1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

TCL 43S515

TCL 55S403

SCORE:
86
SCORE:
84

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Display
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • WIDE COLOR PERFORMANCE
  • IPQ ENGINE Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Display
  • HDR10, HLG support
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing TCL 43S515 to TCL 55S403 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both models have the same 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and they both support HDR.

We have evaluated the TVs from available features and specifications. TCL 43S515 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

TCL 43S515

TCL 55S403

DISPLAY
91
VIDEO FEATURES
90
AUDIO FEATURES
55
OTHER FEATURES
82
CONNECTIVITY
81
FORMAT SUPPORT
76
OVERALL
86
DISPLAY
91
VIDEO FEATURES
84
AUDIO FEATURES
55
OTHER FEATURES
82
CONNECTIVITY
81
FORMAT SUPPORT
76
OVERALL
84

Advantage of TCL 43S515

This section shows the features and specifications which are the reason to choose TCL 43S515 over TCL 55S403.

TCL 43S515 vs TCL 55S403
Color WIDE COLOR PERFORMANCE vs
Dolby Vision vs

Advantage of TCL 55S403

This section shows the features and specifications which are the reason to choose TCL 55S403 over TCL 43S515.

TCL 43S515 vs TCL 55S403
LED Type Edge LED vs Direct LED

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

STRENGTHS
  High Resolution
  Color Depth
  HDR10
  Wi-Fi
WEAKNESSES
  Limited Viewing Angle
  No HDR10+
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No AMD Freesync™
  No NVidia G-Sync
  No 4K HFR
  No 2K HFR
  No VRR
  No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)

Selected Features

VA Panels

Both TVs have vertical alignment (VA) panels. Such panels are most commonly used in LCD TVs as they provide deeper blacks compared to the IPS panels. However, they are still limited with the viewing angles compared to the IPS panels or OLED displays.

HDR10

TCL 43S515 and TCL 55S403 support HDR10 which was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It is not backward compatible with SDR. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits of brightness and uses 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.

Dolby Vision on TCL 43S515

TCL 43S515 also supports Dolby Vision which is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.

Specifications

And in the end we display all the specifications which are present for both models.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - TCL 43S515 and here - TCL 55S403.

BASICS TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
BrandTCLTCL
Series54
Model43S51555S403
Size43"55"
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20182018
Smart TV
DISPLAY TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
Display TypeLEDLED
Actual Size (Diagonal)42.5"54.6"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate50 Hz/60 Hz50 Hz/60 Hz
Screen DesignFlatFlat
Panel TypeVAVA
LED TypeEdge LEDDirect LED
ColorWIDE COLOR PERFORMANCE
Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth8 bits + FRC8 bits + FRC
Color Depth1.07 billion1.07 billion
VIDEO TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Frame Interploation TechniqueClear MotionClear Motion
Frame Interpolation Frequency120Hz120Hz
Black Frame Insertion
Filmmaker Mode
Auto Low Latency Mode
AUDIO TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
Speaker Power Rating8W + 8W8W + 8W
Dolby Digital Plus
WiSA Ready
CONNECTIVITY TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
Ethernet Input
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11ac 2x2 Dual Band (support 2.4GHz & 5GHz)802.11ac 2x2 Dual Band (support 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
Bluetooth
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs33
HDMI Version2.02.0
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI-CEC
USB Inputs11
USB 3.0 Ports
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs11
IF (Satellite) Inputs
Component Inputs
Composite Inputs
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote
OTHER TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
CPU Cores22
GPU Cores22
Operating SystemRokuRoku
Parental Control (V-Chip)
Mobile App
Teletext
Closed Captions
On-Screen Display LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, FrenchEnglish, Spanish, French
Advanced PQ Setting with Mobile App
VIDEO FORMATS TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
Accessible Menu System (CVAA)
Quick Start Guide (QSG)1 English1 English
3GPP
AV1
AVI
ASF
DivX
Flash Video
H.263
H.264
H.265
MKV
M2TS
MP4
MPEG-4
QuickTime
RealVideo
TS
VC-1
VP7
VP8
VP9
VOB
VRO
WebM
WMV
Xvid
AUDIO FORMATS TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
AAC
AC4
AIFF
ALAC
APE
aptX
eAAC+
EAC3
FLAC
HE-AAC
LPCM
M4A
MIDI
MP2
MP3
OGG
RealAudio
WMA
WAV
IMAGE FORMATS TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
BMP
GIF
JPEG
JPS
MPO
PNG
TUNER TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
Digital Tuner 1 1
SAT Tuner
Analog TunerNTSCNTSC
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemATSCATSC
Digital Cable TV SystemClear QAMClear QAM
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSCPAL / SECAM / NTSC
GENERAL TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5W0.5W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)37.8" x 22.1" x 2.9"49.1" x 28.5" x 3.0"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)37.8" x 24" x 8.4"49.1" x 30.8" x 8.7"
Stand Size27.3"38.2"
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)45.1" x 26.2" 5.2"56.2" x 34.3" x 6.5"
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)200 mm x 200 mm200 mm x 200 mm
Wall mount screwM6 x 12mmM6 x 16
Weight Without Stand18.5 lbs29.5 lbs
Weight With Stand18.8 lbs30.0 lbs
Weight of Package (Gross)25.6 lbs38.8 lbs
Warranty1 year limited warranty1 year limited warranty
ACCESSORIES TCL 43S515 TCL 55S403
RemoteRC280RC282

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