Hisense H8

UHD resolution and Android get together in Hisense's new SmartTV line

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Hisense is bringing two 4K big screens to market, and both are powered by Android. The H8c series will come in 50-inch, 55-inch and 60-inch models, while the H9 3D series will be 75 and 85-inches. Both series will be powered by Android (4.2 Jellybean) with Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Chrome, Pandora and YouTube installed natively. Full support from Google Play rounds out the software. Both models are scheduled to be available in Q3 2014.

Physical specs include local dimming, UHD HDMI inputs. USB 3 support, AirBridge player and receiver ability, built in Wifi, and smart mouse and input controls.

The H9 comes with Bluetooth 3D glasses, NFC and a smart remote that has voice and gesture controls built-in.

We're going to swing by and have a look at what Hisense has to offer, and see if this is the "new" Android TV we've been waiting to see. In the meantime, the press release if after the break.

HISENSE LAUNCHES ANDROID POWERED UHD LINE AT CES 2014

Las Vegas, NV – January 6, 2014 — Rounding out the most comprehensive line of high-performing, attainable Ultra High Definition televisions on the market today, Hisense today unveiled the Hisense H8c series and Hisense H9 3D series at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The H9 will debut with 85-inch and 75-inch models and the H8c will be available in 65-inch, 55-inch and 50-inch models. Both series are powered by Android™ 4.2 and include SMART TV features such as Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Chrome™, YouTube™, and are Google Play™ certified.

“Our message at CES is UHD For All!” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “These two additions to our line deliver stunning performance, elegant design and category leadership when it comes to coupling advanced features and innovative UI.” 

The H9 is navigable via its cutting-edge VIDAA user interface; comes with Bluetooth® 3D glasses, Ultra-LED (U-LED) technology for incredible color detail and local dimming, RF remote with NFC, and Smart Interaction capabilities including voice and gesture controls.

Key Specifications:
UHD (3840 x 2160) native resolution; UltraSMR 480 (H9); UltraSMR 240 (H8c); Precise Local Dimming; Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio; Android 4.2 base; VIDAA UI; HDMIx4 to support UHD inputs, USBx3to support UHD video play; AirBridge™ Digital Media Player and Receiver; Merlin™ Air Mouse and smart remote controls, built-in WiFi; Dolby Digital; DSP audio process; closed captioning; noise reduction; parental controls; sleep timer.

The new UHD models will be available nationwide in Q3 2014.

Both series will be on display at the Hisense booth 7243 during CES, January 7-10, 2014.

For more information please visit: www.hisense-usa.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HisenseUSA or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Hisense_USA.

 
There are 19 comments

mattopotamus says:

price, price, price...that is what I care about with these 4k tvs. $5000 for a 50" is still too pricey!

ScottJ says:

You can get a 50" 4K TV for about $800 right now. It just won't have Android integrated.

bumpandrun says:

Where have you seen them that cheap? About $3000 is the cheapest I've seen (60"). I haven't seen a 50". At least not in brand I trust. I have seen brands I've never heard of in emails from places like Tiger Direct for around $800 to $1000.

The specs sound amazing..... 4K TV's are great.... and 4K TV's in those sizes..... I can't imagine how cool they must be.... now.... to apply for another $100,000 mortgage to finance one!

James-s2 says:

If Netflix is over stream 4k TV does anyone know what he minimum broadband speed would need to be to stream effectively?

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ScottJ says:

Well, since there are 4 times as many pixels to render you can expect it to require 4 times as much bandwidth assuming the compression algorithm and bit rate are the same.

The recommended speed for current Netflix streams is 5 mpbs, so it's safe to assume that you will need at least 20 mpbs for each stream.

MasterElwood says:

4 times as many pixels is correct, but for 4k streaming Netflix uses a new codec with 2x the efficiency (h.265 vs the old h.264).

