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TCL X925 PRO and X925: these QLED 8K TVs with MiniLED backlighting and HDMI 2.1 arrive to give a lot of war in the high range

TCL was the first manufacturer to go for the MiniLED backlight. In fact, it did so before Samsung, Philips and LG decided to integrate this technology into their LCD panel televisions. We had the opportunity to analyze the X10 model, your first MiniLED proposal, in January 2020, and it left us with a great taste in our mouths in a context where we were able to face directly against two intimidating competitors: LG’s OLED C9 and Samsung’s Q90R.

During the year and a half that has passed since we tested the X10 this brand has refined its technology, and, precisely, the models X925 PRO y X925 that you have just presented incorporate very interesting innovations. Both televisions integrate a 10-bit QLED MEMC LCD panel with 8K resolution, 120 Hz and MiniLED backlight, which clearly reflects that they are two high-end devices. And, as we will see next, on paper they have a very careful sound. However, we are only scratching the surface. This is how the latest from TCL spends them.

TCL X925 PRO and X925: technical specifications

X925 Pro

X925

panel

10-bit QLED 8K MEMC LCD, with OD Zero technology, 120 Hz and 16: 9 aspect ratio

10-bit, 120 Hz, 16: 9 aspect ratio 8K MEMC QLED LCD

resolution

7680 x 4320 dots

7680 x 4320 dots

sizes available

85 inches

65 and 75 inches

backlight

MiniLED

MiniLED

hdr

Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 y HLG

Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 y HLG

Operating system

Google TV

Google TV

connectivity

HDMI 2.1 con ALLM, VRR y eARC

HDMI 2.1 con ALLM, VRR y eARC

wireless connectivity

WiFi 6

WiFi 6

sound

Designed in collaboration with Onkyo

Dolby Atmos processing

5.1.2 channels

160 watts total power

Acoustic design that takes advantage of wall reflections

Designed in collaboration with Onkyo

Dolby Atmos processing

2.1 channels

60 watts total power

additional characteristics

Integrated camera for video calls. Google Duo

Integrated camera for video calls. Google Duo

QLED, MiniLED, 8K and HDMI 2.1: these are the tricks of TCL’s bet on the high-end

As the name suggests, the X925 PRO and X925 have a lot in common. As mentioned above, both feature a QLED 8K LCD panel with MiniLED backlight, a native 120Hz refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 connectivity. In addition, they can process all HDR formats most popular currently (Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG), which in this field places them in the same league that Panasonic, Philips and Hisense fight in.

One of the differences in which the X925 PRO model has an advantage over the X925 is that the former incorporates OD Zero technology (Zero Optical Distance) developed by TCL. Thanks to it, this manufacturer has managed to reduce the thickness of its televisions to between 1.5 and 2 cm, and has achieved this by eliminating the lens that was responsible for dispersing the light emitted by the LED diodes, which are now so many and so close together. They can remain completely glued to the LCD panel, and still ensure even light distribution. We’ll see how this innovation performs if the opportunity presents itself to thoroughly test the new X925 PRO.

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Tclx925pro

One consequence of the incorporation of OD Zero technology in the X925 PRO is that the latter is more stylish than the X925. In addition, TCL delivers it together with a quite beautiful aluminum and methacrylate cabinet in which a sound bar is integrated that, as we will see below, has been designed by this Chinese company in collaboration with Onkyo. The X925 model incorporates a traditional center base, so we can expect it to be significantly cheaper than its older brother.

Both models implement the full HDMI 2.1 standard, which is why they propose ALLM, VRR and eARC technologies, in addition to being capable of collecting 4K signals at 120 Hz

TCL has confirmed that both models implement the full HDMI 2.1 standard, which is why they propose ALLM, VRR and eARC technologies, in addition to being able to collect 4K signals at 120 Hz. What we don’t know yet is how many HDMI ports implement the 2.1 standard. Fingers crossed that it’s all four and not just one or two, as most manufacturers do.

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Tclx925

Another interesting feature that both televisions have in common is that they incorporate at the top a retractable camera designed to be used in video calls. Its operating system is Google TV, so whoever gets one of them can use Google Duo to communicate with their contacts in an intuitive way. Another cool feature: the two TVs come with WiFi 6.

The universe of loudspeakers, explained: what types are there, what technologies do they use, and what are their strengths and weaknesses

As we are seeing, these televisions look good on paper. The combination of a state-of-the-art QLED LCD panel and MiniLED backlighting should ensure high overall image quality, something we hope to see. However, like any other 8K TV, one of the critical challenges that they necessarily have to solve is scaling to this resolution 4K and Full HD content. If the opportunity to test them presents itself, we will see how they perform in this usage scenario.

A careful sound in which Onkyo has contributed its grain of sand

As I mentioned a few paragraphs above, the sound of these televisions has been executed by TCL in close collaboration with Onkyo (at least this is what the Chinese brand promises). The X925 PRO model implements 5.1.2 channels, and its generous array of loudspeakers is driven by a battery of class D amplifiers capable of delivering a combined 160 watts of power. It doesn’t look bad at all. In addition, this TV takes advantage of wall reflections to recreate compelling surround sound, always according to what TCL promises us.

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Tclsonido1

The X925’s audio is clearly less ambitious, although it doesn’t look bad. This TV implements 2.1 channels, and incorporates an amplification section capable of delivering a maximum total power of 60 watts. Of course, like its older brother, it is capable of processing Dolby Atmos content.

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Tclsonido2

TCL X925 PRO and X925: price and availability

TCL has not yet confirmed what price these TVs will be, and also when they will arrive in stores, although they will presumably disembark. for the next few weeks. As soon as we have this information we will update the content of this article to include it.