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Hisense H8G vs TCL S535 / 5 Series 2020 Review (50H8G vs 50S535, 55H8G vs 55S535, 65H8G vs 65S535, 75H8G vs 75S535)

by on November 15, 2020
 



Hisense H8G vs TCL S535 Review

Hisense H8G and TCL 6 series or S535 are good budget-friendly 4K TV in 2020. Each of them is the second top model of the Company’s 2020 4K HDR TV lineup. If the H8G sits below the flagship H9G and as the direct replacement of the H8F, the TCL 5 Series 2020 or S535 sits below the flagship 6 Series or R635 and as the direct replacement of TCL 5 series 2019 or S525. As a budget-friendly TVs, picture quality and performance offered by them can be said very well. Both of them use VA panel with Full Array local dimming, making them have good contrast ratio. They both also can deliver wide color gamut thanks to quantum dot technology, making them can show HDR images with vibrant color. But just like a TV with VA panel, one of their main shortcomings is on the side viewing angle. As we have known, a TV with VA panel usually has poor side viewing angle coverage.

In the market, they both come in 4 screen size variants and also the same screen size. From the smallest, they are available on 50 inches (50H8G and 50S535), 55 inches (55H8G and 55S535), 65 inches (65H8G and 65S535) and the largest is 75 inches (75H8G and 75S535). And with the same screen size, the Hisense H8G is sold tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than the TCL S535, depending on the screen sizes. So, what advantages offered by each and which is superior between them?

Hisense H8G vs TCL 5 Series Key Specification

Technologies and Features Hisense H9G TCL S535 / 5 Series 2020
Screen Sizes Available 50 Inches (50H8G), 55 Inches (55H8G), 65 Inches (65H8G), 75 Inches (75H8G) 50 inches (50S535), 55 inches (55S535), 65 inches (65S535), 75 inches (75S535)
Panel Technology VA Panel wit Quantum Dot VA Panel with Quantum Dot
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 60 Hz 60 Hz
Motion Enhancement Motion Rate 240 Natural Motion 240
Variable Refresh Rate No No
Smart TV Platform Google Android TV 9.0 Pie 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

Technology and Features of the Hisense H8G and TCL S535 / 5 Series 2020

Panel Technology

Quantum Dot Technology

The Hisense H8G and TCL S535 use almost the same panel technology. They both use VA panel technology, making them have good native and can deliver deep black. Additionally, their panel also uses quantum dot particle, allowing them can produce wide color gamut.  Meanwhile, as their backlight technology, they both use Direct LED backlight with Full array local dimming technology that can further improve their performance in a dark room. Each of variants of the have different number of dimming zones. For the TCL 5 Series, its 50 inches variant (50S535) has 40 zones, 55 inches variant (55S535) has 48 zones, 65 inches (65S535) has 56 zones and 75 inches variant (75S535) has 80 zones. On the other hand, for the H8G, its 65 inches variant (65H8G) and 75 inches variant (75H8G) have the full 90 zones while its 55 inches variant (55H8G) has 72 zones and 50 inches variant (50H8G) has 32 zones. With all of these technologies behind their panel, this makes them can produce good picture quality.

HDR Support

Both of the TCL 5 series 2020 and Hisense H8G also support the number of HDR formats. They both support HDR10, a most popular HDR format and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), a HDR format for TV broadcast. Additionally, they both also support Dolby Vision, a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Laboratories that already uses dynamic metadata. Special for the H8G, it also already supports HDR10+, an improvement of HDR10 that also already uses dynamic metadata. Keep in mind, until now, along with other models of Hisense TV like H9G, etc, it is the only TV that supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.

Motion Technology

Unlike the higher model of Company’s 2020 lineup such as H9G or TCL 6 Series /R635 that has 120 Hz native refresh rate panel, they both have 60 Hz native refresh rate panel only. This makes them can only support content with native frame rate up to 60 Hz. But unfortunately, unlike the higher model that also supports VRR (variable Refresh Rate) technology, they both don’t support any VRR technology. Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both also use the same technology, which is PWM (Pulse Width Dimming) System. As default, their dimming frequency is also same, which is 960 Hz. And since their backlight flickers at extremely high frequency, their backlight flicker should not be noticeable for most people, which mean it is good. Additionally, they both also have an interpolation technology called Motion Rate 240 on Hisense H8G and Natural Motion 240 on TCL S535 for improving their performance when playing higher frame rate content.

