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5 Best 4K Smart TVs In 2019

Watching media on a smartphone or tablet can be an excellent experience, but when you’re at home, maybe you want to throw that media up on the big screen. 4K Smart TVs are perfect for just that these days, offering a certain clarity, detail and quality we haven’t seen before. Not only that, but just a few years ago, 4K technology was insanely expensive. Now, 4K options are getting more and more affordable.

Best 4K Smart TVs LinkPrice on
SamsungSamsung UN50MU6300 50-inch TV549
SonySony KD43X720E 43-inch 4K TV498
VIZIOVizio D50U-D1 50-inch 4K TV479.99
TCLTCL 49S405 49-inch 4K Smart TV319.99
SamsungSamsung Curved UN49MU7600 49-inch TVCheck Price

If you follow along below, we’ll show you some of the best and most affordable options on the market right now.

TCL 49S405 49-inch 4K Smart TV

If you’re looking for an affordable 4K Smart TV solution, this offering from TCL is a great choice for any budget. It has the Roku streaming software built-in, giving you access to over 4,000 different streaming channels. On top of that, you get things like High Dynamic Range (HDR) as well as a tablet/smartphone app.

It’s got a 120Hz refresh rate, meaning that you’ll get a clear picture in action-intensive movies and TV. Dual-band Wi-Fi will ensure you have a constant wireless connection to your router so that you don’t miss a thing.

This is easily one of the cheaper alternatives out there, coming in at just $360.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung UN50MU6300 50-inch TV

If you’d rather purchase something for a wider and more reputable brand, Samsung offers the UN50MU6300 as a 4K Smart TV at an affordable price as well. Samsung has always done an excellent job putting vibrant and pure colors in its display panels, and you get that seem realistic experience here.

You get a 120Hz refresh rate so that you don’t get any blur or flicker in fast-paced action scenes in movies or TV. Similar to the TCL option, you get dual-band Wi-Fi for a quality and consistent wireless connection.

You can’t go wrong with this particular Smart TV from Samsung. It’ll set you back $550, but improve your entertainment setup tenfold.

Buy it now: Amazon

Sony KD43X720E 43-inch 4K TV

Sony is well known for its abilities to create a quality picture, whether that be in camera technology or in media avenues, like smartphones and TV. It’s created something great with the KD43X720E. It’s a smaller 43-inch 4K TV, but the picture quality is crystal clear.

It has smart functionality, giving you access to a wide range of popular apps, such as Netflix and YouTube. Not only that, but there are quick access buttons for Netflix and YouTube on the included remote, allowing you to access your favorite streaming services in seconds. Sony’s goal is to offer the most lifelike picture by pairing clarity, contrast, color and HDR technologies together.

You can pick up this Smart TV for just $550 on Amazon.

Buy it now: Amazon

Vizio D50U-D1 50-inch 4K TV

Vizio is another brand that offers great Smart 4K TVs. The D50U-D1 is no different. With a 120Hz refresh rate, Smart TV software, HDR and dual-band Wi-Fi, Vizio puts together an excellent package in a big, 50-inch TV.

It’s an extremely realistic TV as well, with many online buyers complimenting the TV on its sheer clarity and lifelike picture qualities. You can pick this TV up on Amazon for $530.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Curved UN49MU7600 49-inch TV

Last up on our list is a unique TV. Instead of the standard traditional 4K TV display, Samsung takes things a step further with the UN49MU7600. You get a curved 49-inch display here for a much more immersive feel. Beyond that, you get a whole lot of extra software technology to produce a more vibrant and lifelike picture.

4K Color Drive Pro gives you a much wider range of realistic colors. You also get 4K HDR Pro, which enhances upon that by improving contrast and the vibrancy of those colors. It also has something called One Remote, which automatically detects and controls your connected devices, such as a Blu-Ray player, a set-top box like an Apple TV, etc.

You can’t go wrong with this TV from Samsung. At almost $700, it’s well worth the purchase.

