TCL reveals its new S5 and Q6 4K Fire TVs for 2024 — The first with Fire OS 8 and a New Remote

TCL is rolling out its 2024 lineup of 4K Fire TV Smart TVs, mirroring last year’s offerings with the release of the new S-Class TVs—TCL’s economical 4K options—and the Q-Class TVs, their more impressive QLED 4K models. While there’s, unfortunately, no indication that we’ll see a Fire TV variant of TCL’s top-end QD-Class TVs, which are distinguished by mini LED backlights, the latest TCL Fire TVs stand out as the first smart TVs to run Fire OS 8 and the first to ditch Amazon’s remote for TCL’s new remote made for Fire TV.

The new S5 line of TCL Fire TVs is similar to last year’s S4 models with the key difference being the addition of HDR10+ support to round out the other supported high-dynamic range formats, which include Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. These budget-friendly 4K TVs are available in 43, 50, 55, 65, and 75-inch sizes. Currently, Amazon is only listing the 75-inch model with a release date of June 16, but the other sizes should appear soon.

Unlike the S5 TVs, which use standard LCD panels, the new higher-end TCL Q6 Fire TVs use QLED panels with Quantum Dot Technology for better color reproduction. As you’d expect, these also offer the full suite of high dynamic range formats, including Dolby Vision and HDR10+. These TVs will come in 55, 65, and 75-inch sizes, with Amazon already shipping the 55-inch model and preparing to release the 75-inch model on June 23rd.

While TCL included Amazon’s own Alexa Voice Remote Enhanced with all of its 2023 Fire TVs, like most TV manufacturers tend to do, the 2024 models have switched to a new Fire TV-centric version of TCL’s own remote. This never-before-released remote manages to include all the same buttons found on Amazon’s remote, with the addition of a much-needed input button. TCL’s remote also has six app shortcut buttons along the bottom, while Amazon’s remotes include four.

Amazon lists all of these TVs as having a new quad-code MediaTek MT9026 CPU clocked at 1.53 GHz and a Mali-G52 2EE GPU clocked at 550 MHz. That’s a departure from the Amlogic SoCs found in all of last year’s TCL Fire TVs. The other significant change is the use of Fire OS 8, which makes these the first Fire TV Smart TVs to use the newer Android 11-based operating system that debuted on the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max last year.

These new TCL Fire TVs kick off the company’s 2024 lineup but you can probably expect more models to come. Amazon indicates new Q5 models are also on the horizon, which will likely be exclusive to Costco, as the 2023 models were. There may also be new non-4K models, which TCL designated as S3 models last year.

Update

The 75-inch Q6 has just popped up at Costco. This appears to be slightly different from the one sold by Amazon, as Amazon’s is model 75Q651F and Costo’s is model 75Q691F.

One comment
  1. Ron Webber says:

    Has TCL improved the sensitivity of its tuners from last year?

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