Vizio’s first addition to the 2017 TV line-up will be a new E-series that will come in sizes from 32 to 80” with Chromecast built-in. From 43” and up all of the TVs will feature 4K, and from 55” and up all of the TVs will feature HDR.
Vizio 2017 E-series
Last year, Vizio removed the TV tuners and built a new foundation on Google’s Chromecast, meaning that you have to use a smartphone or tablet to push video content to the screen. This strategy will continue in 2017.
The new 2017 E-series will include a total of 8 models, one of them an “XXL screen”, says Vizio. Prices range from $210 to $3400 dollars. All except the smallest 32” model feature 4K resolution and this year Vizio is bringing HDR to the E-series.
The company also recently added HDR10 compatibility to certain 2016 E-series TVs through a firmware update.
- “Our E-Series collection is known for offering features that simply aren’t found on other entry-level models in the market, and the new 2017 E-Series collection is no different. With the addition of 75” and 80” class screen sizes to the line-up, value-minded shoppers who want to go big now have access to powerful picture quality in an XXL screen,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “High Dynamic Range with HDR10 content support provides another reason to upgrade by allowing consumers to get the most out of their HDR Blu-Ray players and game consoles.”
The company adds that “unlike edge-lit LED backlight displays, Vizio utilizes a powerful full-array LED backlight and up to 16 active LED zones”. However, it is not clear which of the models the company is referring to.
Update 15.3.2017: Vizio has sent us an email with additional details about the backlight systems in the 2017 E series:
All models in the E Series will incorporate a full array backlight.
55-inch and higher models will offer 12 zones of local dimming (as many as some higher-end competitors).
The 60-inch will offer 10-zones of local dimming.
The 75-inch models will offer 14 zones of local dimming.
The 80-inch model will offer 16 zones of local dimming.
There is no tablet included with the E-series TVs so you will have to use your existing smartphone or tablet to beam videos from Netflix, HBO, YouTube, and other services, to the TVs. Most of the TVs are available now from amazon.com and vizio.com, and the rest will follow shortly.
Vizio 2017 E-series pricing
32” Vizio E-series Full-Array LED (E32f-E1) - $209.99
43” Vizio E-series Ultra HD (E43-E2) - $399.99
50” Vizio E-series Ultra HD (E50-E1) - $469.99
55” Vizio E-series Ultra HD HDR (E55-E2) - $549.99
60” Vizio E-series Ultra HD HDR (E60-E3) - $749.99
65” Vizio E-series Ultra HD HDR (E65-E0) - $899.99
70” Vizio E-series Ultra HD HDR (E70-E3) - $1,299.99
75” Vizio E-series Ultra HD HDR (E75-E3) - $1,999.99
80” Vizio E-series Ultra HD HDR (E80-E3) - $3,399.99