Hisense launched its new ULED Android TV portfolio at a North American launch event held in New York City last week. The line includes 4K Ultra HD TVs, starting with the H8, which will arrive in Canada in June.
The H8, as well as the new Q9, both combine the Android TV experience with Hisense's ULED technology, which the company says "boosts the overall picture quality performance of the TV."
Powered by the Hisense Hi-View chipset, the newest Hisense TVs automatically know when to make the colours of your favourite sports team more vivid, and how to better balance brightness and contrast in your favourite film noir to achieve the best picture quality possible, without the viewer needing to intervene.
The H8 can display a Wide Colour Gamut, reach up to 700 nits peak brightness level, and benefit from MEMC for smoother motion. It also features Dolby Vision HDR.
The Q9, meanwhile, offers a 120hz native panel and Quantum Dot technology, reaching peak brightness up to 1,000 nits, and up to 132 local dimming zones to offer greater contrast control. The inclusion of Quantum Dot, says Hisense, helps to achieve pinpoint colour accuracy, unlocking a Wide Colour Gamut that displays 100% of the DCI-P3 colour space. At the heart of the new Q9 Premium ULED is the Hisense Hi-View DDS engine, controlling proprietary video processing algorithms for 4K Super Resolution images.
With Android TV, users get access to live and on-demand content from top streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crave. Viewers can also stream content from their phones using Chromecast support with thousands of compatible apps. It also includes personalized recommendations and the ability to resume previously watched clips from where you left off.
With built-in Google Assistant, users you can use voice search, discovery, and give commands, get answers to questions about programs or films they watch, find weather updates, or check calendars. The H8 and Q9's integrated Google Assistant feature can control compatible smart home devices as well, including lights, audio equipment, thermostats, appliances, and more. Additionally, viewers can download the Hisense skill for Amazon Echo devices to control other smart home products like light bulbs, door locks and the Hisense HiSmart Portable Air Conditioner that works with Alexa.
The Hisense H8 will be available at The Brick, Visions, Leon's and Brault & Martineau amongst other retailers. A 55-inch model retails for $900 and the 65-inch model sells for $1,200.
The Q9 will be available at Visions and Brault & Martineau, with the 55-inch model retailing for $1,300 and the 65-inch model for $1,800.