It wasn’t too long ago that Hisense was looked at as an also-ran in the world of TVs, but that has been changing over the past few years. The company’s output has been increasing in quality recently, and this year it is aiming to take CES by storm as it unleashes a volley of impressive new TVs.
“At Hisense, we continually strive to push the boundaries of TV technology and design,” Hisense Americas CEO Jerry Liu said in a statement. “After a year of standout growth, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us, and we look forward to bringing even more consumers together in the living room.”
As the flagship of Hisense’s 2017 lineup, the H10D series uses quantum dot display technology, and supports both HDR and wide color gamut. The series is Ultra HD Premium certified, with full array local dimming promising some of the deepest blacks possible on an LCD TV and making for excellent contrast.
The H10D series features Motion 480 for preserving smoothness of motion during fast-moving action scenes and sports, though it will introduce “soap opera effect.” An integrated UHD upscaler makes sure you’ll be able to enjoy your old content on your new TV as much as you enjoy Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K streaming. This series, like the rest of Hisense’s 2017 UHD lineup, supports smart TV functionality, including a built-in web browser.
The H10D series is available in a 75-inch model for $6,000, while the 70-inch model sells for $3,000.
For the H9D series, Hisense split the TVs into two subseries: The H9D Plus Series features Motion 240, while the standard H9D series only features Motion 120. Other than this, the features are the same, with support for HDR and wide color gamut, as well as the same upscaler featured on the H10D series.
For the 75-inch H9D Plus model, direct-lit local dimming is featured, while for all other models in both series, edge-lit local dimming is used. Both series also feature Bluetooth 4.0 audio output for private listening, a feature also found on the flagship H10D series.
The H9D Plus series is available in four sizes, with the previously mentioned 75-inch class model selling for $2,500, while the 65-inch sells for $2,000, the 55-inch sells for $1,300, and the 50-inch sells for $1,000. In the standard H9D series, the largest model is a 65-inch class, which sells for $1,300. The 55-inch class model sells for $900, while the 50-inch model is priced at $700.
While the H9D series varies between types of dimming used, the entire H8 series uses direct-lit local dimming. There is a trade-off, however: While this series supports HDR, it does not support wide color gamut. Motion 120 and the UHD upscaler found on the above models are both supported, as is smart TV functionality, though you won’t find Bluetooth audio output here.
There are a total of four models in the H8D series, with the largest being the massive 86-inch class model, which sells for $6,000. The other models are much more affordable, with the 65-inch class model selling for $1,000, the 55-inch model for $650, and the 50-inch model for $550.
The H7D series is the most affordable of its H-series UHD TVs, but it still features HDR compatibility. Direct local dimming isn’t available here, though Motion 120 and the UHD upscaler are, as is smart TV functionality, including the 4K media player found on all of the above models.
There are four models in this series, starting with the 65-inch class model, which sells for $900. A 55-inch model is available for $600, while a 50-inch model can be had for $500. A 43-inch class model costs $400.
R8 & R6 Series Roku TVs
Alongside its own TVs, Hisense also unveiled a total of five new Roku TVs, spread across the R6 and R8 series. All of these models are HDR10 compatible and run the Roku OS, which features a 4K spotlight channel to help you show off your new TV. Private listening and voice search are available via Roku’s mobile app, while the remote features a wired headphone jack.
The R8 includes all of the features of the R6 series, with two major additions: Dolby Vision joins HDR 10 to make the variety of available content even larger, and this model also uses direct-lit local dimming. The R8 series consists of a single 75-inch model, which sells for $2,000.
The R6 series is available in four different sizes, with the 65-inch class model selling for $800, while a 55-inch model can be had for $550. Finally, 50-inch and 43-inch models are available for $450 and $400, respectively.
The final series here is what Hisense refers to as 4K Laser Cast TV, but it isn’t a TV at all — it’s an ultra-short throw projector. The projector can show a picture measuring up to 100 inches diagonally from a very short distance, in 4K resolution complete with high dynamic range HDR, displaying 82 percent of the NTSC colors.
The projector also features built-in 5.1 channel sound, with the projector itself acting as the front speakers, with includes wireless rear speakers and a wireless subwoofer. It sells for $13,000, but considering all that Hisense has packed in, that’s actually a decent value compared to other projectors with similar feature sets.
Release dates have yet to be set for most of the products featured here, but Hisense is aiming for an early 2017 release date for most.
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