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TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635 vs Hisense H9G (55R635 vs 55H9G, 65R635 vs 65H9G)

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TCL 6 Series 2020 R635 vs Hisense H9G Review

TCL 6 Series 2020 or R635 and Hisense H9G is the top model of their each manufacturer. The both are alternative choice of big name like LG, Sony, and Samsung. Even though in general, they are equally budgets TV, but their picture quality is similar to the TV from big names like Samsung, LG, and Sony that sold much more expensive. And overall, both of them are great budget TVs for most usage. Both of them are VA TVs where we have known a TV with VA panel usually have excellent native contrast ratio. They both also come with Full Array Local Dimming that can improve their performance in a dark room. So, if you are searching best budgets TV, you can consider one of them as your choice.

In the market, the TCL 6 series 2020 comes in 3 screen size variant, which are 55 inches (55R635), 65 inches (65R635), and 75 inches (75R653). On the other hand, the Hisense H9G comes in 2 screen size variants only, which are 55 inches (55H9G) and 65 inches (65H9G). Meanwhile, with the same screen (55R635 vs 55H9G, 65R635 vs 65H9G), the Hisense H9G is sold a bit more expensive than the TCL 6 Series 2020. But of course, their prices are not fixed and can still change as time goes by. So, which is superior between them and which is a better choice?

TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635 vs Hisense H9G Key Specification

Technologies and Features Hisense H9G TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635
Screen Sizes Available 55 inches (55H8G), 65 inches (65H8G) 55 inches (55R635), 65 inches (65R635), 75 inches (75R635)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
Wide Color Gamut Yes Yes (Ultra Color Enhancer)
Native Refresh Rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Motion Enhancement Motion Rate 480 Natural Motion 480
Variable Refresh Rate No Yes (48 – 120 Hz)
Smart TV Platform Google Android TV Roku TV
Remote Hisense’s Voice Remote TCL’s Enhanced Remote
Voice Command Support Yes Yes
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 2 1
Audio Channel 2 2
Sound Output 2 x 10 watts 2 x 8 watts

Features and Technology of the Hisense H9G and TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635

Panel Technology

Full Array Local Dimming

As we have mentioned above, both of the Hisense H9G and TCL 6 Series 2020 use VA panel technology. And we may known that the TV that use VA panel usually has excellent native contrast ratio. On the other hand, a TV with VA panel usually has poor side viewing angle coverage. IN recent years, some manufacturer like Samsung or Sony might have developed an anti glare optical layer for improving the side viewing angle of their VA TV lineup, but it is not for Hisense and TCL. Meanwhile, as their backlight technology, they both use Direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. For the 55 inches of H9G (55H9G) it has around 132 dimming zones while for the 65 inches variant (65H9G) it has around 180 dimming zones.  Meanwhile, for the TCL R635, its 55 inches variant (55R653) has 128 dimming zones, its 65 inches variant (65R653) has around 200 dimming zones, and its 75 inches variant (75R653) has around 240 dimming zones.

HDR Support

Both of the TCL 6 Series 2020 and HLG can work with a broad range of HDR content. In addition to HDR 10 format, a most popular HDR format, they both support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), a HDR format that developed for TV broadcasting purpose. Additionally, they both also support Dolby Vision format, a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Vision that already use dynamic metadata. Special for the Hisense H9G, it also already supports HDR10+, an improvement of HDR10 format that already use dynamic metadata. This means, H9G is one of the TVs that supports most complete HDR format. But unfortunately, it cannot pass through Dolby Atmos signal. On the other hand, the TCL R635 is able to pass through Dolby Atmos signal.

