Vizio will launch its first OLED TVs this fall. The TVs will be equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports and VRR features, and will be cheaper than LG's most affordable OLED TVs.
Vizio OLED TV
The new OLED TVs that were announced in January at CES 2020 will arrive this fall. The company is now referring to it as '2021 models ' due to delays most likely caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The good news is that Vizio's OLED TVs will launch at very agressive $1300 (55") and $2000 (65") price points, making them more affordable than even LG's BX series of OLED TVs, although LG is expected to bring down prices further as we approach fall.
- "At Vizio, we constantly strive to raise the bar for picture and sound quality, delivering complete entertainment as no other manufacturer can," said Bill Baxter, CTO, Vizio. "With the debut of our first OLED television and its leading-edge picture processing, along with the first-of-its-kind Elevate Sound Bar, we are making good on that commitment to consumers. The single largest R&D effort in the company's history, the 2021 OLED TV pairs perfectly with the Elevate to create Vizio's finest home theater experience to date."
Vizio's new TVs will increase competition in the US market where only LG and Sony are offering OLED TVs, as opposed to Europe where multiple TV brands offer TVs based on the newer, self-emitting display technology that can deliver true black and bright whites (specified to 800 nits peak brightness) at the same time - each individual pixel is effectively a 'dimming zone'.
Vizio's OLED TVs will feature 4K resolution and two HDMI 2.1 ports capable of receiving up to 4K120 for next-generation game consoles and players. The TVs will also support HDMI VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and AMD FreeSync for smoother gaming experiences. Vizio's OLED TVs will have a VRR range of 40 to 120Hz, which is higher than its new LCD TVs but similar to LG OLED TVs.
The company said that its OLED TVs will be powered by a new IQ Ultra processor with a 'ProGaming Engine' inside, a marketing moniker for its collection of gaming features. The TVs also support optional HDMI 2.1 features such as ALLM and eARC.
These are Vizio's first OLED TVs. The company is known in the US for its value-for-money LCD TVs and it would appear that it is trying to expand that mindset to OLED TVs.
The TVs feature universal HDR support, with HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision. Users will have access to streaming content via apps on the SmartCast platforms, and via Chromecast or AirPlay 2.
55-inch OLED55-H1 and 65-inch OLED65-H1 will be available in the US this fall as new flagship TVs from Vizio. Further details, including pricing, are available below.