TCL and LG are two large TV manufacturers that are very popular and sought-after on the modern market. They offer a large variety of Full HD and 4K TVs, endowed with many smart features.
LG, a South Korean company, is one of the biggest and well-known TV manufacturers in the world. It produces top-quality TVs with exclusive features and great picture quality. Of course, their TVs are not among the cheapest ones, but still, they are in great demand.
TCL is a Chinese company that, of course, can’t compete in popularity with LG. It became popular mostly thanks to its affordable prices and entry-level models. It also offers some high-end models that are still more affordable than some LG middle-class TVs. However, as the recent surveys show, TCL is one of the top 5 most demanded TVs nowadays.
Most LG TVs are based on the quad-core processor which improves the picture quality and color accuracy, reduces video noise and motion blur, and enhances sharpness. Some models offer a unique Filmmaker mode which allows watching content “the way it was made”. TVs also have an AirPlay 2 built-in which allows casting anything from Apple devices to the TV. In order to provide superior gaming performance, LG uses Nvidia G-Sync, Auto Low Latency mode, etc. Except for offering Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, LG also uses its own smart assistant — ThinQ AI.
TCL TVs work with the help of the AiPQ Engine which optimizes color, contrast, and clarity, and upscales non-4K content. For gamers, TCL offers the THX mode and Auto game mode. The voice control in TCL’s TVs is provided via Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Roku Search.
As you can see, LG has developed a large number of its own technologies to improve the overall performance of its TVs. Let’s compare two identical 43-inch 4K UHD TVs from both brands: the TCL 43S525 and the LG 43UM7300PUA. The first model offers Dolby Vision, Auto game mode, and Google Assistant/Alexa compatibility. The second one provides ThinQ AI technology, Active HDR, AirPlay 2, and Ultra Surround sound.
So, as you can see, the LG 43UM7300PUA provides more exclusive, high-tech features, becoming a winner in this category of the TCL vs LG 4K comparison.
Both manufacturers offer a wide array of TVs with high-quality, detailed 4K resolution. They also support such popular formats as HDR, UHD, OLED, etc. However, the overall image quality of TCL TVs doesn't quite hit OLED levels as TCL uses cheaper technologies. LG TVs, in their turn, offer a very bright OLED picture.
The OLED displays in LG TVs are among the best ones (by the way, Sony buys its OLED displays from LG). LG OLED TVs are so good because they light up pixel by pixel instead of using simple backlight. This provides excellent contrast.
Cheaper models from LG use LED backlighting which gives good brightness and image clarity. More expensive LG TVs use an IPS display which provides the widest viewing angles.
Starting from mid-priced models, LG’s TVs come with Active HDR which supports a wide variety of formats (HDR, HDR10, and HLG) for scene-by-scene optimization. LG also uses the Triple XD Engine which enhances the picture quality, and, in addition, provides such features as deinterlacing and upscaling. It also can offer NanoCell technology that works perfectly in enhancing the picture brightness.
A lot of TCL TVs offer Dolby Vision support which provides a truly cinematic experience and exceptionally vivid colors. The TCL’s 6-Series, for example, offer such features as mini-LED tech which improves the image quality, provides superior contrast, brightness, and high dynamic range, and full-array local dimming which improves the black color performance.
TCL TVs also offer a Contrast Control Zones technology that works by optimizing image contrast across individual zones, providing striking contrast between bright and dark areas for a more realistic picture.
The TVs from both manufacturers demonstrate quite a decent picture quality. However, in the LG 50UN7300PUF and the TCL 50S425 side-by-side comparison, LG will be a winner thanks to a more vivid and more natural picture.
This way, the LG 50UN7300PUF wins in this LG vs TCL 4K TV picture quality comparison.
Starting from a 43-inch screen size, the TVs from LG go equipped with 2-channel 20W speakers. More expensive models also can offer Dolby Atmos, DTS, and Ultra Surround sound technologies. Some more advanced models, based on α9 Gen 3 AI processor 4K, also offer such feature as AI Sound Pro which automatically adjusts the sound depending on what you are watching.
Meanwhile, TCL uses 16W speakers (sometimes with Dolby Atmos support) in most of its TVs.
If we compare the sound reproduction of the LG 43UM7300PUA which uses 2-channel 20W speakers with DTS-HD support with the TCL 43S425 that uses 16W speakers, it becomes obvious that LG model has a sound of better quality.
This way, the LG 43UM7300PUA is a winner in this TCL vs LG TV sound comparison.
TCL has a partnership with Roku, so most of its TVs are based on this platform. Roku is a better choice for movie and TV show lovers as it provides access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes and allows watching them in 4K with HDR. The Roku TV remote allows for easy navigation with voice control.
Most LG TVs use LG’s own WebOS interface. It works with the help of ThinQ AI. The included Magic Remote allows you to easily switch between streaming apps via dedicated buttons and find movies and TV shows, as well as information about them by voice. It also allows streaming such popular apps as Disney , Apple TV app, Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Prime Video, and more.
Both of these operating systems allow you to stream movies and TV shows fast and easily. However, if we compare the LG 50UN7300PUF that uses WebOs and the Roku-based TCL 43S425, we will notice that the WebOS is a more well-thought system than Roku. The ThinQ AI significantly simplifies the search of TV shows and movies and provides many other useful features while Roku can’t offer any kind of artificial intelligence.
This way, the LG 50UN7300PUF is a winner in this category of TCL vs LG Smart TV comparison.
Most TVs from LG, ranging from 43 – 70 inches screen sizes, have 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports. The large ones have 4 HDMI ports, as usual.
When it comes to HDMI ports, TCL has the same situation: large models have 4, and smaller have 3. However, LG tends to offer 2 USB ports in most of its models, while TCL offers one.
For example, the TCL 43S425 has 3 HDMI and one USB port while the LG 43UM7300PUA has 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports.
This way, the LG 43UM7300PUA appears to be better in this category as it offers more USB ports.
Cheaper models from LG usually have smaller, less stable stands than more expensive ones. Some LG TVs are almost frameless. The others have a frame made of metal which ensures durability.
TCL offers some models with Full View design that have very thin bezels. However, its high-end models have a frame made of plastic. They only imitate metal with the help of a brushed metal finish. Most models stand on V-shaped stands that are quite stable.
This way, the TCL 43S525, for example, provides some cheap feeling when it comes to build quality while the LG 43UM7300PUA body feels thicker and more durable.
Comparing TCL vs LG TVs in terms of their pricing policy, it should be noted that LG is a great choice for those who want the best TV without budget limitations. The average price for the TV from this brand ranges from $500 to $800 while the TCL’s TVs are about $250 cheaper. However, when it comes to the premium segment, the high-end TVs from LG can be $1000 pricier than those from TCL.
For example, the LG 50UN7300PUF is more expensive than the TCL 50S425 despite the fact that these TVs are quite similar.
This way, the TCL 50S425 has a more pleasant price, so it wins in this category.
As it’s obvious from this TCL vs LG 4K TV comparison, LG surpasses TCL in almost all the categories. Thanks to its numerous innovative technologies, its TVs have better picture quality and sound, better operating system and durability, etc. However, TCL won’t make you overpay hundreds of dollars for the brand name. This makes TVs from a Chinese company a much beneficial deal for those who want a solid 4K TV for a moderate price.