Motion Technology

Both of the Hisense H9G and TCL R635 has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This means, they both support any content with frame rate up to 120 Hz. Additionally, they both are also able to interpolate low frame rate content up to 120 Hz. Special for the TCL 6 Series, it also already support VRR technology with frequency range of 48 Hz to 120 Hz. As we have known, VRR technology can improve its gaming experience by reducing screen tearing. But unfortunately, it is not compatible with FreeSync or GSync, gaming features that are supported by most games console. On other hand, the Hisense H9G doesn’t support any VRR technology. This means, it doesn’t have a feature that can reduce screen tearing when used for playing games.

To dim their backlight they both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. Additionally, their dimming frequency is also similar, which is 960 Hz. Since the frequency of their flickering pattern is extremely high, this makes their screen is almost flicker-free. Meanwhile, for improving their motion appearance, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) that will match their dimming frequency to the frame rate of the content, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content.

Connectivity

Both of the TCL 6 Series 2020 and Hisense H9G are equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of them already support HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, and CEC. Additionally, one of them also supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) that is HDMI 1 for the Hisense H9G and HDMI 4 for the TCL 6 Series. The advantage of the TCL R635, it also already support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) that makes it can accept high quality audio signal like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD. On the other hand, the Hisense H9G doesn’t support eARC. And unfortunately, none of their HDMI ports that support HDMI 2.1. Meanwhile, talking about their USB ports, the Hisense H9G has 2 USB ports while the TCL 6 Series 2020 only has 1 USB port. Nevertheless, their HDMI ports are USB 2.0 and none of them is USB 3.0.

In addition to USB and HDMI ports, they have the same inputs/outputs. They both have 1 RF In, 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical), and 1 Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.55 mm). They both don’t have Component In. And for connecting on the internet wirelessly, they both are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

Smart TV Platform

Discussing about their smart TV platform, they run different smart TV platform. If the Hisense H9G runs Android TV 9.0 version or Android Pie, the TCL 6 Series 2020 run Roku OS. AS we have known, Android TV is one of the most powerful Smart TV platforms. In addition it easy and smooth to use, this platform also has great selection of apps. In addition it has a lot of variety of apps like Live TVs, Streaming Apps, Games, Web Browser, etc, it also has an apps store called Google Play Store that provide massive selection of apps. Meanwhile, as its controller, the Hisense H9G comes with Hisense Voice Remote. This remote has a built-in microphone for voice navigation. But unlike Tizen OS on Samsung TV or WebOS on LG TV that has its own voice navigation platform, on Hisense H9G, it works through Google Assistant.

Meanwhile, as we have mentioned above, the R635 runs Roku TV 9.3.2 version. Its interface is easy and very smooth to navigate. It also has great selection of apps you can download from its apps store. But unlike Google Play Store that provides a lot of variety of apps, the Roku TV apps store only focus on the apps that is used for streaming and Live TV. And as their controller, it is equipped with Roku Voice remote RC580. But even so, the features of its voice control are not as many as Hisense H9G. It also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Check the Latest Price
TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635 Hisense H9G
55 Inches 55R635 on Amazon 55H9G on Amazon
65 Inches 65R635 on Amazon 65H9G on Amazon
75 Inches 75R635 on Amazon

TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635 vs Hisense H9G Performance

Black Level and Contrast

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Since they both use VA panel, can be ascertained, they have excellent native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black. The native contrast ratio of the Hisense H9G is higher, which is around 7000:1 while the native contrast ratio of the TCL 6 series is around 5500:1. Ignoring their difference, their native contrast ratio is strong enough to produce deep black, making black look really black, even in a dark room. Furthermore, they both also have FALD that can improve their performance in a dark room. With local dimming enable, their contrast ratio is boosted to around 10500:1, making them can produce black level deeper than 0.01 nits. This certainly is deep enough to show shadow details of HDR images like what expected.

