TCL stunners not for Oz?

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We went to TCL’s press launch ast IFA 2018 to get the deets on the new 8K TV (see p12), but left more cap­ti­vated by a se­ries of new mod­els that TCL has cre­ated un­der the ban­ner of ‘Liv­ing Win­dow’.

The four mod­els are each in­spired by a par­tic­u­lar style or pe­riod of art — the Art Deco Liv­ing Win­dow (top left), the ‘cu­bist’ Ab­stract Beauty Model (top right), the ‘ab­stract’ Mod­ern Sim­plic­ity Model (bot­tom left), and the Ori­en­tal El­e­gance Model, in­spired by Chi­nese fold­ing screens (bot­tom right). We saw them in the flesh the next day on TCL’s stand, and they looked pretty much as im­pres­sive as the PR images shown here. They’re loaded with smarts, and have much larger sound sys­tems than is the norm for TVs, in­clud­ing sub­woofers.

But alas, they may not be for us! Talk­ing to the TCL team at the EISA Awards event (see p16), we dis­cov­ered that these lovely things are aimed at the China mar­ket only. We rather hope that will be re­con­sid­ered — it would raise TCL’s pro­file above the high-value TVs they’re known for here. There is hope: TCL in Aus­tralia tells us it’s “too early to say... but we’re dis­cussing all op­tions/op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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