But even so, in certain condition, especially when they are showing fast moving images, backlight flicker is required to further improve their motion appearance.  And for this case, they both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) that can change their backlight flicker to 60 Hz, allowing them can play 60 Hz content over 60 Hz flicker frequency. Enabling this feature is very effective to help make motion smoother. To enable this feature, on the Hisense H8G, you just need to enable “Motion Clearness”, while on the TCL 5 Series 2020, you just need to turn on “LED Clear Motion”. But keep in mind, this just an optional because enabling this feature will make their dimming frequency change to 60 Hz and for most people, this can make their backlight flicker bother some people.

Connectivity

Both of them are also equipped with the same number of HDMI ports, which are 4 ports. All of their HDMI ports also support most of HDMI protocol like HDMI 2.0, CEC, and HDCP 2.2. Additionally, they both also have 1 HDMI ARC ports, which is on HDMI 1 for the Hisense H8G and HDMI 4 for the TCL S535.  Meanwhile, the advantage of the S535, its HDMI ARC also supports eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), allowing it can pass high quality audio like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD, DTS:X via DTS-HD MA, etc. Additionally, its HDMI ports also supports ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), allowing it can automatically switch to Game Mode when you are playing a game with compatible console. On the other hand, the Hisense H8G doesn’t support eARC and ALLM. Meanwhile, talking about HDMI 2.1 support, they both don’t support HDMI 2.1, even for not full bandwidth.

Meanwhile, discussing about their USB ports, the Hisense H8G has a bit more number of HDMI ports, which are 2 ports while the TCL S535 only has 1 port only. But even so, they both don’t have USB 3.0 that means all of their HDMI ports are USB 2.0. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, they both have 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 Tuner In, 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), 1 Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5mm) and 1 Ethernet port. And for connecting to the other devices or internet, they both have built-in Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

Smart TV Platform

Roku TV vs Android TV

The TCL S535 or 5 Series 2020 and Hisense H8G run different smart TV platform. If the H8G runs Google Android TV 9.0 version or Android Pie, the S535 runs Roku TV 9.3.2 version. AS we have known, in addition it is fairly easy to use, Google Android TV is one of the best smart TV platforms which have excellent selection of apps. In addition it have  god selection of per-installed apps like Web Browser, most of Streaming service app, Live TVs, Games, etc, it also has an excellent apps store called Google Play Store that has excellent selection of apps. Since it is supported by thousands of developers, it also provides thousands of apps, games, etc you can download directly from your Hisense H8G. In addition it has its own voice command platform called Google Assistant, it also already supports Amazon Alexa.  On the other hand, as we have mentioned above, the TCL S535 runs Roku TV 9.3.2 version as its smart TV platform. Unlike other smart TV platform like WebOS, Tizen, or android TV that has complete apps, it only focuses on the apps which are used for streaming purpose like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Sling, etc. This platform is also fairly easy to use. Additionally, this platform actually also supports a voice navigation. But since its remote doesn’t have built-in microphone, you can only use voice control via Roku Apps on your Smart phone.

Controller

TCL vs HIsense Remote

As their controller, the Hisense H8G is equipped with Hisense Smart Remote. Its remote is fairly large and has a lot of buttons. In addition to standard buttons like Power On button, volume Button, Number buttons, etc, it also has 4 dedicated buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu, allowing you to launch these apps without entering the menu. It also has built-in microphone for voice navigation. Not only is that, its remote also support CEC menu control that allows it can act as universal remote.  In addition with its remote, you can also control its smart platform through Hisense RemoteNow on your mobile device. On the other hand, the remote of the TCL 5 Series 2020 or S535 is fairly small. It only some buttons like power button, direction buttons, etc. But even so, like H8G’s remote, it also has 4 dedicated buttons for Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Sling and also supports CEC Menu Control. But as we have mentioned, this remote doesn’t have built-in microphone. So, although its platform already supports voice navigation, to use its voice control, you must use Roku app on your mobile devices.

