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January 9th, 2017 by

CES, the Consumer Electronics show, is in full swing for 2017.

As per usual, the industry showcase sets the standard for new technology we will see rolling out throughout the year. This year, TVs are yet again the staple at the Las Vegas based show.

Everywhere you look at CES 2017, hardware manufacturers are creating TVs which are thinner than ever before. The question being, does thinner equal better?

Hisense 4K Laser Cast TV

Hisense 100 inch Laser TV

Unlike other manufacturers, Hisense isn’t entering the “my TV is thinner than your TV” battle. Instead, the company is continuing to focus on what it does best, bringing the best technology at the lowest cost.

At their CES 2017 press conference, Hisense introduced their state of the art true 4K Laser Cast TV. Or, what they call “the future of home theatre”. The short-throw projector is HDR compatible and features a UHD upscaler, which displays a 4K picture and measures 100 inches (254cm) diagonally.

At the event, only US availability and pricing had been announced (available in the summer of 2017 for $12,999.99).

Hisense mentioned that this type of technology could retail for upwards of $50 000 with other manufacturers. This yet again makes you ask yourself why you’re paying so much for other TVs when you can get the same quality for a fraction of the cost.

According to a blind television picture quality study, conducted by Wakefield Research, consumers recently ranked the Hisense H8’s picture quality at the same level as premium brands, like Samsung, and significantly above budget brands like Vizio.

Hisense’s Laser Cast TV isn’t a TV in the traditional sense, it’s actually a front projection system which transmits the image on an included screen via HDMI or USB.

Not only does this provide a more cinematic look and feel to your series binge watching, it also gives a far cleaner aesthetic to the look and feel of your home theatre setup.  

The company hasn’t forgotten its ULED technology. Hisense announced that it would be bringing the award winning technology to larger screen sizes.

Hisense’s ULED technology is up to three times brighter than OLED. With better dynamic range and perception of black and white. The technology enhances colour, contrast, black level, brightness, and smooth motion with a combination of advanced hardware and software.

Quantum Dot Is Here To Stay

Hisense announced their H10D 4K ULED Smart TV, which features Quantum Dot Wide Colour Gamut, Ultra HD Premium, and UHD upscaling.

According to the company, the 70-inch and 75-inch flagship H10D is the largest ULED TV series in the U.S. 

Hisense also introducing the H9D and H9D Plus 4K ULED Smart TV. Featuring Wide Colour Gamut, edge-lit local dimming, and UHD upscaling for the ultimate viewing experience. The H9D series features three size options (50, 55 and 65 inches) and the H9D Plus series offers four size options (50, 55, 65 and 75 inches). Both series will be available for purchase in the US in early 2017.

The H8D 4K Smart TV series will be available in bigger screen sizes – 65 and 86 inches – than ever before.

New sizes of the bestselling H8 series are HDR compatible and will be available for purchase in early 2017. 

Smarter Than Ever

Great picture quality is fantastic, but none of it matters if you don’t have easy access to content. This is something Hisense understands well.

They’ve redesigned the Hisense Smart TV platform to offer  quick and easy one-touch access to all of the content you want. Including a full web browser for Hisense brand 4K televisions. In North America, this platform pre-installs more than 40 leading apps – including Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and VUDU – which can be accessed with the touch of a button on the newly designed remote. In addition, Hisense Smart TV users can experience content from hundreds of apps through the Opera TV Store. The Store encompasses movies and TV shows, music, gaming, lifestyle, fashion, news, and more.

For seamless access to 4K content, Hisense has developed 4K Now. This is a content gallery for 4K movies, trending videos and streaming providers, offering viewers the opportunity to experience the most beautiful content.

