Vizio’s ‘P-Series Quantum’ utilizes 192 local dimming zones to enable 2000 nits peak brightness when showing HDR. The LCD TV is also equipped with quantum dots.
2018 flagship Vizio TV
The TV was unveiled in April and is now available in the US. It represents the most advanced video technology from the American TV manufacturer but will exist only as a 65-inch model.
- “The P-Series Quantum combines the best Vizio picture quality technologies and wraps them in a beautifully modern aesthetic,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, Vizio.
The high-end P series has been created with HDR in mind. The quantum dot film helps widen the LCD panel’s color gamut but Vizio is not revealing the actual coverage of DCI-P3 other than boasting “cinematic colors”. The LCD TV uses a full array local dimming (FALD) system with 192 LED zones to improve contrast and boost peak brightness to “up to 2000 nits”. In addition, the TV supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
While 192 dimming zones is significantly fewer than previous top-performing LCD TVs such as Panasonic DX900, Sony Z9D, and Samsung Q9FN, it should allow Vizio to participate in the high-end LCD market. Still, it may be a hard sell compared to OLED TVs that have captured a commanding share of high-end segment, while at the same time becoming more affordable.
Vizio says that the TV is equipped with the SmartCast platform that offers access to apps such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Vudu. It also has Chromecast built-in but no longer relies solely on Google’s protocol. Vizio’s experiment with Chromecast-only displays was short-lived.
- “Our 2018 SmartCast OS opens the door to an expansive collection of streaming options while also allowing the P-Series Quantum to fit seamlessly into Amazon and Google smart home ecosystems thanks to voice-control support,” Baxter added.
In addition, Vizio’s TVs support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
The good news is that the TV is slightly less expensive than first announced in April – 100 dollars to be exact. The bad news is that it is still way more expensive than what are used to from Vizio. The company says that it will sell for $2100 at retailers such as Best Buy and on vizio.com.
2018 Vizio P-Series Quantum – in the company’s own words
1. Cinematic colors from Quantum Dot Technology. 2. Our leading contrast with Dolby Vision™ HDR. 3. Our brightest TV with up to 2000 nits. 4. Our most powerful Full Array LED backlight. 5. 192 local dimming zones for the purest blacks. 6. Immersive bezel-less screen design. 7. VIZIO Smart TV with 2018 SmartCast OS. 8. Voice control with Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant. 9. Google Chromecast built in.