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Vizio unveils 2019 LCD TV line-up with FALD, Airplay 2 & Dolby Vision

11 Jan 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

At CES 2019, Vizio has unveiled four new TV ranges for 2019, including the flagship ’P-Series Quantum X’. The new TVs will also support Apple Airplay 2, HomeKit, and Dolby Vision.

Vizio 2019 TV line-up

The P-Series Quantum X is the new flagship model with ”up to 480 local dimming zones” as well as ”up to 2,900 nits of peak brightness”, the company claims. It also has an expanded color gamut thanks to a quantum dot film. It will be available in 65 and 75-inch sizes.

Stepping down into the P-Series Quantum (without the X) you get a less advanced zone dimming system (up to 240 dimming zones) and up to 1000 nits peak brightness, the company said. The P-Series Quantum will be available in 65 and 75-inch sizes.

 Vizio 2019 TV line-up

- "Vizio has always been synonymous with value and our 2019 smart TV collection is no exception," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "We've combined an ideal blend of brightness, contrast and color to create a best-in-class picture across all price points. Layer on our intuitive, feature-rich smart TV platform, Vizio SmartCast 3.0, and customers receive an entertainment experience that is unmatched in the marketplace."

In addition, Vizio will release 2019 M-Series and V-Series models. These are mid-range 4K TVs in sizes from 40 to 75 inches. The V-Series will have up to 16 dimming zones whereas the M-Series will have up to 90 zones and with an expanded color gamut.

More details can be found in the table at the bottom.

All 2019 Vizio 4K TVs will support HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. Unlike many of its competitors, Vizio did not unveil 8K TVs at CES 2019. The company did not mention HDMI 2.1 features such as VRR and eARC either.

 Vizio 2019 TV line-up

Airplay 2 and HomeKit

All of Vizio's 2019 TVs come equipped with the company’s SmartCast 3.0 platform that offers apps such as Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu.

Major new features in 2019 include Apple Airplay 2 that allows you to push video content from an iOS device wirelessly onto the TV, as well as HomeKit, which is Apple’s platform for the connected home. Siri functionality will work via an iOS device or HomePod. These features will also be added to some previous Vizio TVs via an update.

- ”Vizio SmartCast 3.0 will be the first in the marketplace to work with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, allowing for seamless smart-home integration,” the company added.

In addition, Chromecast is built-in.

The 2019 Vizio TVs will be available starting from spring 2019. Pricing details were not announced.

In Vizio's own words

2019 Vizio P-Series
VIZIO's P-Series offerings are available in 65- and 75-inch class sizes and split into two collections – the P-Series Quantum X and P-Series Quantum 4K HDR Smart TVs. Setting a new standard for discerning videophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike, both lines offer VIZIO's unique implementation of quantum dot technology – Quantum Color. With up to 480 local dimming zones – more than double any previous P-Series model – the P-Series Quantum X dynamically adjusts the powerful Active Full Array backlight to precisely mimic on-screen content, delivering black levels that rival OLED. As VIZIO's brightest TV yet, the P-Series Quantum X features UltraBright 2900, allowing up to 2,900 nits of peak brightness to deliver explosive brightness and highlights, elevating the realism of Dolby Vision™ HDR1. Combined, these technologies utilize more than one billion colors to impeccably match every hue and tone with impressive cinematic intensity. The P-Series Quantum models feature up to 240 local dimming zones and up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness. Clear Action™ 960 and a 240Hz effective refresh rate, achieved with backlight scanning, stabilizes imagery across both lineups, reducing motion blur for a smoother, more natural picture in action scenes.

2019 Vizio M-Series
In true VIZIO fashion, the 2019 M-Series collection is value-packed. Quantum Color technology will trickle down to enable a wider spectrum of colors that gives consumers a great reason to step-up to 4K HDR. Viewers will appreciate a broad range of more distinguishable hues and tones that allow details in movies and TV shows to pop. Ranging from the 43- to 65-inch class size, M-Series offers an Active Full Array backlight with up to 90 zones of local dimming, nearly double that of the 2018 M-Series collection, for precise contrast control. The M-Series also features Dolby Vision for ultra-vivid picture quality. UltraBright 600 enables up to 600 nits of peak brightness for brighter scenes with whiter whites2. Clear Action 360 works to steady on-screen imagery, reducing motion blur with powerful image processing and a 120Hz effective refresh rate, achieved with backlight scanning, enabling a smoother, more natural picture.

2019 Vizio V-Series
Rounding out VIZIO's all-new 2019 offerings is the V-Series™ 4K HDR Smart TV lineup. VIZIO's former E-Series collection reimagined, the V-Series is perfect for anyone seeking exceptional entry-level picture quality, Dolby Vision support and a robust smart TV experience at a great value. Providing a wide selection of sizes, ranging from the 40-inch, all the way up to 75-inch class size, the V-Series offers an Active Full Array backlight with up to 16 zones of local dimming and UltraBright 400 for up to 400 nits of entry-level peak brightness. Viewers who love action movies will appreciate on-screen image stability with Clear Action and image processing with a 120Hz effective refresh rate, achieved with backlight scanning, for smoother imagery.

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