TCL C8 Android TV: Unboxing, Impressions, and Price in Kenya

TCL C8

Just 10 years ago not much was known about TCL around the world, let alone in Africa. Over the last decade, TCL has consistently grown its share in the TV manufacturing market. For context, TCL currently holds a 13% market share in the global TV market, ranking (second) just behind Samsung and ahead of LG. Today we will be looking at one of their Android TV models, the TCL C8.

Launched in February 2020, the TCL C8 lineup comes in just two sizes; a 55-inch and a 65-inch version. Spec-wise, both versions are identical, the screen size is the only differentiating factor. Today, we will be unwrapping the 55-inch variant of the TCL C8 Smart TV. The C8 models boasts of 4K (3840×2160) resolution with HDR 10+ support as well as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.

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What’s In The Box

Inside the box you will find:

  • 1x 55-inch TV panel
  • 1x smart Bluetooth remote with batteries
  • 1x TV stand
  • 1x RCA-to-3.5mm
  • 1x AC power cord
  • 1x Operation manual
  • 1x Warranty card
  • TCL C8

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TCL C8 Impressions

Of course, the first thing you will notice inside the box is the TV itself which, by the way, looks very sleek and slim. It’s not a wallpaper-slim TV but it is definitely a contender within its class. The bezels on the sides and the top are almost non-existent. The bottom bezel is a speaker assembly unit with “Onkyo” branding on one side.

Onkyo Audio System

For those who have never heard of Onkyo, it is a 74-year-old Japanese company that manufactures consumer electronics. The company specializes in premium audio equipment for home cinemas. The name Onkyo means “sound harmony” in Japanese.

TCL C8

The C8’s internal sound system is powered by Onkyo which is a big flex for a budget TV. I should also mention that earlier C8 models had the option of Harman Kardon sound systems which was discontinued.


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Ports and Connectivity

The C8 can connect to the internet either via dual-band Wi-Fi or an ethernet connection. The audio output options are optical out or a 3.5mm audio jack. There are three HDMI 2.0 ports which means you can play your Playstation or Xbox Series X games at 4K 60Hz.

TCL C8 Price In Kenya

The 55-inch C8 retails for KShs 62,000 ($585) in Nairobi while the 65-inch model goes for KShs 110,000 ($1,038). Those are pretty cool deals considering that the likes of Samsung, Sony, and LG will charge at least 20% more for similar spec TVs.

Be on the lookout for our full review of the TCL C8 with an in-depth look at all its features and technology. You can also drop questions on any other information you’d love to know about the TV; we’d be happy to help.


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