Vizio's 2020/2021 TV line-up includes its first OLED TVs as well as upgraded LCD TVs with zone dimming. With features like HDMI 2.1, VRR, and the SmartCast platform, Vizio tries to maintain its position as the top value-for-money US brand.
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Vizio's 2020/2021 TVs
If you are already familiar with Vizio's 2020 TVs, you are also familiar with the company's 2021 TV line-up. Due to the coronavirus, the full line-up was delayed to late 2020 and Vizio has confirmed that it will carry over to 2021. It is now referred to as the 2021 TV line-up.
Starting with the 2020/2021 line-up, FlatpanelsHD will provide full coverage of Vizio's TV models. As always, FlatpanelsHD's TV line-up overview lets you compare specifications and features, see prices, and more.
Most notably, Vizio launched its first OLED TVs in late 2020. These are based on LG Display's OLED panel. They are also some of Vizio's first TVs with HDMI 2.1 ports and features like 4K120, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), eARC, and ALLM.
The company has a full line-up of full array local dimming (FALD) LCD TVs, with up to 792 dimming zones in the largest (85 inches) and most advanced model. The 'P-Series Quantum X' represents Vizio's most advanced LCD technology while the M-Series represents the mid-range segment. The company also has the low-end V-Series of LCD TVs.
After a failed experiment with fully Chromecast-based TVs, without any user interface for apps, Vizio has reintroduced its SmartCast platform, now in version 4.0. It provides access to popular apps like the Apple TV app, Disney+, HBO Max, Netflix, and Vudu.
Vizio's SmartCast platform
You are still getting built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.
Vizio has partnered with Apple to enable AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in its TVs. AirPlay lets you push media content from an iPhone/iPad wirelessly onto the TV screen while HomeKit lets you control certain functions in the TV via your iPhone. You can also control certain aspects of a Vizio TV through Siri on an external device.
The TVs are powered by Vizio's 'IQ Ultra' processor and there is a 'ProGaming Engine' in some of the more expensive models to enable the latest gaming features such as HDMI VRR and AMD FreeSync at up to 120Hz. Such features can be used with the latest generation of game consoles like PlayStation 5 (4K120, VRR coming later) and Xbox Series X (4K120 and VRR).
Also read: HDMI 2.1 explained
Vizio has wide support for HDR formats, including HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision. However, supporting HDR in software is easy. Delivering good HDR picture quality is much harder and place high demands on the hardware.
The top LCD TVs will have higher brightness but crude luminance control. OLED will have somewhat lower brightness but pixel-level luminance control.
There are no 8K TVs in Vizio's line-up for 2020/2021, which is understandable considering the dearth of 8K content and the market situation in general. Vizio TVs do not yet supported related developments such as AV1 video decoding either.
Other features include WiFi 5 (ac standard), Vizio's free ad-supported WatchFree app, built-in ATSC 1.0 tuners, and an aluminum frame on some models.
Vizio's 2020/2021 TVs are available in the US in sizes ranging from 43 to 85 inches. The overview will be updated if new models or features are introduced later in 2021.
We will also, as mentioned, also provide full coverage on the 2022 TV line-up and future models.
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