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TCL’s affordable, impressive 6-Series 4K HDR Roku TVs will be available by May 1st

TCL’s 6-Series 4K HDR Roku TVs, the follow-up to last year’s excellent P-Series, will be available by May 1st. The company announced a release timeframe today, but stopped short of confirming pricing; TCL has said that the 55-inch model 6-Series will retain the price point of the P-Series (£650), but the cost of the larger 65-inch set isn’t yet known.

The 6-Series improves on the P-Series in a number of ways. Picture-wise, it increases the number of full-array local dimming zones to 120 in the 65-inch model and 96 in the 55. (The P-Series had 72.) That gives the TV much greater and more precise control over backlighting, so it can produce deeper blacks on one part of the screen even when something bright is elsewhere in the image.

TCL also says the P-Series reaches a higher peak brightness than the P-Series. It continues to support HDR content in both Dolby Vision and HDR10.

The exterior design has also been upgraded with a new brushed aluminum finish. The P-Series was the best TV you could buy for under £1,000 in 2017, but this time around TCL is trying to make the 6-Series look and feel like something that should cost more.

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And the 6-Series continues to run Roku’s TV software, which gives users a simple interface, easy access to streaming apps, and built-in support for OTA programming when you plug in an antenna.

Roku’s new Entertainment Assistant voice control will debut in soundbars and other speaker products over the coming months, as well.

The OnePlus 6 will probably look a lot like this

With the Oppo R15 officially announced in China today, we have a good idea of what OnePlus’ next phone might look like, since OnePlus often sources designs from the company Oppo, which shares the same investor. For instance, the OnePlus 5 bears a strong resemblance to the Oppo R11, and the OnePlus 5T ended up looking almost identical to the R11S.

The OnePlus 6 is rumored to have a 19:9 notched display, according to a leak from earlier this month spotted by Android Central. Likewise, the R15 has a notch that imitates the iPhone X’s look, hinting that the OnePlus 6 might also sport an interesting haircut.

The rest of the R15’s specs include a 6.28-inch, 2280 x 1080 OLED panel with slim bezels, a 3,450mAh battery, and a MediaTek Helio P60 processor; it’ll sell for around £475 USD.

There’s also a premium “Dream Mirror edition” that will cost about £45 more, come in a ceramic body, and be powered by a Snapdragon 660.

The regular R15 comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.

It has dual 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras and a front 20-megapixel camera, while the Dream Mirror edition keeps the same front camera and gets a higher specced 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel combo.

While some details will vary between the Oppo R15 and the OnePlus 6, which should arrive sometime later this year, the notch is probably the one design tick that’s most likely to stick around.

Apple using secret US facility to develop MicroLED screens for Apple Watch

Apple is using a secret facility in California to design and manufacture prototype MicroLED screens, according to a report from Bloomberg. Engineers are said to have produced fully functional Apple Watch-sized MicroLED screens at the facility, with a view to using the technology commercially for the first time in the watch. The Apple Watch currently uses OLED screens from LG Display.

MicroLED is a complex new emissive display technology where, like OLED, each pixel gives off its own light instead of relying on backlighting for the entire panel.

This can give MicroLED excellent contrast, power efficiency, and viewing angles without OLED’s compromises on brightness or longevity. Samsung is also working on MicroLED and showed off a 146-inch modular TV using the technology at CES in January. The TV, dubbed “The Wall,” will supposedly go on sale in August, although no price has been announced.

Apple’s interest in MicroLED technology has been established for some time.

It bought the startup LuxVue in 2014, and there have been many subsequent reports on how the purchase might be put to use. Last year Nikkei said that Apple planned to use MicroLED in the Apple Watch, identifying a facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan as being dedicated to the tech’s development. The facility was previously owned by Qualcomm and used for Mirasol displays.

Bloomberg speculates that if Apple were to master the design of MicroLED to the point where it could be mass-produced for use in mainstream devices, it’d be the first time Apple is able to design screens “end-to-end.” But since the report also notes that Apple will likely have to outsource the actual manufacturing of its screens, the result may not be too different to what happens today, where companies like Samsung and LG Display produce LCD and OLED panels to Apple’s designs and specifications.

At this point, though, MicroLED isn’t a mature technology, and Apple’s move into actually manufacturing screens itself — even at a small scale for testing purposes — is further evidence of the company wanting to have more of a say in what goes into its products.

If Apple is able to master certain aspects of designing MicroLED screens and keep its breakthroughs to itself for as long as possible, it may still be able to hold advantages in quality even if the panels have to be made by somebody else.

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