Winner: Hisense H9G

Local Dimming Performance

In improving contrast ratio, local dimming of the TCL R635 may be able to perform well, but in minimizing blooming, the local dimming of the H9G can perform better. When they are showing small bright object in a dark scene, on the screen of the TCL 6 series, blooming is still visible around small bright object. On the other hand, blooming can be minimized fairly well on the screen of the Hisense H9G. So when they are showing subtitle in movies, on the screen of the H9G, subtitle can be shown fairly bright and there is no blooming around it, while on the screen of the TCL 6 Series, subtitle doesn’t get very bright and around it, there is still visible blooming. But keep in mind, this is result is for their 55 inches variant, the bigger size may get better result.

Winner: Hisense H9G

SDR Peak Brightness

Both of the TCL 6 Series 2020 and Hisense H9G have good SDR peak brightness. With real content, the Hisense can get around 615 nits while the TCL R635 can hit around 680 nits. But even so, although when in real scene, the TCL R635 can hit brighter, Hisense H9G can get much brighter in window test. They both hit their brightest peak brightness on 25 % window (25% of the screen is bright while the rest is black) where the Hisense H9G ht around 1400 nits while the TCL 6 Series hits around 1000 nits. The other % window test, on 2%, 10%, 50%, and 100 %, the Hisense H9G hits around 840 nits, 1280 nits, 900 nits, and 580 nits while the R635 hits around 550 nits, 900 nits, 850 nits, and 600 nits. And ignoring their difference, their SDR peak brightness is equally great, making them can fight the glare easily, even in bright room.

Winner: Hisense H9G

HDR Peak Brightness

Both of the Hisense H9G and TCL 6 Series 2020 also have good HDR peak brightness. With the real content, the TCL R635 also can get brighter, which is around 830 nits while the Hisense H9G hit around 730 nits. But even so, just like their SDR peak brightness, their HDR peak brightness varies depending on the content. Just like their SDR peak brightness, both of them hit their highest peak brightness also on 25% window where the Hisense H9G hits around 1700 nits while the TCL 6 Series hits around 1050 nits. On 2%, 10%, 50%, and 100% window, the Hisense H9G hits around  850 nits, 1450 nits, 1050 nits, and 650 nits while the TCL R635 hits around 650 nits, 980 nits, 770 nits, and 650 nits. Ignoring their difference, their HDR peak brightness is great, bright enough to make highlight really pop the way they should in HDR. In certain scene, they both can even show HDR images at 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness range like intended by the content creator.

Winner: Hisense H9G

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Wide Color Gamut vs Normal

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Both of the TCL 6 Series 2020 and Hisense H9G already support wide color gamut. In DCI P3 color space, the color coverage of the Hisense H9G is around 915 in DCI P3 xy and around 92% in DCI P3 uv while the coverage of the TCL R635 is around 91% in DCI P3 xy and around 94% in DCI P3 uv. Meanwhile, in Rec.2020 color space, the color coverage of the Hisense H9G is around 67% in Rec.2020 xy and around 70% in Rec.2020 uv, while the TCL 6 Series is around 70% in Rec.2020 xy and around 79% in Rec.2020 uv. This means, regardless they are showing HDR content that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 and HDR10+ or that mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Content, most colors of HDR content can be shown accurately on their screen. In addition to excellent wide color gamut, they both also have good color volume. They both can show deep dark color fairly well due their high contrast ratio. Additionally, bright colors also can be shown as well as darker colors. Overall, they both can show their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range. But just like most LED TVs, they both cannot produce very bright blues.

Winner: TCL 6 Series

Color Gradient

While color gradient and color volume of the TCL 6 series is better, Hisense H9G has much better color gradient. Overall, Hisense H9G has good color gradient handling. In red, green, and dark gray, there may still be little banding, but in normal content, this should be hard to notice. Just like TVs, it also has a feature that can be used to improve their gradient handling called “Digital Noise Reduction” or “Noise Reduction”. But unfortunately, enabling this feature cannot remove banding significantly. Meanwhile, the gradient handling of the TCL R635 is only mediocre. Banding is visible in almost all colors and it is more noticeable in blues and dark grays. Just like the Hisense H9G, it actually also has a feature called “Noise Reduction” for reducing banding. But just like on H9G, enabling this feature doesn’t have a significant impact on their color gradient. The gradient handling of the TCL 6 series is even worse than the lower model TCL 5 Series.

