Hisense Monday announced its first smart TV series based on Amazon’s Fire TV OS is available for pre-order now.

The 2022 Hisense U6HF Fire TV series is launching with a 50-inch model at a $529.99 street retail price. It can be ordered now exclusively through Amazon for delivery around May 24th. (Check the link for the latest pricing.) Hisense and Amazon will also offer a $600 58-inch version this fall.

The television is billed as “a premium” 4K Ultra HD LED LCD model with quantum dot color enhancement technology. Is includes Hisense’s ULED 4K package of 4K picture processing and performance attributes.

Hisense has previously announced plans to introduce this year 2022 model series based on the Google TV platform as well as its own proprietary VIDAA platform. The company has also marketed televisions based on the Roku TV OS in the past.

The 50-inch Fire TV set includes built-in Alexa AI voice control along with the easy-to-use Fire TV user interface and app store selection.

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Key listed specs include support for 4K resolution along with high dynamic range (HDR), including support for the Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ profiles.

The Quantum Dot color enhancement technology should help to boost wide color gamut coverage, although the company didn’t specify the percentage of DCI-P3 coverage.

The LCD panel offers only a 60Hz native refresh rate panel, which is generally considered a sub-premium performance spec, as is the listed 600 nits of peak HDR brightness. Hisense does include motion processing for up to a 240Hz variable refresh rate effect.

The television lists inclusion of Game Mode Plus with support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), when activated, while lowering input lag time (the level is not specified.)

“Hisense and Fire TV share the same goal of combining the best in hardware and software to provide high-quality, innovative, and affordable smart TV experiences,” stated Daniel Rausch, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services VP. “As more brands turn to Fire TV, we are committed to delivering a smart TV package that is easy to adopt, efficient to develop with, and delights customers.”

“We’re dedicated to delivering industry-leading products that provide our customers with the best in entertainment – and streaming is a critical element of this,” said David Gold, Hisense USA president. “We’re thrilled to add Fire TV to our lineup of smart TVs to deliver a premium home entertainment experience for our customers across the U.S.”

Hisense H6HF Fire TV Voice Remote

The U6HF comes with an Alexa Voice Remote, through which users can speak into a built-in mic to perform certain basic-level TV commands including channel changes, app launching, program searches and other tasks.

For vieweres in the United States, the Fire TV OS provides access to more than 1 million TV episodes and movies from apps including Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max, as well as stream popular ad supported content for free from Pluto TV, Amazon Freevee.

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By Greg Tarr

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