Check the Latest Price
TCL 5 Series S535 Hisense H8G
50 inches 50S535 on Amazon 50H8G on Amazon
55 inches 55S535 on Amazon 55H8G on Amazon
65 inches 65S535 on Amazon 65H8G on Amazon
75 inches 75S535 on Amazon 75H8G on Amazon

TCL S535 vs Hisense H8G Performance

Contrast and Black Level

The TCL 5 Series 2020 or TCL S535 has higher native contrast ratio than the Hisense H8G. With around 7000:1 of native contrast ratio, its can produce extremely deep black, which is around 0.14 nits. Furthermore it also has local dimming technology that can improve its contrast ratio, but the improvement is not too significant, which is only around 7500:1. And of course, black level produced is also not significantly improved. On the other hand, native contrast ratio of the Hisense H8G is not as high as the TCL S535, which is around 4500:1. It also has local dimming feature that can only improve its contrast ratio to around 5000:1. But even so, although not as high as the TCL S535, it can also produce deep black, which is around 0.02 nits.

But even so, ignoring the superiority of the S535, black level produced by them is equally deep enough to make black of images looks really black, even in a dark room where the impact of contrast ratio is very sensitive. Their black level is also deep enough to reveal details in dark scene of HDR images the way they should in HDR. Additionally, in addition to have higher native contrast ratio, the TCL 5 series also has a bit better black uniformity than the Hisense H8G, making dark scene looks a bit better on its screen. Not only is that, their local dimming feature also can perform equally well in minimizing blooming.

Winner: TCL S535

SDR Peak Brightness

While TCL 5 series has better native contrast ratio, the Hisense H8G has brighter SDR peak brightness. With real SDR content, the H8G can hit around 450 nits while the S535 hits around 250 nits only. But even so, just like LED TV with local dimming, their peak brightness also varies depend on the content. The H8G hits its highest SDR peak brightness on 10% white window where it hits around 620 nits while S535 hits its highest SDR peak brightness at 25% window where it can hit around 370 nits. Meanwhile, on 2% white window, the S535 can hits around 180 nits while the H8G hits around 350 nits. On 50% and 100% white window, H8G can hit around 500 nits and 450 nits while the S535 hits around 300 nits.

With this statistic, can be ascertained, Hisense H8G can easily to combat the glare, making it is very suitable when used in most bright rooms. But unfortunately, its reflection handling is only decent, so it is not an ideal if you place it opposite a window. On the other hand, since SDR peak brightness of the S535 is only decent, its peak brightness is only bright enough to combat the glare in dark to moderate lit room. And combined its reflection handling that is only decent, it is not an ideal TV for bright room and only ideal for dim to moderately lit room.

Winner: H8G

HDR Peak Brightness

Meanwhile unlike most models of LED TV where their HDR peak brightness is brighter than their SDR peak brightness, the HDR peak brightness of the TCL S535 and Hisense H8G tends to be similar to their SDR peak brightness. For SDR content, their peak brightness may be bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms, but for HDR content, it is not bright enough, especially for the TCL S535. As we have discussed above, H8G hits its highest peak brightness on 10% window, which is around 600 nits. This actually is bright enough to bring out highlight in HDR, but for dim to moderately lit room only. On the other hand, HDR peak brightness of the TCL S535 is even worse. With real HDR content, it hits around 250 nits only and the highest peak brightness reached by it is only around 400 nits on 25% window. And of course, HDR images cannot be shown in the different way to SDR content. Additionally, it is also not bright enough to make highlight pop, even in moderately lit room.

Winner: H8G

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Both of these budget-friendly TVs already support wide color gamut. But for this case, the TCL S535 can deliver wider color gamut than the Hisense H8G. IN DCI P3 xy, the S535 can cover around 94% of color space while in DCI P3 uv, its color coverage is around 96%. Additionally, In Rec.2020 xy, it can cover around 72% while in Rec.2020 uv, it can cover around 79%. Color gamut delivered by TCL 5 series is really excellent, even better than Samsung QLED TV that sold much more expensive. On the other hand, although not as wide as the S535, the Hisense H8G can also deliver wide color gamut. In DCI P3 Xy, it can cover around 90% while in DCI P3 uv, it cover around 93%. Additionally, in Rec.2020 xy, its color gamut coverage is around 65% and in Rec.2020 uv, its color coverage is around 69% of color space. IN addition to have better color gamut, the TCL S535 also has better color volume than the Hisense H8G. But even so, this is more due to the S535 has wider color gamut than the Hisense H8G. In general, ignoring the superiority of the S535, they both can produce deep dark shades of colors and bright saturated colors just as well.  However, just like most LED TVs, they both cannot produce very bright blues. And combination of their wide color gamut and good color volume allows them can show colorful HDR images with Vibrant Color.

