IFA 23 > TCL X955 4K Ultra HD TV: Mini LED update for the 115''

After the presentation in our columns last week of the Mini LED TCL

This new Mini LED TV series has three references, the TCL 85X955 (216 cm), TCL 98X955 (249 cm) and the monstrous TCL 115X955 (292 cm). Note, if until now the “X” prefix at TCL referred to the 8K definition, the TCL X955 series is Ultra HD 4K in nature. Of course, the design remains resolutely premium.

TCL X955, 5th generation OD5 Mini LED backlighting and new LED Ultra HD 4K LCD VA 144 Hz models, TCL screen. The panel is of course 10-bit native.

In terms of zones, the X955 televisions represent the brand's ultimate, they are much better equipped than all the other series: 5,184 very exactly (around 20,000 on the 115''), not one less, on all diagonals. Precision, the TCL degrees. And as these zones each have six LEDs (see second photo below), this gives us a total of 31,164 diodes (around 120,000 on the 115 inch).

The lens makes it possible to control the diffusion of light to, on the one hand, significantly improve the uniformity of the panel (eliminate Clouding), by 60.63% according to the brand, and on the other hand reduce the uniformity to almost nothing. halo phenomenon (Blooming) on the white or shiny elements of the image on a black background.

Good news, we find on the backlighting system of the fifth generation TCL X955 screens all the recipes for TCL C845 (see our Ultra HD 4K TV news TCL C845: Mini LED OD10, QLED, 2,000 nits, HDR10+, Dolby Vision/Atmos, 144 Hz and Google TV). Firstly, diodes that are all strictly identical, particularly in terms of efficiency (electrical efficiency, wavelength, power) to ensure perfect homogeneity of the image, but also in colorimetric terms for total uniformity and to combat the effect Demura (also called Clouding) directly from the backlight system, and no longer just at the LCD panel. Likewise, these onboard LEDs are capable of changing state extremely quickly, a period of time less than that necessary to display an image, even with a 120 hertz signal. Called Direct Drive by TCL, this feature eliminates shadow problems on moving objects.

Likewise, the LEDs of TCL X955 TVs offer ultra-precise control of the brightness delivered according to a million of bearings, depending on the brand. Thus, the slightest variations in the image are taken into account and reproduced on the screen for increased realism.

In addition to a reduced optical distance and an increased number of zones, the Mini LED backlighting system of the X955 screens counts another new feature. Called Dynamic Alpha Technology, it allows you to vary the brightness of each of the Mini LED zones over 16 levels. This fine setting allows for example to specifically manage the brightness of the areas adjacent to the subtitles of a film in the Cinemascope black band, by imperceptibly graying out the black with the aim of further eliminating the off-axis Blooming phenomenon. Likewise, the Dynamic Alpha Technology function also improves the uniformity of the panel.

In total, the backlighting system of TCL !!! In the technical characteristics menu, TCL X955 televisions display the Dual 5000 label, i.e. a light peak of 5,500 nits in addition to the 5,000 zones already mentioned. As usual, QLED (Quantum Dots) technology allows 98% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut. We of course find the new AiPQ 3.0 video processing with a PPI 5000 fluidity index and high-end anti-reflective treatment. A single remote control, made of metal and equipped with buttons 0 to 9, accompanies the TCL X955 TVs.

TCL X955, connectivity and HDR The connectivity includes four HDCP 2.3 certified HDMI 2.1 connectors, with HFR 4K/120, eARC (HDMI 4), VRR (48 Hz to 144 Hz), FreeSync Premium Pro and ALLM compatibility. Also present are a Composite input, an optical output, three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a headphone output plus a CI+ port.

Management of HDR10, HDR10+ and HDR Dolby Vision technologies, associated Dolby Vision IQ functionality (brightness sensor) is required. We can also mention MEMC 120 Hz motion compensation and an anti-blue light mode.

TCL X955, sound section 4.2.2 The 4.2.2 sound equipment (two subwoofers) delivers a total power of 160 watts. Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD and DTS Virtual:X compatibility are on the program. Precision, TCL X955 screens are equipped with a DVB-T2, DVB-S2 and DVB-C tuner.


TCL X955, Smart Google TV Of course, like their predecessors, the TCL X955 TVs feature the Smart Google TV function (Android 12). For connectivity, the Wi-Fi 6 function is required in addition to Bluetooth 5.0. We still notice the AirPlay 2/HomeKit and Works with Alexa certifications (requires an Amazon Echo type speaker). In addition to having an internet browser, Voice Search and Chromecast functions, offering access to the Google Play Store with several thousand free applications, we find multi-account management, PIP, the Cast function efficient on Ultra HD content, multitasking management to navigate between several applications, quick access to favorite content via an overlay side information bar, Google Assistant compatibility, the Google Meet application and the Hands free Voice Control function ( voice control of the TV) without the need for a remote control (miro integrated into the TV).


TCL X955, Game Master Pro 2.0 function with DLG 240 Hz TCL does not forget video game enthusiasts with the new Game Master Pro 2.0 functionality. In addition to managing the 144 Hz frequency, FreeSync and direct access to various TV parameters to optimize the video game experience, TCL X955 TVs feature minimal Input Lag, less than 6 ms in the presence of a 120 Hz signal. hertz. Finally, as on the TCL C645 TVs (see our TCL C645 news, QLED Ultra HD 4K HDR TV Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos + VRR 120 Hz 1080p + Google TV), DLG (Dual Line Gate) technology. The latter, by reducing the vertical resolution by half (therefore to 1080p and not 2160p), offers a 240 Hz display for a smoother and more pleasant video game experience.


Availability planned for the entire end of year for the TCL 85X955 and TCL 98X955 models, 2024 for the TCL 115X955. Indicative prices: €4,599 for the TCL 85X955 and €7,999 for the TCL 98X955. Price still unknown for the TCL 115X955.

UPDATE: the number of zones and diodes of the Mini LED backlighting system of the TCL 115X955 TV has been specified in the news above.

Reminder of the key characteristics of TCL ;• Processor: Quad Core

• Mega Contrast contrast enhancement function

• Wide Color Gamut function

• UHD Color Extender function

• UPnP (DLNA) multimedia gateway function

• DVR function

• eARC function

• VRR function

• ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) function

• 4K HFR 120 function

• Quantum Dots function

• UHD Super Resolution function

• AiPQ 3.0 Engine function

• Game Master Pro 2.0 function

• DLG 240 Hz function

• HDR10 and HDR HLG compatibility

• HDR10+ compatibility

• Miracast compatibility

• HDR Dolby Vision compatibility

• HEVC compatibility

• Dolby Atmos compatibility

• HBBTV compatibility

• FreeSync compatibility

• CEC compatibility

• Channel Ready compatibility

• Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility

• DTS Virtual:X compatibility

• DTS-HD compatibility

• HDCP 2.3 compatibility

• Wi-Fi ax compatibility

• Outputs: 1 optical, 1 headset

• Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs, 1 Composite, 3 USB Host 3.0 port, 1 Ethernet port, 1 CI+ port

• AirPlay 2 media

• HomeKit media

• Google Assistant media

• Works with Alexa media

• Google TV media

• Google Meet media

• MEMC motion compensation

• Mini LED Local Diming backlighting system

• Input Lag: < 6 ms

• Number of zone(s): 5,184 (20,000 on the 115'')

• Bright peak: 5,000 nits

• DVB-T2 tuner

• DVB-C tuner

• DVB-S2 tuner

• Sound section: 4.2.2

• Power: 160 W