How to future-proof your next TV purchase

TLC X925

When you’re buying a new television it’s always smart to think ahead and look to your future needs, to ensure you get the maximum entertainment value not just now, but for years to come.

Thankfully, you don’t need to wait for premium smart TV features to appear at affordable prices. Available in 75 and 65 inch screen sizes, the TCL X925 Mini LED 8K Google TV offers the very best picture technologies and smart TV features to help ensure it enjoys pride of place in your lounge room for a long time.

Top future-ready features

  • Mini LED backlighting
  • 8K resolution and upscaling
  • Multiple High Dynamic Range format support
  • HDMI 2.1 with eARC connectivity
  • Advanced gaming support (VRR, ALLM)
  • Powerful smart TV platform

Mini LED technology

The latest in television backlighting technology, Mini LED delivers a bright picture with vivid colours and amazing contrast which reveals the finest details. This helps ensure the television looks fantastic both in a brightly lit room during the day and when you kill the lights for movie night.

Television screens are made up of millions of pixels, with a backlight of bright LEDs shining through them so you can see the picture. With Mini LED, the LEDs are a fraction of the size of regular LEDs and the backlight is divided into tiny segments, each of which can be controlled individually to dramatically improve the picture quality. It’s known as ‘local dimming’ or ‘Full Array’ backlighting.

If there’s a bright full moon against an inky black sky, a standard LED backlight needs to strike a compromise which can leave everything looking a bit grey and washed-out.

Alternatively, Mini LED can just boost the backlight behind the moon – to ensure it shines brightly without washing out the deep black of the night sky. The result is a more lifelike picture. The backlight doesn’t bleed through in dark areas, to create an unwanted halo around the moon or blotchiness in the night sky.

Dynamic High Dynamic Range (HDR)

High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV screens take advantage of this great contrast to reveal even more detail in the very brightest highlights and deepest shadows. Used on streaming services, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and blockbuster games, HDR really brings the picture to life. 

The TCL X925 doesn’t just support standard HDR, it also supports the more advanced formats, such as HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. Standard HDR fixes the television’s dynamic range for the entire movie, setting the difference between the brightest white and the darkest black. Meanwhile, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision offer dynamic HDR, which includes extra metadata that allows the television to adjust the dynamic range for each scene.

With dynamic HDR, the result is even more fine detail in the picture.

Building on this, the TCL X925 also supports Dolby Vision IQ. It’s an evolution of Dolby Vision which adjusts the brightness, colours and contrast of the television screen in real time, to best suit the lighting conditions in the room. This allows the picture to always looks its best, any time day or night.

8K with upscaling

Investing in an 8K television ensures that you’re ready for tomorrow’s content, so you’ll enjoy the very best in picture quality now and for years to come.

Meanwhile, 8K upscaling enhances today’s content to make the most of an 8K screen and ensure the picture looks its very best. The TCL X925 employs advanced real-time image processing to optimise the picture when upscaling, so that everything from live television broadcasts and DVD through to Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K streaming looks amazing.

HDMI 2.1

The latest HDMI2.1 video ports ensure that your television can handle the very best picture quality from the next generation of 4K media players, game consoles and set-top boxes. It’s also backwards compatible with older HDMI devices, so you’re completely covered.

Think of HDMI 2.1 like a fatter pipe connecting your television to your other devices, so it can pump through a better picture. It can transmit a whopping 48 gigabits per second (Gbps), up from HDMI 2.0’s 18 Gbps. This brings the ability to support higher resolutions, up to 10K, so you’re ready for tomorrow’s premium content.

It’s not just about resolution, all that extra bandwidth also supports ‘wide colour gamut’ to produce more accurate colour with a wider range of the finest hues. HDMI 2.1 supports the BT.2020 colour range standard and 16-bit colour, allowing you to enjoy the best experience from 4K HDR games and movies on the X925.  

Game Mode VRR

Along with improved resolution and colours, the increased bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 also supports higher refresh rates. The refresh rate is the number of times the picture on the screen updates each second.

The TCL X925 enables up to 120 Hertz refresh rates, which helps smooth out fast-moving action for sport, movies and gaming. Even better, the television also supports Game Mode Variable Refresh Rate (VVR) and AMD FreeSync (coming soon), which can adjust the refresh rate on the fly to optimise the picture.

There’s also Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) to reduce input lag – the delay between when you push a button and when you see the reaction on the screen. This helps ensure that games remain super responsive.

The main gaming devices devices that can take advantage of HDMI 2.1 right now are the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as well as some high-end computer graphics cards. A HDMI 2.1-capable television ensures that, as it becomes more common, your lounge room won’t be left behind.

Big Audio

HDMI cables carry both audio and video, with the TCL X925 supporting eARC via HDMI. This takes the hassle out of hooking up your home entertainment system, making it easy to connect audio devices like soundbars and home theatre receivers.

eARC also supports higher-quality audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Beyond normal surround sound, it also handles object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, for creating truly immersive multi-dimensional soundscapes.

And when you’re using the television’s built-in speakers, the TCL X925 packs a built-in subwoofer to beef up the explosions.

200 Clear Motion Rate

TCL’s Clear Motion Rate technology reduces motion blur for silky-smooth viewing of fast-moving action. It also tackles jitter and pixelation so the picture looks more natural.

Whether you’re watching live sport or a blockbuster action movie, Clear Motion Rate is designed to ensure the picture stays crisp and objects remain pinpoint sharp as they race across the screen.

 IMAX Enhanced

Thanks to its amazing sound and image credentials, the TCL X925 earns ‘IMAX Enhanced’ certification. This means it offers an outstanding home cinema experience – meeting the very highest standards in calibration, resolution, colour, brightness, contrast, frame rates and sound performance.

Google TV

Google TV helps bring televisions to life, building in all the latest smarts and bringing all your favourite streaming services into your lounge room.

With a slick, easy to use interface, Google TV puts everything you need at your fingertips. You’ve got access to a wide range of the latest apps and services, with cross-platform search and recommendations on the home screen so it’s always easy to find something great to watch. 

Google Assistant

Google’s talkative smart assistant built-in into Google TV, so there’s no need to spend money on a separate smart speaker in your lounge room. 

Thanks to the built-in Google Assistant, you’ve got hands-free voice control over your television. It’s great when you’ve got your hands full, or the remote is simply out of reach. Along with speaking to the television directly, you can also control it by speaking to any Google or Amazon smart speaker around your home.

TCL’s Hands Free Voice Control 2.0 takes voice commands to the next level, letting you pause, play, stop or rewind as well as change the channel or adjust the volume. You can also use your voice to easily search for content across all your different streaming services. 

Access to the full Google Assistant means you can ask anything of the television that you’d ask of a smart speaker. It can answer your queries, showing the results on the screen, and even let you control the other smart devices around your home.

Google Chromecast and Google Duo

You can also use Google’s Chromecast streaming to send video straight to the television from your other devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Connect up a webcam and you can make Google Duo video calls from the comfort of the couch. With up to 32 people on a call, it’s easy to catch up face-to-face with family and friends. For a limited time, TCL includes a webcam in the box when you purchase the TCL X925.

The final word

When you’re investing in a great television, it pays to think about the future. The TCL X925 Mini LED 8K Google TV offers a wealth of premium features, including Mini LED, 8K resolution, Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.1 and eARC. This all ensures you’ll enjoy the very best in sound and picture quality from today and tomorrow’s premium content. Meanwhile, Google TV and Google Assistant put all the latest Smart TV features at your command, so you can sit back and relax.

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