Watch out OLED, TCL's Mini LED 8-Series TVs are now available

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Over the last few years TCL has really built a reputation here in the US, first with its low-cost screens that dominated Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, and then with its award-winning 6-Series mid-range screen. For years, however, TCL didn’t have a high-end screen to compete with LG, Samsung and Sony… until now. 

That said, the range-topping TCL 8-Series is now available to order at Best Buy in two screen sizes – the 65-inch 65Q825 and new 75-inch 75Q825 – both of which use TCL’s Mini LED technology to close the gap between LED-LCD and OLED

As its name implies, Mini LED panels pack in more LEDs into each inch of the 8-Series screens than traditional TVs and, according to TCL there are more than 25,000 in the 75-inch version that should ensure even light distribution, uniform color reproduction and wider viewing angles. 

The only problem is that with better performance, comes higher prices as well: The 65-inch 65Q825 costs $2,000 while the 75-inch 75Q825 goes for a cool $3,000.

Tiny LEDs but big price tag

For a company that built its reputation on low-cost screens, the higher-end 8-Series is a real departure for the company - the 65-inch model is twice as expensive as a similar sized 6-Series, and the 75-inch model is three times the cost.

The point TCL would drive home here is that these are some of the first TVs to use the Mini LED technology that got a lot of air time during CES this year, and cost substantially less than the microLED TVs that Samsung unveiled around the same time. 

Where it stands in contrast to Samsung’s new Micro LED TVs like the 292-inch screen it calls The Wall are unclear but, from the information given to us by the two companies, TCL’s Mini LED seems to offer similar benefits.

Already sold on Mini LED? Both the TCL 65-inch 65Q825 and TCL 75-inch 75Q825 are available on Best Buy now.

Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.