Buy it now: Amazon


There are a lot of excellent TVs on this list, but which one should you pick up? Ultimately, it depends on the price range you’re looking to stick between. If you need something on the cheaper scale, the offering from TCL will do just fine. If you want to go extravagant and revolutionize your entertainment setup, the Samsung Curved 49-inch UN49MU7600 TV is an excellent option. Everything else on this list are still great options, but are for those that don’t have the budget of $700, but want to spend more than $350.

Best 4K Smart TVs LinkPrice on
SamsungSamsung UN50MU6300 50-inch TV549
SonySony KD43X720E 43-inch 4K TV498
VIZIOVizio D50U-D1 50-inch 4K TV479.99
TCLTCL 49S405 49-inch 4K Smart TV319.99
SamsungSamsung Curved UN49MU7600 49-inch TVCheck Price

Alcatel Announces Idol X+ With BOOMBand Smart Bracelet

Chinese company TCL which own the Alcatel phone brand has announced a successor to its impressive Idol X device. The Idol X+ comes with updated specifications that boast among many things a 2 GHz octa-core processor as well as a companion BOOMBand. The BOOMBand is a separate accessory that’s basically a Bluetooth wristband that tracks your activity as well as makes sure that you don’t leave your phone behind.

idol x+

The decision of TCL to include a wristband with a Bluetooth chip may mean that the company is also planning to release its own smartwatch model in the future. Several Android manufacturers have already been releasing companion watches for smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Sony’s SmartWatch. The BoomBand is a good way for TCL to test out the market and offering it as a companion device will surely draw interest to the Idol X+.

The folks over at TCL say that this is the first device to use a 2 GHz version of MediaTek’s MT6592 octa-core processor courtesy of an exclusive deal reached by both companies. The other specifications of the Idol X+ includes

  • 5-inch 1080p IPS display
  • 1.9mm bezel
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera
  • 2,500mAh battery
  • 7.9mm thin

In comparison here are the specifications of the Idol X

  • 1.5GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • 5-inch 1080p IPS display
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • 6.9mm thin

In terms of performance the Idol X+ is more than two times faster than its predecessor. It’s also a bit thicker owing to the higher capacity battery that it uses.

This device is going to be available in the Chinese market with an unsubsidized price of CNY1,999 or approximately $330 and will go on sale this coming January 15. There is still no information if this will become available in the international market.

via engadget

ZTE and an Unspecified European Carrier Will Launch a Firefox OS Based Smartphone in 2013


The current year has already been christened as the year of 1080p droids, but it won’t be wrong to call 2013 the year of mobile platforms either. New platforms like the Sailfish OS, Tizen OS, Ubuntu for Phones and Firefox OS are expected to make advances in the mobile arena this year. While we recently learned that Ubuntu will make its way to smartphones, there has been little info about other platforms. That is until now, as new reports are claiming that Firefox OS could see a new taker (after TCL) in the form of Chinese manufacturer ZTE which plans to provide hardware for the new OS. It is being reported that ZTE will partner with a mystery European carrier to bring this alleged smartphone to the fore. The CEO of ZTE USA, Cheng Lixin, gave out these details while speaking with Bloomberg. It’s obvious that this arrangement is still in its early stages, but we’ll take any positive info in the right spirit. Mr. Cheng mentioned that the company plans to roll out the Firefox OS running smartphone sometime in 2013, so the company’s plans seem to be in motion already. Interestingly, ZTE is not the first company which has plans to roll out a Firefox OS based smartphone, as TCS is also said to be interested in launching a Firefox running device.

It’s good to see that there are manufacturers coming out in support of the newly launched mobile OS, which is the first step towards building and developing a platform. The fact that the Firefox OS behaves a lot like Android might have a lot to do with ZTE’s interest in the platform. It’s rather odd though that the company is working with a carrier and it doesn’t want people to know, which could possibly mean that it’s probably a major European carrier (T-Mobile? Vodafone?). The plan initially is to launch the device in Europe and the company will apparently assess the situation and the sales before bringing it to American shores. There’s no reason for Google or Android to be intimidated in any way with this move as ZTE predominantly makes use of Android for its smartphones.

