Hisense Adds U9H Mini-LED TVs, Broad New Google TV Support
Hisense used CES 2022 to introduce its forthcoming new premium ULED TV model series, highlighted by some of the company’s first models based on Mini-LED full-array backlight technology.
The company also revealed its 2022 Laser TV lineup, and is showing an upcoming new technology advancement billed as the world’s first “8K Laser TV.”
For 2022, Hisense said the entire premium ULED TV lineup will support the Google TV interface based on the Android TV operating system with Google Assistant integration. Previously, the company had also announced support of some ULED model series based on the Roku TV platform. The company also continues to offer television lines based on its own VIDAA smart TV OS, though no new models werel revealed at CES 2022 based on that platform.
Hisense said the new Google TV interface that rides atop the Android TV OS provides customized multi-user functionality for more personalized and streamlined experiences and the ability to use GoogleCast to send content from Android smartphones and tablets to the TV. It also includes hands-free Google Assistant voice control built into all Hisense ULED models.
The 75U9H is Hisense’s new premium ULED television based on a 4K 75-inch Mini-LED-backlit LCD screen, which is said to be capable of brighter pictures, vivid colors, and a wider contrast range. This is supposed to offer better control of panel uniformity and blooming artifacts while boosting HDR brightness.
Hisense’s ULED technology, which is a suite of picture enhancement features, is now adapted to elevate the Mini-LED system offering a more seamless interaction between hardware and software for enhanced color, contrast, motion, and brightness, the company said. This will involve automatic adjustments in real-time, continuous scene-by-scene modifications, and fine-tuning the look of each frame.
The U9H series models will employ an upgraded processor that operates faster, smoother and with greater responsiveness from the native 120Hz refresh rate LCD panel providing smoother and clearer motion handling, the company said. The full-array array Mini-LED LCD backlit panels will also offer a quantum dot color enhancement film layer.
Hisense said the U9H model will reach peak brightness of 2,000 nits using more than 1,280 full-array local dimming zones. The series will support HDR10 and Dolby Vision IQ high dynamic range, the latter of which will auto adjust images for a wide range of colors, detail and more lifelike 4K pictures.
The series also includes advanced game playing capabilities for tear-free, stutter-free and low latency HDR gaming experience. Supported HDMI features for gaming include: auto low latency mode (ALLM), Game Mode Pro, variable refresh rate (VRR), and FreeSync. Also included is support for HDMI eARC audio.
The series’ upgraded audio package includes embedded speakers in both the top and bottom of the TV for a demonstrable surround sound experience. In addition to eARC, the U9H models will support the WiSA wireless speaker standard, and a 2.1.2 audio channel configuration including spatial audio in Dolby Atmos.
The new Hisense U8H Series also has been upgraded to include full-array Mini-LED LCD backlighting and quantum dot color enhancement layer as part of the ULED picture technology package. The U8H delivers includes a new 75-inch big-screen model. The series uses 120Hz refresh rate LCD panels, and produces a peak brightness levels of up to 1500 nits. The series also address IMAX Enhanced Certification, FilmMaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ HDR profile support.
Audio enhancements include support for Dolby Atmos object oriented surround sound, HDMI ARC/eARC and WiSA wireless speaker support. HDMI 2.1 ports also include advanced gaming features including Ultra-High Speed HDMI, ALLM, VRR and FreeSync in addition to a Game Mode Pro setting.
The series will also include new NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) over-the-air broadcast tuning to receive free television broadcasts with advanced new picture and sound quality levels and interactive feature benefits.
For voice control, the series includes in-bezel far-field microphones for hands-free use with embedded Google Assistant. The sets also feature Works with Alexa voice control support.
The 2022 Hisense U7H Series also features quantum dot wide color support and is optimized for advanced gaming and enhanced movies and television program viewing. Gaming features include Game Mode Pro and an Ultra-High Speed HDMI input, ALLM, and 120Hz VRR and FreeSync HDMI gaming features. The series also features IMAX Enhanced Certification, FilmMaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR 10/10+ adaptive, Quantum Dot, FreeSync and NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 tuning.
Premium audio enhancements include: Dolby Atmos, HDMI ARC/eARC and WiSA wireless speaker support, and a 120Hz refresh rate.
The U7H series will include a range of screen sizes from 55- to 85-inches.
The 2022 Hisense U6H Series is positioned as a more value-oriented premium 4K ULED LED LCD TV lineup running the Google TV smart TV interface. The series will step-down to a native 60Hz native refresh rate LCD panel but will include quantum dot wide color enhancement, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR 10/10+ adaptive HDR profile support, and FilmMaker Mode. On-board sound features include: Dolby Atmos decoding and HDMI ARC/eARC.
Gaming features include: Ultra High-Speed HDMI, VRR and Hisense’s Game Mode Plus functionality. The series newly adds far-field mic voice control for the integrated Google Assistant platform.
Pricing and availability is as follows:
● U9H ships in late-summer at a $3,199.99 suggested retail for a 75-inch model.