Winner: S535

Color Gradient

In addition to have better color gamut and color volume, the TCL 5 Series 2020 also has better color gradient than the Hisense H8G. On the screen of the H8G, banding is noticeable in almost all dark colors and this will be more noticeable in dark greens and grays. On the other hand, on the screen of the S535, there may be still some banding in darker colors and grays, but it is not as noticeable as on the H8G. Even with untrained eyes, banding on the screen of the S535 should not be noticeable. They both actually have a feature that can be used to remove banding. On the H8G, there is Noise Reduction and Digital Noise Reduction, and on the screen of the S535, there is “Noise Reduction”. But unfortunately, enabling this feature cannot improve a lot their gradient handling.

Winner: S535

Side Viewing Angle

Just like most LED TVs with VA panel, both of the TCL 5 Series 2020 and Hisense H8G also has poor side viewing angle. On the screen of the H8G, black level will start to rise at around 20 degrees off center and front. On the screen of the S535, it is even worse where black level will start to rise at around 15 degrees. Additionally, their brightness also will start to decrease started at around 32 degrees off center and front. Not only is black and brightness that will degrade if viewed from side angle, their color accuracy also will degrade started at certain angle. Color will start to shift at around 20 degrees and look washed-out at around 25 degrees. This means when you watch TV from the side, wider than 25 degrees off center and front, the picture displayed on their screen will look inaccurate. Of course, this makes them are not suitable when used for you who have a room with wide seating for watching TV. Side viewing angle of the H8G may be a bit better than the S535, their performance is just as bad.

Winner: H8G

Motion handling

The TCL 5 Series or S535 has a bit lower pixel response time than the Hisense H8G. If response time of the S535 is around 12 ms, the response time of the H8G is around 14 ms. But even so, their difference doesn’t have a significant impact and overall, their response time is equally good. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like fast movies or fast games, the picture displayed look very clear with almost no noticeable motion blur. There is only a short faint trail following fast moving object that should be hard to notice. And as we have discussed above, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can help to improve their motion appearance, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content. To enable this feature, on the S535, you just need to turn on LED Motion Clarity while on the H8G, you just need to enable Motion Clearness. But keep in mind, enabling this feature make their dimming frequency change to 60 Hz. This may cause their backlight flicker bothers some people who sensitive to flicker.

Meanwhile, when they are playing 24p movies, the TCL S535 can do a bit better job than the Hisense H8G in handling judder. When the source are native 24p movies like DVD or Blur Ray movies and 24p movies from native streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc, they may be able to handle24 judder just as well. But if the source 24p movies via 60i signal like move from satellite TV or via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, PC, etc, the S535 can remove judder completely while the H8G cannot remove judder. To remove judder, on the TCL 5 Series, you just need to Enable Natural Cinema while on the H8G, you need to set “Motion enhancement” to “Film”.  But keep in mind, special for the H8G, it can remove judder only if the source is native 24p movies or movies from streaming app.

Winner: S535

Input lags

The input lags in Game mode of the TCL 5 Series 2020 and Hisense H8G is equally great and their input lags are not also much different. Wit h 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, whether it is 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4K@4:4:4 chroma, or 4K with 10 bit HDR, their input lags are around 11 ms. This certainly makes them are very responsive when used for playing any 60 fps games, even fast paced games that require fast reflexes. And of course this will be pleased most gamers.  But even so, since they both only have 60 Hz native refresh rate panel, they both don’t support native 120 Fps content. Additionally, they both don’t also support any VRR technology that can improve their gaming experience. A bit advantage of the S535, in addition to it has a bit lower input lags, its HDMI ports also already support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). So, when you are playing games with a compatible console, you don’t need change the TV mode to Game mode manually. On the other hand, none of HDMI ports of the H8G that support ALLM.