The folks at Mozilla are clearly excited with the prospects and its VP, Jay Sullivan mentioned that the interest for the platform is beginning to pick up pace. With TCL and now ZTE vowing to bring Firefox OS to the market, we expect more manufacturers to follow suit (except Samsung). There’s plenty to look forward to in 2013, and the rise of the Firefox OS or any newly launched OS is high up in our list. It should be interesting to see how manufacturers integrate their hardware with the platform. It’s certainly going to be a challenging task but very rewarding too.

Source: Bloomberg
Via: Engadget

TCL Launches Three New Android Smartphones

TCL, a China-based electronics company, recently took the wraps of three Android smartphones in a recent conference. They are the TCL S850, TCL S820, and TCL S520.


The TCL S850 is an ultra-thin smartphone which has a depth that measures only 6.5mm. By comparison, the Vivo X1 smartphone, which is the world’s thinnest Android smartphone, has a thickness of 6.55mm, making it thicker than the TCL S850. Thus, when the TCL S850 becomes available in the market in January, it could take the title away from the Vivo X1 and be recognized as the world’s thinnest Android smartphone.

The device features a 4.7-inch screen AMOLED HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It also comes with a 1.2GHz MT6577 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. It has a 1.3-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the operating system of choice while its battery is an 1820mA that cannot be removed by the user. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

The second smartphone, the TCL S820, has a 1GHz MT6577 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of ROM. Its display size is slightly smaller at 4.6 inches. This screen has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. In the imaging department, it packs a 2 megapixel and an 0.8 megapixel camera. Its battery is an 1800 mA that cannot be removed by the user. This device is thicker than the TCL S850, with its depth of 8.15 mm. Its connectivity options are the same as the ones on the TCL S850. It also has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The last device is the TCL S520, which will be a more affordable product than the other two smartphones. It features a 1GHz MT6577 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of ROM. It has a single camera with a 5-megapixel sensor. It draws its power from a 1500 mAH removable battery and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

via gizmochina

China-based Tablet Makers Revamp Products To Compete With The iPad

Tablet PC makers based in China are working to create more diverse products. This, they believe, will allow them to be more competitive against Apple Inc.’s iPad as well as expand business opportunities in the country.

One such company is TCL Corp., which released a product called the iCE Screen just last month. The iCE Screen has a display that measures 26 inches, which is somewhere between the size of a regular television and a tablet PC. Televisions usually range between 40 to 60 inches. Meanwhile, tablet PCs often come in 7-inch and 10-inch models. TCL Corp.’s main competitors are Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics, both of which do not have a similarly-sized device. Samsung, during the same month, launched a television spanning 75 inches whereas LG unveiled what is currently world’s biggest 3D TV, measuring 84 inches.

The iCE Screen, therefore, responds to consumers who need a mobile product with a screen that is just large enough to provide enjoyment, but not as large as traditional televisions.  TCL is optimistic about the new product, estimating its sales to hit 1 million in just six months.

To enhance the iCE Screen, TCL Corp. teamed up with Tencent Holdings Ltd., a software company which had not, prior to helping develop the iCE Screen, worked on a product for the household before. Tencent is responsible for the apps on the iCE Screen, such as QQ, QQ online album, and QQ music. Like TCL Corp., Tencent has a positive outlook for the product, underscoring its mix of software and hardware that encourages creativity through technology. Already, a successor to the device is being considered.

Analysis International, a research company specializing on IT, reports that the market share of China-based companies in its home country is on the rise during the first six months of this year. In the top spot is still Apple Inc., which has a share of 69.07 percent, followed by Lenovo, which enjoys 10 percent.

via chinapost