Vizio's 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs Feature 802.11ac Connectivity, Start at $999

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There are two main barriers to the transition to 4K Ultra HD (UHD). One is a lack of content, and that's being worked on by companies like Amazon and Netflix. The second is price, or at least it's supposed to be. One thing we're seeing at CES this year is an aggressive attempt by companies to push out 4K Ultra HD hardware without egregious pricing premiums attached. On the PC side, ASUS announced a 28-inch 4K monitor for $799, and on the home entertainment side, Vizio unveiled a lineup of 4K Ultra HD smart TVs starting at $999.

These aren't gimped TV sets, either. Vizio's P-Series sport LED backlighting with advanced local dimming technology and 64 active LED zones, HEVC H.265 codec for Ultra HD streaming, Vizio's V6 six-core processor that combines a quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU, built-in 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, and smart functions, to name a few of the features. Why a six-core SoC? Vizio says it developed the chip to deliver advanced graphics processing and an even faster smart TV user experience.

Vizio P-Series

"In addition, the VM50 Ultra HD motion and picture-processing engine enhances every Ultra HD image with incredible detail. At the pixel level, the Pure Pixel Processing Engine (P3E) further enhances sharp detail and gamma control, while reducing noise and artifacts caused by scaling, compression and video devices," Vizio says.

Vizio's P-Series TVs are priced as follows:

  • P502ui-B1: $999.99
  • P552ui-B2: $1,399.99
  • P602ui-B3: $1,799.99
  • P652ui-B2: $2,199.99
  • P702ui-B3: $2,599.99

Even if you're not interested in a 4K set, you have to like the price points, which will help drive down the cost of Full HD 1080p sets. Unfortunately, Vizio didn't say when these televisions will be available at retail.


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Expect 70" 4K TV from Hisense for under $2k long before next Thanksgiving and a 50" version from TCL or Seiki for $700. 2014 Dec is all 4K. Don't wait for content though. Upgrade your smartphone to one which shoots 4k video. In the meant time all your photos should look good.

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jsjohnson replied on Wed, Jan 8 2014 11:28 AM

Just curious, do these have, or will they receive a firmware update to HDMI 2.0? That's a pretty important barrier in an of itself given the 30FPS limitation of HDMI 1.x

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sevags replied on Wed, Jan 8 2014 12:41 PM

At these prices I would definitely buy a 60"!

Johnson has a point though if this is really HDMI 1.x, however at 4K resolutions it could be a while before content can be pushed passed 30fps any way?

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RBloch replied on Wed, Jan 8 2014 2:59 PM

Get what you pay for.

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sevags replied on Wed, Jan 8 2014 6:13 PM

RBloch: yes you do, but with Vizio you get a lot more than what you pay for. My home has 1 2013 samsung TV, 1 2010 Sony TV, and 3 Vizio TV's (2007, 2009, 2010) with one of the Vizios being the largest and main TV in my home. We love the vizios they have had amazing quality, rock bottom prices (especially back in the day compared to more known brands) and being the 3 oldest TV's in the house are still functioning exactly like the day we bought them including 0 dead pixels. At this point I consider Vizio as good quality as Samsung etc, only difference is Vizio usually rolls out new tech later than its competitors which doesn't seem to be the case with these new sets, and that the cabinets (actual borders and such) aren't as simple (I like thin bezels and I don't want to see any speakers on the sides or bottom). So you if you meant Vizio's price reflects their quality you are dead wrong.

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How will 1080p content look on a 4K tv?

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sevags replied on Thu, Jan 9 2014 2:24 PM

Draconian; it will look AMAZING lollllll. Most if not all sets will most likely upscale 1080p to fit 4k as many sets did in the past with SD to HD. The best part will be the denser pixels-per-inch which will make a 1080p image look sharper on a 4k set than any 1080p one.

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I want to see them when they start dropping the prices for smaller ones as monitors on my computer. If this $1,000, how long until small sized ones will be $500? Picture a 32 inch Ultra HD TV set as a monitor.

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