The Specs

Hisense 100H10D Series – 4K Laser Cast TV

  • HDR compatible
  • 1 Sound Channel
  • 82% NTSC
  • Motion 120
  • Ultra short-throw projector technology
  • 1 Channel Sound (wireless rears and subwoofer)
  • $12,999.99

Hisense H10D Series – 4K Smart ULED® TV

  • Ultra HD Premium™
  • Quantum dot wide color gamut
  • Full array local dimming
  • Motion 480
  • UHD upscaler
  • Smart TV with full web browser
  • Dbx-tv® award winning sound
  • Bluetooth 4.0 audio output
  • 70” $2,999.99
  • 75” $5,999.99

Hisense H9D Plus Series – 4K Smart ULED® TV

  • HDR compatible
  • Wide color gamut
  • Edge-lit local dimming (50”, 55”, 65”)
  • Direct-lit local dimming (75”)
  • Motion 240
  • UHD upscaler
  • Smart TV with full web browser
  • 4K media player
  • Dbx-tv® award winning sound
  • Bluetooth 4.0 audio
  • 50” $999.99
  • 55” $1,299.99
  • 65” $1,999.99
  • 75” $2,499.99

Hisense H9D Series – 4K Smart ULED® TV

  • HDR compatible
  • Wide color gamut
  • Edge-lit local dimming
  • Motion 120
  • UHD upscaler
  • Smart TV with full web browser
  • 4K media player
  • Dbx-tv® award winning sound
  • Bluetooth 4.0 audio
  • 50” $699.99
  • 55” $899.99
  • 65” $1,299.99

Hisense H8D Series – 4K Smart TV

  • HDR compatible
  • Direct-lit local dimming
  • Motion 120
  • UHD upscaler
  • Smart TV with full web browser
  • 4K media player
  • Dbx-tv® award winning sound
  • 50” $549.99
  • 55” $649.99
  • 65” $999.99
  • 86” $5,999.99 

Hisense H7D Series – 4K Smart TV

  • HDR compatible
  • Motion 120
  • UHD upscaler
  • Smart TV with full web browser
  • 4K media player
  • Dbx-tv® award winning sound
  • 43” $399.99
  • 50” $499.99
  • 55” $599.99
  • 65” $899.99

Hisense Roku TV

Hisense is also building on the success of the H4 series by introducing a new lineup of 4K Hisense Roku TVs in the U.S. The new lineup features two series – the R6 and the R8 series with Dolby Vision. These TVs run the Roku operating system and feature a simple home screen with icons for entertainment favourites. Consumers can easily find entertainment with access to 450,000 movies and TV episodes through 4,500 channels.

Using Roku’s unbiased search, they can look for movies, TV shows, and actors across 150 top channels and see results sorted by price. The curated Roku 4K Spotlight Channel makes it easy to find 4K and HDR content. The Roku mobile app for iOS or Android devices lets consumers use a phone as a remote control, cast videos and photos, and more.

The Specs

4K Hisense Roku TV R6 Series

  • Runs the Roku OS
  • HDR 10 compatible
  • 4K spotlight channel
  • 4,500+ streaming channels
  • 450,000+ movies and TV episodes
  • Roku search across 150 top channels
  • Live TV pause
  • Private listening and voice search via Roku mobile app
  • Headphone jack (wired)
  • $399.99 for R6 43” 
  • $449.99 for R6 50” 
  • $549.99 for R6 55” 
  • $799.99 for R6 65” 

4K Hisense Roku TV R8 Series

  • All the features of the R6 Series plus:
    • Dolby Vision
    • Direct-lit local dimming
  • R8 75” $1,999.99


TVs were not the only thing unveiled at the Hisense CES 2017 Press Conference. For the first time in the US, Hisense will be introducing soundbars. Designed to complement Hisense’s premium picture quality, the full optical/coaxical soundbar lineup features Bluetooth, USB playback, HDMI ARC, as well as Dolby Support on select models. Hisense soundbars range from $79.99 to $299.99 for 2.0 Channel Sound to 5.1 Surround Sound respectively.

The Specs

Hisense Soundbars

  • Bluetooth (iOS and Android compatibility)
  • Slim ID Design
  • HDMI ARC with CEC
  • Optical with cable included/Coaxial
  • HS201D 38” 2.0 Channel Sound (remote, dual bass port design) $79.99
  • HS202D 38” 2.1 Channel Sound (built-in subwoofer, Dolby Support) $129.99
  • HS211D 38” 2.1 Channel Sound (wireless subwoofer, Dolby Support) $159.99
  • HS511C 40” 5.1 Surround Sound (wireless subwoofer and rears, Dolby Support) $299.99

South African pricing and availability of these products have not been confirmed by Hisense South Africa.