Winner: H9G

 Side Viewing Angle

As we have mentioned above, the use of VA panel may make them have good native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this makes them has poor side viewing angle coverage. Started at around 20 degrees off center and front, dark shades of images will look washed out. Additionally, their brightness level also will decrease if viewed from the side, started at around 35 degrees off center and front. And finally, color also shift and look washed out started at around 25 degrees off center and front. This means, if you watch TV from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. And the wider you watch from, the picture displayed on their screen will look worse.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

Both of them have excellent pixel response time and this is good when they are playing fast moving images. You need to know, the pixel response time of the Hisense H9G is around 8 ms while the TCL 6 Series 2020 is around 11 ms. Regardless their difference, their pixel response time is low enough to make motion looks clear and smooth when they are playing fast moving images. Although their response time is a bit slow in a dark transition that causes some motion artifacts in dark scenes, but in general, motion look clear on their screen. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail that should be hard to notice.

For improving their motion appearance, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode. As we have mentioned, by default, their dimming frequency is extremely high, which is 960 Hz. But even so, enabling their BFI mode makes their dimming frequency drops to 60 Hz. This is very helpful to make motion smoother, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. To enable their BFI, on Hisense H9G, you just need turn on “Motion Clearness” while on TCL 6 Series, you just need turn on “LED Motion Clarity. But unfortunately, they both don’t support 120 Hz BFI mode that means they both cannot flicker 120 Hz when playing 120 fps content.

Both of them also can do a great job when handling 24p judder. Regardless the source of 24p movies, both of the TCL R635 and Hisense H9G can show them with judder-free. This means, no matter the source is native 24p movies like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, 24p moves from native streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, etc, 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, or even 24p movies via 60p signal like movies from streaming device or PC, you will enjoy them smoothly with judder-free. Meanwhile, for removing the judder, on Hisense H9G, particularly when playing 24p movies via 60p signal, you just need set “Motion Enhancement” setting to “Film, while on TCL 6 Series 2020, you don’t need do anything.

Winner: Hisense H9G

Input Lags

Both of them also have good input lags in PC and Game mode. And compare among them, the input lag of the Hisense H9G is a bit lower than TCL 6 Series 2020. With 60 fps content, regardless the resolution is 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4k @ 4:4:4 chroma, etc, the input lags of the Hisense H9G are around 15 ms while the TCL 6 Series is around 18 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content, the input lags of the TCL 6 Series is around 9 ms on both 1440p and 1080p resolution. Keep in mind, the Hisense H9G doesn’t support native 120 fps content while the TCL 6 Series doesn’t support 4K @ 120 Hz. Ignoring their difference, their input lags are low enough to make them are very responsive for any games, even fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Unfortunately, the Hisense H9G doesn’t support any VRR technology that can improve their game experience. On the other hand, although the TCL R635 already supports VRR technology, it is not clear what gaming feature that compatible with its VRR.

Winner: Hisense H9G

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TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635 Hisense H9G
55 Inches 55R635 on Amazon 55H9G on Amazon
65 Inches 65R635 on Amazon 65H9G on Amazon
75 Inches 75R635 on Amazon

Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both of the TCL 6 Series 2020 and Hisense H9G are great TVs for watching movies sin a dark room. But even so, compare between them, the Hisense H9G is better. They both may have excellent native contrast ratio that make them can produce deep black. They both also can do a great job in handling 24p judder. But even so, black uniformity of the Hisense H9G is better than the TCL R635. Additionally, the local dimming of the Hisense H9G is also better than the TCL 6 series, particularly in minimizing blooming. So, when you are watching movies with a subtitle, the subtitle will look more obvious on the screen of the Hisense H9G than TCL 6 series. On the screen of the TCL R635, subtitle doesn’t look as bright as on the screen of the Hisense H9G. Additionally, around subtitle, there is also visible blooming while on the screen of Hisense H9G, there is almost no blooming around the subtitle. But even so, although not as well as the Hisense H9G, performance of the TCL R635 when used for watching sports is also good.