● U8H ships in mid-summers starting at a $1,099 suggested retail for 55-inch model. Other sizes include: 65- and 75-inches.
● U7H ships in mid-summer starting at a $799.99 suggested retail for the 55-inch model. The series will also include: 65-, 75- and 85-inch screen sizes.
● U6H ships this summer starting at a $579.99 suggested retail for the 55-inch version. The series will also be available in 65- and 75-inch models.
For people looking for more affordable options, Hisense will also offer its A7H, A6H and A4H LED-LCD TV Series.
Both the 4K A6H and A4H series. The A7H also includes an 85-inch model (shipping this spring at a $1,699.99 suggested retail) with wide color gamut support.
Both the 4K A6H and A7H series models will be equipped with the aforementioned Google TV interface; Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 and eARC with Ultra High-Speed HDMI port; ALLM and Dolby Atmos surround sound processing.
The entry A4H series will feature 2K (Full HD-level) resolution in the 32- through 43-inch screen sizes. This series will be updated with a new bezel-less design and integrate the regular Android TV smart TV operating system.
Pricing and availability for the A series models are as follows:
● The A6H series ships in the spring starting at a $299.99 suggested retail for the 43-inch version. The series also includes 50-, 55-, 65- and 70-inch screen sizes.
● The A4H series in the spring starting at a $199.99 suggested retail for the 32-inch version. The series also includes 40- and 43-inch screen sizes.
Beyond flat-panel displays, Hisense also continues to advance its offerings in laser-based DLP video projectors.
The company is showing its Hisense L9G TriChroma Ultra Short-Throw Laser TV for consumers looking for premium Laser TV technology and performance. The L9G TriChroma laser engine is capable of up to 3000 lumens of peak brightness. This year, The L9G adds support for Dolby Vision high dynamic range.
Joining this is the new PX1-PRO 4K Ultra Short Throw TriChroma Laser Cinema projector. The unit includes a new digital lens focusing system that is said to enable sharp picture control for screen sizes ranging from 90 to 130-inches, measured diagonally. It also allows consumers the option to choose screen sizes for more customized home theaters.
The TriChroma lasers reach more than a billion colors and features 4K resolution at a 60Hz native refresh rate. It supports the Dolby Vision and HDR10 HDR profiles and is certified for Filmmaker Mode. Along with premium audio features such as Dolby Atmos playback and WiSA Ready wireless speaker connectivity, the projector features Ultra High-Speed HDMI 2.1 ports supporting eARC and ALLM features. The projector’s built-in Android TV operating system supports a array of streaming services and connectivity via WiFi, Bluetooth and Google Assistant voice control. It is also compatible with Works with Alexa capabilities, the company said.
The Hisense L5G 4K Smart Laser TV is being presented as “a major upgrade” to this year’s L5 Series. The 2022 L5G DLP version is based on blue light laser o produce razor-sharp, precise images with detail that exceeds the standard 4K color range to deliver a full entertainment package. Viewers will enjoy a greater lifelike experience with Dolby Vision as well as Filmmaker Mode, which delivers movies as the director intended. Embedded 30W speakers and Dolby Atmos produce multidimensional spatial audio experience, and an Android TV OS brings more than 5,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store for nearly endless content and gaming options.
Additionally at the entry end of the ultra-short-throw laser projector range, Hisense is showing its L5G that is said to be bringing advanced to features to the affordable home theater package. New this year is an Ultra-High-Speed HDMI port with ARC/eARC broad bandwidth audio and ALLM gaming connectivity features. The projector will ship in packages including a 100-inch or 120-inch UST projection screens with ambient-light rejecting properties for bright, contrasty images.
2022 Hisense UST laser projector pricing and availability is as follows:
● PX1-Pro TriChroma Laser Cinema available now for a $3,999 suggested retail.
● The L5G 4K Smart Laser TV is available now for a $4,499 (100-inch package) and $4,999 (120-inch package).
Also for 2022, Hisense is showing its U Series soundbars, all of which feature a sleek design and easy integration with a television set.
This year Hisense is expanding a pair of U Series soundbars to include support for Dolby Atmos wide sound processing, bringing more richness, detail and depth of sound with EzPlay connectivity and convenience to enable greater volume control using a Hisense TV remote.
The Hisense U5120G soundbar has 480 watts of total system power, 12 speaker drivers, DTS:X surround sound support, and an HDMI port with ARC/eARC connectivity.
The Hisense U5120GW+ features 570 watts of total system power and a 7.1.2-channel surround sound support. It includes Dolby Atmos surround sound support and 14 speaker drivers, including two dedicated speakers for overhead sound. The HDMI port support ARC/eARC broadband connectivity and the soundbar will playback Hi-Res Audio music files.
2022 Hisense soundbar pricing and availability is as follows:
● The U5120G will ship in the fall at a price to be announced.
● The U5120GW+ will ship the in spring 2022 at a price to be announced.
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By Greg Tarr
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