying in size from compact 32-inch screens to expansive 98-inch displays at prices ranging from $170 all the way up to $10,000.

S Class

TCL's new S Class models offer a wide range of capabilities. The entry-level S2 smart TV ($170) presents a straightforward 720p display at 32 inches, devoid of any fancy features. However, it's worth noting that this model still boasts the "FullView all-metal bezel" design characteristic of all other models.

S3 Class
As an upgrade, the S3 smart TV provides a 1080p, HDR (HDR10, HLG) display and is available in three sizes: 32, 40, and 43 inches. Although it remains a basic TV, it includes a voice remote, a headphone jack, Bluetooth capabilities, and the aforementioned all-metal bezel. With its compact size, TCL suggest the S3 class could be used as a PC monitor.

The Game Mode feature needs manual activation on these TVs. Despite this, the availability of this feature augments the value of these models.

S4 Class
The S4 (S450G) is TCL’s entry-level 4K smart TV series and it’s “bread-and-butter” offering. It covers screen sizes ranging from 43 inches all the way up to 85 inches.

The S4 line has "HDR Pro," which offers high-quality HDR visuals through support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. Motion Rate 240 with MEMC Frame Insertion promises to adeptly handle motion while ALLM activates Game Mode automatically.

For an immersive audio experience, these TVs are equipped with Dolby Atmos passthrough and DTS Virtual: X. Additionally, all S4 models are eARC-compatible.

TCL S4 Class TVs are available now in sizes ranging from 43” up to 85” models starting at $280.

Q Class

The Q Class represents TCL's premium 4K TVs. Using QLED technology, these models leverage quantum dots to broaden their color range. The Q6 (Q650G) serves as a more affordable option, succeeding the current 5-Series. In contrast, the Q7 (Q750G) offers a full array of features and supplants the 6-Series. At the pinnacle of TCL's range, the QM8 (QM850G) delivers flagship-level performance.

All of the Q Class TVs have eARC HDMI, advanced MEMC motion processing, and a voice remote.

Q6 Class
The Q6 Class—positioned by TCL as a modestly priced upgrade from the S4—delivers significant performance improvements. It offers screen sizes from 55 to 85 inches with 60 Hz native refresh rate panels.

The Q6 includes extensive HDR support with TCL's HDR PRO+, which includes Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. Additionally, it has VRR (variable refresh rate) for smooth gaming.

Q6 Key Features

  • High brightness LED backlight (no local dimming)
  • Motion Rate 240 with MEMC Frame Insertion
  • Game Accelerator 120 feature for low lag 120 VRR gaming
  • Auto Game Mode (ALLM) with AMD FreeSync automatically enables game mode
  • HDR PRO+ supports advanced HDR formats (Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, & HLG)
  • DTS Virtual:X for advanced audio post-processing with virtualized 3D sound from TV speakers
  • Adjustable width feet
  • Bluetooth
Q6 Class pricing is as follows:
  • 55" (55Q650G): $500
  • 65" (65Q650G): $700
  • 75" (75Q650G): $900
  • 85" (85Q650G): $1,600
Q7 Class
The Q7 Class is TCL's “true premium TV” TV offering for 2023. It features a 120 Hz native panel refresh rate, which can reach up to 144 Hz during VRR gaming. TCL's HDR Ultra technology complements this with Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG support.

TCL also highlights the inclusion of over 200 local dimming zones for improved contrast and a peak brightness exceeding 1000 nits, enhancing HDR's impact.

Q7 Key Features

  • Native 120Hz panel refresh rate for action-packed movies, fast-paced video games, and live sports
  • Motion Rate 480 with MEMC Frame Insertion for motion clarity
  • Game Accelerator 240 feature enabling gaming at up to 240 VRR
  • Auto Game Mode (ALLM) with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • AIPQ Engine Gen3 with Deep Learning AI optimizes color, contrast, and clarity
  • IMAX Enhanced certification, denoting high standards
  • HDR ULTRA (Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, & HLG)
  • Hands-free voice control and backlit voice remote
  • Adjustable reversible feet
  • Bluetooth
  • Four high-speed HDMI inputs
Q7 and QM8 Class TVs have a far field voice mic array that can can pick up voice commands without needing the remote.

Q7 Class pricing is as follows:

  • 55" (55Q750G): $750
  • 65" (65Q750G): $1,000
  • 75" (75Q750G): $1,400
  • 85" (85Q750G): $2,200

QM8 Class
The QM8 Class pushes the boundaries of price-performance ratio for TCL. This series features a mini-LED backlight, a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, and (depending on model) more than 2,300 FALD zones. It also offers the largest screen size in the range, including a 98-inch model, along with 65, 75, and 85-inch options. The QM8 class holds an IMAX Enhanced certification, complementing the Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG support.

QM8 Key Features

  • mini-LED Ultra with up to 2,300 local dimming zones and precise zone control
  • Powered by the TCL's AIPQ Engine Gen3 processor
  • QLED and mini-LED technologies combined
  • High Brightness Ultra LED Backlight, with up to 2,000 nits peak brightness
  • Built-in subwoofer for enhanced audio quality
  • Wi-Fi 6 for improved connectivity
  • Height-adjustable pedestal stand for greater versatility when choosing TV furniture
QM8 Class pricing is as follows:
  • 65" (65QM850G): $1,700
  • 75" (75QM850G): $2,300
  • 85" (85QM850G): $2,800
  • 98" (98QM850G): Due out later this year at $10,000
Having personally witnessed a QM8 demo, I can attest that this series offers compelling performance that goes toe-to-toe with competitor's flagship offerings. The 98-inch model, in particular, presents a compelling alternative to UST projectors—and what I mean by that is it makes UST projectors look like a joke in comparison—for $10,000 MSRP.