Hisense Unveils 14 Mini-LED TVs, Expands Laser TVs, Home Cinema Projectors
Hisense introduced at CES 2023 this week an expanded lineup of 14 Mini-LED backlit quantum dot (QLED)-enhancd television models, highlighted by its new flagship ULED X (UX) series that will offer a 4K UHD 85-inch model with a claimed peak brightness levels measuring up to 2,500 nits.
The company also introduced several new Laser TV and Home Cinema laser projectors for 2023.
UX Mini-LED TV
Hisense said the 85-inch UX series Mini-LED TV will also have more than 20,000 Mini-LEDs across 5,000 full-array local dimming zones that produce extended local control of brightness levels while boosting the overall peak brightness levels from a maximum of 2,000 nits in last year’s U8H series, the company said.
In addition, the backlight control system in the UX uses a 16-bit light control algorithm that will help the series provide contrast and black level performance to rival OLED TVs on the market.
The “ULED X” moniker for the series denotes the television’s package of advanced picture and sound quality processing and performance attributes.
Other features in the Hisense 85-inch UXK include: Google TV smart TV OS, 4.1.2-channel multi-channel surround sound with eARC pass through, Dolby Atmos, and Wi-Fi 6E.
Other 2023 Hisense Mini-LED TV series include the U8K Series, U7K Series and U6K Series, which are driven by the company’s “ULED” package of processing and performance technologies. All of the announced models will run the Google TV smart TV OS.
The entry Mini-LED serices, called the U6K, will bring some of the best value prices seen in Mini-LED technology to date, with 4K Mini-LED TV model starting at under $500.
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Other announced series for 2023 include: the U8K Series, U7K Series and U6K Series, all offering antiglare and low-reflection screens. The full list of model screen sizes for each series has not been provided. The full price list and availability dates will be announced later.
The Hisense U8K Series series, with screen sizes ranging from 55- to 85-inches, will bring twice the number of Mini-LED local dimming zones from last year’s U8H series, for improved black level and shadow detail performance to complement a 1,500 nit peak brightness level. It will also feature quantum dot (QLED) color enhancement.
Other features in the U8K series include support for Imax Enhanced certification, FilmMaker Mode, and HDR profiles including Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ as well as baseline HDR10 and HLG live broadcast HDR. The series will have a Game Mode Pro with support up to a 144 Hz variable refresh rate for smooth advanced video game performance, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. This is supported over HDMI 2.1 inputs, which also support eARC surround sound pass through. The series also includes Wi-Fi 6e connectivity, and includes a NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) tuner for new over-the-air broadcast station reception.
For sound, the series supports 4.1.2-channel surround with Dolby Atmos sound field expansion and support for WiSA wireless speaker connections.
The U7K series will have screen sizes from 55- to 85-inches, and Mini-LED backlighting with 500+ local dimming zones, 1000 nits peak brightness, ULED processing, quantum dot (QLED) color enhancement, and support for Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, IMAX Enhanced, NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) tuning and FilmMaker Mode.
It also offers Game Mode Pro with 144Hz variable refresh rate (VRR), AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, HDR10+ Gaming, Dolby Vision Gaming and ALLM. Sound support includes, 2.1-channel output, eARC pass-through, Dolby Atmos, and WiSA SoundSend connection for wireless speakers.
The U6K Series will have screen sizes from 50- to 85-inches, Mini-LED backlighting with 200 local dimming zones, 600 nits peak brightness, ULED processing, quantum dot (QLED) color enhancement, Game Mode Pro gamed features including ALLM and FreeSync, and a 60Hz native refresh rate LCD panel.
In addition to Mini-LED TVs, Hisense will offer LED-LCD TVs in 2023 including models from the announced A65K Series. This will offer even more value oriented pricing in screen sizes ranging from 43-inch to 75-inch screen sizes and the Google TV smart TV platform.
Laser TVs and Home Cinema Projectors
The company is also highly focused on in-home projectors to provide value in the very largest screen sizes, and presented a few new models coming in the year ahead.
The L9H TriChroma Laser TV is an Ultra Short Throw DLP projector offering a triple-laser light engine, with support for Dolby Vision and a claimed 107% coverage of the BT.2020 color space. The TriChroma Laser TV also offers 3000 ANSI lumens of brightness, support for HDR10, Google TV OS, NEXTGEN TV tuning, Wifi 6e Airplay 2 and HDMI 2.1 ports.
The L5H 4K Smart Laser TV Ultra Short Throw model features a single X-Fusion Blue Laser Light Source and support for Dolby Vision HDR, 40W speakers with Dolby Atmos support, HDMI 2.1 ports with eARC pass through and support for ALLM auto low latency mode gaming. The projector will throw screen sizes from 100- to 120-inches.
The Hisense PL1 Laser Cinema ultra short throw projector offers an auto-focus, adjustable lens that can project screen sizes from 80- to 120-inches. It includes a single X-Fusion Laser Light Source, 2100 lumens and both Blue Laser and Phosphor Color Filter Lasers create a bright, sharp picture with versatility for of brightness, Google TV, 4K UHD resolution.
The new Hisense PX2-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema offers very wide color gamut coverage, with up to 2400 ANSI lumens peak brightness, support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, a digital lens focus system for screen sizes from 90 to 130-inches, Google TV, ultra-high speed HDMI 2.1 ports and support for Airplay 2.
Hisense also introduced a new Smart Mini Projector with a TriChroma laser light engine that will run the company’s own VIDAA smart TV OS. The 4K Smart Mini Projector will produce screen sizes up to 150 inches and a portable form factor for versatile portability and easy setup. The projector will support Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range. Sound is supported with Dolby Atmos, DTS audio and two 20W internal JBL speakers.
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By Greg Tarr
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