Winner: Hisense H9G

For Watching Sports

When used for watching sports, the Hisense H9G is also better than the TCL 6 Series 2020. The pixel response time of the H9G is lower, makes motion looks clearer on its screen than on the screen of the TCL 6 Series. Additionally, Hisense H9G also has brighter SDR peak brightness and better reflection handling, making sport look more obvious on its screen than on the screen of the TCL R635, particularly when you watch sports in bright room. But even so, although not as good as the Hisense H9G, performance of the TCL 6 Series when used for watching sports is also great. Although not as low as the HG, its pixel response time is also fairly low. Additionally, it also has good SDR peak brightness, making it can fight the glare easily in most bright rooms. It also has a BFI mode that can help to make motion smoother, particularly when it is playing 60 fps content. Ignoring the superiority of the Hisense H9G, both of them are good TVs for watching sports. But since they both have poor side viewing angle, they both are not suitable for watching sports with a group of your family and friend.

Winner: H9G

For Playing Games

Meanwhile, when used for playing video games, their performance is also equally great. In addition they both have good motion handling and good picture quality, they both also have low input lags. Their input lags may be not as low as the competitor like Samsung Q60R or LG Nano 85, but their input lags still low enough to make them very responsive for any games, even for fast faced games that require fast reflexes. But unfortunately, special for the Hisense H9G, it doesn’t have any VRR technology that can improve its gaming performance. Meanwhile, for the TCL 6 Series, although it already supports VRR technology but its VRR technology doesn’t work with FreeSync or GSync. Meanwhile, a bit advantage of the TCL 6 series is that its HDMI ports already support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode while none of HDMI ports of the Hisense H9G support ALLM. But overall, Hisense H9G is a bit better than the TCL R635.

Winner: Hisense H9G

HDR Performance

Although both of them are budgets TVs, but they both have good HDR Performance. Black produced by them is very deep, deep enough to reveal details in dark scene of HDR images, making shadow details of HDR images can be shown as details they should in HDR. Additionally, they both also have good color gamut coverage in DCI P3 and Rec.2020 color space. They both also have good color volume where they both can show their wide color gamut at entire their brightness range. This makes HDR images look colorful on their screen. Not only that, they both also have good HDR peak brightness, making highlight can pop in HDR the way they should in HDR. Even in certain scene, they both can show HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range intended by content creator. Meanwhile, compare between them, Hisense H9G is better than TCL 6 Series 2020. In addition to it has better black uniformity and local dimming performance, it also has much better color gradient and brighter HDR peak brightness. On the other hand, although not as good as Hisense H9G, as a budget TV, HDR performance of the TCL R635 is also great.

Winner: Hisense H9G

Summary

As we have discussed a lot above, overall, the Hisense H9G is better than the TCL R635. Almost all aspects of picture quality produced by the Hisense H9G are better than TCL 6 Series. It has better black uniformity, better local dimming performance, smoother color gradient, lower response time, lower input lags, etc, making it is better than TCL 6 Series 2020 for any usage. But even so, although not as good as the Hisense H9G, for its price, performance of the TCL 6 Series 2020 is also great, no matter they are used for. So, which is a better choice between them? Overall, the Hisense H9G may have better picture and performance, but with the same screen size (55R635 vs 55H9G, 65R635 vs 65H9G), it is sold more expensive than the TCL R635. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your need and own preferences.

Check the Latest Price
TCL 6 Series 2020 / R635 Hisense H9G
55 Inches 55R635 on Amazon 55H9G on Amazon
65 Inches 65R635 on Amazon 65H9G on Amazon
75 Inches 75R635 on Amazon

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