Vizio has announced a new series of 4K UHD TVs that leverage the advanced technologies developed for the company's Reference Series, such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) and more accurate color, but at significantly lower price points. The 50-inch P-Series TV retails for 999, including a 6-inch Android tablet that can be used both as a remote and for streaming content to the TVs via the newly supported Google Cast. Said tablet is bundled with all P-Series TVs. This 6-inch Android tablet/remote will be included with each of Vizio's P-Series TVs. Vizio is calling its implementation of Google Cast (nee Chromecast) Wi-Fi multimedia streaming SmartCast, and it will be supported by all of its P-series TVs as well as upcoming sound bars and standalone Wi-Fi speakers.
On top of all that, the new P-Series finally brings HDR and Dolby Vision support, as well as ultra-wide color spectrum, down to Vizio's more affordable sets. There's also full array backlighting, with 128 active LED zones (the more the better, when it comes to achieving rich black levels). Previously, all of those features were only available on the company's pricier Reference Series. The 6-inch Android tablet that comes with every P-Series set isn't very exciting on its own: It's got a 1080p screen and a V8 octa-core processor. But it's significantly more interesting than the traditional remotes most TVs ship with.
The eye-popping highlights and detailed shadows of HDR video no longer demand thousands of dollars, thanks to Vizio's latest M-Series TVs*. The 2016 Vizio M-Series starts at 850 for a 50-inch TV. Other models include a 55-inch set for 1000, a 60-inch set for 1250, a 65-inch set for 1500, a 70-inch set for 2000, and an 80-inch set for 4000. All sizes support HDR, short for high-dynamic range, which allows for a brighter display with greater range between light and dark images. Vizio is partnering with Dolby Vision, whose HDR enhancements are available on Vudu and a handful of Netflix videos.
It turns out you don't need Vizio's latest P-Series television to experience one of its key features. As announced on Tuesday, Vizio's 2016 P-series TVs are the first to have Google Cast built-in, letting users send video to the big screen from phones, tablets, and laptops. More importantly, each P-series TV ships with its own Android tablet, which acts as a remote control using the new Vizio SmartCast app. Even if you don't have a P-series TV, you can use SmartCast with existing Chromecast dongles or Android TV devices. The app, which is free on iOS and Android, basically acts like a TV guide and remote for streaming video, letting you find things to watch and then launch them on the television.