Winner: S535

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TCL 5 Series S535 Hisense H8G
50 inches 50S535 on Amazon 50H8G on Amazon
55 inches 55S535 on Amazon 55H8G on Amazon
65 inches 65S535 on Amazon 65H8G on Amazon
75 inches 75S535 on Amazon 75H8G on Amazon

Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Booth of the TCL 5 Series 2020 and Hisense H8G are good TVs when used for watching movies in a dark room. They both have good contrast ratio, allowing them can produce deep black. So even though they are set in a dark scene, black of images displayed on their screen will still look really black. Additionally, they both also have a local dimming feature that can further improve their performance in a dark room. But even so, compare among them, the TCL S535 is better than the Hisense H8G, As we have discussed a lot above, in addition it has higher contrast ratio that allows them can produce deeper black, it also has better black uniformity than the H8G. Additionally, the S535 can handle 24p judder better than the H8G, especially when the source is 24p movies via 60i or 60p signal. But even so, although not as good as the S535, the H8G is still good TV for watching movies. Furthermore it has better gray uniformity than the TCL 5 Series.

Winner: S535

For watching sports

While when used for watching movies in a dark room, the TCL S535 is superior, when used for watching sports, the Hisense H8G is a bit better. The TCL S535 may have a bit lower response time than the H8G, but its superiority is not too significant and doesn’t have a significant impact on the content. On the other hand, the Hisense H8G have better SDR peak brightness and better reflection Handling, making sports look obvious on its screen than on the screen of H8G when they are used for watching sports in bright room. Additionally, although they both have poor side viewing angle, but compare among them, side viewing angle coverage of the H8G is also a bit better than the S535. So, in general, the H8G is a bit better than S535. But even so, performance of the S535 for sports can also be said well.

Winner: H8G

For Playing Games

Both of the TCL S535 and Hisense H8G are also god budget-friendly TV for playing video games. They both have good response time and BFI mode, making fast games look smoother on their screen. Additionally, their input lags in Game mode is also fairly low, making them are very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games that requires fast reflexes. But unfortunately, they both don’t have any VRR technology that can further improve their gaming experience. And compare among them, the S535 is a bit better than H8G due it has a bit better motion handling and a bit lower input lags. Additionally, the TCL 5 Series also already support ALLM, making it can automatically switch to game mode once it receive signal from a compatible console. ON the other hand, the TCL H8G doesn’t support ALLM. Nevertheless, the superiority of S535 to H8G is not significant.

Winner: S535

HDR Performance

Although both of the TCL S535 and Hisense H8G are budget-friendly TV but their HDR performance is not so bad. They both have excellent native contrast ratio and good full array local dimming feature, making shadow details of HDR images can be shown excellently the way they should in HDR. Additionally, combination of their wide color gamut, good color volume, and smooth color gradient makes HDR images can be shown colorfully with vibrant color. No matter they are playing HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+ or they are playing HDR images that mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision Content, most colors of HDR images will look fairly accurate on their screen. Until here, performance of the S535 is better than the H8G due it has higher native contrast ratio, wider color gamut, and smoother color gradient. But even so, since the H8G has brighter HDR peak brightness, it can show brighter HDR images than the S535. HDR peak brightness of the H8G may be still bright enough to make highlight pop in dim-to moderately room. But on the other hand, HDR peak brightness of the S535 is very disappointed. It is not able to make HDR images look different to SDR images.

Winner: S535 better in dark scene and color reproduction, H8G can show brighter HDR images

Summary

Performance Hisense H8G TCL 5 Series 2020 S535
Movies (4/5) (4.2/5)
Sports (3.8/5) (3.6/5)
Video Games (4.1/5) (4.1/5)
TV Shows (3.8/5) (3.6/5)
HDR Experience (4.2/5) (4.1/5)
Smart TV Experience (4.1/5) (3.6/5)

As we have discussed a lot above, both of the Hisense H8G and TCL 5 Series S535 are good budget-friendly TVs for most usage.  Whether they are used for watching movies in a dark room, sports in a bright room, TV shows, their performance is very good. Additionally, they both also are responsive TV for playing any games, even for fast paced content. Except about their HDR peak brightness, their HDR performance actually is also fairly good. So, which is a better choice between them? As we have discussed a lot above, each of them have advantages and disadvantages than the other. The TCL S535 is better for movies and games while H8G is better for sports and TV shows. Now the decision comes back to you according to your own preferences. If you have a plan to use it in a bright room, the Hisense H8G may be better. On the other hand, if your room is not too bright, the Hisense H8G may be better.

Check the Latest Price
TCL 5 Series S535 Hisense H8G
50 inches 50S535 on Amazon 50H8G on Amazon
55 inches 55S535 on Amazon 55H8G on Amazon
65 inches 65S535 on Amazon 65H8G on Amazon
75 inches 75S535 on Amazon 75H8G on Amazon

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