Hisense Expands 4K Ultra HD Lineup, Adds 4K Roku Dolby Vision TV
Now that it has established significant distribution with regional and nation retailers, Hisense’s plan for 2017 is to focus on growing the reputation of the brand for developing advanced, high quality products with trending feature sets and performance.
This year, the lineup of big-screen models will expand to eight models ranging between 65- and 86-inches in 4K LED LCD TVs, including its first 4K Ultra HD Roku TVs with one of the first models to support HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
It is also launching this summer a laser- light engine-based ultra short-throw near-4K DLP front projector with a screen size of up to 100 inches and a peak brightness output of 2,700 lumens.
Read more on the 2017 Hisense television line after the jump:
The projector, model 100HD10D, which Hisense calls “panel-less TV,” will display up to 89 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, will be HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) compatible and will include a 5.1-channel surround sound system, including a subwoofer sound bar and pedestal stand mounted rear channel speakers. It is expected to appear at a $12,999.99 suggested retail price.
Meanwhile, the Hisense 75R8 4K LED LCD Roku Smart TV this year will have both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR support, and will be one of the first HDR/Dolby Vision-supporting 4K TVs with the built-in Roku OS.
Meanwhile, Hisense’s 2017 line is optimized to adeptly handle motion artifacts with three basic systems it calls Motion 120, Motion 240 and Motion 480 used in models of various performance levels.
These various systems use combinations of 60Hz or 120Hz native refresh rate LCD panels, scanning back light technology, blinking back light technology and Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC) circuitry to achieve the appearance of motion clarity approaching a native 120 Hz, 240 Hz and 480 Hz native refresh rate panel.
Smaller models in the H6 and H7 series will use 60 Hz panels with a blinking back light system called “Motion 120.” Screen sizes 55-inches and over in the H6 and H7 series use a combination of MEMC and scanning back light for “Motion 240.”
Some models in the H8D, and H9D series use a combination of native 120 Hz refresh rate panels, plus scanning back light and MEMC for the Motion 240 system and the lone model in the H10D series will add to that blinking back light technology in their Motion 480 system.
All 4K models in the 2017 Hisense line will have 10-bit panels, will use advanced 4K upscaling technology and include a dbx-TV on-board surround sound system, the company said.
Most of the 2017 4K Ultra HD lineup includes 4 HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs, USB 3.0 input, HEVC and VP9 profile 2 codec decoding and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
Headed into CES 2017, the company was still determining which models or series would get its industry leading four-year warranties this year.
The flagship H10D 4K LED LCD TV model will feature a 75 inch screen size (pricing and availability to be determined). It will use Hisense’s ULED panel technology based on 17 patents offering advancements to improve the viewing experience, and will feature full-array LED back lighting with local dimming and quantum dot wide color gamut technology.
It uses Hisense’s Motion 480 motion compensation package and also supports HDR10. It is expected to perform at up to the Ultra HD Alliance’s Ultra HD Premium performance levels for color and brightness, meaning they will output a peak luminance level of 1,000 nits or better.
Other features include an Opera-based smart TV operating system with Opera browser, large assortment of streaming service partners, including 4K apps from Netflix, Amazon and Vudu and Bluetooth 4.5 connectivity for use with wireless headphones, speakers and other devices.
The H9D series will be split between to motion handling capabilities. H9D Plus models in the 65-, 55- and 50-inch screen sizes, use edge-lit LED panels with local dimming and will have 4K Ultra HD resolution, support HDR10, have a built-in 4K media player, Motion 240 motion handling capability, and are due in the March-April time frame. H9D models will be offered in the same screen sizes with Motion 120 capability. Pricing and available will be announced later.
New H8D series models include the 86- ($5,999.99), 65- ($2,499.99), 75- ($999.99), 55- ($649.99) and 50-inch ($549.99) screen sizes. All are 4K models with direct LED back lighting, a Motion 120 (native 60 Hz refresh rate) smooth motion system, 4K media player, HDR10 compatibility, wide color gamut and dbx-TV sound. They are due to ship in the March-April time frame.
The H7D 4K Ultra HD LED TV line will include models in the 65- ($899.99), 55- ($599.99), 50- ($499.99) and 43-inch ($399.99) screen sizes, all are due in the March-April time frame. Key features include: 4K resolution, HDR10 capability, Motion 120 motion adjustment, 4K media player, and the smart TV platform with Opera browser.
The Hisense 75-inch 75R8D (price and availability to be announced later) is one of the first Roku TVs incorporating support for 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 and Dolby Vision streaming, Hisense said. It will also support a wide color gamut. The Roku OS will incorporate the 4K Spotlight channel that aggregates available 4K and 4K HDR content from all of the supporting streaming services in the Roku library and app store.
The set uses direct LED back lighting with local dimming, includes DTS Studio Sound, a headphone jack and voice search via the Roku mobile app.
Also slated for 2017 is the Hisense R6D Roku TV series of 4K Ultra HD LED LCD sets with HDR10 support only. The series will have models in the 65-, 55-, 50- and 43-inch screen sizes, all of which will contain many of the same features as the 75R8D minus Dolby Vision, local dimming and wide color gamut support. Pricing and availability will be announced later.
Hisense will also offer three series of Full HD LED LCD TV models including the H3D, H4D and H5D. All have Motion 120 (native 60 Hz refresh rate) panels, direct LED back lighting, and a headphone jack.
All FHD models also have three HDMI inputs, two USB inputs, and a headphone jack. Smart TV models include built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.
The H4D series adds the integrated Roku smart TV OS, while the H5D models use the Hisense Opera-based smart TV platform. The H3 series omits built-in smart TV features but it adds a video game mode for better lag time and image handling for gaming.
By Greg Tarr
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