Roku and TCL today at CES in Las Vegas announced updates to their highly popular line of affordable Roku TVs.
The big news for most of us who might be buying a new TV in 2019 is that the updated 4K line will gain far-field microphones for hands-free search and voice control. No word on whether Google Assistant — which already works in conjunction with with Roku devices — will be built in, or if Roku will finally (and officially) bring Amazon Alexa on board. (Or if Apple's Homekit may be in play.)
And because 8K resolution is the new hotness — even though there's still absolutely no reason for you to buy one yet due to the extreme lack of 8K native content — TCL and Roku also are teaming up for an 8K set.
TCL also announced on Monday that it'll release a 75-inch model of the venerable 6-Series Roku TV. It'll cost $1,799.
Roku brings other manufacturers on board
While TCL is the new hotness when it comes to Roku TVs, it's not Roku's only partner. And new ones have been announced as well.
- Westinghouse will bring some basic Roku models in the first half of 2019, with 4K sets coming later in the year.
- Hisense will release the awkwardly named Hisense Roku TV 4K UHD R8 — a ULED panel, with Dolby Vision.
- The previously announced Magnavox partnership will bring new sets this year, ranging in size from 43 to 65 inches.
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