You may consider a 3,500 TV expensive. But when the set in question features a 70-inch screen and every buzzword feature in LCD televisions, it's a bargain. But you'll find the most exciting stuff happening between those two extremes, where you can find a great TV for not a lot of money. Vizio remains a leader in offering great specs at great prices, but Hisense is encroaching on its turf. The Chinese brand is relatively new to the US, but the market leader in China and among the top five worldwide.
Unlike LG's 1080p beamer however, this short-throw projector can display a 100-inch 4K image from just a few inches away, and 2,700 lumens that will make it usable in the daytime. Dubbed 4K Laser Cast TV, the package is HDR-compatible and will include a 5.1 audio system when it goes on sale this summer. If you prefer standard televisions, Hisense is delivering its first 4K Roku models, including a Dolby Vision-ready 75-inch model with a pricetag of just $2,000. Its other 4K televisions will range in size all the way up to 86-inches, with a $6,000, for a standard 4K model, while the high-end ULED technology with local dimming tops out at 75-inches for $6,000. Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2017.
OSAKA - Sharp Corp. said Wednesday it will re-enter the U.S. TV market for the first time since 2015 after reaching a deal with Chinese electronics maker Hisense Group on rights to sell its brand in the world's largest economy. Sharp sold its rights to use the Aquos brand and its production facilities to Hisense in 2016 as part of restructuring efforts. The Japanese display maker decided to buy back its brand from the Chinese group after being acquired by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. in 2016, but negotiations between them had stalled. Sharp is expected to put on sale its high-end 8K ultra-high-definition TVs in the United States as early as this fall ahead of the Christmas holiday season, with plans to eventually expand to Canada and Mexico, company sources said.
At the end of last year Hisense launched the $10,000 100-inch 4K "Laser TV" projector we saw at CES 2017, and this year it's continuing to push that home theater in a box. According to president Liu Hong Xin, it has more sizes in development (80 and 88-inch sizes will be in its booth), and already owns 60 percent of the market share for 85-inches and above.
Hisense is clearly a fan of that Xzibit meme in which the Pimp My Ride star announces that he's put a thing inside a thing. That must be the explanation for how it came to its latest TV technology, dubbed ULED XD, which crams not one, but two panels inside its case. The company says that ULED XD's proprietary technologies include better chipsets and image processing algorithms that offer "incredibly deep blacks and dazzling brightness." ULED XD's secret sauce, of course, is the pairing of two panels that sit in front of the LED backlight, with a 4K RGB display up front. And, sandwiched between the 4K panel and the backlight is a 1080p greyscale panel that displays the image in black and white.