TCL, a leading consumer electronics brand, has announced the launch of its latest 98-inch 4K TV – the S Class S5 (98S550G).
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The 98S550G joins TCL’s existing lineup of extra-large TVs including the 98-inch Class XL 4K QLED TV (98R754) and the 98-inch Q Class mini-LED 4K TV (98QM850G). Despite not being a QLED display, the new 98S550G packs many high-end features at a relatively affordable price point.
Some of the key features of the 98S550G include:
- 120Hz native panel refresh rate
- Motion rate 480 with MEMC frame insertion
- Wide color gamut
- Supports Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG HDR formats
- Built-in stereo speakers (10W each) and a subwoofer (20W)
- Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X support
- Runs on Google TV platform
- Hands-free voice control with far-field mics
- Built-in Chromecast
- Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- Dual-band 802.11ac WiFi
- Auto low-latency mode (ALLM)
- Variable refresh rate (VRR) up to 240Hz
- 4 HDMI inputs (1 with ARC/eARC support)
How it Compares to Other Extra-Large TCL TVs
The 98S550G goes toe-to-toe with TCL’s other extra-large TV models in terms of features and price.
Compared to the 98-inch XL 4K QLED TV, the S550G lacks quantum dot technology for enhanced color accuracy. However, it offers Dolby Vision IQ, DTS Virtual:X, and faster 240Hz VRR support which might appeal more to gamers.
The 98QM850G mini-LED 4K TV retains an advantage with its mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots. But it costs more than double the price of the 98S550G.
Overall, the 98S550G seems to strike a great balance between price and premium features compared to TCL’s other extra-large offerings. Its launch provides an affordable option for customers looking to go really big on their next TV purchase.
Availability and Promotions
As part of a promotion, TCL is offering $200 off NFL Sunday Ticket for YouTube and YouTube TV with the purchase of this TV before September 19. This offer seems targeted at football fans who want a theater-like experience at home.
The 98S550G will likely be a compelling option for customers who want an immersive big-screen 4K TV on a budget. Its feature set and aggressive pricing makes it stand out from comparable offerings from other brands like Samsung and Sony that can cost thousands more.