So it´s only 2x the bandwidth.

bumpandrun says:

I read an article the other day talking about that and they said 20 to 30 mbps.

ScottJ says:

4K is a gimmick. At normal living room viewing distances 1080P is indistinguishable from 4K. Add to this that there is very little 4K content as yet and you have another marketing play to make people feel like their set is outdated and they must upgrade.

Mayoo614 says:

At last, someone else thinks the same!

+9001

ScottJ says:

Have you ever watched broadcast HD and seen how much compression there is? Now, imagine how much additional compression they'd have to do to fit a 4K signal in the same pipe.

Broadcast channels are using either 1080i or 720p to save bandwidth. 1080i interleaves half-resolution fields every 60th of a second for an effective frame rate of 30 FPS. 720p is a full 60 FPS but reduces the resolution to 1280x720. There is currently no broadcast channel that I'm aware of that transmits in 1080p. Most cable boxes output 1080i max. Thus, outside of Blu-Ray and some streaming services most people aren't even experiencing 1080p most of the time.

Before 4K should even be considered they should increase the pipe for over-the-air channels to allow both true 1080p 60 FPS and lower compression ratios. Once we get used to actual 1080p 60 FPS without discerable compression artifacts (e.g. macro blocking, breaking up in high motion scenes such as confetti) on all of our sources then we can think about upgrading the resolution but only if associated increases in transmission and optical disc capacities are implemented.

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True, just like when HD televisions were first introduced, the HD box was needed to actually make use of all the extra pixels. My buddy has a uhd from these guys and when I first saw his $3000 purchase I asked him why would he buy such a high end TV and not have an HD box? He pointed aggravatingly at the HD box... The picture looked pixelated so I assumed it was without HD signal... I then checked the specs on the bad boy and told the kid he wouldn't be enjoying the "uhd" experience via Comcast. Its basically an oversized computer display for now, I actually would like to get one and see how it would work with my graphic design experience.

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MasterElwood says:

you can´t compare online video like netflix and broadcast tv.

broadcast tv is encoded in real time. very inefficient.

Netflix videos are pre-encoded. MUCH MUCH more efficient way to encode. Also: Netflix can use newer more efficient codecs.

bumpandrun says:

Exactly, 4K is nothing but overkill right now and for some time to come. However, if you can see one with a 4K signal (they have one set up at BB in my town) it is amazing and way beyond 1080p blu-ray. Not sure where they get the signal (it's a preprogrammed signal for pointing out the quality of 4K).

James-s2 says:

Thanks Scott.

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I totally agree with Scott. As someone who has had an HTC for years, I've seen the quality of transmission of HDMI signals decrease as the cable companies have tried to squeeze more channels into the same pipeline. The result is more compressed data and worst quality of signals.

Better pipelines to allow higher data streams for existing content is what's needed (i.e., 1080p).

Seems to be one more way for cable and satellite companies to hike prices as we're going to need faster speeds to receive the 4K streams. Once again the consumer will have to foot the bill.

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I'm more interested in the "local dimming" than the 4k part. Wonder what the price will be?

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As an Android dev/fanboy I love how OEM's are integrating android within their products, it provides all kinds of opportunity for developers. What pisses me off about seeing this article? Don't blame fragmentation on Google/Android, blame it on oem's!!! I see new devices released in all types, even mobile phones and tablets without the latest version of android! Its aggravating...in my eyes its already out dated! And I'm sure a lot of other android enthusiasts scratch their heads on this as well. Another example, the Asus hybrid that was just showcased. Some will say because it went into development before kit-kat, I say that doesn't matter, it is very easy to update the version of android, and major companies can easily adjust such a thing pretty quick. One last note, kit Kat was specifically designed to run well on appliances and televisions and low spec tablets and phones, yet I am seeing very few OEMs use kit-kat! They always seem one step behind, jellybean was available and you would see Ice cream sandwich all over the new devices...it makes no sense just fragmentation!!!

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