Vizio's new LCD TVs for 2020/2021 are rolling out now. The P Series Quantum X boasts up to 720 dimming zones and 3000 nits peak brightness.
Vizio 2020/2021 LCD TVs
Vizio is launching new V-Series, M-Series, P-Series, and P-Series Quantum X. The new LCD TVs feature 4K resolution, full array local dimming (FALD), a quantum dot filter, and screen sizes up to 85 inches.
The 2020 version of the P-Series Quantum X will start at $1500 for a 65-inch model. The largest 85-inch version will cost $3000 when it launches this fall. The new M-Series will start at $400 for a 50-inch model. Compared to the 2019 models, the new TVs will generally feature more dimming zones plus new features. Due to delays, the company is now referring to it as its 2021 line-up as it will carry over into 2021.
- "From the accessible 40-inch V-Series with Dolby Vision to the epic, all-new 85-inch P-Series Quantum X, the 2021 SmartCast TV lineup is Vizio's top-performing and broadest range to date. And with SmartCast, users can stream, control, and share their favorite content to any Vizio SmartCast TV faster and more easily than ever. The 2021 TVs are rolling out now to major retailers nationwide," the company said.
Vizio claims that its P-Series Quantum X can hit 800 nits full screen brightness as well as up to 3000 nits peak brightness. However, at just 792 dimming zones it is unlikely to reach its peak brightness in most movie and game scenes. Later this year, the company will launch its flagship 4K OLED TVs with self-emitting pixels, effectively 8,294,400 'dimming zones'.
HDMI 2.1 - or not?
A major selling point this year is the 'ProGaming Engine', which encompasses new HDMI 2.1 features including VRR (variable refresh rate) and FreeSync.
Vizio is claiming "HDMI 2.1" for all of its new LCD TVs but only the P-Series models appear to have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports for 4K120 with next-generation game consoles and players. For the other models, it lists HDMI 2.1 based on eARC support. TV makers are technically allowed to claim HDMI 2.1 based on features like ALLM or eARC that can be implemented on HDMI 2.0 chipset, but it will not give you the higher bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 ports.
This is supported by the fact that only the P-Series models feature a 48-120Hz frequency range for VRR, whereas the cheaper models specify a narrower range of 48-60Hz.
The TVs also come with universal HDR support for HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
Users have access to streaming content via apps on the SmartCast platforms, and via Chromecast or AirPlay 2.
- "The hardware speed improvement for 4K 2021 models complements a recent software performance boost that is backward compatible and available to all SmartCast users with TVs dating as far back as 2016," the company said. "Other top entertainment apps like the Apple TV app and Peacock are coming later this summer."
Vizio's new LCD TV ranges are rolling out now. For more details, including pricing, see below.